Books I Read 2015 edition

I decided I should post this list before we are into 2017. For the past few years I have kept an active list of the books I read in the current year. I believe I got this idea from Patrick Rhone originally though I have seen many people do the same.

Over the course of the year if I see something that I might be interested in I throw it in a list (this year it in an Apple Notes), then when I ready for a new book I generally grab one from the list that strikes my mood at the time.

The books are in the order I finished them. I usually have at least two going at any point in time, I blame this on my NADD. I have notes and thoughts on all the of them but this is not meant to be a review, just a collection.

A few years ago I converted to an all digital format, the list links to an authors site directly, Amazon Kindle or Apple iBooks depending where I purchased that item.

Without going into specifics the ones that are bold are the ones I enjoyed the most.

Why I listen to podcasts

Recently I read a post over at Rocket Ink about Patrick Welkers’ podcast listening habits. It made me think about my own reasons why and what I listen to.

I love to listen to podcasts. I started listening about 5.5 years ago when I really grew tired of the radio. I figured I could use my commute time to catch up on news, learn about the something technical or pure entertainment. The time I listen now has increased due the enjoyment I get out of them. I listen at work (when it does not affect what I am working on), during my commute, working around the house - whenever it makes sense without ignoring my family or friends. Sometimes I listen just for company.

The funny thing is I hate talk radio. Below list of 27 or so regularly listened to podcasts that are all talk. So why would I listen to podcasts that are talk shoes? I think it because that I can’t pick and choose the programs on the radio to listen to, or I was never able to “connect” with the hosts.

Connection to the hosts and topics is really important. You spend a lot of time with these people in your head so you really need to love what you are hearing. They become your “friends” in many ways. A few days before a weekly show is released I start to look forward to the shows because of this connection. Very similar to how you might feel about a character on a favorite televisions program.

The list below is always changing. Shows with be added and removed. Sometimes if I am really behind I will remove an episode for the week. I try not to get anxiety ridden about having a lot of shows in the queue and I am not trying to reach “podcast zero” either. These are for my enjoyment, education only.

My podcast client of choice is Overcast. I love the Voice Boost (especially when I am in the car) and the Smart Speed to reduce the pauses in some shows. Using that feature has allowed me to listen to more shows and save time without speeding up the playback. I think to date I am over 70 hours saved.

Weekly

Every two weeks or as shows post

Based on Topics or Guests

Retired or On Hiatus

  1. Bold shows represent current favorites and ones I always listen to.

Books I Read in 2014

For the past few years I have kept an active list of the books I read in the current year. I believe I got this idea from Patrick Rhone originally though I have seen many people do the same. I keep a running list of things I want to read and then grab one from the list that strikes my fancy at the time. The books are in the order I read them. I have various notes on all the of the books but this is not meant to be a review, just a collection.

Without going into specifics the ones that are bold are the ones I enjoyed the most.

Interesting this week

This is all kinds or crazy!

I can't tell you why but I love Airstream trailers. I have never been in one but I think about getting one and converting it to an office all the time.

Being inspired by punk music growing up some of these photo are so very fitting.

I love this.

  • Kickstarter project. There have been time when I wanted to take an existing cool piece of wood and turn it into a table or desk. These would be perfect. Clearly they have blown away their funding goal.

The Floyd Leg — Coffee Tables -- Better Living Through Design (via Better Living through Design)

Seasme seeds, black pepper, almonds, Cashews Saffron, capers were all kind of a surprise to me.

This looks like it is a cool minimal wallet. But still love my Bellroy.

Interesting this week

Some things that caught my interest this week.  Enjoy.

The E-M10 is the next version of the OM-D series camera.  I have been seriously considering the two year old OM-D5 then I saw this review new announcement.  This might change things for me.

A two minute movie from Ira Glass through type that is inspiring

I have often thought about this.  You can tip for a meal on your credit card, why isn't there a way to do it for other purchases.

As a huge design fan and going through many teacher and student critiques in college, having Dieter Ram show up might have given me a heart attack.

I have always had a bizarre interest in neon lights.  This is a cool way to create your own.

I have on occasion found a cool photo that I would have liked to have had as a background. This looks like it will work. In the App store for $1.99

A nice piece by my friend at MacFilos

From one the the greatest Marketers out there. How to dance with fear.