Note: This page is work in progress at the moment.

Here’s a page for some random stuff that doesn’t fit elsewhere but which I want to track.

Reading List

Currently Reading

  • The Rust Programming Language by Klabink & Nichols
  • Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Pending List

Not in any given order, nor guaranteed to read.

  • The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
  • The Prosperity Paradox by Clayton Christensen
  • Billion Dollar Whale by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope
  • Human Error by James Reason
  • The Pentagon Wars by Col. James Burton
  • Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
  • Blueprint by Nicholas Christakis
  • The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears
  • The Right It: Why So Many Ideas Fail and How to Make Sure Yours Succeed by Alberto Savoia
  • Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick
  • Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  • Capitalism without Capital
  • Spy the Lie by Phillip Houston
  • Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell
  • The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder
  • How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen
  • Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
  • Refactoring by Martin Fowler
  • Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
  • Thomas Wolfe
  • March trilogy by John Lewis
  • Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould
  • The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone
  • The Lady Astronaut
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Tatum
  • Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas
  • Guide to Essential Math by S.M. Blinder
  • Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard
  • Lincoln on Leadership by Donald Phillips
  • The Master and the Margarita
  • Prime Obession by John Derbyshire
  • Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies
  • Cryptonomicon
  • A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
  • Letters to a Young Mormon by Adam Miller
  • Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries) by Martha Wells
  • The Best and Brighest by David Halberstam
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen
  • Skunk Works by Ben Rich
  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Billion Dollar Spy by David E. Hoffman
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • Collections of Jorge Luis Borge
  • Walden by Thoreau
  • Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything
  • Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach
  • Snow Crash
  • Lonesome Dove
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  • Gödel, Escher, Bach bu Douglas Hofstadter
  • World War Z
  • Hacker’s Delight by Henry S. Warren, Jr.
  • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  • Diaspora by Greg Egan
  • Culture Series by Iain Banks

Read in 2019

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Skin in the Game by Nassim Taleb
  • So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
    • I wasn’t as impressed with this book as with Deep Work. There were some high points, but it felt like an extended blog post that Dr. Newport’s agent arranged to have published.
  • The Ph.D. Grind: A Ph.D. Student Memoir by Philip J. Guo

Read in 2018

  • Measure What Matters by John Doerr
    • I felt this book provides a great method of implementing a goal based lifestyle, and enables everything spoken about in Cal Newport’s Deep Work
  • Deep Work by Cal Newport
  • Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    • I enjoy this book the more I think about it, I recommend reading it.
  • Nail It, Then Scale It by Nathan R. Furr

Read in 2017

  • Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
    • I read this after watching the movie Arrival, and I highly recommend it. The short story is enjoyable even after watching the movie (I’d argue it’s better) and the other stories are great as well.
  • Feedback Control for Computer Systems by Philipp Janert

Read in 2014

  • The Complete Robot by Isaac Asimov

Food Spots

Again, no order in particular. Just places that we want to try.

Places to Try

  • Sill’s Cafe in Layton, Utah
  • Sam Hawk Korean in Provo, Utah
  • Yummy’s Korean BBQ in Provo, Utah
  • Sushi Burrito
  • Rocky’s Drive In


  • In N’ Out (Always)


Ones to Watch

  • The Greatest Showman
  • The Conversation (1974)
  • Downsizing
  • Darkest Hour
  • WWI Spielberg
  • Mission Impossible: Fallout
  • The Lost City of Z
  • Dunkirk
  • Pacific Rim
  • A Man for All Seasons

Ones to Own

  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Interstellar
  • The Martian
  • 42
  • Arrival
  • Hidden Figures