Thinking Fast and Slow

It turns out that I’m in better company than I might have guessed. One of my favorite books is Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. I’ve recommended this book to at least a dozen people. I was listening to an interview with Timothy Ferriss today where he mentioned that Barak Obama had recommended this book to him. If you haven’t read it then add it to your list. It will change the way you think about how people make decisions.


Thinking in Systems

Just finished the book Thinking in Systems: A Primer, by Donnella Meadows.It’s a good introduction to systems thinking and a high level overview of what happens when you actually begin to think in systems. Not at all technical. It’s a good and important read for everyone.

I particularly like her Guidelines for Living in a World of Systems. This list includes:

  1. Get the beat of the system.
  2. Expose your mental models to the light of day.
  3. Honor, respect, and distribute information.
  4. Use language with care and enrich it with systems concepts.
  5. Pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable.
  6. Make feedback policies for feedback systems.
  7. Go for the good of the whole.
  8. Listen to the wisdom of the system.
  9. Locate responsibility within the system.
  10. Stay humble— stay a learner.
  11. Celebrate complexity.
  12. Expand time horizons.
  13. Defy the disciplines.
  14. Expand the boundary of caring.
  15. Don’t erode the goal of goodness.

– Donella, Meadows. (2013-01-18). Thinking in Systems: A Primer . Chelsea Green Publishing. Kindle Edition.


Technical Log – WordPress for Beginners

I’ve been working my way through WordPress for Beginners: A Visual Step-by-Step Guide to Creating your Own WordPress Site in Record Time, Starting from Zero! by Andy Williams. It’s pretty useful though he has certain opinions that you have to take with a grain of salt; mostly related to the use of pages vs. posts, tags and categories. That being said it’s a very good, but shallow, walkthrough of the features of WordPress. Good for getting started.

He, like a lot of people in the blogging community, doesn’t spend a lot of time proofreading so there are typos and grammatical issues that you just have to work your way through. Of course, I’m one to talk…