Media diet for Q2 2018


  • Mearsheimer, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics. Interesting, albeit obviously not convincing. Just me trying to get a sense for how international relations debates work.
  • Rosling, Factfulness. Decent for what it’s trying to be. Similar in spirit and content to Enlightenment Now, but narrower in scope and written for a wider audience.

These days I finish fewer books than I used to, and prefer to skip around more.


Spotify playlist here.

Music I most enjoyed discovering this quarter:

Had completely forgotten about, now rediscovered and really liked:

Why so many re-discoveries this quarter? I’m listening through the history of rock music again and constructing this playlist along the way. Many great albums aren’t listed above because I hadn’t forgotten about them. 🙂


Ones I “really liked” (no star), or “loved” (star):

  • Christopher Guest: Mascots (2016)
  • Various: Atlanta, season 2 (2018) ★
  • Blue Planet II (2017) ★
  • Ramsay: You Were Never Really Here (2017) ★
  • Linklater: Last Flag Flying (2017)


Ones I “really liked” (no star), or “loved” (star):

  • Alto’s Odyssey

Old favorites

Discovered long ago…

  1. Quite similar to Dream Theater’s classic “Dance of Eternity”![]


  1. Sam says

    Hey man don’t know if you check these comments, but I just saw some interview with scaruffi you held a while ago on posted on the now defuct listology, there’s a bad link to “my scaruffian history of videogames”. Any way someone would be able to see that videogame thing?

  2. Sebastian ] says

    Hey, this is totally unrelated to this post, but I have read a ton of your own blog – commonsenseatheism – and I read a particular post where you reviewed William Lane Craig’s debates. I noticed that the debate between him and Sean Carroll had not happened at that point, and I wondered if you ever saw it, and if so, what you thought of it. I couldn’t find you commenting on it anywhere.

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