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Today I took an early morning break for a bike ride in the sun to go get my hair cut. As I sat in the chair my hair cutter (stylist would be too strong of a word for my curly mop) commented, “Wow it must be nice to have summers off.” I kind of laughed to myself. I never really feel like I am “off.” Yes, I don’t have to get up at a set time. I have no parent phone calls to return and my Monday afternoons aren’t plagued by pointless meetings which seem very “20th Century” to me in terms of their productivity per minute used. However, I am still quite busy – reading, learning, and preparing for next year.

At the moment I am in the midst of reading the The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, and Don’t Bother Me Mom–I’m Learning!. For some reason I can’t seem to read just one book at a time. I’m also in the midst of conducting a little research for graduate fellowship I have for next school year. One of my tasks involves creating a list of books for graduate students to read in an Educational Technology Issues class. Its fun. I get to spend all afternoon on Amazon reading book reviews without feeling any guilt about wasting away the day – and my Amazon wish list is growing by leaps and bounds (hint..hint early Christmas shoppers). One book I keep stumbling across is The Future of the Internet–And How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain. The first review I read made the book seem very “Debbie Downer-ish” so I moved on to other books, but a blog post by Danah Boyd brought me back. On closer inspection it looks better than initially sounded. While I was looking up the publisher information for my fellowship assignment I also noticed you can get the entire book for free online under a Creative Commons License on Zittrain’s website. If the book sounds interesting to you check it out.

Joe

Buy these books at the best prices here -> The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, Don’t Bother Me Mom–I’m Learning!

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