The Sign of Four The story is set in 1888. The Sign of the Four has a complex plot involving service in East India Company, India, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, a stolen treasure, and a secret pact among four convicts ("the Four" of the title) and two corrupt prison guards. It presents the detective's drug habit and humanizes him in a way that had not been done in A Study in Scarlet. It also introduces Doctor Watson's future wife, Mary Morstan.
"The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever" by Christopher Hitchens. Hitchens makes the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first-ever gathering of the influential voices - past and present - that have shaped his side of the current (and raging) God/no-god debate.
Finished 6/2. What a load of horse shit. Straw man king Sam Harris's hateful and unnecessary love letter to atheism wouldn't be so bad if he just offered his view on religion, rather than demonizing and generalizing Christians in the current fashion. If compassion and honest, intelligent discourse are the tools we need to improve the state of our world, Sam Harris needs to stay home and shut up.
Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) is a Japanese concept meaning "a reason for being". Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is regarded as being very important, since it is believed that discovery of one's ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life.