Book Review: Self-Directed Behavior

By David Watson and Roland Tharp Rating: 6/10 Topic: Behavior Change Don’t be deterred by the boring title, because this book is a hidden jewel. It’s so good that I included in this list even if it’s a textbook. This book summarizes the vast majority of research done in...

Book Review: Soft Skills – The software developer’s life manual

By John Sonmez Rating: 7/10 This book is made for developers, but it talks about everything except how to code. Instead, John Sonmez talks about everything else in a developer’s life. It covers how to improve your career, how to market yourself, how to be productive, how to become...

Book Review: The Antidote

By Oliver Burkeman Rating: 7/10 A very unique book, that covers a lot of ground in few pages. It runs against most of personal development’s conventional thinking; for example, the first chapter does the complete opposite of every self-help book out there – it goes into detail about every error...

Book Review: The Stranger

By Albert Camus Rating: 7/10 Topic: the absurd This is a bizarre story about an extremely indifferent man, Mersault, who seems incapable of feeling strong emotions. He lives life like everyone else, going through the motions, doing what’s required of him. However, the defining emotion of his life is boredom...

Book Review: The War of Art

Recommended by artists, writers and all kinds of craftsmen, this book is all about Resistance – that force keeping you from doing your work. It’s always there, pernicious and waiting for the right opportunity to beat you. Resistance is that desire to check Facebook when you’re working, to take a 5...

Great tech talks

I have recently been seeing a lot of interesting tech talks by smart and funny people, and wanted to share some of the best. They were either interesting, or funny, or thought provoking, but generally all three. Writing good code What We Actually Know About Software Development, and Why...

How good are stocks?

I wanted to understand how much money I’d make if I invested in the stock market. I like low fees, high returns and low risk, which makes index funds the ideal investment. I wrote a notebook exploring the returns I would have made if I had invested in the...

Being Vegetarian – Why and Up To What Point?

If you prefer movies, watch Earthlings here. Why become vegetarian? 3 reasons: The impact of eating animals on animals themselves The impact on the environment The impact on humanity. The animals By becoming vegetarian, you stop most of the suffering you bring to animals (indirectly, for most of you)....

Europe: a quick overview of the economy

I recently discovered Eurostat, the EU’s statistic website, which is a goldmine of great graphics and good data. It has tons of interesting information, and I’m going to share a couple of the most interesting parts. How much do EU governments (and the EU) spend? On average, governments expenses...

Cheap vegetarian recipes that taste good

Here’s my personal list of vegetarian recipes are easy to make, cheap and don’t taste like rubber. Couscous (or rice), vegetables and veggie nuggets Ingredients (1 portion) Veggie nuggets (150-200g) Couscous (100 g) or rice Whatever vegetables you like (I usually choose carrots, aubergines, courgettes, tomatoes) Recipe Cook each...