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06:00 am: recent reading
I'm re-reading the Modesty Blaise series. I like 'em (duh).

I started reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility, but stopped when we officially gave up on trying (big relief, that). It has terrific information about women's health in general, so I plan to pick it up again when I'm so inclined.

I've been doing a lot of research for work. My goal is to understand why salespeople have such trouble with technology. I'm having a lot of trouble finding good sources on that subject, but have read some other good stuff in my quest:

  • Pfleging & Zetlin's The Geek Gap - I'd read this one before and still find it quite good, though it's very tactical and is oriented toward the management-technical geek gap, not the sales-technical geek gap.
  • Deep's The Complete Geek (an operating manual) - Wretched, terribly out-dated, "humorous" book. Not worth reading.
  • Krug's Don't Make Me Think - Awesome introduction to usability, with some real insights into how users think.
  • Kawasaki's Reality Check - Mostly a compilation of his (excellent) blogs and (fabulous) previous books' highpoints, geared toward entrepreneurs, but with some good advice on managing the geek gap as well.
  • Murphie & Potts' Culture & Technology - Looked extremely promising - anthropological look at technology and its impact on culture. The book, alas, is very academic and not helpful.
  • Tognazzini's Tog on Interface - Very dated technology, but extremely good book on usability with a keen grasp on the differences in how geeks and non-geek users think. Very useful.
  • Livingston & Solis' Now Is Gone (a primer on new media for executives and entrepreneurs) (in progress) - Quite good explication of the impact of social networking on marketing and public relations.


Next up, Dorsey's The Force and Gladwell's Outliers and The Tipping Point, neither of which I've yet read (sad, but true). I also have a bunch of tried-and-true (aka old) books to try again: Norman's The Psychology of Everyday Things and Things That Make Us Smart, Bolton's People Skills, Gabor's Speaking Your Mind in 101 Difficult Situations, Morrisey et al.'s Loud and Clear, Munter's Guide to Managerial Communicating, Walton's Are You Communicating?, and Deal & Kennedy's The New Corporate Cultures.

...and more Modesty Blaise. I think Angelina Jolie would make an excellent Modesty Blaise and maybe Daniel Craig for Willie Garvin. Can't decide on Tarrant and Weng.

Current Location: Longmeadow
Current Mood: okayoverwhelmed
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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:December 9th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)

I am proud to say

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that I've read two of the books on your list.

TCOYF

and

The Tipping Point.

Liked both of them...

Your list makes me want to read more.

Um, yeah. Probably not gonna happen. But I *want* to... does that count for anything?
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From:katehaney
Date:December 10th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)

absolutely it counts

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Desire, intent, action. One step at a time. :)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 10th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)

Re: absolutely it counts

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so that's my stumbling block -- all these years I've been stuck between desire and intent -- and now that I'm somewhat mobility impaired, just can't do that stepping stuff (more like step in stuff, if the truth be known. :)

YoMaMa
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From:katehaney
Date:December 10th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)

Re: absolutely it counts

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Too clever for me this early in the morning!

But speaking of step IN stuff... the husband of a friend of mine has a hoarding disorder. It's so bad that they were selected for a PBS documentary on the subject. Egads!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 11th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)

Re: absolutely it counts

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You must kt me know when it airs!!!!

YoMaMa
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From:katehaney
Date:December 11th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)

Re: absolutely it counts

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but of course
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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:December 11th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)

Re: absolutely it counts

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Instead of the documentary on hoarding, you can go to just about any Chinese person's house... we're really great pack rats!

Did I say that outloud?

;)
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From:katehaney
Date:December 12th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)

oh no, really

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My friend's husband has a hoarding disorder. As in, you can't get anyplace in the house without clearing a path. It's really very sad. I hope he'll get some help as a result of the documentary, though others have certainly tried.
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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:December 12th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)

Re: oh no, really

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I can't imagine... although my MIL is probably up there too. How many layers of furniture should one have... in their bathroom the size of a closet? Makes you think, ya know.

Maybe I'll have MIL watch this program...
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From:katehaney
Date:December 12th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)

now that sounds like an EXCELLENT idea!

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I'll let you know when it's going to be on.

:shiver: I'm not a fan of clutter (though I manage to accumulate plenty of it anyway). I'd go stark-raving, bat-shit NUTS living with that.
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