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Igor's Life 03 Jan - 10 Jan 2016

10 January 2016 - Berkeley, California

59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot by Richard Wiseman.

It is a very fascinating read so far. I especially like the summaries at the end of each chapter.

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport.

I am a little biased here. I like Cal Newport’s previous book So Good They Can’t Ignore You and I follow his blog Study Hacks. So, naturally, I could not wait to read this book, I almost preordered it back in December. I got Deep Work on its publication date January 5th and I just finished reading it today. This book gave me some really good ideas which I am going to implement. More about this book later.

Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Just started reading it…

The Big Short by Adam McKay

I really like the movie. The jokes are funny, the conversation are insightful, the acting is superb. I especially liked Steve Carell’s performance. I will definitely watch this movie again.

Margin Call by J. C. Chandor.

After I was done with The Big Short, I googled for “best movies about finance” and stumbled upon Margin Call. I liked it even better than The Big Short. The entire movie happens in just over one day (36 hours) and everything happens in one building. There are no special effects. Under such restrictions, you have to put a lot of thoughts into conversations and the acting has to be excellent. And Margin Call does not disappoint.

American Psycho by Marry Haron

Creepy, disturbing and yet fascinating movie. It doesn’t matter what you do, how much money you have, how strong or good looking you are. None of it seems to matter when it comes to happiness and meaningful life. I probably won’t watch this movie again but I think it is worth watching it at least once. It could be a good wakeup call for some people.

Girona, Spain

Frozen Bubbles in Lake Abraham

Alberta in the winter

Haiti

Stairways to Heaven

Louvre

Eiffel Tower

Mont St. Michele

North Arm of the Saglek Fjord

Icebergs off the coast of Labrador

The Will to Happiness by Pavel Tsatsouline

Well-written article. Pavel usually does a very good job at it. Succinct, informative and motivating. Enough said.

Polar Bear

Reverse Psychology

Lobbying

Fight Clubs

Random Show about New Years Resolutions by Tim Ferriss and Kevin Rose.

Mount Teide is the highest point in Spain located in Canary Islands

Luxembourg Garden is located in Paris.

Dry Tortugas National Part is one of the places I can’t wait to visit. Just look at the pictures of it. It is magical.