Daily Entry: October 12th, 2017

Thu Oct 12 18:14:33 UTC 2017

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0000 TV: We Bare Bears
0030 TV: We Bare Bears
0100 Winding down
0130 SLEEP
0200 SLEEP
0230 SLEEP
0300 SLEEP
0330 SLEEP
0400 SLEEP
0430 SLEEP
0500 SLEEP
0530 SLEEP
0600 SLEEP
0630 SLEEP
0700 SLEEP
0730 SLEEP
0800 SLEEP
0830 SLEEP
0900 SLEEP
0930 SLEEP
1000 Waking up
1030 Walk to work
1130 Zendesk Jade/JS Pike Place Market
1200 Lunch
1230 Lunch
1300 Zendesk Jade/JS Zendesk OAuth Stuff
1330 1:1 with David
1400 Zendesk Jade/JS Zendesk OAuth Stuff
1430 Zendesk Jade/JS Zendesk OAuth Stuff
1500 Zendesk Jade/JS SST Demo Stuff
1530 1:1 with Noj Zendesk OAuth Stuff
1600 Social buffer Zendesk OAuth Stuff
1630 Social buffer End of day review
1700 Seattle Event
1730 Seattle Event
1800 Seattle Event
1830 Seattle Event Seattle Public Library
1900 Walk to Sizzle Pie
1930 Hanging out
2000 Hanging out
2030 Hanging out
2100 Hanging out
2130 Buffer Walk home
2200 Buffer Hanging out
2230 Buffer Reading "Basic Econ."
2300 Walk home Gaming: Overwatch
2330 Buffer Gaming: Overwatch
Fri Oct 13 05:52:23 UTC 2017

I have gotten a library card and checked out my first book: "Basic Economics" by Thomas Sowell. I anticipate that I will be very critical of it. Someone who expresses opinions I disagree with, but in a manner that shows he has put thought into those opinions thinks highly of this book. From what I understand of the author, and the book, it will not be a book whose main priority is a well-rounded introduction to economics, but a book about economics with a libertarian agenda.

I'm keeping that bias in mind as I head into the book. It will paint my opinion of the book, and unfairly so, unless I keep the bias in check and properly balance it out. It can be an exercise in managing first impressions, as "Hire with Your Head" recommends.

This book is due back at the library on November 2nd. This gives me 22 days (counting today) to 634 pages. So I gots about 30 pages to read per day. I just read 13 pages in about 15 minutes, so I have a little over a half-hour of reading to do on average per day.

Totally doable.

Though, I must say, I'm already noticing the libertarian slant the book has. Consider this rather mundane quote: "In a market economy coordinated by prices, there is no one at the top to issue orders to control or coordinate activities throughout the economy."

I think, already, I'm noticing a lack of consideration of who controls the wealth, and the role that leverage plays in economies. Though right on the cover there is a note about this edition of the book: "See Especially the Newly Added Chapter on International Wealth Disparities".

So, perhaps I will be happily proven wrong here.

In any case, I'd like to keep a running commentary on this book whilst I read it. I think it'd prove valuable as a means of keeping track of my reactions to the book, and whether or not those reactions are fair, or more-importantly if those reactions are true.

So far, the book started off strong, but has already started implying libertarianism to be the one true economic strategy. I've liked the definition of economics, and the statement that: "regardless of our policies, practices, or institutions [...] there is simply not enough to go around to satisfy all our desires to the fullest. [...] These various kinds of economies [socialist, capitalist, feudal, etc.] are just different institutional ways of making trade-offs that are inescapable in any economy."

I'm thinking that I will gain some good vocabulary, concepts, and valid economic lenses even if this book ends up painting pure capitalism as the best economic strategy in every case.

It will be like learning a game from a particularly good player, but that player only believes in one methodology of playing. As long as I learn good fundamentals and keep potential flaws in mind, I should still be better off than starting from scratch, and maybe even better off than reading the opinions of an expert whose conclusions I agree with or trying to navigate the labyrinth of blatant and nuanced disagreement amongst experts at once.

In any case, for the two of you who might follow me on this journey, if I manage to keep posting my thoughts, know that they are a work-in-progress whilst I read this book, and hopefully I'll come back to these notes after I finish the book and then consolidate everything into a well-constructed opinion.

Having already written a lot today, I'll stop reading for the day. I should still finish the book if I manage to do a proper 30 pages per day starting tomorrow. I'm thinking I'll attempt to stop by the library on my way home everyday for a solid hour of a reading per day. We'll see, though, as I also want to try running home from work, and carrying a rather large book while running makes me think that these are mutually exclusive ideas.

I have some thoughts about fixing this exclusivity, but they have pros and cons themselves. We'll see what I decide to do.