Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Daily Thoughts 01/10/2012
This morning, I read some of Michael Lewis Boomerang Travels in the New Third World. This book is a tour guide to national financial collapse. The author visits different countries and describes how their economies collapsed. So far as a reader I have visited Finland where banking speculation crushed the economy, Greece where excessive civil service positions and not paying taxes destroyed the economy, and Ireland where speculation in real estate created a giant housing bubble which collapsed. It is interesting reading.
I also read some more of Disrupt Think The Unthinkable on the way to work on my Kindle Touch. The author is writing about the nine minute business pitch made to clients to sell ideas.
This morning, I checked the Facebook and Twitter accounts. I also talked to a colleague about central library district funds. The displays and flyers are in order right now.
I also spent some time sending a few queries to local authors about doing author talks at our library.
I got another call about how to use the Kindle Fire to download free library books.
I put the book, Distrust That Particular Flavor by William Gibson on hold. It was reviewed in the New York Times Bestseller List. Seth Godin has a new book We Are All Weird which has gotten very little coverage. It was released in September of 2011.
On the way home, I finished reading Disrupt on the the Kindle Touch. A constant theme was that it was a good idea to look for everyday activities to improve that most people don't even think about. I am beginnning to like the Kindle Touch. I even tried out a free word game called Jigsaw Words.
I also read a little bit more of Boomerang. Michael Lewis is writing about how German banks helped create the economic mess in Greece, Ireland, and Finland.