Thursday, September 21, 2006

reading list

Some books I've enjoyed in the last 6 months:

This is just a partial list of the books I've read

but these are the ones I've enjoyed the most. All are pretty good reads.

Friday, September 08, 2006

library thing

Hey all you book lovers and book collectors. Have I got a site for you.

It's librarything.com and it's very cool.

What is it?

It's a web site where you can catalog your book collection.

You can review books and read others' reviews.

You can join groups related to particular genres i.e. Sci Fi

It gives you book recommendations based on the books you already have in you collection.

Y0u can chat with other bibliophiles.

It gives you statistics on all of the books that have been entered on the site.

And lots, lots more. The coolest thing is the on line catalog. You enter the name of a book you have and click search. The site lists the book, author and various editions of the book. Click on the one you have and it's entered into your database along with a picture of the cover. Or you can enter all the info manually. Don't see a picture of the edition you have? No problem. You can upload a picture of your book or use a cover image supplied by other site users. So far, I've only had one book that I entered where there was no cover image of the edition I had, so I scanned it in and uploaded it myself. Now others can use that image.

You can organize your collection by author, genre, title etc. You can add tags (key words) to identify books that may be interrelated. You can then search your collection using these tags.

The coolest thing is viewing your library. You can view it in list form or cover form. If you view it as covers, you get pages of images of all of the covers of the books in your collection.

So far I've entered about 100 books into the site. Unfortunately, I have over 1000 books so I've still got a lot of work to do. But the book entry is easy so it shouldn't take too long. Once it's done I'll have a great database to easily reference my collection.

Check it out.

Friday, September 01, 2006

I have no time

Work, work, work. It seems that's all I ever do anymore. My job is busier than ever. When I'm at home there are endless projects to do. I'm always at least three projects behind. The boys are increasingly in more and more activities which take up not only their time but mine. Labor day weekend is coming up and guess what? I have to work. All three days.

I haven't ridden my bike in a couple of weeks

I haven't finished a book in a while.

If I make it to the gym one day a week I'm lucky.

My bonsai trees are dying from neglect.

I'm suffering from a serious lack of free time. Down time where I don't have anything to do and can just relax. In fact, for myself and I'm sure many Americans, there's no such thing as free time. Time where you have no responsibilities and can just chill. Even when I find a few minutes, I can't really relax and enjoy them. There's always something I could be doing. Something I should be doing. I'm never caught up.

The "rat race" we're stuck in just keeps getting faster and faster and I'm struggling to keep up. It's probably more analogous to one of those gerbil wheels. I'm a gerbil in a wheel, running endlessley but never making any progress.

There's got to be a way to slow down, to simplify things, but I can't figure out how to do it. And I only think it's going to get worse. I can faintly see a light at the end of the tunnel but it's about 25 years away and I think I'll die of exhaustion long before I get there.

Help.