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What are You Reading This Year?



Among my other interests, I do like to read. Usually each year it is a mix of technical, novels, historical and business books. I’d set myself a challenge of finishing a book each week for 2011, which isn’t as much as it first seems. Being blessed with a good reading speed helps, and a balance between types of books makes it fun.

If you want to look over my bookshelf, anything recent is listed at http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/2272032

The “Goodreads” system is quite a step up from the notebooks which I had kept since Junior High School. Some day I will backfill my Goodreads list from my notebook and about ten large crates of books in storage.

By title and author is list of Books read so far in 2011 in alphabetical title order (as of August 2011):

  1. The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding: How to Build a Product or Service into a World-Class Brand, Ries, Al
  2. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing, Ries, Al
  3. 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius, Monk, Simon
  4. 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read, Ventura, Jesse
  5. Acres Of Diamonds, Conwell, Russell H.
  6. Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea, Callahan, Steven
  7. The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey, Skoolland, Ken
  8. The ARRL Antenna Designer’s Notebook, Cake, Brian
  9. The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds, Crossley, Richard
  10. Daemon (Daemon, #1), Suarez, Daniel
  11. Dark Night of the Soul, Cross, St. John of the
  12. Differentiate or Die: Survival in Our Era of Killer Competition, Trout, Jack
  13. Djibouti, Leonard, Elmore
  14. The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, Mlodinow, Leonard
  15. Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics, Hazlitt, Henry
  16. Farmer in the Sky, Heinlein, Robert A.
  17. Focus: A simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction, Babauta, Leo
  18. Freedom (Daemon, #2), Suarez, Daniel
  19. Get Your Black Belt in Marketing: 81 Power Moves to Outperform, Outmaneuver, and Outsmart the Competition, Pervez, Ali
  20. Getting Started with Arduino, Banzi, Massimo
  21. Hologram of Liberty: The Constitution’s Shocking Alliance With Big Government, Royce, Kenneth W.
  22. How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life, Rath, Tom
  23. How to Choose and Use Advisors: Getting the Best Professional Family Business Advice, Aronoff, John L. Ward Craig E.
  24. I Am John Galt: Today’s Heroic Innovators Building the World and the Villainous Parasites Destroying It, Luskin, Donald
  25. The Immortality Virus, Amsden, Christine
  26. No Country for Old Men, McCarthy, Cormac
  27. Obvious Adams: The Story of a Successful Business Man, Updegraff, Robert R.
  28. Once Upon a Magic Night, Peterson, John A
  29. One More Day Everywhere: Crossing 50 Borders on the Road to Global Understanding, Heggstad, Glen
  30. Product Analysis Pricing, Jaques, Elliott
  31. The Road Home, Baze, Andrew
  32. Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman, Jr., Walter M. Miller
  33. The Secret, Byrne, Rhonda
  34. The Small House Book, Shafer, Jay
  35. Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work, Babiak, Paul
  36. Speed-Speed-Speedfreak, Farren, Mick
  37. Stealth Antennas, Nichols, Steve
  38. The Story of John Nightly – Part 1, Taylor, Tot
  39. A strange manuscript found in a copper cylinder, Mille, James De
  40. StrengthsFinder 2.0: A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup’s Now, Discover Your Strengths, Rath, Tom
  41. Three Hundred Zeroes: Lessons of the heart on the Appalachian Trail, Blanchard, Dennis R.
  42. Understanding Manhood in America, Davis, Robert G
  43. Unreasonable Inferences: The True Story of a Wrongful Conviction and its Astonishing Aftermath, Griesbach, Michael
  44. Where’s the Birth Certificate?: The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President, Corsi, Jerome R.
  45. Zen and Now: on the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Richardson, Mark

I’ve added Italics for those amateur Radio related or connected.

You can find my reviews and ratings at the Goodreads link.

What are you reading this year, and of course anything you can recommend would be appreciated!

NOTE on August 21st I did add a few crates of books I had previously read to my Goodreads list.  WIll put up the next batch later this year.



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Random Comments Good Books, Good Focus and Good Vibrations

Another mix & match batch of ideas. Perhaps these come from having many things afloat & in my attention at the moment.

On the Good Books side of things, I do continue to post most of my reading at GoodReads – LINK URL http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/2272032 It must be a personal admission that I “consume books” finding them the most cost & time effective way to gain knowledge, travel vicariously, and share the artistry of the Novelist & Poet.

I’ve been privileged to recently read several books penned by authors who I either know from school, know through shared family & friendships, or I’ve met through Amateur Radio. Recently I was in a high end steakhouse the other side of the country from home, out for a business event, when a song a friend had produced when the original team didn’t come through came on, reminding me of how in this big big world we do all somehow interconnect. Seeing & hearing friends’ works succeed is awesome!

As my home state goes from positive national media from the Super Bowl and hometown features in Forbes & USA Today, while traveling this week Wisconsin went to International Media Attention with the Budget Protests at the State Capitol. While my neighbors are panicked that this casts Wisconsin in a bad light, and see out right eager to put all the blame on partisan politics, the truth is this is the healthiest thing that could happen – Hard Issues are being worked out in the public spotlight. The present state administration is weeks old, obviously inheriting the deficit, and to their credit they are putting it to the people in a big way. Tensions are running high, but the level of engagement of the common man – the man on the street – in the issues offers hope, a welcome contrast to the apathy & smoke-filled rooms deals that created the problem. Well that the people take ownership in the process!

Amateur Radio has had to take a backseat during my last rounds of travel. Since the beginning of the year I’ve been briefly to Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas, and quite a number of Wisconsin cities. As I travel I have found that a few Amateur Radio web-presences stand out – the free magazine at World Radio LINK URL http://www.worldradiomagazine.com/ and lovely newsletter the “K9YA Telegraph” LINK URL http://www.k9ya.org stand out. I still listen to This Week In Amateur Radio International (TWIARi) though they have been updating podcasts infrequently LINK URL http://www.twiar.org/international.html

On other Podcasts I’ve recently whittled down those I download to a very small selection – I find it takes too long to listen compared to reading the same material. Several high quality content podcasts are so ponderous that the only reason I stay subscribed it to get a reminder to check for show notes.

Musically my desk when working after hours typically is streaming Classics & Jazz from one of several French Internet radio stations, as I admire their choices in music and perhaps am less bothered when spoken word interrupts having somehow perfected an ability to ignore spoken word when it isn’t English.

I’ve been very impressed with some Amateur Radio internet happenings – a friend seems to have remoting his Flex-5000 to a fine art currently on an Apple iPad. I do need to meet up with him and learnwhat I can on this great effort. The new Release Candidate of PowerSDR looks promising, as does the intensive Macro features that can be added in. A lot to look at and play with!

I did miss the TJ9PF DXpedition through travel. A couple times a year there are really neat DX events that I miss – guess that will help keep the hobby a long-term one for me!

Anyone in 9-land interested in helping get a W9 Summits On The Air (SOTA) group started? I have the groundwork done, but reality is that I cannot take the role of being the ongoing W9 SOTA contact. With my work & personal schedule people would have to wait too long for a reply. If you are interested I am good at “k9zw at arrl dot net” to start our discussion.

More once I get my desk dug out from travels!



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