Music in 2023

Here’s the brain dump of what I added to my collection this year. Please note that not everything was released in 2023, it’s just the year I got it.



Some of these are still pre-release, but they show up in my list, so…

I also highly recommend jwz's 2023 music wrap-up.

The Long Run

One of the things I picked up while participating in Fleet Feet running programs is the weekly long run. My weekday runs are between 4-6 miles, because I'm doing them before work and there is a limit to how early I will get up to exercise, and that limit is 5:30am.

Since I'm not training for anything in particular, it's not a big deal to me that I tripled my weekdays runs on my weekend long run. I'm sure for a training program that would be a big no-no, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I've made it to the end of the Upper Bidwell Park fire road 5 times now and this was the fastest of them all. Not bad for a guy in his 50s!

2023 Books

I consume the majority of my books through audio, specifically Audible, some through Kindle, and then some dead tree versions. Don’t @ me, it’s what I do and if you don’t and use something else, that’s awesome. I’m truly happy for you.

So, here’s my 2023 books by medium.


Roadkill by Dennis E. Taylor. I didn’t finish it. In fact, I don’t think I get more than 50 “pages” in before giving up. I don’t know why, it just…didn’t work out.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz. Didn’t finish.

Buy-In by John P. Jitter, Lorne A. Whitehead. A really good, short read on how to not have your good idea killed by other people.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. It was…fine. Fantasy isn’t my favorite genre, but I stuck with this one.

The Caledonian Gambit by Dan Moren. Didn’t finish.

SpecOps by Craig Alanson. An interesting sci-fi novel but I think the narrator isn’t my favorite.

Wool by Hugh Howey. I read this because I watched Silo. I think I live the TV version more, but I appreciate how much more detail the book was able to give. I don’t think I read the rest though.

Quit by Annie Duke. A solid advice book.

Slow Time Between Stars by John Scalzi. It’s just a short story, but I instabuy anything from Mr. Scalzi.

The Crux by Richard P. Rumelt. The follow-up to his quintessential book on strategy and well worth the read.

Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman. You have a finite time to live, what are you doing with that time?

Paradise by Craig Alanson. The third book in his series. Haven’t finished it yet. Again, probably the narrator.

Starter Villain by John Scalzi. Absolutely hilarious, but again, I’ll buy anything from Scalzi.

Product Roadmaps Relaunched by C. Todd Lombardo, Bruce McCarthy, Evan Ryan, and Michael Connors. This book is fantastic and if you have to create roadmaps for software teams or projects, this is a must-read.

Wiring the Winning Organization by Gene Kim, Steve Spear. Even if you aren’t a manager, this is well worth the read and it’s based on a ton of research.

The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu. Still reading, hoping for good things.

Switch by Dan and Chip Heath. All about the science of changing behavior.

Kindle/Dead Tree

Product Operations by Melissa Perri, Denise Tilles. Haven’t started yet.

Tidy First? By Kent Beck. Haven’t started yet.

Implementing Service Level Objectives by Alex Hidalgo. Haven’t started yet.

Extreme Programming Explained by Kent Beck and Cynthia Andres. A good read, but also easy to put down when distracted.