Bestof 2017

FB Jan Emotional labor thread and discussion “Was 2016 dangerous for celebrities?” – clever use of Wiki article

Chennai Express [2013]

Rewatched this with the wife. Watched it once I think a couple of years ago on Deepavali. It was funnier than I expected, but

The Good Place

I wasn’t really expecting to like this show, but it’s well written, tight and snappy, and it does some really fun

Madam Secretary

Binge-watched the first three seasons with the wife over the last few weeks. I got a little bit bored with some of the story

Blade Runner [1982]

This movie was made 8 years before I was born, and I waited 27 years to see it. I always heard good things about it, but I nev

Five Foot Two (Lady Gaga)

Watched Gaga’s Five Foot Two a few days ago. I liked it. Was planning to watch a little bit of it and then stop halfway,

Moneyball [2011]

  Watched Moneyball a few weeks ago- had always wanted to get into it because of the statistics/disruption angle, but hes

Master of None

I was pretty late to Master of None – my wife was watching Season 1, and I didn’t really catch the first couple of epi

Millbergert Swivel Chair

I bought this chair from IKEA maybe a couple of years ago, and I regret it. I thought it would be a cool, simple, cheap-ish ch

Foo Fighters [2017]

Bummed myself out by being late for the first 4-5 songs or so. They started perfectly on time, we assumed they’d be abou

Whiplash (2014)

Context / preamble: I watched this movie because it was the most voted “what shall we watch next” movie in my TV g

Off Course (2015)

Watched this on a whim while going through Netflix looking for things to watch in the future. Pleasant time-pass. I wanted to

The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

It took me a long time to get around to reading Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. I knew that I wanted to

Minority Report (2002)

I first watched Minority Report in the cinema with my brother, when it first came out. It must’ve been 2002 then. I reme

Get Out (2017)

Great movie. I usually avoid movies that are supposed to be horror movies of some kind, but I heard lots of people saying good

Rick and Morty

I was late-ish to Rick and Morty. Some of my friends liked it, and talked about it in ways that made me think I would like it


My favorite thing about Narcos is the big picture storytelling – when the show zooms out into the big picture, and the narra


Sense8 notes I’ve been wanting to be more thoughtful about the media that I consume. I know that I want to make a living

Singapore Dreaming [2006]

I watched Singapore Dreaming on YouTube. I found it a little underwhelming. I respect Colin and Yen a lot as writers, and I th

Wonder Woman

I’m really glad the movie exists. It’s delightful to see strong, powerful women in action. Themiscyra is beautiful

Book Review: Dan Lyons’ Disrupted

I read Dan Lyons’ Disrupted sometime in 2016, and I’ve been meaning to do a book review about it. Here’s a g

2017 Review

Highlights: Hosted Venkat when he came to Singapore did GA workshop (April 13th) Meeting Shitij’s friends Written: Relig

Game of Thrones

I was late to Game of Thrones – I think I started watching it in preparation for Season 6, and timed my binge-watch such tha


It took me a while to get around to watching it, but once I did I had to watch the whole thing. “Upstairs” is prob

The Expanse

I remember I saw a few people recommending it on Facebook but it took me a while to get around to it – but once I did I had

Guns N’ Roses [2017 – Not In This Lifetime Tour]

0650 gnr I caught Guns N Roses live about a week or two ago when they came to Singapore. It was really nice to see Axl, Slash

Movie Review: Arrival [2016]

TLDR: I didn’t like it, I found it tedious and underwhelming. I went to watch Arrival with the wife yesterday – sever

Jaybird X3 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Review

Bought a pair of Jaybird X3’s. Received them yesterday. Took a few minutes to get them setup. They’re the first bl


The News: Alain De Botton De Botton plays a similar game in his book, reprinting headlines – real ones – and inviting the

Breaking Bad

I was very, very late to Breaking Bad – the show was already completely done for a year or two or longer by the time I ended

Movie Review: Southside With You [2016]

My wife and I have always been fans of Barack and Michelle Obama as a couple – they’re smart, respectable, warm, lova

Movie Review: 2 Days In Paris [2007]

It’s interesting to watch a movie that’s set in 2007 – social media was just starting to become a thing, but it

A Sideways Look At Time

A Sideways Look At Time is a 1999 book by Jay Griffiths that I find myself referencing over and over again. I thought I’


WIP I want to make it a point to do annual reviews. Next year I’ll update it every month. But this is retroactive. Writt

Movie Analysis: The Terminal (2004)

introducing navorski was a master-class in building sympathy for a character – fish out of water (see also: mean girls), lea

