Thursday Things

What I’m Listening To

What I’m Contemplating

What I’m Playing

  • Advanced Squad Leader – Weekly plays with Doug, still enjoying our Belgium campaign from the start of the war.
  • Fields of Arle – Still haven’t played this solo but enjoying the two player experience and scoring more points each time I play.

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What I’m Reading

  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, the fun-to-read but very alarming sequel to Sapiens. Here’s what I learned:
    1. Intelligence is decoupling from consciousness
    2. Organisms are algorithms and life is data processing
    3. Non conscious algorithms are becoming more intelligent
  • I’m using Adventures of an IT Leader for my information systems strategy and management class at WOU. Fun to read novel with good backing material supporting the narrative.
  • Finished reading The 12 Week Year and it was very average. Here’s the summary: set goals on 12 week cycles, implement a weekly review and action system to drive progress towards those goals. Maintain a sense of urgency.

What I’m Playing

It was a week of light games with friends and family.

My First Publication with Standard Ebooks

I’ve been contributing to Standard Ebooks over the past month or so, working on my first publication as a producer. A bit more about Standard Ebooks:

Standard Ebooks is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit project that produces lovingly formatted, open source, and free public domain ebooks.
Ebook projects like Project Gutenberg transcribe ebooks and make them available for the widest number of reading devices. Standard Ebooks takes ebooks from sources like Project Gutenberg, formats and typesets them using a carefully designed and professional-grade style guide, lightly modernizes them, fully proofreads and corrects them, and then builds them to take advantage of state-of-the-art ereader and browser technology.
Standard Ebooks aren’t just a beautiful addition to your digital library—they’re a high quality standard to build your own ebooks on.

My first book is Something New by P.G. Wodehouse. Producing it was enjoyable, tedious at times, and very rewarding. Reading the book was fun too – it is a short, humorous novel and if you are a Downton Abbey fan you’ll love the book.

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What I’m Playing

  • Colonial Twilight: The French-Algerian War, 1954–62 – Played this 2-player COIN game with a friend down at Guardian Games. I’ve also been diving deep into the history of the French / Algerian conflict in the 1950s/60s and love the duality of reading, watching, and playing through this conflict.
  • Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 – Julie and I are back into our efforts to save the world from the pandemic! We are in August now so working into the back half of the year. We should finish by December.
  • Fields of Arle – Ken and I played this Rosenberg game, my second play and Ken’s first. The second play went so much faster than the first, and this game is a keeper for both of us. He edged me out by one point, but it was all through it and only took 2.5 hours to get through. Next play will easily be under 2 hours.

What I’m Listening To

What I’m Contemplating

What I’m Reading

  • Moral letters to Lucilius Volume 1 – AKA “letters from a stoic”, this probably completes my deep dive into stoicism.
  • To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others – This books was recommended to me by one of my students and I’m glad I read it. This isn’t so much for dedicated sales folks, but more for people who find themselves in a role of selling as a component of their overall job.
  • A Sense of Urgency – Surprisingly good as I thought the core premise of the book was a bit too obvious. The book provides specific methods for detecting a lack of urgency in an organization along with tactics for how to achieve a sense of urgency.