Starting again

Wed 21 November 2018

I haven’t posted here in two years. This site was meant to be a way for me to start writing something more than post random crap on Twitter. I’ve failed at that, but I’d like to try again.

I’ve a couple of small projects that I think I can use to get started again. I haven’t been able to get a start on this year’s Advent of Code, but I’d like to do as much of them through until the end of the year as I can, and write posts about the problems, any issues I ran into, and how I solved them.

Also, there are a few books I’d like to write posts about, as I intend on finally going through with reading them. They’re mostly self-help books that I want to read so I can try to become a better person than I am now.

  • :59 Seconds by Professor Richard Wiseman. The idea here is to develop some better habits to make me more effective than I am now. I like to be more organised and diligent than I am now, and possibly become a little less anxious and more open with people without needing something like alcohol for it to happen. I’d like to have healthier relationships with people, and especially friends and family.

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Even if the title seems a bit mercenary, it’s really just about becoming a better conversationalist. I don’t particularly care about the salesman side of the book or trying to become pursuasive, just to become more engaging with people that matter to me.

  • Asperger’s from the Inside Out is something I’ve been meaning to read so that I can learn to cope better with life rather than avoiding it, a pattern I’ve found myself trapped in since my twenties, which hasn’t done much to make my life as good as it might be. While I’m high functioning, and I think I mostly pass, that’s partly through avoidance of situations that might out me or which I don’t think I could deal with well. I’d like to fix that.

  • Finally, Taking Ourselves Seriously & Getting It Right by Harry Frankfurt. The one book here that isn’t at self-help book, but it does, for me, fit the theme. To quote one of the reviewers on Good Reads, “Frankfurt’s thesis is that love, being volitional, can serve as both a unifying principle in the personality and as moral guidance.

It’s thus upon me now to read these four books and then write about them here.