My copy: 9780994980700 This book was written by the same guy running the SucceedSocially.com website, so if you're already a devotee of that site, then much of the info in this book won't be a surprise to you. However, if you like reading paper instead of screen like me, then it's probably worth getting for yourself. … Continue reading The Social Skills Guidebook: Manage Shyness, Improve Your Conversations & Make Friends, Without Giving Up Who You Are, by Chris MacLeod
My Copy: 9780143119739 The Honourable Schoolboy is the sequel to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, part of what's known as the Karla trilogy by some readers. I'm intent on finishing this trilogy, though from what I understand--per leCarre's own comments--Karla and Smiley (our hero) do make appearances in other works. That said, I'm glad that I went … Continue reading The Honourable Schoolboy, by John le Carre
See previous post for more context...and rationalization. Well, I made it home safe, sound, and with more energy than I would've expected after being awake for 34 hours (from 7 am Monday to 5 pm Tuesday). I did, however, learn a few things from those websites that I wouldn't mind passing along. And yes, I … Continue reading Epilogue to “A 30-hour workday: or, I’m an Idiot.”
Okay, I found myself in this position for 2 reasons: (1) I gotta be careful of what I wish for, like wanting more work hours and experience. (2) When people are getting fired/moving in BOTH work places, and you're the only one who can do the job in each...well, there's bound to be overlap at some point.
My Copy: 9780897501040 My love of too many wushu flicks comes to light because I found myself with a book trying to learn proper swordplay from the Japanese side. Granted "play" is the wrong part of that word to start with. A sword, even a wooden one, can be a deadly weapon--and it's right to treat … Continue reading Bokken: Art of the Japanese Sword, by Dave Lowry
My Copy: 9780143120933 This is the 2nd time I read this book--the first time, the movie was just coming out and I really wanted to finish the book before seeing it (didn't happen, I admit). As I read this time, I had more hours to dedicate and was able to take my time absorbing it. … Continue reading Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, by John le Carre
Am I the only one who gives a distinct visual to their writer's block? Maybe I had too much fun reading the books and all, but now I have to admit, when I find myself with "writer's block" and picture it, that's what it looks like: the 2001 Monolith. I mean, it's there. My Block … Continue reading My writer’s block is a lot like the Monolith
DISCLAIMER: I am not a parent, so I will humbly request that you put your pitchforks & torches away for a few minutes...or at least go sharpen the blades in a quiet corner. Thanks. I don't know how I ended up reading or researching on this a couple of weeks ago--I just know it's an intriguing … Continue reading #024–Is it okay to ban kids from certain restaurants (or at certain times)?
My Copy: 9781568364124 I'm not an architect, never been to the classes, never even stayed at a Holiday Inn Express before, so take some of this with a grain of salt if you want. However, there is enough in What is Japanese Architecture? to get a lay-person to either ask the right questions, or be able … Continue reading What is Japanese Architecture?: A Survey of Traditional Japanese Architecture, by K. Nishi & K. Hozumi
My Copy: 9780307453662 Finally! A book useful for those (poor schmucks?) among us who don't have that same, steady paycheck every week or two (or month). My prayers were answered when I found this, jaw dropping to the floor. I read about half a dozen books regarding budgeting, personal finances, goal setting, etc., but there was … Continue reading The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed, by J. D’Agnese & D. Kiernan