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Reading Update – Mid-February 2013

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Unlike my previous reading updates, I will dispense with oft-repeated excuses why I’m not reading more. The excuses will be the same and will continue to be same until I say otherwise. Nevertheless, in keeping with my new year resolution, I’ve been reading much more.

So without further ado, here is my reading list as of today:

  • An Empire of Wealth by by John Steele Gordon
  • The Litigators by John Grisham
  • The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
  • Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
  • The Instant Economist by Timothy Taylor
  • Francona by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy

Two of the books are leftovers from my June 2012 reading list, but I’m proud to say I finished three out of the five listed:

  • Special Assignments by Boris Akunin
  • Travels With Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • The Islamist by Ed Husain

Trying to get into the habit of reading more than one chapter – of reasonable length, of course – a night. More on the weekends and whenever free time permits.

I will also be augmenting my reading by listening to unabridged audio books I picked up for a song at a local discount store. Since my drive to and from works is about 90 minutes, I should better use the time for edification rather than listening to repetitive sport talk radio. One can only hope, of course.

My reading list doesn’t include countless magazine and news articles, blog posts, white papers, and things I find via social media.

I will no longer give a target on when I will finish the books as I will be automatically setting myself up for failure. Better to let things happen when they happen.

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February 15th, 2013 at 11:45 am

Trailer: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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The trailer for the American version The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is finally out. It looks really, really good:

Wired has more details on the movie here. It’s good to note that it is being directed by David Fincher, so it will be dark and twisted– and very good! The movie won’t be released until December 2011. This leaves me plenty of time to read all three of the novels and watch the Swedish versions of the films.

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June 4th, 2011 at 12:47 am

Another CSI Star Leaves

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Gary Dourdan, who plays Warrick Brown, is leaving CSI at the end of this season. Remember Jorja Fox, who played Sara Sidle, left late last year. Both want to pursue other projects. I don’t blame them. They’ve been acting on the same show for over eight seasons now; and playing the same character over and over again is not only tedious but boring. Even Barry Pederson, who plays Gil Grissom, signed on for another season, but will appear only in a handful of episodes.

For me, it’s a sign that the show has run its course – creatively. But like the Law & Order franchise, CSI is a show where the process is the star, and the characters are secondary. So there’s a good chance CSI will last beyond its original shelf life.

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April 15th, 2008 at 3:49 pm