Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Daily Thoughts 10/5/2010
I read some more of The Glamour of Grammar this morning on the train in to work. There was a nice pun about the difference between lie, lay, and lei. The book, The Shadow Market How A Group of Wealthy Nations and Powerful Investors Secretly Dominate the World by Eric J. Weiner just came in for me to read this morning.
I checked the displays to see that they were in order, checked on BWI to see how the on order status was going in, and did a little bit of weeding in the oversize 300s. I like to work steadily and slowly on projects until they are done.
The notification that my class from ALCTS Fundamentals of Acquisitions came in my email today. I am registered and ready to start the class. It should be quite interesting to do. There are four online sessions and five modules.
A book came in for me to read this afternoon, Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson.
I spent the afternoon getting my orders ready for the order meeting. A book caught my attention which should be very interesting; Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris. It is a collection of animal stories for adults. This is a trailer about the book.
I finished reading The Glamour of Grammar on the way home. The book is about being immersed in the language. It makes grammar enjoyable. This is a hard thing to do. The book was good enough that it made me want to read Roy Peter Clark's other book Writing Tools.
Have started reading The Shadow Market. I don't buy into the conspiratorial tone in the book. I think that people simply aren't paying enough attention. The book describes the rise of private equity and hedge funds. It also describes how countries are creating their own trading funds to control global currency. There are descriptions of how China will have a larger economy than the United States by 2030, BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) have formed a trading partnership, and the G7 trading partnership has now become the G20. The world is changing. The details are interesting. I am not sure that the perspective in the book is that accurate though.