Get Informed

It's a responsibility for everyone to be heavily informed. Often this gets confused with consuming the biggest media sources, but while those sometimes provide value they're often misleading and narrow in their coverage. My primary source of news, discussion, inspiring ideas, and enjoyment comes from podcasts. Podcasts allow for long-form communication and discussion of any topic. They're also easy to listen to when you're driving, cleaning, cooking, etc.

For listening I use Pocket Casts and bought the Full version. It's really worthwhile (as a one-time payment of $3.99 on android) and a way to contribute back to a company making a very valuable product. I listen at 1.5x normal speed and trim silence.

For reading I use Pocket on android and recommend paying for the full version. You can save articles offline and keep your history of articles forever on the app.

Reading
Self

Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (ISBN: 0060928204)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain (ISBN: 0307352156)

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (ISBN: 0062315007)

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right Paperback, Atul Gawande (ISBN: 0312430000)

The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--but Some Don't, Nate Silver (ISBN: 0143125087)

Thinking, Fast and Slow , Daniel Kahneman (ISBN: 0374533557)


Culture

The post American world, Fareed Zakaria (ISBN: 039306235X)


Experiences

Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet, Jesse Itzler (ISBN: 1455534676)

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, Caitlin Doughty (ISBN: 0393351904)

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America, Bill Bryson (ISBN: 0060920084)

On the road, Jack Kerouac (ISBN: 0140042598)


Science

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, Edwin A. Abbott (ISBN: 048627263X)

Parallel Worlds, Michio Kaku (ISBN: 0385509862)

Sex and Death: An Introduction to Philosophy of Biology, Kim Sterelny (ISBN: 0226773043)

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory, Brian Greene (ISBN: 039333810X)

Why Evolution Is True, Jerry A. Coyne (ISBN: 0143116649)


Technology

Programming Erlang: Software for a Concurrent World, Joe Armstrong (ISBN: 193435600X)

The Man Who Lied to His Laptop: What We Can Learn About Ourselves from Our Machines, Clifford Nass (ISBN: 1617230049)

The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development, Chad Fowler (ISBN: 1934356344)

The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win, Gene Kim (ISBN: 0988262592)


Misc

All You Need to Know About the Music Business: Eighth Edition Donald S. Passman (ISBN: 1451682468)

The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey (ISBN: 0786885416)

Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers, Gabriel Weinberg (ISBN: 0976339609)

Battleground Atlantic: How the Sinking of a Single Japanese Submarine Assuredthe Outcome of World War II

Articles
Fun

Long Form Commentary
News
Self-Sufficient
Science
Programming / Technology