As with the old site, this section will cover what I consider my academic pursuits.  Like reviews on books I've read which now include a biography on every president through Carter.  I haven't found one on Reagan that isn't either too biased or too specific.  Recommendations?

 

Also, just to get both sides, I just finished (8/20/15) conservative thought dude Charles Krauthammer's "Things that Matter."  It's a compendium of articles he's written over the last several years that summarizes many of his ideas, though I'd rather hoped it would be just a single train of thought since the articles tended to be his reactions to specific events.

 

I also enjoy educational DVD's.  The same day as I finished the above book, I also finished a set of DVD's from The Teaching Company about the industrial revolution.  It was good in its own right, but I wanted it in preparation for viewing another set covering The Guilded Age!

 

Finally, I'm trying to learn Spanish.  I can now accidentally start international incidents in three languages!

Shin the Scholar (2015)

Hey, it's October 14, 2015.  I haven't figured out how I want to update this section.  I used to keep a list of all the books I'd read and all the educational videos I'd seen.

 

As for the DVD's, I finished the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, not exactly what I wanted in terms of emphasis (I wanted more about economics) but still good.  Now I've changed my focus.  I'm about 2/3 the way through "The Nature of Matter", basically some fundamental chemistry and how it relates to things like food, living organisms, water and such.

 

As for books, I found a series of Latin American folk tales written side by side, English and Spanish.  A challenge for me, but I'm getting faster at reading them as I have to spend less time referring to the English translations!

 

I finally found what looks like a reasonable Reagan biography.  Very long (over 900 pages - do I really want to know THAT much about him?) but so far, so good.

 

I also discovered a new author (for me) Spider Robinson.  He writes Science Fiction, including a series about a bar, "Callahan's Cross-Time Saloon.) Good fun!

 

I suppose that's all for now.

November 20, 2015 - I still need a format.  I'm trying to learn a piece of software (Wget) to back up this site.  It's not working yet, probably because Wix uses a different host for all but the nome page.  I haven't figured out the command to get them and convert them to html pages.  Worse, I haven't figured out how to get their user manual to load!

 

The Nature of Matter was excellent!  The next one I tried covered the Higgs Boson, but my eyes glazed over about halfway through and I gave up.

 

Picked up a book on music theory.  I'm halfway through it.  It has some interesting stuff but I wish it was better written.

 

Finished the Latin American "side by side" stories and also read a Mexican stories book in the same format.  Good fun.  There's a Spanish one that I'll probably get.  I dropped Spanish tutoring in favor of self-study for the time being.  Gotta keep at it though.  Either way, Machu Picchu, here I come!

Last update: Jan. 5, 2016

Moved: Mar. 3, 2016

December 6, 2015 -  Somehow I let the music theory book go!  I really should finish it.  The Reagan bio, probably because it's long, is taking up too much time.  Spanish has also taken a bit of a back seat.  I'm just not scholarly this late in the year!  But then, this was a rather abbreviated month, good mostly for bringing my updates close to the beginning of the month.

December 6, 2015 -  Somehow I let the music theory book go!  I really should finish it.  The Reagan bio, probably because it's long, is taking up too much time.  Spanish has also taken a bit of a back seat.  I'm just not scholarly this late in the year!  But then, this was a rather abbreviated month, good mostly for bringing my updates close to the beginning of the month.

January 5, 2016 - I was reasonably good this year.  I still need to finish the music theory book.  Sadly, it has lots of competition - I got two American History books for Christmas!  I'm gearing up for more Spanish in 2016.  I've gotten my next couple of DVD sets, one for Spanish, the other a history of the middle ages.  Should be good!

 

The trick for 2006 will be focus.  I often go in too many directions and get too distracted.  Good luck, Einstein!