Book Baton

Just when I thought we were done with this whole meme thing for 2005, I get hit with another one from Marko. Thanks buddy, thanks a lot! You know, in order to stop these things, somebody has to refuse to do it. That is the only way…amputate the branch before it becomes a trunk. (Pardon my nerdy anology…I was up way too late last night, and I’m working on nested code this morning.) I would take my own advice, but doing so would suggest that I don’t listen to music and don’t read books. So…in an effort to not come off as an uncultured, illiterate jerk…I’ll keep the Baton moving.

Number of Books…in Boxes

All of our shelves have been dismantled and packed up for the move, and all of our books are in boxes. My best guess is that we have 5 or 6 boxes worth, or about 3 tons.

Last Book Purchased

Three at once back in AprilGraphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines, Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers and The Zen of CSS Design

Book Reading Right Now

Well, most of our books are in boxes right now…but I’ve been reading a lot of Mastering 3ds Max 4 (co-authored by Chris Murray, one of my college professors) – Yes, it’s old, but I needed to brush up on some things for a 3d project that Amy and I have been trying to wrap up.

Last 5 Books Read
  1. 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask by Ilyce R. Glink Actually, this was my latest book purchase…later in April.
  2. Usability Return on Investment by Nielson Group (For Work.)
  3. The Zen of CSS Design by Dave Shea & Molly E. Holzschlag
  4. The Art and Science of Web Design by Jeffrey Veen
    Because he just made it available a a free download!
  5. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Meaningful Books

The Bible…and Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. Even though Tycho (Penny-Arcade) had a field day bashing this book when he received it as a Christmas present from his mom, it had a pretty profound influence on my life when I was in college.

Those to Whom I Bestow this…Sentence
  1. Nathan Bird
  2. Brian Reese
  3. Ray Williams
  4. Justin Perkins
  5. Ryan Salerno

11 comments on “Book Baton

Justin P. says:

Dude, books?! What the hell *am* I reading anyway? Once I saw Marko kick this over to you I knew I was in for it. Ok ok, coming up…

maratz says:

Usability Return on Investment by Nielson Group? You’re a heavy-weight category!

I think everybody’s blogs are acting funny because we all just switched to Dreamhost and haven’t finished setting permissions on things. 🙂 I was trying to get rid of a few comment spams earlier today and MT Blacklist still isn’t working right, so I was weeding them out by hand and accidently deleted your comment. Not a great excuse, but I did realize that it was your comment just as I hit the confirm delete button. Sorry Dustin.

Since you mentioned backups, I hadn’t backed up my Movable Type database in a while, and the thing has grown to almost 12MB. Of course, when I gzipped it, it compresses to about 1MB, but 12MB is a lot of text data.

Dustin says:

Didn’t I just comment? Or is this another one of those ‘I need to approve you first before your comment appears’

Be sure to make a backup this week, because several dev blogs are acting funny this week. WP has allocated this week as world-wide backup day.

12MB doesn’t mean it literally is 12MBs of data. There is probably a lot of loose ends when you delete comments (rows) in your database, which take up disk space even though there is nothing really there.

Dustin says:

So hey Jason,
good to add another blog to my list as well. I’ve ran into this site before maybe once or twice from someone elses blogroll. Definitely good stuff.

Good news is, I found the culprit of the baton passer!

I kept clicking backward from each persons book baton post and it this person was the only to confess that it wasn’t passed onto them, but rather “A proposal”. Funny because it was only a matter of 4 days on how fast it got to me.

Ryan says:

Hey, I’m looking at this in Firefox 1.5 RC2 on WinXP and the headlines are not present. I can take a screenshot if you want. I know this worked before you switched styles, but I also know I’ve formatted and switched browsers since then. Am I missing something, or did something get overlooked when you rebooted?

Weird. I hadn’t referenced h5 tags anywhere else in my css, but somehow I toggled the visibility of all of them…somewhere. After a few expletive words and tinkering with font-size, background-color, display, z-index… I found that visibility:visible; did the trick. Whodathunk.

Aaron says:

Strangest thing… I know that this book baton is old but I just bought the same two books you stated in the first paragraph:

Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines, Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers

Just seems relatively rediculous.

That’s crazy. I even bought both of those at the same time. I’m currently trying to finish up CS Lewis’ The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe with my wife before the movie comes out.

Frinas says:

Thanks for information

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