Todd Grotenhuis

March 21, 2021

Sunday Quote πŸ“‘

This is a quote I have in my favorites simply so that I get the reminder frequently. In another of his books (Food Rules) Pollan also says: β€œThe banquet is in the first bite” and β€œNo other bite will taste as good as the first, and every subsequent bite will progressively diminish in satisfaction.” and β€œ...as you go on, you’ll be gettin...
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March 18, 2021

Pen Pals

At the end of 2020, I started exchanging correspondences with people. It was a delight...at first. It's fun to put real pen to real paper. It's fun to give and receive. It's fun to find something in the mail. I found myself feeling a bit overwhelmed with the prospect of writing back, over time. As I contemplated this, I realized that I...
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March 17, 2021

My Keto Question on the Peter Attia Drive Podcast πŸŽ™

One of my favorite podcasts is The Peter Attia Drive. Every episode they go deep into topics related to health and longevity. These are not always biological and medical, sometimes topics can go into psychology, personal development, etc. They've had many deep dives on various issues of metabolism and metabolic syndrome, something that...
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March 15, 2021

Processing my Leadership Competency Survey

Yes, I'm processing these "out loud" on the Internet. Writing helps me work through it and keeps me honest to myself. I won't share all the details, but will share a few notes along the way. The Background: All the leaders in my broader group (think: my boss's boss's group, about 800 people) are going through a leadership curriculum. A...
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March 14, 2021

Sunday Quote πŸ“‘

As is often the case, Le Guin shares an insight that is simultaneously cutting-and-beautiful. What she's described here gets at why I like and prefer the term "speculative fiction". Speculative fiction, or SpecFic, asks: what if?While we tend to think of science fiction and fantasy as the two types of speculative fiction, I think it go...
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March 13, 2021

πŸ“š Finished Reading: An Altar in the World

An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor ⭐⭐⭐ I had heard the author's name before, but resolved to go read one of her books upon experiencing one of her reflections in my Lenten readings (collected & published by Plough/Bruderhof). This is one of the author's later books, published after retiring from parish ministry. This book is...
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March 12, 2021

Friday: Good Reads

Happy Friday! Here's a link to the articles & essays I enjoyed reading this week. Topics include: β€’ Right to Repair β€’ Hey World β€’ upgradeable laptops β€’ how to make a smart watch work for you instead of the other way around β€’ CDC updates on COVID19 precautions β€’ an RPG experiment β€’ climate change β€’ Banksy and NFT chaos β€’ the African Ame...
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March 10, 2021

Intro to Risk Assessment

In cybersecurity* we talk a lot about risk. The measurement of risk can be a very complicated affair. Today, I want to share a super-distilled & simplified view of risk, and then point you to a resource in case you want to learn about a much deeper and financially-aligned method. Because I'm sharing a super-simplified method, it applie...
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March 8, 2021

πŸ“š Finished Reading: The Fate of Food

The Fate of Food by Amanda Little ⭐⭐⭐, Recommended I recommend this book for all who want to learn about the complex challenges of maintaining a scalable, healthy, sustainable food ecosystem. Here is my summary (from my public notes): β€œThe threats to a scalable, healthy, sustainable food ecosystem are many. There are no easy solutions....
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March 8, 2021

πŸ“š Finished Reading: Anansi Boys

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman ⭐⭐⭐ (book notes) This is the 4th time (maybe more?) that I've tried a Neil Gaiman book and found it pretty disappointing. It's not that the books are bad, it's just that they often feel like the kind of book I should really like, but I don't. They've got wit. They've got that fantastic-that-could-almost-be-re...
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