My favorite bits from The West Wing

Just great “displease you, you feckless thug” Gays in the military scene with Admiral… “They’re

Ender’s Game

thoughts about ender’s game all the characters are hyper-rational and have incredibly intellectual conversations but the

Bojack Horseman

WIP I just finished watching Bojack Horseman Season 3. I’ll review this one first when it’s still fresh on my mind

Sanjay’s Super Team

I’m thinking about Sanjay’s Super Team, and Ratatouille, and overcoming ‘villains’. Overcoming cynicis

Tools I use

I’ve been meaning to write reviews of all the tools I use. Chat / communication tools HipChat – This is what we use as

Skimmed Books

  number, the language of science, tobias dantzig notes: “Number is an eloquent, accessible tour de force that rev

Abandoned Books

gone far from the madding crowd, thomas hardy – can ebook this if i really want it last of the mohicans, james cooper the sc


Bu-shi-do: military-knight-ways Author Nitobe (1862-1993) married a white woman, Mary. Was Under-secretary General of the Leag

Antifragile, NNT

live happily in a world we don’t understand sword of damocles don’t be a turkey lecturing birds how to fly indian

The Universe Of Experience, LL White

The Universe of Experience, LL White Intro “order-generating tendency” “new synthesis” – humanity ne

High Output Management

Work in progress. 1- recognizing that you should always solve problems at the lowest-value-stage possible (throw out rotten eg

made to stick

Introduction The main problem is the “Curse of Knowledge”: The person sharing the idea has all sorts of insider in

Asus MX27H IPS 27″ Monitor Review

I bought a random monitor a while ago. My wife liked using it, so I decided to get another one to avoid having to Apparently

Movie Review – Lord of War [2005]

WIP Lord of War is one of my favorite movies. It’s not like I watched it once and thought “Oh my god this is the b

Movie Review: Before Midnight [2013]

Spoilers ahead. Before ‘Before Midnight’ The first time I watched Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, I was in Penan

PowerPac PPMSF40 16″ Classic Stand Fan Review

We had two fans in the house– one by Mistral, and some other tiny thing. Anyway, it didn’t feel enough, so I decided t


I like making referrals whenever I spot the opportunity to, and I rarely care about the benefit to me (unless it’s absol

Book Review: The Box

changing things is hard you need to understand your money leverage is a thing dealmaking is a thing

Book Review: Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman!

21 March 2016 Just finished reading ‘Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman’. The book’s been on my to-read

randy pausch time management

Your finite time– time is more valuable than money how much is your time worth an hour? how much do you cost the company per


I’m listening to the Rocky soundtrack and getting quite emotional. Recently watched movies 1 through 6 in anticipation o


The world exists for you to manipulate it as you see fit, as you deem worthy. Other people do not exist. Walk the streets nake


Cinema. The intro scene was too long. I don’t need to stare at a pretty malay woman singing for 3-5+ minutes. Maybe at least


I maintain lists of reviews of books, movies, TV shows, products I’d refer to others, and feature requests. Notes mass

The Face In The Mirror

mirror test– do you recognize yourself? schizophrenia? social experience <> self recognition “cost of self-aware

The First Idea

max weber freud herd instinct signalling emotional signalling intent co-regulation, reciprocity interactive children were swad


techgnosis – myth, magic + mysticism in the age of information (When reading this I found myself thinking that I’m

Flesh and Machines, by Rodney A. Brooks

“robots will never take over, because there won’t be any people for pure robots to take over” irreversible j


“there but for a series of mutations go i” 1665 – Robert Hook observed cells in cork mid-1600s scientific world

How to get ahead in business

Thought this wasn’t a great book nothing is as easy as it looks / everything takes longer than you think better to be br

Lessons from the living cell

introduction/preface “experiments, observations and their interpretation do not exist in some splednid, hermetically sea


documentary – hero’s journey, the world of joseph campbell “the main awakening of the human spirit is compassion

OB Markers

I first heard about OB Markers from Bertha Hanson- she mentioned it in her blog in “Finally, the facts”. Finally, the

War of Art

Thoughts about the book I should have read this book a long time ago. It describes so many things that I struggle with. It und

Power of Now

Power Of Now Quotes and Q&A Managing the Mind Note: The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however

Age Of Absurdity

Sit Still Shut Up Escape Self Obsession Stop Wanting Things   Ad + Id- external (Marx) + internal (Freud)  – Neith

Eating the big fish

Morgan explains how “challenger brands can compete against brand leaders.” What is a “challenger brand”


Movies I really loved and would rewatch Lord of War – depiction of bleakness of arms industry Moneyball – I really appreci


blog > reviews > TV TV Shows that I really loved, recommend and would rewatch The West Wing – great conversations, co


