SPF: What Does It Mean, And Why You Should Care

SPF is neither a number to be taken lightly, nor is it a number you can count on. There’s more to it than just a number that gives an impression of how much protection from the sun you’re getting. But what does that number really mean? And how do manufacturers determine what that number should be? Continue reading

The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough

Book Review: The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 I must admit, I would have never chosen this book out of just needing something to read. What a shame that would have been if I had missed the opportunity to read it. My interest in the book stemmed from a trip where I visited the Panama Canal, Panama, during my trip to Central America. I thought I should have a bit of history about the canal itself, Continue reading

Hungry for Change documentary review

Documentary Review: Hungry for Change I had started writing an article on diets, and why they don't work, with the intent of talking about how meals should be a way of life rather than a fad diet, when I ran across this documentary, and it basically covered a good amount of what I was going to write about. So while I don't normally do movie/documentary reviews, I felt this one was important enough to share. (It turns out there is a book version of this information as well.) Continue reading

Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business by Jeff Howe

Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business I have to admit that my life experiences prior to reading this book led me to the bias that crowds almost always produce worse results than rational individuals acting independently. While that may still be true in (the frequent) cases where crowds suffer from conformity and "groupthink", this book made me reconsider my thinking about the value of crowds the rest of the time. Here is the common sense reason described in the book: Continue reading

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain If you find the study of economics and finance is best suited as a treatment for insomnia rather than pleasurable reading on a relaxing Sunday night, then you're like most people. As it turns out however, finance and economics doesn't have to be dry or boring, it just has to be approached the right way, which is why the authors of Continue reading

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Book review of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. When I first heard about this book, I went through my usual routine to access the book through my overdrive library account. I was delighted to find that the audio book was indeed available, except that I ended up being number 142 for ten copies. Ugh, a long wait indeed. I got impatient, because I was really looking forward to reading this book. Continue reading