Anders Ericsson and the Notion of Deliberate Practice

12. June 2017 Learning 0
Anders Ericsson and the Notion of Deliberate Practice
One of the best books I read last year was “Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise” by Anders Ericsson. If you haven’t heard of it, you still may be familiar with Ericsson’s work. Malcolm Gladwell famously credits his notion of the 10,000-hour rule to Ericsson, though it is not described by Gladwell in a ...

Justin & Amanda Learn to Cook #4 – Carrot Cake

05. June 2017 Learning 0
Justin & Amanda Learn to Cook #4 – Carrot Cake
(post was written by Amanda) Justin’s mom (Jackie) is a fabulous cook. A few years ago she put together this amazing cookbook for the boys (Justin has four brothers), but since Justin doesn’t like recipes and gets creative with his cooking, I use Jackie’s recipes more than he does. On Sunday I decided to try ...

Ray Bradbury’s Cautionary Tale

Ray Bradbury’s Cautionary Tale
I just finished reading Farenheit 451, approximately 15 years after it was assigned to me in high school. The book was written in 1953 by Ray Bradbury, inspired by several troubling trends seen by the author.  The story follows Montag, a fireman of the future, who’s job is to start rather than put out fires. ...

Best Quick Reads: January 2017

26. January 2017 Learning 0
Best Quick Reads: January 2017
This month I decided to save every article that I really enjoyed in an Evernote notebook. I’ve re-read each of these several times, and I think you’ll like them, too. If you only have time to read one, make it #5. Best thing I’ve read in a long time. 1. Identify With Nothing – Medium 2. ...

A Little Stoicism Every Morning

25. January 2017 Learning, Thoughts 0
A Little Stoicism Every Morning
This year I’m reading a book by Ryan Holiday, called The Daily Stoic. The way it works is every morning, you read one page and really digest its message. I liked the idea so I’ve been giving it a go this year.  It’s the second book I’ve read by Holiday. The Obstacle is the Way ...

VICELAND Is Awesome

VICELAND Is Awesome
I recently started watching VICELAND, the TV channel by Vice. It’s an interesting mix of programming. Vice airs documentary style shows that focus on fringe culture – drugs, disease, travel, crime, technology. It’s a great mix of topics that are looked at in a slightly different way then you’re used to. So far, I’m invested ...

Justin & Amanda Learn To Cook: Meal 2 – Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin

10. January 2017 Learning 0
Justin & Amanda Learn To Cook: Meal 2 – Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin
Week two is in the books. This week Amanda and I decided to tackle pork tenderloin. It’s not my favorite meat traditionally, but I actually really liked this meal. Here are the ingredients, followed by the directions. Ingredients:  Salt Pepper Garlic Olive oil  Cauliflower Chives Parsley  Chickpeas Pork tenderloin Honey  Dijon mustard Paprika  Directions:  First, ...

The Best Books I Read in 2016

The Best Books I Read in 2016
This past year, I read 27 books. That’s quite a few more than I read in 2015, but honestly, I didn’t find as many that I loved in 2016. Last year, I wrote about 7 books that I loved, this year, I narrowed it down to 5. Historical non-fiction, self-help, science, biography, and business make ...