Journal - Book Notes

I like to share what I learn—opinions, notes on books I’ve read, and advice from anything I consume. I believe that when you keep information to yourself, you end up living off your reserves. But when you give away everything you have, you are left with nothing, which in turn forces you to look, to be aware, and to replenish.

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Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening

Ask gardeners about their best veggie crops and they’ll start to smile. Vegetable plants need lots of sunlight. Most veggies would prefer 8 or…

March 29, 2024

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Arcade Game Typography: The Art of Pixel Type

There are very few named type designers in this book, as it is rare to find them in game credit rolls. Japanese game companies had a practive…

March 10, 2024

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The Weather Machine

When a telegraph operator arrived each morning at the office, he would check in with his counterparts in other cities, to see what the weather was there…

February 27, 2024

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Think Like a Cat

If you’re about to become a cat owner for the first time, you are soon to enter into a relationship in which you are unconditionally loved, endlessly…

February 10, 2024

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On Writing

“There was a comforting line of light under the door” I remember believing that details were dentals and that a bitch was an extremely…

December 17, 2023

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Born to Run 2

Eric never meant to train me for a race. He was training me for a lifetime. You and I know how good running feels…

November 8, 2023

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Can’t Hurt Me

Anybody can become a totally different person and achieve what so called experts like him claim is impossible, but it takes a lot of heart, will, and…

October 25, 2023

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How to be Love(d)

Instead of trying to win the race, we should enjoy running it. Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it…

June 13, 2023

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The Mind-Gut Connection

A dite that is high in plant-based complex carbohydrates (from a large variety of different plants), plant-derived fat, grains, naturally fermented foods, and fish, and low in…

June 5, 2023

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The Complete Book of Foosball

As you move the ball laterally, your backswing should cause the path of the ball to go slightly behind the rod. When you release the ball you…

October 2, 2022

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Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights

A Palette of Question Types: Questions that gather context and collect details Ask about sequence – Describe a… Ask about sequence – Describe a…

September 22, 2022

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The Icon Handbook

I honestly did not enjoy this book. But, I do have the mentality that everyone has something to teach us, and I was still able to…

June 15, 2022

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Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

After transcribing a couple snippets I noticed that comics use this “bolded italicized” font style quite often to emphasize certain words or phrases (Never thought twice…

June 12, 2022

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The Icon Book

Studies of road signs typically find that iconic signs can be read at twice the distance and in half the time as word signs.

May 7, 2022

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Born To Run

Your feet are like a minnow bucket full of sensory neurons, all of them wriggling around in search of sensation. Stimulate those nerves just a little, and…

April 30, 2022

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Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

Because their system of counting was based on the number 20, the Mayans naturally divided their year into 18 months of 20 days each, totaling 360 days….

January 29, 2022

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The Fine art of Small Talk

Take the risk. We cannot hope that others will approach us; instead, even if we are shy, it is up to us to make the first move.

December 12, 2021

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The Wood Fire Handbook

The bark of several tree species has some fire resistance. You will get a better, quicker fire by always facing the clean split surface towards the heart…

October 18, 2021

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Buzz – The Science and Lore of Alcohol and Caffeine

Alcohol The term “proof” dates to the 17th century when various means were devised for checking, or “proving” that a beverage had the alcohol…

December 3, 2020

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The Essential Fishing Handbook

Some notes in this post have been added from additional sources outside of this book. General Spinfishermen and baitcasters can…

August 2, 2020

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Salt Fat Acid Heat

Salt All salt comes from the ocean Should you use more salt? No. You should use salt better. Add it…

July 25, 2020

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One Magic Square

Commercial seeds in shops are increasingly based on fewer varieties, may be genetically modified, and are often impregnated with toxic substances to ensure shelf life. Most…

February 17, 2019

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Dreaming in Code

When you buy a typical commercial program – or “shrink-wrapped software” – you receive a file that runs on your computer anytime you need it. This…

February 5, 2019

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Upper Midwest Gardening

Soils typically have four components – sand, silt, clay, and organic matter Nitrogen ensures normal vegetative growth and a healthy green color….

January 26, 2019

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Jam On!

JamMashed fruit pulp cooked with a sweetener to a smooth, congealed consistency. JellyThe strained juice of fruit cooked to a translucent and congealed consistency.

December 12, 2018

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Religions are only temporarily successful attempts to cope with the lack of meaning inline. They are not permanent answers. People can lose…

November 14, 2018

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The Subtle Art of not Giving a F**k

Conventional self-help advice which tells you to visualize success and think about the type of person you want to be only reinforces the idea that you…

October 4, 2018

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The War of Art

If you find yourself criticizing other people, you’re probably doing it out of Resistance. When we see others beginning to live their authentic selves, it drives…

September 2, 2018

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Zen & the Art of Happiness

If who you are and what you have is what you want, if you’re satisfied with the conditions of your life, congratulations – do more of…

August 13, 2018

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wine

Burgundy and Bordeaux are the top tier Wine is the fermented juice of grapes or fruit Three colors…

July 1, 2018

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Imagine yourself living in a space that contains only things that spark joy. Isn’t this the lifestyle you dream of? The best…

June 4, 2018

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The Art of Public Speaking

Research has shown the 75% of the movie audience is composed of young people from the ages of 17 to 25. Therefore, all scrips will contain…

May 10, 2018

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The Sonic Boom

Studies have shown that the sounds of slot machines make people overestimate how much they’re actually winning by as much as 24%

October 22, 2017

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Master Your Metabolism

Your body can’t work the way it’s supposed to if any of your hormones is out of tune. Once one loses the beat, they all follow….

September 3, 2017