Florida, the Hornet’s Nest, the Batman and links

Mosaic Map of Florida

This is the time of year I’m happy to be in Florida; I was able to walk around outside in flip flops and shorts all day without feeling cold.  We had the windows open and the Alvin and the Chipmunks playing (can’t have everything you want – have to concede to the kiddies on the music).  One of the posts below really got me thinking, though.  I need a definitive goal in 2011:  make a concerted effort to read more.

Don’t get me wrong – I read a lot, but it’s mostly online short-form stuff – articles, blogs and so on. Blogs are fine, but I realized that I really need to hammer my brain into shape on the anvil of long-form writing… books.  I do read books, but it has been in bits and spurts recently; two books in five days then three weeks before I read the next.  It’s a habit that’s easy to fall into (and out of) and now that my parents gave me a Kindle as a gift, I have no excuse not to be reading like a maniac.  I just finished reading Andrew Carnegie’s autobiography, which was fascinating in parts and horrifically dull in others, but I think next I’ll tackle fiction – just because I’ve only read one fiction book in the last several months (The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, affiliate link).  The Millennium trilogy made for a decent read, but I’m sure there are contemporary fiction novels out there that would appeal to me more than the sometimes-graphic Swedish thrillers.

Link it!

Drive Like They’re Crazy. Blog Like They’re Lazy: Don’t take Pat’s advice the wrong way, but he’s made a great point here. One of the best mentions I ever had was this one from Hunter, who wrote on “The 10 Most Readable Blogs (That I Like)“. I thought it was great that I wrote so simply, to be honest.

TIME GOES BY | REFLECTIONS: On Elitism: Any time a Pulitzer Prize-winning author mentions your blog, it’s a good thing; and it’s a good artist that reflects my feelings on elitism quite well.

Have You Forgotten That Stock Markets Go Up? : I’m not sure, myself – I still feel we may be facing an adjusted paradigm. But be that as it may, this is a compelling argument for investors who think the market will inevitably resume an upward overall trend.

What Are Your 2011 Goals?: Still working on mine. Time to lose weight again, develop my writing skills and start reading BOOKS – not the Internet, but books – more frequently.

The Federal Reserve Plunders America: Do yourself a favor – read the article and watch the video. The Fed’s a tricky beast.

Let’s do the curbside hustle: This one’s a few weeks old, but it’s an interesting thought. I doubt it’s as easy to do a side hustle as many might think; consulting business is slow for me right now and I’m not just jumping out there to rake leaves or anything. It’s a tough mental adjustment. But I suppose it’s one that more and more people are going to have to be willing to make.

And more:

And if you’re in the mood for Batman YouTube parodies, this one is great for the true fan (click through to the article if you’re reading via RSS or email):

4 comments

  • Hello!

    Thank you for including my staff post from the My Dollar Plan blog (presents for teachers, coworkers, etc.).

    I live in Houston, so it’s around 75 here, and before this I lived in Florida where I remember those flip flop days in mid-winter! Enjoy it:).

  • While the internet is a great place to read short pieces, books are much more substantial and versatile. I hope you blog about how the Kindle worked out as a book; whether you’re comfortable reading it in all the places you would take a book.

    • @David: I agree – I’ve tried reading books about three times on the Internet, and gave up each time. That’s a good idea for a post – the level to which a Kindle replaces the ‘book experience’ – and I’ll probably try to work on it, but I can identify two things about the Kindle quickly:
      1. The ‘read the first chapter’ and ability to instantly download 1000s of free books has meant a LOT less sunk-cost reading – you know, where you buy a book and then aren’t too crazy about it but keep reading it just because you’ve bought it already. If I don’t like a book after a chapter (for paid books) or two (for free books) on the Kindle, I delete it and move on to another book.
      2. One negative is that I often leave a book sitting in the car just for reading if one of the kids falls asleep, or I’m waiting to pick my son up from pre-K or something like that. With the Florida heat, I’m not comfortable leaving my Kindle in there, so I definitely have to remember to grab it on the way out, but if it’s hot enough I just won’t take it. Solution? The car’s where I read magazines now – I just leave a few Sky and Telescopes and Economists or whatever in there in case I get stuck.

  • Steve,

    Thanks a million for linking to my post.

    I live in sunny So. Cal. and I love the warm Decembers. But, it’s been a cool year for us, even through the summer. Supposedly, this is one of the warmest years on record. But, it sure hasn’t been for us.