What I’ve Been Reading, Playing, and Listening to – End of Year 2018

It’s been a while since I catalogued one of these, so I’ve probably forgotten quite a bit.


  • The Four – Hidden DNA of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google
  • Capitalist Realism – Excellent book about where we are today
  • Net Smart – Howard Rheingold
  • Essay in Aesthetics – Jose Ortega y Gasset
  • Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of the Ring – read for the first time with my kids, they were enchanted
  • Technically Wrong – Sara Wachter-Boettcher
  • The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin
  • Grant – Ron Chernow


  • Overwatch
  • Minecraft
  • Tokaido – beautiful board game that is slow and not overly competitive
  • Starbound – beautiful and deep pixel game in the style of Stardew Valley


Listening, Spoken

  • King Arthur: History and Legend
  • Great Minds of the Medieval World
  • Understanding the Inventions that Changed the World
  • The American Civil War
  • Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, Scandals
  • Great Explorations
  • How Conversation Works


What I’ve Been Reading, Playing, and Listening to – Winter 2018


  • The Three Body Problem & The Dark Forest
  • Ancillary Justice
  • The Wild Robot – novel for young kids, great for bringing up discussion questions like “What is forgiveness?” and “Is a robot alive?”
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Tombs of Atuan
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Wicked
  • Ready Player One
  • When Inclusion Excludes: A counter narrative of open online education
  • Open: The philosophy and practices that are revolutionizing education and science



  • Minecraft
  • Stardew Valley
  • Subnautica
  • One Hour, One Life
  • Witcher 3
  • Age of Empires 2
  • Legend of Zelda (original) – found a place online to play and be able to save this classic, a little gaming history for the kids


Listening, in high rotation


Listening, spoken