I’m still on that NBA tip:
(a wee bit late posting. No one will notice)
I haven’t bought any (yet), but last week’s obsession with sports GMs rekindled my interest in sports analytics. So I’ve wishlisted the following:
Other, unrelated additions to my wishlist (which is creaking under the strain)
- Stealing Fire
- Exploring the economic side of drug dealing, in Narconomics (there are far too many spins on ‘nomics’ now, which affects the books’ credibility. But I think it’s important to remember that it’s often the publisher, not the author, who chooses the title. Looking forward to reading it)
- Killers of the Flower Moon (about the origin of the FBI)
- I was a big fan of the Ninja Turtles cartoon and films in the early 90s (when they were known as ‘Hero Turtles’ here, for stupid reasons). I recently realised I’d never read the comic. I’ll need to change that soon
My fascination this week has been with executives of professional sports teams (mostly NBA). Here’s what I’ve been ingesting on the topic:
- I linked to this last week, but this profile of NBA General Manager, Sam Presti
- This one on former, probably future, exec, Sam Hinkie
- Podcast with Joe Dumars
- Podcast with Bob Myers
- Podcast with Daryl Morey
- One book recommendation I received was about baseball exec Art Rooney, in the badly-titled book, Ruanaidh (pronounced ‘Rooney’)
- One book I have read and now want to read again, is the excellent Moneyball
- Finished reading Philip K Dick’s Minority Report. It’s even better than I remembered. It’s worth mentioning that you could be easily mislead here. Minority Report is actually just one of a number of short stories in here. Every story is good, particularly the Terminatory, A Second Variety.
- Received Soldier Spy, which I knew nothing of, but am looking forward to reading
- Realised yesterday that my local library has The Man Without a Face, about Vladimir Putin. Be reading that soon
I’m currently in love with How I Built This. I can’t usually get behind NPR’s compressed-stories-and-soundbite style, and prefer a more drawn-out conversation (like the Tim Ferriss show). But HIBT is more towards the middle of that spectrum. Episodes are 35-45 minutes, long enough to get to know the interviewee, while still feeling like a more digestible chunk of time. So far I’ve listened to NBA owner Mark Cuban; the founders of Zumba and Vice, the man behind the US success of Power Rangers, and Richard Branson. All very good episodes.
Tim Ferriss’ interview with John Crowley is an emotional rollercoaster. Crowley is hugely inspiring.
After a long time in gestation, last week I finally launched my new podcast. People of Glasgow is a series of interviews with, yes, the people of Glasgow. Every episode will be with a different guest and about a different topic.
Episode 1 is with entrepreneur, personal trainer, and former professional basketball player, Scott Russell. Episode 2 is with film-maker Graham Hughes.
If you want to check it out, the website is peopleofglasgow.co.uk
On iTunes (or just search for ‘People of Glasgow’)
And on Soundcloud
Structures, by J.E. Gordon
One of my recent fascinations is with Charlie Munger’s idea of developing a matrix of Mental Models. One aspect of doing so is learning the basics from a number of fields. At the moment, that means four things for me:
- Buying textbooks
- Buying those crappy-looking, I’ll buy this for Jim for Christmas because I’ve no idea what else to get him but I heard he likes science books. They might be badly-designed and childish. That doesn’t mean they’re not a cheap source of fundamental knowledge
- Putting my ego aside and accepting that I can learn from them
- Actually reading them instead of stockpiling them
My recent purchases fit into #2: