I’ve been hard at work, in between navigating the shoals at TAFE and vet visits, trying to finish off a couple of projects: a commission for my engraved slates, and binding the al Mutanabbi Street books of a friend of mine. In all cases, life hasn’t been as straight-forward as one might hope!
While working in the studio I listen mainly to books on tape as I rarely have time to sit down and read, but recently when I have managed to find the time to read it’s been on-line: emails, bills, catching up with your blogs and settling down to some really enjoyable on-line content. I still haven’t been able to pick up an e-book: dearest husband swore by his Kindle (until he broke it!) and now enjoys reading on a little Tablet that neatly splits into two pieces, allowing him to use the (touch) screen separately as an e-book reader. It makes perfect sense: whereas our house used to be littered with leaning piles of thick technical IT manuals, he now has subscriptions to various e-training organisations that provide the manuals as e-books. I imagine the indexing and navigation facilities of the e-book reader alone make this worthwhile (ever tried to find the bit you need in 400 pages of Dependency Injection in .NET, anyone?) but the biggest plus point for e-books is currency: he’s not encumbered with a big lump of paper that is out of date almost as soon as its written. I can also see the point of loading up an e-book reader with holiday reading: no-one would know I was reading John Grisham!
I guess I’m surprised how much I enjoy some on-line content: it does distract me from the opportunity of reading an actual book (mind you, since this is all wrapped up with a personal desire for a quiet sofa, solitude and either tea-and-chocolate or a nice cold gin-and-tonic you can see why I don’t achieve reading a physical book very often), but a lot of it is really good.
These days I dip into The Global Mail (Independent Journalism for Independent Minds) and Brain Pickings (which calls itself a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness), as well as The Guardian newspaper on-line (which is just about the best newspaper for actual news anywhere, and has a great on-line presence as well as a fantastic advertising campaign based on the Three Little Pigs – with a twist. And I’d also like to mention The Last Word on Nothing (“Science says the first word on everything, and the last word on nothing” – Victor Hugo) which made me laugh this morning.
Ah well, no time to read at the moment. I have enjoyed a REALLY GOOD night’s sleep – rare, these days! – after watching darling daughter shine as the goddess Isis in her class play and enjoying a nice evening with her brother and his fiancée; today I plan to get stuck into the garden. I think it’s going to be a nice weekend.