Reading List

I’ve been reading a lot more recently than I had in the past, well… ever. Well, perhaps reading is a strong word. I have an account at Audible, and I USE IT… a lot. They recently had a crazy sale where everything was 10 bucks. Even the $60 audio books. Nutty. So I stocked up. You can see what I’m reading (and have been reading in the past few weeks) at any time in the “Reading” section in the side bar. They link to the book at Amazon, so you can read it as well.

I am actually reading “Designing with Web Standards”… it’s a paper book. It would be kind of hard to make an audio version. I like real books and all, but seeing as I have a sleeping problem, I spend a lot of time awake at night. So, audio books are awesome. I throw them on my iPod, and I’m good to go.

I finished “Dude, Where’s My Country?” last night. A lot of people talk crap about Michael Moore, but this is a really amazing book. I’d read Al Franken’s “Lies, and the lying liars who tell them” previously, and although I enjoyed it, and agreed with a number of sentiments in it, I can see how people would be bugged by Franken. Personally, I find him hilarious. However, I don’t quite understand everyone’s beef with Mike. He’s a straight-forward guy who is pissed off about the way things are today. Sure, he expresses his opinion in his books and movies, but what is wrong with that? He isn’t lying about what he’s talking about (and please, no sending me links, retorts, etc, telling me Moore is a liar… you could build your own private internet with all the crap people have thrown at me trying to tell me he’s just a liar). What’s big problem folks? Is it just that he’s a large man from Flint, Michigan, that is making you think for yourself for a bit? Is that scary? Really… I think everyone should sit down and read his book. Or, if you don’t want to spend that much time, at least check out his movie (if you need to tell me which one that is, you’ve been living in a cave). Sure, I don’t agree with everything Moore says. I’m pro-life (regardless of if abortion is legal, I’d much rather see the baby live and be adopted by one of the many couples that have been waiting for years for a child), and I do think that hydrogen is a viable fuel option (now, actually getting the fuel industry to actually switch, that’s the big issue). But I do think Moore has raised some valid points, quite a few of which I had been wondering about myself. So give the guy a chance.

Now I’m starting “The Future of Freedom” by Fareed Zakaria. We’ll see how this one goes.