I Am Bismark


[First post on App.net]

Back when I joined Twitter I was presented with the question “What are you doing?” Without any such prompts I am not sure what to write for my first post! But just like 5 years ago, what am I doing? “Not much.”


– SF foghorn

I think a real-time messaging network is too fundamental and important to be under the control of a single corporation.


Even though I disagree with it on principle, I decided to back this just in hopes that it will reign in Twitter.


So, yes, I will admit that the last Harry Potter film actually inspired something good in me: reading more books. Prior to last summer, I had probably read less than 10 books recreationally since graduating from high school. Pretty sad for someone who likes to pretend he is a geek.

But things are much better now. Since seeing the Harry Potter movie, here is what I have read:

  • The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay)
  • A Song of Ice and Fire (A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons)
  • The City and The City
  • Ready Player One
  • Ender’s Game
  • The Watchmen
  • (Currently reading) Snow Crash

I’m pretty happy about going from reading 0 books to now 12 in a year. Maybe I will write some mini-reviews for the above over the next few days.

On a side not, I signed up for a GoodReads account thinking it would be a good way to track books that I’ve read, but I dunno if I will be able to use it… I found it much too fiddly. I felt like I could spend all day on there rating and tagging and it bothered me that I couldn’t remember the exact date that I finished certain books. I think a simple list with month/year would be plenty.

The Iraq War cost 300x more than Curiosity. Dear USA: more of this, less of that please.

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