Tempo blog. Maybe read ebook first? high tempo vs low tempo haircut rhythm ritual time- meet you at sunset/sunrise/etc bloggin


Living with Myths – #SG [30:28] Jordan Peterson – Necessity of Virtue lecture [51:05] Russell Brand Interview  [13:37] #r


Unfinished Habit Loop Lisa Allen, 34, smoking and drinking since 16, struggled with obesity, $10k in debt in her mid 20s, long


Reviews and notes I’ve written / am writing: Evolution of Co-operation War of Art – one of my “would get again i


Muse, Live in Singapore, 2015. I remember being a bit amused by some of their lyrics, but it’s one of those things that

Movie Review: Gattaca [1997]

Gattaca. I figure I might as well post a bunch of the movies I’ve been watching. I got around to watching it at last bec

Tiger Mom

Struggled to enjoy the book because I couldn’t read it without the beginning assumption that Amy was full of shit. Lots of a


Liking Principle: Attractive things work better… When you wash and wax a car, it drives better, doesn’t it? Or at least fe

Power of Habit

Great book. Intend to review it and internalize it. http:

Movie Review: Office Space [1999]

Office Space, my first movie of 2016. Really enjoyed it. Wish I watched it 10 years earlier, though I probably wouldn’t

My favorite of  “A successful publicist advises that you secretly give everyone in your phoneboo

I highly recommend watching Boyhood, the Richard Linklater movie

I was crushed when I first heard about the existence of Before Sunrise, the movie. It was what I thought nobody had done prope

The Four Hour Body

Ginger & Sauerkraut for muscle experimentalists keep theoreticians honest- Michio Kaku Separation of expertise means both

Deep Purple [2013]

I can’t remember how/why exactly I ended up watching Deep Purple in 2013. They were playing at Star Theater at Star Vist

Book Review: Best of Quora 2010-2012

I received this book in the mail as a part of my “Top Writer 2012” package (along with a sweet t-shirt). I only ju

Thinking, Fast and Slow

PART 1: TWO SYSTEMS 1: The Characters of the story (System 1 & 2) 2: Attention and Effort 3: The Lazy Controller 4: The As

Timbre Rock & Roots [2013]

Originally wrote this for Poached Magazine. This was the 4th year of Timbre Rock & Roots. Venue: Fort Canning Green is a p

On Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers

Outliers was the first Malcolm Gladwell book that I read and enjoyed from cover to cover. I believe the central idea of the bo

Book Review: Mastery, by Robert Greene

Books. I deeply enjoyed Robert Greene’s The 48 Laws of Power. It’s not like he’s saying anything new, but so

Ray Bradbury – The Martian Chronicles

I bought The Martian Chronicles at a library book sale. I’ve been to 3 sales so far. I believe I bought it in either th


Freakonomics- Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner I first read Freakonomics when I was still in secondary school, and I t

L’arc~En~Ciel, Singapore Indoor Stadium [2012]

This was another interesting moment in my life – I think I was almost done with NS for this one. Tetsu’s banana and lo

My Mass Effect Experience

I want to talk about Mass Effect. I first started when I played Mass Effect 2 on my friend’s Playstation 2. As with Drag

Wuthering Heights and the folly of vengeance

I choose to start with Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, partially because it was a text that I choose to do when retaki

Soul Made Flesh

  Fascinating story about progress and discovery. This book taught me something about about success, about power play, ab

The Death And Life Of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs

A bottom-up observation of the huge beast of society. Little interactions make a big difference. Cities are living organisms.

The Black Swan, by Nassim Taleb

How does the world work? What is the point of the economics profession? What is “risk management”? What are the t

2012 review

I didn’t want to do anything for new year’s. I didn’t want to spend money unnecessarily, because lately I

Charlie Brown’s ‘Cyclopedia

I used to read a lot as a kid, though it never occurred to me that it was anything unusual. If I ever seem more intelligent th

Slash [2010]

I believe this was another gig at Fort Canning, which, come to think of it, is actually one of my favorite venues. My friends

Paramore [2010]

I remember this gig well – it was my favorite band made up of people my age. I still love and care for Paramore a lot. Josh

2010 review

New years are fun and exciting when you’re a kid, perhaps because you’re told that they’re fun and exciting-

Mr. Big at Fort Canning Park [2009]

This was one of my favorite gigs of all time. Listening to Paul Gilbert live ruined 99% of all guitarists for me. One of the m

2009 review

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? I traveled overseas with my friends! It was only a chartered to