I’m a Tim Winton fan. Have been for ages.
CloudStreet is one of my most favourite books ever. I love the way this man writes.
But, I’ve been putting off reading The Turning because its a book of short stories and I always tell myself that I find short stories unsatisfying.
This is actually untrue, but I manage to convince myself of this fact regularly. I’m a short story snob.
If you are too and you’re avoiding this book for that reason – give it up for the turning now. It’s amazing and you must read it.
Now, it’s not as amazing as CloudStreet, but the intertwining of characters between each story, picking up the same story from various aspects in time or space or character perspective makes the book a really rich experience. I found myself thinking back on stories I’d read earlier, now with a new piece of information found in the story I’m currently reading… rethinking occurs regularly. Its part of the experience. I really liked that.
Here’s a product that’s just been released and has managed to generate a little noise in the blogosphere.
Here’s the low down:
… get all of the menus from your favorite restaurants, sit down in front of your pc, open hngry and put in all the important info for each restaurant.
… When you’re hungry and can’t decide where to eat, just log in to hngry and click on “Where to eat?” hngry will ask you for the amount you’d like to spend, and the type of food you’d like to eat. When you’ve picked, click “I’m hngry”, and hngry will tell you where to eat, based on that information. … If you’d like, you can just print off the whole page and take it with you when you go!
And that’s it.
Here’s another idea. When you get junk mail or get take away food, grab the menu and put it with a group of others in a place you’ll remember. I use a very high tech bulldog clip and the botton drawer in my kitchen. My friend Penny uses a more high tech solution involving twine and a hook on the back of her kitchen door.
Why on earth am I going to spend my time entering all that information into a web app? What do I get?
Recently I’ve been bothered by the fact that, in general, bloggers are either too lazy or too nice.
You (person with startup/new service) email a bunch of bloggers and give them ‘special access’ to information about your project, or a beta invitation. Said blogger then either feels obliged to give you a plug (more often than not just your products name, your cute 2.0 logo and the briefest of brief descriptions with an instructions for you to either check it out or wait to find out more.
Having been the recipient of a few of these previews and invitations lately, and even just checking out new services I pick up from other people’s blogs … I find myself in a bit of a quandry.
Does Mum’s Principle apply here? (If you’ve got nothing to say, say nothing at all).
I wouldn’t have thought so, but then… that being the case, why are so many others being so damn nice?!