Sam Warnaars

Amsterdam - Morning commute

Lynn told me the spelling of the name of this store indicates it’s owned by a family from either Singapore or Hong Kong.

Just unboxed a new vacuum cleaner! Our robo vac wasn’t cutting it, especially with multiple floors. My daughter’s thrilled about the new one – it’s not ‘smart’ like the robo, which she’s been side-eyeing ever since it announced her dining spot always needed extra cleaning after diner.

Finished reading: Collaborating with the Enemy by Adam Kahane 📚 4/5

Finished reading: Red Notice by Bill Browder 📚— this book was recommended by a friend a few months ago as a fascinating read on Russia, and mentioned in a podcast as a book a good book to understand ‘the Russian’. While there’s obviously no single way to understand a whole country, this book indeed …

Finished reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman 📚— It was hard to put away. I like how Neil Gaiman writes and combines a world of Gods, myths and dreams together. 5/5

Finished reading: The Madness of Crowds by Douglas Murray 📚 — second time that the initial minutes put me off due to the topics discussed (as I’ve had so much of that already), but it was well worth the continued attention. I learned a lot about the various waves of activism, and now have a richer …

The Parent Trap, 1998 - ★★★★½

Watched on Wednesday May 3, 2023.

The Marriage Escape, 2020 - ★★★★½

Watched on Sunday April 23, 2023.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, 2022 - ★★★★

I finally got around seeing this film. It got quite some slack from friends, so I didn't expect much of it. Still I enjoyed it.

Finished reading: Thomas Jefferson by R. B. Bernstein 📚— I wanted to learn more about some of the American history, as well as try a second biography. Thomas Jefferson was an interesting figure, and at times I would forget how long ago he lived. The cross connections with Europe and how this puts …

Finished reading: The Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin 📚 —> a former manager (American) asked me some time ago if I had read this book. She was reading it at the time and had wondered if it resembled what it would be like for me to interact with Americans. I enjoyed reading/listening it …

Finished reading: The Story of My Experiments with Truth by M. Gandhi 📚— this was recommended to me a few years ago, I finally got around to listen it. This first autobiography I listened, and I kind of liked it. It was a weird time capsule with acceptance of child marriage, castes, loyalty to the …

Finished reading: Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell 📚 — this was a quick listen. The audio version wasn’t just the book read by the author, but contained original audio recordings when possible. The story it self was what I had expected; fine, sometimes interesting. Nothing too deep or …

Finished reading: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman 📚 — This book was recommended to me in the summer of 2021. I once started reading, but didn’t get into the story. After finishing listening Norse Mythology (narrated by Neil Gaiman too) I wanted to give this another try. I loved the …

Finished reading: The History of Magic by Chris Gosden 📚 — this was quite a long listen. I did enjoy most of it. The book spans a way longer history than I had expected. Also, I found it interesting to have it grounded in view of someone with an archeological background. It’s the first book I …

Finished reading: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman 📚 — I started to read this back in the summer of ‘22 but only finished it with the audio version. The stories are a delight, and I had been unfamiliar with the post Ragnarok story. I need to check if that was a personal addition, or if it’s actually …

Finished reading: The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli 📚 — this is a short book. Very accessible and with a great writing style. It covers both theory and philosophical topics around the concept of time. I might revisit this one again — 5/5

Finished reading: A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking 📚 — while interesting and mostly accessible, some parts were to theoretical for me to casually comprehend — 3/5

Finished reading: DisneyWar by James B. Stewart 📚 I never thought I would be drawn into a corporate drama like this. It’s amazing to hear this story, detailing so many movies and series I saw as a child, teenager and student. The story is colourful, and some of the names are still around in the …

I made it to the Benelux office, 2 years and 1 day after joining Disney Streaming. Starting 2023 I’ll be in the office a little more often.

I finished listening: The War on the West by Douglas Murray — ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ — initially I was afraid this would be to rightist for my taste, but I found it insightful and balanced📚

Something new starting 2021

I’m almost ready to do another class for Beeckestijn. Tomorrow I’ll have 8 people in my group for a deep dive in Voice technology and use cases. I’m looking forward to teaching:)

Currently reading: Early Retirement Extreme by Jacob Lund Fisker 📚

Experiment: Publieke dagelijkse Audio update

De eerste update in audio vorm hier. Wat we nu al iets langer dan een week af en aan via Cappuccino doen — een app die je in staat stelt om een social audio bulletin te maken — probeer ik het nu meer publiek te doen. Ik denk dat ik dit een week of twee ga proberen:)