Vacationary Reading

Because I am on vacation, I figured I would take care of a lot of loose ends with regards to reading.  My goal is to finish up most everything below.

Sundry notes, starting from the bottom and working my way up:

  • Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is an awesome book.  I finished it this morning and will have plenty of things to write about regarding it.  I left little index cards wherever I wanted to make a comment and probably have 40 or so of them in the book.
  • I’ll finally finish up Meditations.  That’s the kind of book that I can spend half an hour reading 10 pages, but then I have to think about it, generally in the guise of taking a nap (where I get my best thinking done).  Epictetus was a better writer than Marcus Aurelius, I think, or at least his translations were better.
  • For light reading, I snagged an issue of SQL Server Magazine that a now-moved-on developer has a subscription for.  We still get the magazine and because I am moving to the developer/DBA zone, it’s good for me to read in that area.
  • I also have three computer books to read through.  These are three of the many, many books I was able to convince my boss to order.  I’m taking full advantage of things, as I’ve finished up one book already and I should get at least two of those three done this week.  I had read somewhere that the average developer reads approximately one technical, development book a year.  I’m working on #6, so at least I’m not falling behind here.
  • After taking a course on tragedies, I ended up with a fair number of plays, most of which I never read (because they were not required).  For some light reading, I thought I would start on some of those.  I do not have many comedies, however, and I will have to rectify this one of these days.
  • I also have a few basic papers, but nothing too technical or special.  The most interesting one of those is threading in C#, as I’ve only done multi-threading in C and Java, but don’t know how they do it in C#.
  • Finally, a while back, Pat gave me some Lyndon LaRouche trash that he got in the Short North at a rally for Democrats and other left-leaners.  Fortunately for him, he didn’t pay for it but thought that I would be the perfect recipient…  I figured I would peruse it because reading cranks and quacks is fun, so long as they’re good writers.

One thing that you won’t find on that table is a lot of technical articles in economics or computer science.  The thing I miss most about not being a student anymore is that I don’t get university access to academic journals, so I’m pretty limited in what I can read.  I am, however, planning on reading The Early History of Entrepreneurial Theory (thank you, Peter Klein’s grad students), The Case for Mindless Economics (because I am interested in neuro-economics and it’s always good to start out with a strong critique so you don’t get too attached to a theory that you shut out opposing evidence), and some oldies from the Review of Austrian Economics, such as Buchanan and Vanberg’s Constitutional Implications of Radical Subjectivism (with me having an affinity for the writings of Buchanan and Vanberg as well as sympathy for Shackle and Lachmann’s radical subjectivism).  Tony’s position as a PhD student at the University of Advanced Penguatroll Studies will be of high interest to me, at least until I’m able to begin my next master’s program…which I’ll have to apply for one of these months…

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