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2024 media diet

movies dumb money (2023) - watched this on the plane. if you remember this time, it was bonkers and kind of beautiful at the same time. (4/5) the gentlemen (2019) - watched this in the plane, guy ritchie definitely has a style. fun, solid cast, a couple of novel twists. (3.5/5) please don’t destroy: the treasure of foggy mountain (2023) - watched this on peacock. i fell asleep through a chunk of it....

January 1, 2024 · steve ulrich

2024 books

goal 30 books this year. let’s get crackin' books liberty’s daughter (naomi kritzer) what happens when you’re living on a libertarian sea-stead? this is a fun bit of world building where libertarian ideals are allowed to fester to their logical conclusions. the limitations of the invisible hand, the likely devolution into some form of slavery for those who aren’t wealthy and have problems. unregulated medical care, having to hire private security to just go about your day-to-day business, and all sorts of goodies....

January 1, 2024 · sulrich

reading: shop class as soulcraft -- matthew b. crawford

shop class as soulcraft (matthew b. crawford) a few years ago i learned there were no meaningful shop class options available in the local high school. the wood shop available today is sad and pathetic compared to the shop class i had in a middle-class midwestern suburb in the late 1980s. gen-X is probably the last generation to have shop class. there’s a lot swimming around the core “philosophy” in this book....

April 3, 2024 · steve ulrich

reading: a hacker's mind -- bruce schneier

a hacker’s mind (bruce schneier) honestly, this didn’t get really interesting until the last 50 pages or so. there’s a couple of hundred pages of setup on what constitutes a hack, examples of “hacks” across the spectrum of society, etc. there was a bit of less than obvious discussion around how some “hacks” become entrenched into the law, how common law interacts with these “hacks” and a generally slow/ossified capability of our governmental/legal systems to address the use of said hacks....

March 31, 2024 · steve ulrich