Raw Notes: In Defense of Food

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto Michael Pollan 2008 201 pages p.1 Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly plants. p.28 In the case of nutritionism, the widely shared but unexamined assumption is that the key to understanding food is indeed the nutrient.  Put another way:  Foods are essentially the sum of their nutrient parts. … Read more

Raw Notes: Slideology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations

Slideology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations Nancy Duarte 2008 265 pages p.2 We are all inherently visual communicators.  Consider kindergarten: crayons, finger paints, and clay propelled our expression, not word processors or spreadsheets. p.6 …audiences will either listen to what a presenter is saying or read the slides themselves.  They won’t do … Read more

Raw Notes: Good to Great

Good to Great Jim Collins c 2001 258 pages Chapters 1. Good Is the Enemy of Great 2. Level 5 Leadership 3. First Who… Then What 4. Confront the Brutal Facts (Yet Never Lose Faith) 5. The Hedgehog Concept (Simplicity within the Three Circles) 6. A Culture of Discipline 7. Technology Accelerators 8. The Flywheel … Read more

Raw Notes: The 4-Hour Workweek

Notes p.31 Retirement as a goal or final redemption is flawed for at least three solid reasons: a. It is predicated on the assumption that you dislike what you are doing during the most physically capable years of your life. This is a nonstarter – nothing can justify that sacrifice. b. Most people will never … Read more

Raw Notes: The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing

p.91 Random Walk – “A drunk standing in the middle of the road whose future movements can only be guessed.” Efficient markets and random walk are obscenities on Wall Street, where investors are constantly told that Wall Street’s superior knowledge can make it easy to beat the market (for a fee). Nearly all the academic … Read more