Notes from reading The Nones by Ryan P. Burge

The Nones by Ryan P. Burge is about the rise in Americans who are not affiliated with any religious group; the author calls this group of American’s “Nones” as a short hand. …

My notes and reflections on reading High Conflict by Amanda Ripley

High Conflict by Amanda Ripley

When I was young, I heard older married people in my life talk about how to fight well with each other. I had no idea what this actually meant, but back then it seemed like the pinnacle of maturity to me. Fighting I knew, but doing it well seemed impossible.

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This past week I’ve been helping a friend apply for funding from the Department of Energy. I don’t bring a lot to the table from a technical perspective, but I can look for places where someone who hasn’t been thinking about the topic all day for months on might lose…

A book about the Sonderfall Schweiz (Special case of Switzerland)

Beautiful Switzerland

In the introduction to Why Switzerland? the author, Dr. Jonathan Steinberg, introduces two motivating questions for the book:
1. Why does Switzerland, a country without a national language or religion, exist at all?
2. …


My wife discovered this discovered this recipe from thekitchn last year and it immediately became a part of our rotation.

Since we started making it, we’ve adapted it quite a bit into something different, but that we love a lot. …

How it works and why I love it

Beautiful Switzerland

I’ve been living in Switzerland for more than 2 years now. There are many things I love about my host country, but probably the most unexpected one is the waste and recycling system. …

2020 has been a no good, very bad year. In no particular order, here are some things that I enjoyed in the midst of it.

Hiking above the Engadin Valley in Switzerland, one of my favorite places I visited in 2020


Things I read

The Browser. A daily digest of five recommended articles, a podcast, and a video on… basically anything, as long as it’s interesting. Consistently introduces me to things I love learning about. Some of my favorite discoveries from it include:

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The business performance that impresses me from the past decade is Disney+.

Over the course of 2016–2018, with the cable and movie business under threat and Netflix and HBO are looming, Bob Iger surveys the landscape and decides that Disney needs to get in the game. He goes out and…

My notes and reflections from reading Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

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One day a couple of months ago, it occurred to me that day that my job requires me to do a lot of negotiating. With this in mind, I decided I should invest some time in learning how to negotiate better. After looking around some online, I picked up Never…

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The NBA offseason is upon us. Teams and the league are both regrouping after one of the most unique seasons in the league’s history. …

James Edward Dillard

operating a bit outside the lines

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