David and Goliath

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{5/5} “Giants are not what we think they are. The same qualities that appear to give them strength are often the sources of great weakness.” David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell, published in 2013 The story of David and Goliath is always told in a way that […]

Why We Make Mistakes

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{4.5/5} “Many of the qualities that allow us to do so many things so well contain flip sides that predispose us to error. We happen to be very good, for instance, at quickly sizing up a situation. Within a tenth of a second or so after looking at a scene, we are usually able to […]

In the Beginning… was the Command Line

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{4.5/5} “Even the least technically minded people in our society now have at least a hazy idea of what operating systems do; what is more, they have strong opinions about their relative merits. It is commonly understood, even by technically unsophisticated computer users, that if you have a piece of software that works on your […]


Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “It seems to me, then, that the best one can do is to present one’s story as a struggle between sides which are both mixtures of good and evil (thus placing it somewhere between the extremes of utopia and dystopia), and don’t make the odds overwhelming in either direction. One can then proceed to […]

What the Dog Saw

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{5/5} “If we let personality… bias the hiring process today, then all we will have done is replace the old-boy network, where you hired your nephew, with the new-boy network, where you hire whoever impressed you the most when you shook his hand. Social progress, unless we’re careful, can merely be the means by which […]

Moonwalking With Einstein

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{4.5/5} “Our ability to find humor in the world, to make connections between previously unconnected notions, to create new ideas, to share in a common culture: All these essentially human acts depend on memory.” Moonwalking With Einstein by Josh Foer, published in 2011 The subtitle of this book is: The Art and Science of Remembering […]


Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

I’m always reading something, and most of what I read is science fiction or fantasy. I find if I read a book that’s not science fiction or fantasy I’m often vaguely unsatisfied at the end. In the last couple of years I’ve been filling in some gaps in my reading by reading books on the […]