When I left Alaska in 2011 I didn’t have enough room in my car for all of my books, so these are the ~104 books I left behind.
I wrote a long time ago that compassion and forgiveness are important when you get into deep meditation states. As this paragraph from Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha suggests, they’re also helpful for beginning meditation states.
(As an example, a long time ago I went to a Zen center for a meditation retreat, and when I’d start meditating I’d think, “I wish I had done X when I was at home, it really bothers me that I didn’t do that. In fact, it’s driving me nuts.” I was eventually able to meditate, but whenever I lost my concentration, this was always the first thought that came up.
Besides books on sports, the first book I remember reading that wasn’t assigned to me by a teacher is Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl.
On a drive back to Colorado in 2017 I listened to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. In the book, The Lady Chablis talked about how much the estrogen shots affected her, mentally and physically — her thoughts, such as who she was attracted to, and her physical attributes.
I’ve often thought about how our thoughts and behavior are affected by our hormones (estrogen, testosterone, etc.). That’s one reason I like meditation: The farther you get away from the physical body and chemically-influenced brain, the more you can figure out who you are.
I normally don’t like to have sales on my books, but the short story is that the PDF version of Functional Programming, Simplified is currently on sale for $15.
If Functional Programming, Simplified seems large, a) I intentionally wrote it in a simple, leisurely style, and b) it’s a lot easier than reading hundreds of blog posts and all of those books on the right (although a few of those books are really good).
November 29, 2019: A few days ago I made the PDF version of “Hello, Scala” free, and today I made the paperback version of “Hello, Scala” available again, and reduced it’s price from $20 to just $10. Click the image below to buy the book on Amazon.
As I’ve noted before, the contents of this book are being updated and improved, and in the future it will be available as Scala Book. The HTML version of those contents are currently available on the docs.scala-lang.org site.
November 26, 2019: The PDF version of my book “Hello, Scala” is now free, and you can download it by clicking on the image below.
Future “updated and improved” versions of the book are being released as Scala Book. Currently an HTML version of the book is available here on the scala-lang.org website, and we’ll have PDF, MOBI, and ePub versions of that available once the creation process is automated and a few other issues are resolved.
But for now, click on the image below if you’d like to download the PDF of Hello, Scala for free: