January 24, 2023 5:01pm / / Book Review

Quit (2022)

Quit (2022): A psychology book, written by professional poker champion Annie Duke, about the skill of knowing when to quit when the time is right.

"The aim of this book is to create a better understanding of those forces that work against good choices about what and when to quit and the circumstances in which we are reluctant to walk away, and to help all of us view quitting more positively so we can improve our decision making."

—p.xxiv

Not that I have read anything else on this topic before, but I feel like there are likely many other books that offer similar advice but from a different perspective. Nothing in this read seemed all that original, and like any other secondary source the value of Quit was bringing together related concepts and mental models to contract a fuller image of what quitting when the time is right looks like.

There's certainly lots to unpack from my reading notes— I am particularly interested in quitting in relation to careers, and how quitting is informed by and shapes a person's identity. With that said, this book is one that I'm unlikely to recommend to someone unless they're really struggling with breaking away from things/people they should no longer be connected to. If someone is in that situation and they're looking for broad and theoretical perspective to aid them, this might be the read for them.

January 22, 2023 5:54pm / / Kombucha

Clearer Kombucha

After an initial four month test period of brewing kombucha, using the bulk tea bags I had around the house, I’m now happily using loose leaf tea.

The result of the upgrade in tea choice is a clearer and cleaner tasting brew. I’m looking forward to less unnecessary sediment in my week-to-week experiments and hoping for a more consistent taste too. 

January 19, 2023 9:11pm /

Web styling fun

Regardless of how hard I try to avoid playing with html and css, in an attempt to focus my energies on actually creating online content, I’m always lured back in by the fun & fulfillment of creating something 100% my own from scratch. 

January 18, 2023 5:34pm / / Book Review

Smart Brevity (2023) 📚

Smart Brevity (2023): A short business book authored by Roy Schwartz, Mike Allen, Jim VandeHei; about how to write concisely and with purpose. This read focuses on the purpose of helping readers to make their point and have it heard following a traditional ‘how-to’ approach.

“If you do THIS you will succeed.”

Much of this book is one mention after the next of the author’s business; it reads like one long sales pitch. Given the purpose of this book, the content could be reduced to a 10-page booklet and the same point would still be conveyed— though, this wouldn’t sell many copies.