Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wind-up bird completed

I finished The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami this morning before heading to work. These are the kind of books that linger long after you've finished reading, the 253,878 words ended too quickly. I won't attempt to provide an overview of the book, there are plenty out there that do a good job, including one linked below, and I won't do the book justice trying to summarize.

This puts me just over 50% of my goal of reading 6,000 pages for pleasure this year. I'm 40 pages more than this time last year, but no fear, I read more the last quarter of the year then any other time. Theres still hope of hitting the mark.

Interestingly, at least to me, is I haven't decided what to read next. I prefer to let the Wind-up Bird sink in some more before moving on with new characters. It's not often I take a pause before cracking the spine of another novel, but this seems like the right thing to do.

I'll be adding more Murakami to my "to be read" list. Thanks to craque for the suggestion.

A change management perspective on the book: Holger Nauheimer's blog

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Radiohead Nude remix

I've been following the musical creations of Adrian Holovaty for sometime now. He's a pretty creative chap and models his playing style after the likes of Django Reinhardt. He entered a Radiohead contest recently and remixed the song called "Nude", its a great bit different from the original and I like what he's done with it. Check it out from the embedded player below and if you like it give him a vote in the contest.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Read a book

Hello there,

In 2007 I set a goal to read a complete book each month, something I'm happy to say, I successfully completed. I've been logging the books I read for pleasure since 1985. (I'm not quite sure what this says about me, but 22 years of doing anything probably has a statement attached to it.)

This year I've set a new goal of reading 1,000 more pages then I did in 2007. So I had to total up the pages from last year: 5382. Since I'm guessing I read roughly a page a minute + or - 10%, this means I spent about 90-100 hours reading in 2007.

Well, if your still reading this post, you might be asking yourself, how close am I to hitting my goal in 2008 now that the first quarter is coming to a close. Glad you asked. I've not finished a single book in 2008. However, I am all but 300 pages through Victor Hugo's Les Miserables which is 1463 pages. This will put me about 23% of my yearly goal, so pretty darn close to on target.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got some pages to burn through...