Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn’t have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell. Now it is a whole new ballgame, great spirit at State!
We’ve reached that time of year to start doing a book wrap up. Kottke has a roundup of various best books of 2018 lists so if you’re curious, go there. I find some of the longer lists to be overwhelming though. But here are my personal favorite books that I have read this year (so I have no idea when any of these were actually published)
Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon. The book starts off with a boy and his father watching a car plunge into a lake. The father jumps in to save the driver who was apparently already murdered setting up what you would think is a straight forward murder mystery. But it really isn’t. The writing style is reminiscent of an early Stephen King novel and there are so many twists to this that I gave up trying to figure out what it was even about and just enjoyed the ride.
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. I enjoyed the first 2/3rds of this book more than the final third but there aren’t too many good prehistoric books that have kept me riveted as this did.
Animal Liberation by Peter Singer. A classic book that I hadn’t learned about until I read a Michael Pollan book referring to it. I stopped eating mammals back in July and have started weaning myself from poultry/fish (which is difficult) and eat more veggies and fruits. He makes a lot of strong arguments about animal suffering that I believe he’s just plain right about.
Collusion by Luke Harding. Out of all the anti-Trump books, this was my favorite and most informative. Maybe it’s because all of the jewels of Woodward’s book made it to the media, or maybe it’s because this was just better written. But Harding lays out all the facts known at the time of publication in a concise and clear narrative that just is shocking.
Grant by Ron Chernow. I picked this up to begin adapting it into a hip hop musical production but was pretty surprised at how good it actually was. (Personally, I liked it better than Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton).
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (Robin Buss translation). I have tried reading this book over the years but due to its immense size I would end up giving up. But everybody would mention the Robin Buss translation (I think I was reading whatever was in Gutenberg) so I plunked down the 12 bucks and gave it a shot. What a difference. Such an amazing book when it’s translated properly. (No way I was going to read 1100 pages in 19th century french and expect to be finished with it within the next few years). In the top 10 books I have ever read.
Here was my GoodReads challenge for the year which it appears I’m not going to hit. Leave some of your favorite books in the comments. I’m curious to see what you all have been reading.
Watch these wildlife officials struggle to stay alive as they release the world's most badass bobcat kitten back into the wild. The bobcat, who we're calling Mr. Murderbritches, was relocated after he was caught eating ??? in Kanarraville, UT.
Everybody involved in this design needs to be fired and shipped off to the Bad Place as soon as possible. What an awful editor interface. I see what they are TRYING, yet failing miserably to do. But make the block-based editor an option, not a default setting. You have to download the old editor as a plugin to get it to work.