Weekly Review 3/10

Noteworthy events? Mind blown by future of 3-D printing, saw the NYC ballet, went to a grand opening of a new music venue (where some celebrities were spotted), saw a jazz concert, had a long conversation with a new long distance friend, bounced around on the biggest trampolines I had ever seen in my life, had the best all you can eat sushi I’ve been to, went to a TFA Alumni summit, suffered as my alma mater had a heartbreaking loss to the University of New Jersey, Durham Campus, went “out” for 40 minutes, the majority of which was a 30 minute conversation with a friend/bouncer, and attempted to catch up on writing. Just another week in the life.

1) Working on catching up.

2) Made my monthly goal last weekend. Almost went out again this weekend because of snow there.

3) Same as last week. Post April should be interesting. 4) Hooray reading! Though I forgot to include/do the summaries.

Sometime before March 1st- 2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years – Jorgen Randers Non-Fiction

Interesting read, but I haven’t really read anything particularly revolutionary yet. Maybe because I’m a climate nerd? I think my end assessment was that it provides an interesting statistical model forecasting what could happen. I think it was a little heavy in its Scandinavian influence, and it didn’t take into account human trends very well (no mention of human rights and greater awareness to be found). I will say that I share his take, that we can survive, but the transition is definitely not going to be smooth.

Also sometime before March 1st- Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics – Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim Non-Fiction

If anyone is interested in the history of calories and seeing how convoluted our government regulations are when it comes to food this is the book for you. Worth the read if you’re interested in food policy with a dash of science thrown in.

Also sometime before March 1st- It’s Complicated (But It Doesn’t Have to Be): A Modern Guide to Finding And Keeping Love – Paul Carrick Brunson Non-Fiction

Before any of you panic because you think I’m desperate, trust me I’m not. I’m really happy with where I am right now, and I think you have to be comfortable and happy being single before you can be in a healthy relationship. Surprisingly, the author said the same thing (weirdly, I’ve been that way for a while. My method of picking out my last few books has been going to the library and picking books of the new arrivals in non-fiction. I picked this one out of curiosity, and was surprised be the content. He said some things that I wouldn’t have ever expected a matchmaker to talk about (saying marriage isn’t necessarily for everyone and strongly advocating for personal therapy if the situation warrants it). Worth the read I think.

March 3rd: Nature: Ralph Waldo Emerson Non-Fiction

Finally got around to (re?)-reading this. It has been a while. One of the things that I rediscovered over the last year is how much I love being in nature. The essay certainly had its fair share of moments basking in the glory of nature. Unfortunately, it also had its fair share of equating nature and wonder with the vast importance of God (which irked the atheist in me). Still, worth reading.

Currently Reading: The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine – Michael Lewis Non-Fiction

Well, I’m a firm believer that financial markets in their current state are the wild west. So this book is right up my alley.

5) Talked to Andrew for the first time in forever. Win!

6) That was supposed to happen today. Well, not all of it, but a good chunk of it. Whoops?

7) Soccer, still no running. And the urban obstacle course got cancelled. But Spartan Run is coming up fast…


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