Remember my idea for a hacklab/hack space from last year? It’s still a go-ahead project and we’re looking for interested people to come to an informal meetup sometime in the near future. Join the temporary Google Group for the hack space for more discussion and details.
I tend not to make any resolutions as I believe that learning and achievement should be something that’s life-long, not constrained to a time period. Despite this I’ve decided on my reading list for 2009+. It generally consists of books I haven’t read yet but does include some that I want to revisit with a new perspective:
- 365 Ways To Change The World by Michael Norton. Something I’ve had for a few years now. I’ve never done each task in the book, rather picking a few and concentrating on them.
- The Lonely Planet guide to Great Britain. I’ve had this for a few years as well. I use it quite regularly when on the road.
- Hard Boild Wonderland and the End of the World and Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. I’ve read and greatly enjoyed two of his other books so these should be a treat
- Talk to the Hand by Lynne Truss. I’ve read this once, but since I’m more interested in interactions and communities it’ll be great to revisit her opinions on manners and courtesy.
- Eats Shots and Leaves by Lynne Truss. I’ve been warned that this book isn’t an instruction book on how to use the English Language, but none-the-less I’m sure I’ll learn something
- Bad, or the Dumbing of America by Paul Fussell. I bought this back in my day as manager of an Oxfam bookshop and I still know little about it. Now’s the time to find out
- Me Me Me by David Huggins. An impulse buy from mid-2008. Could be utter trite, could be a shining light.
- Executioner’s Art by David Fine. A birthday present from 2007. I started reading it but either in the first chapter all of the punctuation was missing or I couldn’t yet read because it just didn’t flow at all. I’ll give it another go.
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. I really enjoyed reading this book but my attention moved elsewhere – possibly to finishing my degree – so I have yet to finish it.
- What is a Designer by Norman Potter. I bought this in early 2005 expecting it to be about visual art but instead it’s more about architecture. Regardless of this a lot of the principals still apply. Worth a revisit
- No Logo by Naomi Klein. This book I accidentally inherited from an old friend (if you’re reading e-mail me if you want it back) back in 2003. I started reading it then but was so uninterested. With my new found interest in issues of freedom I gave it a read in 2007 and think it’d be good to revisit it now and then maybe move onto her next book
So, that’s my list for now, but I’m sure I’ll inherit more books in time.