Tag: english

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

This is a book about writing non-fiction. At the same time– surprising for me at least– it is a book about writing interesting, beautiful and artistic non-fiction. I am a researcher myself and I write a lot of professional text. But as a researcher I was never educated in writing well. This is the book I was missing. It pointed me to a lot of mistakes that I have done in my writing for many years –not grammatical but aesthetic and literary mistakes.

Don’t “Just do it” but “Just ship it”

Although Nike uses the slogan “Just do it”, I am becoming increasingly convinced that just doing it is not enough at all. In my own life I am increasingly trying to practice “Just ship it” as the main principle underlying everything I do. It is not easy, but I am on my way.

Writing tools

Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark My rating: 5 of 5 stars Very nice book for those like me who are very bad at writing. Tools that cover all the phases of writing, from…

Conversational intelligence

Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust & Get Extraordinary Results by Judith E. Glaser My rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting book that gives you a completely new perspective on conversations. The book explains in depth the relationship…

Technology as intervention: How to best evaluate technology

Evaluate your new technology like doctors evaluate the effect of a new medicine or a new treatment on patients. In this way you will put your users’ problems into focus instead of being guided and biased by your passion for technology.

Don’t just claim it, prove it or assume it!

It is quite common for many students (and many many experiences researchers) to claim things as if they were facts, or to express their wishes and opinions as if they were facts.

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing People

This book is a collection of articles from Harvard Business Review. It is one in a series of books that collect selected articles on specific topics. This one in the series is about different aspects of management. I am a hobby manager, being responsible for a small group of researchers. I thought this book would give me enough insight into management so I can do a decent job. I will provide a quick review of each of the articles and then write down my overall thoughts about this book.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

This is one of the books that my daughter (10) has been talking about for a while. I read it yesterday afternoon. It was quite exciting and sad at times. It is a beautiful book that really takes you back…

The shallows- what the internet is doing to our brains

I finished this book on the flight to Istanbul today. The book is a continuation of an article from the Atlantic called “Is Google making us stupid? What the Internet is doing to our brains”. I never read that article…