Book notes

Somewhat detailed notes from the books that I read.

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant

Read in December 2022

"Don't take yourself so seriously, you're just a monkey with a plan."

Offline Matters

Read in July 2021

"We are all bored and everything is boring. Occupied 24/7, doing nothing at all."

You Are Not So Smart

Read in January 2021

"In science, we move closer to the truth by seeking evidence to the contrary. Perhaps the same method should inform our opinions as well."

The Little Book of Stoicism

Read in December 2020

"It's impossible to learn which you believe you already know."


Read in December 2020

"If your mind's natural view of the world is skewed, it's skewed for a reason."

Keep Going

Read in December 2020

"Walking is a way to find possibility in your life when there doesn't seem to be any left."

The New Corporation

Read in December 2020

"Corporation's freedom detracts from our freedom, and it's a zero-sum game."

Bird by Bird

Read in December 2020

"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life."

The Practice

Read in December 2020

"The practice requires you to seek out experience of uncertainty to place yourself in a room where you will create discomfort."

Everything Is F*cked

Read in November 2020

"Living well does not mean avoiding suffering; it means suffering for the right reasons."

Animal Farm

Read in November 2020

"Beasts of England beasts of Ireland, Beasts of every land and clime, Hearken to my joyful tidings, Of the golden future time."

The Conscious Creative

Read in November 2020

"I am committed to acting as ethically as I can while accepting my compulsory participation in a problematic capitalist paradigm."

On Writing Well

Read in November 2020

"An occasional short sentence can carry a tremendous punch."

This Is Marketing

Read in November 2020

"What people say about you is more important than what you say."

The Best Interface Is No Interface

Read in October 2020

"Our love for the digital interface is out of control, and our obsession is ruining the future of innovation"

Your Music and People

Read in October 2020

"Assume nobody is going to help you. If someone does, then it gets even better."

Utopia for Realists

Read in October 2020

"As long as we continue to be obsessed with work, work, and more work, the number of superfluous jobs will only continue to grow."

Anything You Want

Read in October 2020

"If you want to be useful, you can start now. Just put one percent of your vision, and you are in the game."

Show Your Work!

Read in October 2020

"Unless you are a real ninja, rockstar, or guru, stay away from those words."

Make Time

Read in September 2020

"Change comes from resetting defaults, installing barriers and designing how you spend your time."

Programming Elm

Read in September 2020

"Elm functions are curried, which is the fancy way of saying they take one argument at a time."

Start Small, Stay Small

Read in September 2020

"Market comes first, marketing second, aesthetic third, and functionality a distant fourth."

Laws of UX

Read in August 2020

"Use more meaningful metrics like "helping people to achieve their goals" rather than "daily active users" or "time spent on site"."

The Dip

Read in August 2020

""Quitters never win and winners never quit" is a bad advice. Winners quit all the time. They just quit the right stuff at the right time."

The Pragmatic Programmer

Read in August 2020

"A dead program normally does a lot less damage than a crippled one."

Arcade Game Typography

Read in August 2020

"A typeface is an abstract idea, a design that does not take any physical form, while a font is the physical manifestation of a typeface."


Read in August 2019

"In chemical reactions, there are rate-determining steps which affects the time required to complete the reaction. Your weakest point is the rate-determining step."

Reinvent Yourself

Read in July 2019

"Supposedly it takes 10.000 hours to master something. Unfortunately, most people spend 10.000 hours trying to be jerks to others."

The Divided Self

Read in January 2019

"An ontological secure person has his sense of the world, his identity and other beings in the world as an autonomous individual."

Company of One

Read in January 2019

"All you need is to be a decent human being with a valued skill set and a willingness to share what you know with people who’ll listen."

Atomic Habits

Read in January 2019

"If you can get 1 percent better each day for one year, you'll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you're done."

Skin in the Game

Read in January 2019

"You will never fully convince someone that he is wrong; only reality can."

How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog

Read in January 2019

"The physical reality does not exist until a measurement is made, which poses its own philosophical problems: Scrodinger's Cat and Wigner's Friend."


Read in December 2018

"Seventy-nine percent of smartphone owners check their device within fifteen minutes of waking up every morning."

Six Easy Pieces

Read in December 2018

"Observation, reason, and experiment make up what we call the scientific method."

Choose Yourself!

Read in November 2018

"You and I have the same twenty-four hours each day. Is that how you will spend yours?"