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Reading week

specsBorrowing the term from college days when most students would have a week free of lectures to do assigned reading I’m declaring this my own ‘reading week’ of sorts.

I was a serious bookworm up until about Leaving Cert time hit and the whole experience almost completely put me off reading. I struggled in college to read what I needed to read – at least half of those were software manuals and the other sociology and communications books.

Since leaving college I have a trail of half-read books in boxes and on shelves that have moved house with me a handful of times and I’m now determined to get my reading mojo back. Part of the reason why I’m doing so this week is because I finally sorted myself out with some badly needed new specs which should make the task a bit easier!

On the list for completion are Futuretainment and Don’t Make Me Think. Once they’re ticked off I’m getting stuck into A Book About Innocent. Should keep me out of trouble for a while :)

Dolly mixture

Beautiful Graiguenamanagh at the weekend
Beautiful Graiguenamanagh at the weekend

‘Dear Me – A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old-Self’ is an interesting little book I picked up for my bookworm that seems to be going down quite well. The blurb goes: “If you were to write a letter to your 16-year-old self, what would it say? In DEAR ME: A LETTER TO MY SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD SELF, some of the world’s best loved personalities have written just such a letter.” The Elton John AIDS Foundation will receive £1 for every copy sold and there’s a blog going alongside it at dearmebooks.com where you can read and even submit other letters yourself.

The first Irish Discworld Convention kicks off in Ennistymon, Co.Clare this Friday. There’s a schedule here and a load of info here. I’m a total newbie when it comes to Discworld but loving what I’ve experienced thus far and really looking forward to the weekend.

Mike – who is among other things the tech magician at X Comms – has launched a blog and is looking for a topic for a minor research dissertation that he’s doing for the M.Sc. Management Information Systems at TCD. Some very cute guinea pig pics up there too!

The founder of the little known Wikipedia Jimmy Wales is giving a public lecture at TCD on Friday Nov 27th. Tickets and info all available here.

Got my copy of Futuretainment by Mike Walsh last week. Now if I could just find the time to devour it. Beautifully designed book and it’s got a beautiful little website to go with it. Cheers to the Cybercom team for the introduction at their Cybercom 10 celebrations last month.

Ah, watch this space. Or not.

And to celebrate the safe return of Mr. Mulley to the internets, I’ll take a leaf from his blog and leave you with a song. This was going on while I was in jazz-recovery-sleeps in Cork about a week ago, streamed live over the web. Whatever will they think of next?!