January 02, 2017

My Top 16 Songs of 2016

I listened to all the music this year, so you'd only have to listen to the best. Here are my Top 16 Songs of 2016:
Kanye West – Ultralight Beam
Joseph – White Flag
Bon Iver – 00000 Million
William Fitzsimmons – People Change Their Minds
Gungor – Hurricane
Radiohead – Daydreaming
Jesse Harper – Strangers (feat. Aoife O’donovan)
Billie Eilish – Ocean Eyes
Maggie Rogers – Alaska
Regina Spektor – Bleeding Heart
Bon Iver – 8 (circle)
Kyle Morton – Gestalt of Original Pain
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Kevin (feat. Leon Bridges)
James Vincent McMorrow – Rising Water
Gungor – The Great Homesickness
Wilco – Normal American Kids

January 01, 2017

My Favorite Books of 2016

Year 3 of giving up fantasy football and sports radio during my commute to read/listen to more books instead. Finished 23/25 I started this year. Asterisks* note my top recommendations, but everything in the first tier below is really solid. DNF means Did Not Finish.

*The Hard Thing About Hard Things – Ben Horowitz
*How God Changes Your Brain – Andrew Newberg
Based on a True Story – Norm Macdonald
The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket
Disrupted – Dan Lyons
Creativity, Inc. – Ed Catmull
Cultural Literacy for Religion – Mark Benson
The Sin of Certainty – Peter Enns
Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu
Myth in Human History – Grant Voth
The Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche – Robert Solomon
High Output Management – Andrew Grove

Elon Musk: Inventing the Future – Ashlee Vance
Finding God in the Waves – Mike McHargue
Originals – Adam Grant
The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo – Amy Schumer
The Business of Writing for Children – Aaron Shephard
Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter – Liz Wiseman
How to Be Here – Rob Bell
How Google Works – Eric Schmidt
The Inevitable – Kevin Kelly
The Lean Startup – Eric Ries
The Outsiders – William Thorndike

Wages of Rebellion – Chris Hedges (DNF)
The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith and Idiocy – Rainn Wilson (DNF)

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