Trey Reeme


June 2009

Re-buying books

Two books I’ve repurchased after losing (don’t ask me how I can lose a book, because it baffles me, too):

The first is Jose Saramago’s The Tale of the Unknown Island. If you aren’t familiar with Saramago (don’t worry, he’s sort of obscure here in the US), he’s a Portugese writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in the late nineties. Saramago writes in a stream-of-consciousness style that can be a little laborious of a read, but man, it’s worth sticking to (try my favorite, The Double). For The Tale of the Unknown Island, imagine Plato’s cave – a parable – almost a children’s story; simple but deep. Take an hour and read it and you’ll thank me.

The second is George Leonard’s Mastery. I devoured this first during my Personal MBA run with Matt four years ago.

What Leonard teaches: enjoy the plateau – the flow of practicing a skill – rather than relishing in the short-term satisfaction of a climax.

I get all caught up in the climaxes – the eagle putts of life.

The essence is in the six irons on the driving range and learning to shape the shot.


Mint’s dare

Enjoyed this on the Javelin blog today about Mint and their philosophy:

[Aaron] Patzer scoffs at notion that financial institutions and online-banking vendors can keep pace with Mint’s innovation, however. “The thing that I always bank on at Mint is that if you are thought leader and everyone is copying you, then you are by definition ahead of everyone else. And they can only follow so fast…. You can copy one feature of Mint, but you will never be that whole solution.”

Mark points out this, though, which few PFM-lovers discuss:

But more important is the fact that banks and credit unions provide online-banking and bill-pay capabilities that enable customers to monitor AND manage their money.

Windows, Mac, Linux

I’m running all three at home now. I’m most satisfied with Ubuntu (Jaunty Jackalope).

It’s free, fast (running on a seven-year-old machine like a champ), and provides a pretty big sense of accomplishment. Even enjoying the command line.

The Mac is still the fave (I like the juicy iMac screen), but it comes with random shutdowns. Plus, I hate the Mighty Mouse.

But for the price, Ubuntu is king.

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