I work in what has been described as a "high-beta" industry, so I'm getting my hours in while they're still available to me. Here's what I've been up to when I'm not working, drinking and working, or [working] with my kids.
I highly recommend "Dark Pools" which is about how we've come to the point where trades are measured in picoseconds (a trillionth of a second) in order to remain competitive. Sounds boring, but it's written in the same style as a Michael Lewis book and if you ever wanted to know how a guy with lizards running around in his server room helped narrow the average holding period for a stock from two years to twenty seconds, well this is the book for you.
I also read "Savages" and it's prequel (probably not worth reading). This was before I knew Oliver Stone was doing the movie. A cross between Weeds and No Country For Old Men - really very entertaining fiction.
Other books I enjoyed the last six months: Ready Player One, Deer Hunting with Jesus, This Book Will Save Your Life, The George Martin series, Open City (about NYC), 1Q84, Horns: A Novel, The Fear Index, 11/22/63, Smonk, & The Digital Plague.
Believe it or not, "The Help" is excellent. I also finally saw "Too Big To Fail" which was surprisingly good and I liked "Rampart" about an LA cop in the 90's. I watched "The Grey" because Liam Leeson lives near me and he is one cool cat. That's about it - since I rarely have more than 30mins to myself, we've been watching TV (Mad Men, Big C, Dexter, Homeland, Boardwalk Empire).
I get around 10 hours a week in and played have played through ME3, Uncharted, Battlefield, Darkness, Gears of War, Arkham City, Modern Warfare and Fear on their most difficult settings this year. I actually just told a high school class that video games are good for you (hand-eye coordination, nonlinear progression, pattern recognition etc), which left their teachers understandably perplexed.
By far the best game I have ever played is Max Payne 3. Below is a screengrab from a fairly typical gameplay scene, so not for the fainthearted:
An easy guide to keeping political news in perspective ...
1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.
2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.
3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country, and who are very good at crossword puzzles.
4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't really understand The New York Times. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie charts.
5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country, if they could find the time -- and if they didn't have to leave Southern California to do it.
6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and did a poor job of it, thank you very much.
7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren't too sure who's running the country and don't really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.
8. The New York Post is read by people who don't care who is running the country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.
9. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country, but need the baseball scores.
10. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure if there is a country or that anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are handicapped, minority, feminist, atheist dwarfs who also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy, provided of course, that they are not Republicans.
11. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.
12. The Seattle Times is read by people who have recently caught a fish and need something to wrap it in.