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The Craft of Text Editing

Craig Finseth

I was recommended this book for people who want to make text editors (I want to in the context of online apps. Think google docs or Medium.com. Rich text editors should definitely replace textboxes on the web imo). This book is so old it has to explain what a cursor is and other stuff. But doesn't go beyond specifying the components and usage of a text editor. I don't think this is useful for anyone in the modern era. I was expecting a book that talked about data structures used to effectively store and modify large bodies of text. This is not that.

Added on August 26, 2022 8:12 AM

How to Invest in Real Estate

Brandon Turner

Suggested reading for turn key real estate by Eric Hughes. This is a good comprehensive introduction to the world of real estate, but I felt like it's a bit vague. I can't say it qualifies as a master text, like the 4 pillars of investing did. But it's a great starting point.

Added on July 5, 2022 1:04 AM

The 4-hour Workweek

Timothy Ferriss

I had the very odd experience of reading this while brainstorming money making ideas and whenever I had some new idea to try out, I ended up reading a chapter in this book that talks exactly about that. I don't know if I like this book or not because TIm Ferris talks a lot about philosophy to life and how it should influence your day to day life. I think that most of the things he says are quite reasonable, though he seems to ride a fine line between legitimate source of advice and selfish douchebag. Being unavailable outside of email (to your coworkers and/or customers), running around finding loopholes in rules, finding out how to do the bare minimum at work are things I find morally grey. I hope to find some way to apply the lessons in his book without having to do any of the stuff I find distasteful. Also some of the things I've tried out in the book turned out as well as a wet fart. I think maybe it's starting to show it's age and some of the avenues of income are becoming too crowded.

Added on April 4, 2022 8:13 PM

The Pale King

David Foster Wallace

Like with DFW's other novel, Infinite Jest, The Pale King is a novel I read and then had no fucking clue what happened when I reached the end. SPOILERS AHEAD: He was basically shooting for writing a story about the lamest group of X-men ever conceived. The whole of the book describes life for various eccentric characters and goes deep into the rabbit hole of their habits and routines. It doesn't seem to have a direction until you read the notes at the end where he plans to set up some sort of coup d'etat of the IRS service where automation ends up replacing live personnel. Several members of the live worker faction are scouting people who would be exceptionally talented at auditing tax returns to present an argument to upper management to prevent this. The key, according to DFW, is the ability to immerse oneself in work no matter how boring. Also once you read the end notes it becomes clear that as long as the existing material is, it only appears to be, like, one third of the intended length. Crazy

Added on December 22, 2020 1:40 AM

Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation

Edward Chancellor

This was a really hard read. It took me literally years to sit down and concentrate on this. I needed a computer or phone in hand to google a lot of stuff, but this book is really educational. It's surprising how timeless stocks and finance is and really gives context to TYOOL 2020. I recommend reading this for giving historical examples to attach to concepts from the 4 Pillars of Investing. Also it's pretty fucking nuts reading about all the fraud and stock manipulation tactics that were done in the past and how tame things are today in comparison. Reading about the great depression (1930's) was also very enlightening. It's too bad this was written in 1998 because I'm interesting in what the author would say about the Great Recession and now.

Added on July 11, 2020 4:07 AM

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