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Books of 2010

I'm a reading person, which makes me better than you (look in your heart, you know it to be true).

Anyway, I thought it might be fun to list all the books that I read in 2010 as a fond look back at the stories that were. I started this post a couple of months ago and I'm just finishing it up now.

I was too busy reading.

See what I did there?

Last year's reading list was greatly impacted by my participation in the fabulous geeky podcast The Incomparable (I even listen to the episodes that I am not in.. that's high praise from a self proclaimed egomaniac).

Here's the list:

Textpattern logo

TextpatternlogoDuring my PANMA presentation the other day I made the bold statement that HP's WebOS is the best mobile OS no one is using. I stand by that statement, and I would also apply it to Textpattern.

Textpattern is a CMS (content management system) and blogging tool. It is elegant, well designed, and no one uses it (well, very few people). I like it, but I have discovered they've updated their logo. Call me old fashioned, but I liked the old one better.

I will admit that the newer logo is bolder, and probably easier to print on T-shirts and the like.. but the old one just resonates with me.

Presentation: Building a Blog People Want to Read And eReaders

Yesterday I gave a presentation to the fine folks at PANMA. I happily agreed to give the presentation because I like talking in front of groups, and then I immediately regretted it because I am deeply shy.

Pushing aside my shyness I whipped up a presentation about two seemingly unrelated topics: improving your blog and the current eReader/tablet landscape. What is the glue that holds these two topics together? Why, my interest in them, of course!

The presentation is embedded above and available via this link. Check it out.

Overall I think the presentation went well, and the audience had some great questions (thanks to Marisa for pitching in and sharing some details about how she has been so successful with Food in Jars). Note to self: skip the Libya joke next time.

Here are some links to things I mention in the presentation:

Blogging links:

eReader/Tablet links:

After I was done (I managed to talk for about 1.5 hours!) Marisa told me I did a good job. Her praise, of course, is suspect since she loves me and all. I was happy to hear from some audience members (none of whom love me, I assume) that they thought my talk was entertaining and informative (despite the Libya joke). A couple even complimented me on the pictures in my presentation.

Go me!

Amazon Prime members can stream an odd assortment of shows for free!


Amazon is making headlines today by giving Amazon Prime members (Amazon Prime, for those who aren't familiar, is a service Amazon provides: for $80 a year you get 2 Day shipping on eligible items. I've been a Prime member for as long as Prime has been an option.) access to lots of streaming movies and TV shows for no additional cost (I would say free, but you do have to pay that $80 a year... though this is a nice addition to the service).

All in all, I'm a fan of this development. Jeff Bezos took to the front page of, as he does, to announce the news with a giant image of a letter. In his letter Jeff highlights an odd assortment of available TV shows (which are also all available via Netflix streaming):

Clearly people who watch streaming TV shows like sci-fi, British shows, and old sitcoms (plus the streaming rights for most of these shows must be pretty cheap).

Stream on, you crazy diamonds!

Oh, and Netflix seems to think I like Canadian TV:


I am not a Marine


No one in their right mind would mistake me for a Marine, I'm a little too doughy. That being said, I have nothing against the Marines. They seem like a nice bunch of folks, and I enjoyed visiting the Marine Museum with my mother way back in the day.

Why am I thinking about the Marines all of a sudden? Because I want to buy some new sneakers, obviously. My sneakers of choice are New Balance 993's (which should come as no surprise to you faithful Blankbaby followers). From time to time New Balance comes out with a limited edition color scheme, and they just so happen to have created a pair of Marine edition 993's that have recently come to my attention.

I think they look pretty snazzy (they are pictured above), however, as I've established, I am not a Marine. Would wearing these shoes imply that I was, at one point in my storied life, an active duty Marine? Or would it simply say that I support our boys from the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli?

You can see my quandary. Of course I also happen to own at least 3 pairs of serviceable 993's, so I don't actually need another pair. But they're so cool looking!