Reading List: April / by Simmon Li

I really feel the need to update my blog right now. I just updated my resume, and so I feel like I have to update things that relate to me. Remember that whole reading thing? Yea, it's been working out fantastically. I ended up finishing The End of Energy Obesity, and I have to say I liked the ideas he presents at the end. I think he places high faith in technologies like carbon sequestration (burying CO2 below the ground), but one thing he harped on continuously was the fact that commuting shouldn't happen. His vision for the future was one with the emphasis on local, with a local office building that was linked to big business centers through the internet and tele-presence systems. Apparently, Cisco has a really good system that makes these types of meetings feel life like. All very, very cool. His whole idea is based around the fact that we're approaching peak efficiency levels for things like car motors and other systems that emit CO2. He has a strong focus on conservation through the use of technology and leverages what he calls the "Asymmetry Principle" to create huge savings in fossil and non-renewable fuels burned. He surmises that one unit of energy that doesn't need to be generated is worth quite a number of BOEs (barrel of oil equivalent). It's all pretty cool, and I think it's a little less doom and gloom about our situation. However, he does stress that these types of measures need to be integrated in more than just a novel way. That's something that often sells these types of systems today.

The next book that I'm reading, and have gotten half way through, is Jeff Sach's Common Wealth. I was originally going to read Jihad vs McWorld, but I saw the hardcover for 8$, and well, I couldn't resist. Anyway, it's a pretty interesting read so far, and I think I'll write another "book report" later.

Next on my list, I can't decide between a new book I got called "Peak Everything" or the "Jihad vs McWorld". I also picked up a book on jazz history, which I would definitely be interested in starting as well. I don't like reading two books concurrently because when I did this when I was tangled up with the research papers, I found myself having to refer to my notes to find out which idea or concept came from which book. While these books are polar opposites in subject, I just feel like each deserves my full attention.

Anyway, I'll update you, blog, in a few days.