Books, Links and Crazy Coincidences

by Krishna on August 13, 2007

Drat! Josh Kaufman has updated the Personal MBA reading list. Several new books have been added and a few have been removed/updated. I was not making that much progress towards reading all those books, but suddenly it has becoming an even further target. Actually, I am being silly – the Personal MBA is perhaps one of the best reading lists for managers (current and would-be).

I created a new OPML file for my favorite blogs. You can download the XML file and import it into Google Reader or Internet Explorer or your favorite blog reader. During this process, I learnt about this OPML validator (still in beta, though). I recently added a manually generated RSS feed for updates to my main website and also cleaned out my favorites. I still use Yahoo! Bookmarks to store most of my unorganized bookmarks, but as I get time, I will publish more of them on the site.

This is a bit old, but here is one of the funniest technology-related articles I have ever read. I belong to the category “people who don’t use Macs but sometimes wish they did“. One reason behind not getting a Mac is my dependence on .NET programming. I wonder if there is something for that on a Mac like the IE Tab for Firefox. (Thanks for Mahesh for the last link)

Coming to the coincidences, the first one was when I read this blog post on Coding Horror where a movie scene relating to an Alec Baldwin’s speech is referenced. I didn’t pay much attention to it at that time. When I reached home that evening, I found that the same movie “Glengarry Glen Ross” had arrived from Blockbuster, since I had for some reason added that to my waiting list. It was weird that it happened the same day.

Then, I have been listening to “A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson. It is not really short, as it is around 15 CDs with a listening time of 18 hours. And it is not just history, either, as it goes into discussing astronomy, quantum mechanics and geology among other things. Anyway, on this particular morning, the author was talking about the dynamic nature of the earth’s surface and internals and how Tokyo was a “city waiting to die” because it was sitting on top of a highly unstable part of the earth.

Later that afternoon, I was talking with another person about real estate prices and we got to discussing about real estate bubbles such as the one in Japan a decade or so ago. Suddenly, he changes the subject and starts asking me if I knew that Tokyo was a “city waiting to die”. That felt creepy!

Finally, I put up some new photos on Flickr. There are some photos of places in New England you may not be familiar with. Take a look!

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Alexey Linkov August 14, 2007 at 11:20 pm

Regarding .NET and mac: on intel machines you can either boot Windows or use Parallels / VMware Fusion to work with .NET within Mac OS X directly. I haven’t tried it coz i’m still on powerbook G4, but i think it might work

Krish August 15, 2007 at 8:49 am

Thanks Alexey

I will have to check that out to see if it works. Used Bootcamp on a Mac, but that is dual-boot. Parallels may be a better option.

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