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Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco
Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco
Price: $8.79

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone curious about this beautiful city., June 14, 2015
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Every once in a while you get lucky and get tour guide that may look a bit grumpy at first, but then turns out to be a gold-mine of stories and facts that can bring any subject to life. Of course, that's not to say that San Francisco lacks in sights or character, but Gary Kamiya is that very guide that you've been looking for this particular city. You're in for a treat... history, politics, geology, philosophy, and more, all rolled into one engaging read. A must read for anyone curious about this beautiful city.


Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!
Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!
by Nicholas Carlson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $22.33
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History of Yahoo in a form of a business thriller, May 3, 2015
A history of Yahoo in a form of a business thriller. Carlson covers it all: the early days, the meteoric rise to the “homepage of the internet”, the near-decade slump into irrelevance, and the more recent “revival” with Marissa’s comeback. That said, despite the title, this book is not about Marissa. Yes, it covers her tenure at Yahoo, but it does so on equal terms with all of her predecessors, and Carlson offers an upfront and frank perspective into the inner politics and dynamics of Yahoo. It feels like you're in the boardroom, and I am both surprised and delighted to see that perspective and level of access. Fascinating read and perspective on one of the iconic internet brands.


A Short History of San Francisco
A Short History of San Francisco
Price: $8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book on San Francisco, May 3, 2015
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San Francisco is like no other city. Up until 1849 it was a remote — and mostly decrepit — outpost that lived by its own rules. Then, the gold rush came in 1849, and the quiet missionary outpost quickly grew into one of the largest and rowdiest cities in North America: fortunes were made and lost, and accompanying debauchery ruled the land. From there, the natural and men made disasters, the discovery of the silver ore and the economic ups and downs, the associated politics, and much more, have shaped the city into what it is today — still a recognized outpost for its unique values and culture, but now on a global scale.

A short but highly rewarding read, both for residents and curious tourists. My only regret is that it took me so long to discover this book!


Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well
Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well
by Douglas Stone
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.55
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivery is important, but it won't go far if the other person is not listening..., May 3, 2015
A lot has been written about how to deliver feedback “effectively". However, regardless of how you deliver it, if the recipient is not open to it, you’re not going to get very far. Instead, what if we focused on the recipient - i.e. how do we receive feedback effectively, instead of delivering it? Instead of treating feedback as an attack on our identity, values, or rolling our eyes because the other person "did not understand our motives", what if we were able to cut through all that and take the others perspective, even if just for a few moments?

Stone and Heen provide a lot of common pitfalls and practical tips on how to become a better recipient: “switch lane conversations” where we talk past each other; identifying types of feedback (appreciation, coaching, evaluation) that is being delivered or asked for; identifying our knee-jerk reactions to receiving “constructive” feedback; and so on. This book will make you uncomfortable, and that’s a good thing, as it challenges our habits, beliefs, and reactions to receiving feedback… and assuming you’re willing to listen to it, it will go a long way towards improving both your personal and professional lives. Great insights, and a book worth sharing with your peers and loved ones.


Status Anxiety
Status Anxiety
by Alain de Botton
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.19
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So, what do you do?, May 3, 2015
This review is from: Status Anxiety (Paperback)
Today, we often associate “status” with material and commercial success, which is often distilled into a simple but loaded (and dreaded) question: “so, what do you do?”. As De Botton points out, our love and obsession with “meritocracy”, where we “make our own luck” and “anyone can get ahead if they work hard enough” (aka, the “American dream”), has two sides: yes, it is empowering, but failure to achieve “success” is then also a reflection of you, your priorities, and your habits - e.g. everyone is a failure compared to Bill Gates... no wonder we’re all feeling down! But, should we? How have other cultures measured “status” and success in the past, and what can we learn from them? Another great and though provoking read by Alain De Botton.


The Fujifilm X-T1: 111 X-Pert Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Camera
The Fujifilm X-T1: 111 X-Pert Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Camera
by Rico Pfirstinger
Edition: Paperback
Price: $24.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The missing (and much needed) X-T1 manual!, April 3, 2015
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This book should come bundled with the camera. The X-T1 is packed with features, many of which I was yet to discover even after a year of active use, and this book did the trick: written in plain and readable English (that's a compliment) that explains the what, why and the how; provides the necessary context for how to use the various features together; has many really great tips for JPEG and die-hard RAW shooters alike; and much more.

If you picked up an X-T1, chances are, you're serious about getting the most out of your camera... and to get there fast, you should pick up this book.


The Little Book That Builds Wealth: The Knockout Formula for Finding Great Investments (Little Books. Big Profits)
The Little Book That Builds Wealth: The Knockout Formula for Finding Great Investments (Little Books. Big Profits)
Price: $10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars What is the moat of your company, or your "personal brand" even?, April 3, 2015
Economic moat: a sustainable competitive advantage, with double emphasis on "sustainable" - e.g. a cost advantage, hard-to-dislodge market position, unique intangible assets, high switching costs. The book explores each of these, offering hands-on examples of why and how such factors translate into long-term market advantages (and good investments).

There is no formula here, but the overall way of thinking is sound and should certainly provide a good set of questions to evaluate for your next investment, be it financial, career, or any other... What is the moat of your company, or your "personal brand" even?


Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion (Vintage International)
Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion (Vintage International)
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars What religions teach us about ourselves..., March 23, 2015
"Religion is too important and valuable to all people to be simply dismissed, even by atheists,"... instead, we should examine where they have succeeded, minus the dogma and the supernatural, and leverage that to our benefit.

For example, what can we learn from religions about education? As Alain De Botton argues, we have a naive perspective on learning: you are expected to hear an important idea once and remember it for the rest of your life; whereas religions recognize that we forget and make us repeat and relearn. Same goes for community: we value the individual, but we also overlook the impact and power of a community on our well-being. Even the act of prayer, as some of the recent research seems to indicate, may have significant benefits. Not because of the prayer itself, but because it shifts our self-centered focused and provides the necessary distance - it's the mechanics of the act itself, not the deity. These are just a few examples of many.

A thought provoking and rewarding read.


The News: A User's Manual (Vintage International)
The News: A User's Manual (Vintage International)
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $13.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for writers and readers alike (i.e. everyone)..., March 22, 2015
We all have an insatiable appetite for "news": we want to be "in the know", we're gripped by the latest drama or breakthrough, and we want to know before others (social capital). And yet, most of what we consume carries no new or useful information that broadens or deepens our thinking. Who's at fault: is it the writers, or is it us, the consumers? How do we fix this?

The book examines both sides, the consumption, and the creation, and points out where we fall short: as consumers we are easily distracted by empty but attention-grabbing content; the writers are optimizing for attracting pageviews, instead of conveying information and context of why a certain event is important.

"A user's manual" is an apt and accurate description. If you've ever questioned the value of the information we're exposed to, or if you're in business of generating said content, then this is a must read.


How to Think More About Sex (The School of Life)
How to Think More About Sex (The School of Life)
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars How to think about it.. "more" is an outcome., March 22, 2015
It's not that we need help thinking about it, rather it is a call to consider the broader context that goes beyond just the immediate physical aspects of it: it's impact on our relationships (or lack of thereof), our personal insecurities (and our obsession over them), the mischaracterized portrayal of sex in the media, and so on. In other words, this is a book to help you think about sex in a broader context of a satisfying relationship, both with yourself, and your partner.


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