Currently reading: The American War in Afghanistan by Carter Malkasian πŸ“š

Finished reading: The Diplomacy of the American Revolution by Samuel Flagg Bemis πŸ“š

Finished reading: Finding Faith in Foreign Policy by Gregorio Bettiza πŸ“š

Flawed, and I wouldn’t recommend starting with this oneβ€”but it’s essential for the topic.

Finished reading: King Henry IV Part 1 by William Shakespeare πŸ“š

A Psychiatrist Tried to Quit Gambling. Betting Apps Kept Her Hooked, WSJ

Betting companies “…can track when customers last used the app and offer credits and other incentives to persuade their most-valued gamblers–by definition, the biggest losers–to return.

I’m giving up social media for Lent, inter alia. While I will still be posting (from Drafts or MarsEdit), I will not be interacting much or at all until Easter. My choice has more to do with other platforms than MicroBlog ::coughYouTubeTwittercough:: but I want to be earnest all the same. πŸ™πŸ½

Finished reading: Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and Their Decline by Charles de Secondat Montesquieu πŸ“š

Been a while since I’ve had an afternoon coffee and just read. (In this case, to prep for my class tomorrow.) β˜•οΈ πŸ“š

Cup of black coffee and a small book by Montesquieu

Help my niece, Gemma Wichmann, win best software girls basketball in Northeast Ohio. She was winning, but slipped to second today.

Social-media companies are embracing this new type of push because people are posting and interacting less publicly on social media… While the number of notifications on any given app fluctuates over time, they have risen on nearly every major social-media app since July 2023…

Wall Street Journal

Finished reading: The Histories by Polybius πŸ“š

If you don’t accidentally nick the palm of your hand with a block plane, are you even doing your job helping your son with his pine wood derby car?

🎡 Trio Session Demos - Okonski - β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

Trio Session Demos - Okonski poster

Finished reading: Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck πŸ“š

I was randomly contacted to participate in a national survey about the 2024 election. As one who holds a PhD in political science I was more gitty to β€œlook under the hood” than happy to share my idiosyncratic views as a member of the electorate. Lot of interesting survey design questions.

🎡 Technically Acceptable - Ethan Iverson - β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

Technically Acceptable - Ethan Iverson poster

Weird album. Very inconsistent from song to song, both in terms of mood but also in quality.

Finished reading: On War by Carl von Clausewitz πŸ“š

Technically, I read the Jolles Translation with my students, but that edition includes Sun-Tzu and I don’t want to imply that I read both at the end of the year.

Finished reading: History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides πŸ“š

Arguably the best translation I’ve worked with Lattimore and Woodruff’s abridged coming in close behind.

Welp, make that two kids down with strep. One of the littles woke up from a nap saying that it hurt to swallow.

Big kid has strep. Been at least a year but ugh. He’s miserable. Now it’s a wait-and-see to see if the others develop symptoms.