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a few books

I stayed at Russ's place for the last two days of my trip (thanks Russ! :)), and on Sunday morning we wandered around a bit and ended up at a Barnes & Noble. Part of the reason we went there was to see if they had the book Mind Hacks, co-authored by Matt, which I had been babbling about earlier. Matt gave a great talk at EuroFoo on topics covered in the book, including how reading certain things could affect your mood, and after the talk he made another interesting observation: that when breezing through spam and quickly deleting messages, we are actually reading the subject lines to a degree, and that affects our mood. Considering that they aren't precisely upbeat, this can be a factor, at least for brief moments of your day.

Anyway, so we each got a copy and then I got other books as well, including Collapse, Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, both by Jared Diamond, Hitler's Scientists: Science, War, and the Devil's Pact by John Cornwell, and finally iPod & iTunes: the missing manual, which I got mainly because I want to expedite the process of understanding what the iPod can do, extensions people are writing, etc, and I have no doubt that most if not all of this information can be found online, but it's all dispersed and if I can get a good chunk of it in a couple of hours, then all the better.

You could say that all of this plus the iPod was some sort of delayed self-Christmas present. You could also say that I went on a binge. But I prefer the first explanation. :)

PS: Throughout the trip I've been raving about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which I read a while ago and is truly fantastic--but I hadn't commented on.

Posted by diego on January 19 2005 at 2:32 PM

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