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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1065 on: November 04, 2019, 05:13:13 AM »
"Deep Nutrition", Dr Cate Shanahan 10/10.  The team doctor for the Lakers.  A great primer for anyone wanting to bring a healthy child into the world.

Steve Novella should read this. 
"Pull the goalie", Malcolm Gladwell.

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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1066 on: November 06, 2019, 08:20:57 AM »
On the Clock by Emily Guendelsberger 8/10

Really great book about low wage jobs and what they do to people physically, emotionally, psychologically and socially.
The author goes to work at an Amazon warehouse, a call centre and a McDonalds. She presents her own experiences which are great and funny and she also presents interviews with co-workers. The interviews balance out the picture as we meet some workers in each industry that really like their jobs and have good things to say about their employers.
She also looks into the history of modern managment theory for low skilled workers and how that has evolved with technology to bring us to where we are now.
I learned a lot from the book though the parts that mirrored my own experiences were hard to get through and quite depressing. Usually Im struck by the things someone misses about my own experience but this writer nailed them a bit too well. She compares working teenage service jobs in the late 90s to what is expected of McDonalds workers today and how the staffing algorithm keeps them constantly under pressure and busy and in a state of uncertainty about their schedule.
If you have never worked one of these jobs or havent worked one in 10 years then I think this book is absolutely essential reading to understand the people you deal with every day without thinking about it.
The points I knocked off were just for a couple of narrative illustrations that didnt really work for me and a bit too much emphasis on the evolutionary side of adrenal response and stress at times.

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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1067 on: November 12, 2019, 08:48:43 AM »
Witches are real, people. 

I picked up another Discworld from the library, but on the way out spotted Randall Munroe's new book, How To.  I started on Maskerade, and after about 50 pages into Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg arguing with one another, I thought I needed a break and picked up the Munroe book.  And guess who shows up in a non-fiction book that's mostly about engineering?  Granny goddamn Weatherwax, that's who.  And in a section of the book that felt oddly out of place, almost like she's willfully forced her way in.   :-\

Checkmate, skeptics.

How To is okay but not as enjoyable as Munroe's previous books.  I'm glad I checked it out instead of putting it on my Christmas list.  The best section of the book was probably how to build a lava moat around your house.

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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1068 on: November 15, 2019, 10:17:07 AM »
The Martian, by Andy Weir. I read my first scifi book* the year JFK was (informally) promoted to sainthood. Lots of "hard scifi" since then and I have to say that this book is the best of that niche since The Mote in God's Eye. Luckily for Andy, he had an untold number of nerds checking his math during the writing process. And that writing process has become the subject matter of certain Uni Lit. classes. I doubt the process can be reproduced because there was a large Topsy factor involved. In any case it's a fun read if you don't want dragons in your fiction.  ;) 

Oh, and if you think the movie covered much of the material in the book I STRONGLY suggest you read the book. I don't know if it's still free online.

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