After a break from blogging, I’m finally back at it. Some stuff I found interesting during the break:
- Rework by the guys at 37signals.com.Â If your work involves the Internet but you aren’t familiar with 37signals, you should be. It’s a software company that offers simple, inexpensive, easy-to-use tools for online collaboration, contact management and project management. I use their Highrise, Basecamp and Backpack products, and I recommend them without reservation. Rework is full of short, engaging chapters with (sometimes unconventional) advice that usually makes a lot of sense.
- The Big Short” Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis. Lewis is an excellent writer who, among other things, authored “The Blind Side,” which was a great book and a pretty good movie.Â In “The Big Short,” Lewis chronicles the events that led up to the subprime mortgage collapse and Wall Street bailout by the taxpayers. Lewis tells the story by quoting from hundreds of interviews and emails from some of the zaniest characters to ever show up at a trading desk. The human side of the story, including an autistic physician/hedge fund manager, makes the book an easy, fun read.
- Caught by Harlen Coben. If you like thrillers, you’ll probably like this story of a television reporter who makes her career catching sexual predators. Lots of twists and turns make this a very readable book for people like me who enjoy this genre.