// The Comment #8: Happy New Year

The Comment is a weekly digest of the stuff that grabbed my attention or occupied some part my mind during the past week. Normally, it’ll be one thing that’s really been on my mind, followed by a handful of things that I found interesting. The Comment will be published each Monday at 10:30AM EST. 

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# A few favorites

Here are just a few things that stood out for me in all of 2017.

Travel

Kente cloth making in Juaben, Ghana

I traveled to Ghana in March 2017 with my family.  We spent some time in Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, and a few places in between.  We toured two former slave castles, walked the canopy bridge, and had dinner at a hydroelectric dam.  It was a fantastic trip with a lot of great people, food, experiences, and provided me with a different perspective and worldview.  I look forward to making a few more trips to Ghana.

Book

I read a handful of books in 2017, but my favorite was definitely The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap by Mehrsa Baradaran. Mehrsa documents the numerous economic systems and policies that contributed to the wealth gap between black and white families (and banks) including slavery, sharecropping, Jim Crow, The New Deal, and more.  I will write more on this in the future, but it’s a good, eye-opening read, especially in light of our regressive tax policies going into effect today.

Runner Up: The New Jim Crow

Podcast

“Mic check, one, two, one, two!”

The Joe Budden Podcast easily turned into my favorite podcast in all of 2017. It’s a hip hop based podcast where Joe, Rory, and Mal chat about news and events in the culture.  It’s hilarious.  Warning: It’s definitely NSFW.

Runner Up: Uncivil

Internet Reading

I’ve been reading James Clear for a couple years now.  2017 is the year where I put some of his lessons into practice.   JamesClear.com presents an infrastructure for achieving your goals and desires for a better personal life by showing you how establish and consistently follow through on your habits.  All of his recommendations and tips are backed by science.  I found that just buying into a system to be critical, for me, for moving the ball forward in 2017.

Tech

Source: CNET

There were a few things here that I could have chose, but the one thing that has had a effect on my life is the camera on the Pixel XL & Pixel 2 XL.  I take a lot of pictures, most of them being of my family.  I used to take “good” pictures with a Sony NEX-6 digital SLR camera.  The NEX-6 takes great pictures, but its big, bulky, and has middling battery life.  Starting with the Pixel, and now the Pixel 2, I’ve begun capturing some of life’s most precious experiences with these devices because the camera is that good.

Album

“Laila’s Wisdom” by Rapsody.  Laila’s Wisdom is the entire package, great production, great lyricism and storytelling, great features, and great artwork.

// Bitcoin vs. LiteCoin vs. Ethereum

Here is a good explainer on the differences between Bitcoin, LiteCoin, and Ethereum.

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