Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What I've been up to: HighTouch book club, etc.

I've never done a post like this before. Just sort of a note to my readers. I haven't been blogging much (as some of you have noticed), and I also haven't been keeping up with the HighTouch book club notes. So what's up with that?

I'm just getting back from a month in Oregon where I basically cocooned to enjoy some time with the family, write, and ski a little. I will share some of my thoughts on the writing in a subsequent post. I am continuing to write since I've returned home, but I have to admit it's been more difficult. This is a different kind of writing, and I'm finding it quite enjoyable to be immersed in reading and studying so deeply about a singular topic. It's been taking a good bit of my time, however, and blogging has taken the hit. I suspect this will continue to be the case for some time to come.

I have been reading a lot. I finished Total Engagement back in the middle of December. I just didn't want to take the time then to post my notes. I re-read my notes from the book this morning, and found them to be not too uninteresting, and I'm thinking it's something I want to continue. (Even if it's turned in to a solitary pursuit--not exactly what I originally intended.) If you have a Wave account you can read them here: HighTouch Book Club: Total Engagement: Using Games and Virtual Worlds to Change the Way People Work and Businesses Compete You can read them outside of Wave at Waverz. I will finish up my notes for Total Engagement in the next couple of days.

The next read for the book club is Makers by Cory Doctorow. I'm a little over halfway through this book already. I'm finding it quite entertaining and interesting. It doesn't seem all that science fictiony-- seems like a not too distant version of where we might be headed. I'm not exactly sure how to approach the book notes for this read. It might be nice if we could have a real discussion. :) Wave is ideally suited for conversations so maybe we can make something happen. If you're still in need of a Wave invite please let me know.

That's my update. Questions, anyone, anyone?

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