I just got done reading about a credit crisis that Borders is apparently experiencing, and I am somewhat sad about it. I like Borders. It is, in fact, my favorite place to buy books due to their Rewards club deals. (Well, when I can I buy the book direct from the author, but that is an option far less frequently than desired.) I don’t really like Barnes and Noble and really don’t like their prices, so if Borders gets disbanded I guess I’ll be doing most of my booking of books on Amazon.
Since I have been spending more and more of my time reading lately, perhaps investing in this handy little Thumb Thing gadget would be a reasonable thing to do. It certainly is evidence that we haven’t invented everything under the sun yet (and that as we invent some things (books), we have to invent things for the other things we invented (Thumb Things)).
If you are into books even a smidge as much as I am, you might be interested in checking out this nifty online tool called Shelfari. On it, you can
- Build virtual bookshelves to express themselves to their friends and to the world
- Discover books that are popular in their trusted circles of friends
- Influence peers by rating and discussing books online
- Discover and learn from people with similar reading tastes
- Participate in online book groups to further explore literature and share ideas
- Interact with and learn from authors
On the other hand, if you would prefer reading the books to spending countless addicted hours using the tool… you might want to set a timer near your computer or something before signing up. It can certainly be addictive.
Got my copy of Presentation Zen from Amazon today. Did a little dance, put it in my den, daydreaming of spending some quality time with it this weekend.
Are you one of those people that have wayyyyy too many ideas for the temporal reality we as humans exist within? Yeah… me too.
As I mentioned in my tenth resolution for 2008, it is my hope to find ways to be a champion for our youth. There are so many challenges facing them today, it’s hard to know where to begin. Do I try to focus on just one or two through fostering or adoption, find a way to help meet the needs of the youth of my community on a larger scale, or some mix, or… what?
One idea I had, spawned from a post and then comment I made on my Hacking Your Passions blog regarding the importance of storytelling as we humans grow and try to make sense of our world and the culture(s) we’re a part of, is to somehow begin an organization that focuses on arming parents with the tools they need (inspiration, encouragement, idea sparks, etc) so they can create wonderful tales to tell their children at bedtime. It’s really a simple idea, but if you could encourage more parents to not only tell stories to their children but have the children create stories of their own, it would create an invaluable tradition and real time spent interacting with kids.
Last year I went with some work mates to read to children as part of an event tied to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and it was amazing how eager those kids were to read books. Even more so, though, they were eager to talk about the books. They’d often look at the images and come up with their own version of what’s going on. I got so many lessons from that single one hour event, and for a year I forgot about them. Maybe it’s time to give that memory some more attention.