New Year's Eve 2008 -- Quick Bytes

Posted on December 31, 2008 by Blake Leath

Just a few quick thoughts before the year concludes; housekeeping items, mostly:

This past week, a great 'double feature' on Charlie Rose... Malcolm Gladwell discussing his late, great book, Outliers (, and Geoff Colvin discussing his similar book, Talent is Overrated (

And then, on 12/23, Charlie interviewed Bill Gates, a consummate polymath, as I describe in Cultivating the Strategic Mind.  Anyway, Gates mentioned a number of things that interest him these days, and one of them is the university course Big History, by David Christian.  You can order your DVD and learning materials here

Thirdly, I look forward to seeing The Reader sometime soon.

I just saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  Much ado about nothing.

Yesterday, I saw Gran Torino with/by Clint Eastwood.  Outstanding.  Absolutely phenomenal.  Small, simple, then powerful and majestic.  A great film that challenges the real meaning of racism.

Sixthly (!), if you run Windows Vista, check out:

All for now; continue those Happy Holidays!