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Midsummer catching up

At that point in the summer where it seems that it was just Memorial Day and now it’s the Fourth of July. What has happened?

In my case, mostly a lot of reading. I am working my way through all the books I learned about while at MIT 7, i.e. a lot of books sold at the MIT Press bookstore, and some other books people talked about at the conference.  But on the other hand, I’ve also been making many visits to the  new book shelf at my local public library and reading some fun books. I used to track what I was reading on my blog, now I mostly write it out on Goodreads. Here are some recent reads.

Margaret’s bookshelf: read

BossypantsGo the F**k to SleepHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneGetting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free ProductivityThe Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our BrainsThe Dyke and the Dybbuk

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The last few days I’ve been messing around with Google+ as a form of “professional development.” I doubt it will be a Facebook killer, to me it seems like it will be a nice supplement to Twitter. But that’s possibly because the only people I am following so far I also follow on Twitter.

I also bought some barefoot shoes. I doubt I will take up running, but I do think this will make hikes and packing sneakers for air travel more appealing. Reading about barefoot did make me wonder if it would be possible for me to become more athletic. There’s always been a lot of “no I can’t” or “that’s not for me”, but over the last year I’ve discovered that many of my assumptions about my capabilities and proclivities were wrong. Or, perhaps, to look at it another way, I started using my brain to think about things differently, which shaped my neural pathways into feeling more comfortable with something. Obviously there is both good and bad with this.

Will return to regularly scheduled content later.


Some Web 2.0 love

In case you didn’t see it in the comments on yesterday’s post, Andromeda Yelton made an interactive version of my library Madlib . I am guessing she found out about it from Twitter, via social networks created by a combo of web 2.0 and humanity 1.0.

Speaking of that, this week will, hopefully, be the week that I get some stuff figured out about the Chicago Underground Library website, including some actual social network/media strategies, how to stop getting inexplicable error messages, and how to not say naughty things in French. Nell and I are presenting our latest iteration at Code4Lib 2011 next month, but there are way too many loose ends that I (and probably no one else) sees for comfort. Not to mention that the eagle eyed library coders will spot some, ahem, kludges.

In one final, and unrelated note, I had exactly one social media new year’s resolution which I have broken about a million times in the last two weeks. But I have done so well at my professional development and personal fitness resolutions that I won’t worry about poor self-control in a relatively harmless realm. After all, we humans have finite willpower. Thanks, science!