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.

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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.

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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):