“To understand all is to forgive all.”

That saying was cited in the holiday issue of The Economist, in reference to how science is making the realm of free will smaller and smaller by showing how man's actions are predetermined by biology. It's an interesting idea. I generally tend to agree with the sentiment. It's hard to really blame most people if you understand the intricacies of their individual situation – though there are certainly exceptions for people who are truly awful (or insane) human beings. Although that may be the fatalist in me coming out. Likely there's room for human agency somewhere, eh?

Back in Berkeley, but thankfully, it feels like coming home. Pizza and B movies make me happy. That last week in Seattle gave me a lot to think about – knitting and manic funding applications are in order.

Still coming up with a list of New Year's resolutions. I think one of them is going to be to read 50 books, which should be pretty achievable if I include schoolbooks. Here's my preliminary reading list:

  1. Dance Dance Dance / Murakami
  2. International Relations of the Asia-Pacific / Ikenberry
  3. Japan Remodeled / Vogel
  4. Remapping East Asia: The Construction of a Region / Pempel
  5. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance / Pirsig
  6. Running with Scissors / Burroughs
  7. Asian Security Order: Instrumental & Normative Features / Alagappa
  8. Power Shift / Shambaugh
  9. Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia / Shambaugh
  10. World of Regions / Katzenstein
  11. Network Power: Japan and Asia / Katzenstein
  12. Globalization and its Discontents / Stiglitz
  13. Forging Reform in China / Steinfeld
  14. Wealth and Poverty of Nations / Landes
  15. Embedded Autonomy / Evans
  16. Great Transformation / Polanyi
  17. Structure and Change in Economic History / North
  18. Varieties of Capitalism / Hall
  19. Architecture of Markets / Fligstein
  20. Catch-22 / Heller
  21. Freakonomics / Levitt
  22. On Beauty / Smith
  23. The World is Flat / Friedman
  24. Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche / Murakami
  25. Blind Willow Sleeping Woman / Murakami
  26. Geek Love / Dunn
  27. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time / Hadden
  28. The Time Traveler's Wife / Niffenegger

I'm debating between domesticity, consumerism and physicality for the day's activities. All sound so very pleasant.

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