About me/this blog

I am no longer a student, but for multiple reasons I have decided to keep blogging here.

I work in manufacturing intelligence. My work mainly revolves around developing and maintaining data pipelines and analytical solutions.

This blog is a site where I used to keep close track of stuff I read and learnt. I rarely update the blog these days. Only a small subset of the posts on this blog deal with economics – the blog contains posts about all kinds of stuff: Mathematics, physics, statistics, geology, geography, health care and medicine, psychology, evolutionary biology, genetics, computer science, history, chemistry, anthropology, archaeology, chess, …

Here’s a blog post with some more information about me and this blog.

Here’s an overview post of the 91 books I read in 2021.
Here’s an overview post of the 105 books I read in 2019.
Here’s an overview post of the 150 books I read in 2018.
Here’s an overview post of the 162 books I read in 2017.
Here’s an overview post of the 156 books I read in 2016.
Here is an overview post of the 153 books I read in 2015.
Here’s an overview of the 116 books I read during 2014.
Here’s an overview of the 71 books I read in 2013.

All of the above overview posts contain links to other blog posts covering many of those books, as well as reviews of the books which I have published on goodreads.

Here’s a link to my goodreads profile. Aside from information about books I read the goodreads account also contains a large collection of quotes and aphorisms.

You’re always welcome to ask questions in the comment section. New readers should be aware that the first comment someone leaves on this blog is always withheld automatically to limit spam and needs to be approved by me before it appears on the site; so your first question or comment may not appear immediately.


  1. What is your first & last name? A name for the author (which would be you) of this post so I can use it as a source for something I am writing a research paper on.

    Comment by Shelby s | April 17, 2015 | Reply

    • You’re planning to use my ‘about the author’-page as a source for a research paper? Now I’m curious; what’s the paper about?

      (Update: I’ve sent you an email)

      Comment by US | April 17, 2015 | Reply

  2. I’m interested in emailing you some questions about comments you left on If interested please email me at

    Comment by James Miller | October 17, 2015 | Reply

  3. greetings,
    tried to reply to your post on ssc about humourous books to read but for some reason its not showing up.

    “three men in a boat” by Jerome K. Jerome, its the only thing i’ve read by him but if you like wodehouse you’ll probably like it. some parts reduced me to tears of laughter.

    hope you like it.

    Comment by ssc lurker | September 20, 2016 | Reply

    • I already read that one. I also read Three Men on the Bummel, and Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, by the same author. Oh well, it’s the thought that counts..

      Comment by US | September 20, 2016 | Reply

  4. Saw your question on SSC. FWIW, I’m a college humanities professor w/ undergrad & grad degrees in English literature.

    I’d nominate Wodehouse as the funniest writer in English, but I think the single funniest novel is Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis. Almost all of Amis’s novels are very funny. Moreover, unlike Wodehouse (whom I adore), Amis is a serious writer, by which I mean that he grapples with the problems of life in ways that an entertainer like Wodehouse does not.

    You might also look into Evelyn Waugh, starting w/ A Handful of Dust. Something Waugh and Amis have in common: they take a very bleak view of human beings. They’re misanthropes of a sort. But so funny!

    My wife and I visited Denmark about ten years ago; we found it lovely.

    Comment by Steve Schroer | October 23, 2016 | Reply

    • (For some reason wordpress refuses to display comments made in this specific thread in the sidebar where ‘recent comments’ are displayed, but/so I hope you’ll even so notice that I approved your comment and replied to it.)

      Wodehouse is amazing, but I really did not like Amis’ Lucky Jim. I liked The Old Devils much better, and these are the only two books by (Kingsley) Amis I’ve read. I remember thinking while reading Lucky Jim that the reason I didn’t like it might be that the social stuff that was going on – implicit social signals, the meaning of gestures, stuff like that – was simply too hard for me to follow. I am mildly autistic (diagnosed with Asperger’s) and that kind of thing usually does not cause significant problems while I’m reading books, but occasionally I miss stuff or misinterpret actions and this book I found particularly hard to follow.

      “You might also look into Evelyn Waugh, starting w/ A Handful of Dust.”

      I can’t – it is impossible for me to start out with A Handful of Dust because I’ve already started, with Decline and Fall, which I liked.

      As for the ‘serious writer’ observation, see incidentally also this comment, in particular the second and third paragraph (i.e. my first comments and the Nathaniel Hawthorne quote). As a general rule I don’t tend to hold ‘serious (fiction) writers’ in high regard.

      Anyway, thanks for the comment!

      Comment by US | October 23, 2016 | Reply

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