Review: A Journal of the Plague Year

A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe My rating: 3 of 5 stars History repeats itself, or to put it more starkly, history is always repeating itself. Nothing is new. This book is a great reminder of that. The coronavirus is nothing new. Humanity has faced this before, many many times! Defoe’s work […]

Review: Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Life-Changing KonMari Method

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Life-Changing KonMari Method by Marie Kondō My rating: 3 of 5 stars I have a secret dark fantasy: Marie Kondo spends the day traveling throughout Tokyo, helping others to seperate objects that spark joy from those that don’t. She does this gracefully, with a balanced air of Shinto/Buddhist […]

Review: The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen My rating: 4 of 5 stars Not unexpectededly, I loved this book. It thoroughly dismantles the common American rhetoric about European “welfare states” and flips the script on perceptions of dependency in modern capitalist societies. Who is dependent on whom? Are […]

Review: Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan

Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan by Azby Brown My rating: 4 of 5 stars An absolutely lovely read that is infused with history while looking disapprovingly at our current consumption driven culture. The author uses the unique device of placing Edo era travelers in distinct locales, partaking in a kind of […]

Review: Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection

Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection by Jacob Silverman My rating: 3 of 5 stars Having recently decided as a New Year’s resolution to actually increase my social media presence in the coming year, this book was a particularly frightening depiction of our current enslavement to these powers and the […]

Review: LPI Linux Essentials Certification All-in-One Exam Guide

LPI Linux Essentials Certification All-in-One Exam Guide by Robb Tracy My rating: 1 of 5 stars Where to begin with this train wreck. I understand that providing accurate and up to date guides for tests like the LPIC can be a difficult task, but this particular book is riddled with too many errors to simply […]

Review: LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell

LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell by Adam Haeder My rating: 3 of 5 stars A compehensive look at all the objectives on the LPIC1, though slightly dated in its lack of GRUB2, systemd and udev coverage. The first half, focusing on the 101 exam, does a decent job of bringing the reader along with […]

Review: Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen

Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen by Shunryu Suzuki My rating: 2 of 5 stars Far from a beginner’s book to understanding the practice of Zen. Much of Suzuki’s lectures seem to be attempting to transfer the ungraspable nature of the world into more concrete forms for our understanding. This, of course, […]