Utilizing Table Norms

Yesterday, I talked about the discussion of social norms and market norms in Predictably Irrational, then expanded them to apply to the peculiar meta-dynamics of the game table. As I pointed out, you need to know what categories these norms fit into to take advantage of them, but, then, how do you utilize the norms [...]

Social Norms, Market Norms, Table Norms

I have to admit it: I’m addicted to books about how the mind works. I almost always learn something new (I’ve read more than half a dozen this year alone, and not a single one has failed to show me something I hadn’t seen before), they’ve got a lot of cross-discipline uses, and I’ve always [...]

Impressions on Feed and Deadline

The problem with summarizing several books at a time, I’ve found over the last few book posts, is that it’s really hard for me to get across what resonated with me on each of them without either neglecting a few or going into a wall of text. And then there was this week’s batch, in [...]

Weeks of Reading Highlights 6-10-11

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these things, so I’m definitely not going to cover everything I’ve gotten through cover to cover. (It’s just as well. One of the best was nigh-on-impossible to acquire.) I’ve read a lot more than these, but these are the highlights; blame computer issues for my concision.
One [...]

Irritated by Athena

I read The Athena Project for two reasons: one, a patron had recommended it as something I might like, and two, I needed something to read as a painkiller and it was right there. You’d think the premise—an all-female special ops team vs. terrorists trying to reactivate a long-lost pseudo-occult Nazi project—would be right up [...]

A Week of Reading 5-13

Let’s see, what’s on the shelves this week?
The focus of my week’s reading was Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them. This book reminded me of a discussion I’d seen in I-forget-which-speculative-fiction-sourcebook (it might [...]

Earned Suffering and “Hello Kitty Must Die”

Of all the books I read last week, the one that stood out the most was Angela S. Choi’s Hello Kitty Must Die. (Warning: spoilers follow.)
The idea of earned and unearned suffering is practically at the heart of this book, as narrated by its Chinese-American lady lawyer protagonist, Fiona Yu. Given that the other main [...]

A Week of Reading 5-6

Still reading, still working, and this week has been interesting.
The Pericles Commission had been taunting me for a while from its position on the mystery table, so I decided to give it a try. It’s an interesting little piece of work—a mystery, set in Ancient Greece, whose main character and female lead rather reminded me [...]

A Fortnight of Reading 4-28

In my last two weeks, here’s what I’ve been reading.
It was my mother who turned me loose on Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible, an exploration of how the King James Edition of the Bible has influenced American writing and rhetoric ever since—or at least, a look at all sorts of [...]

A Week of Reading 4-15

More adventures from the reading list!
On a recommendation from my weekend coworker and partner in plotting, I read through All I Can Handle, Kim Stagliano’s book about her life as the mother of three autistic children. It’s a fascinating read, and one that keeps me sure that my idea of raising a family will still [...]