Archive for the ‘Reading (General, Metareading)’ Category

Sizeof(MyLibrary) > 1600

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Motivated by reading from The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable book about the importance of unread books (antilibrary) to look menacingly at you and the fact that Umberto Eco’s library is 30,000 books I decided to count the number of books I have in my own library. I found it embarrassingly small by comparison, just 1,600 printed books (2 of them are written by Umberto Eco). However, I must admit that I don’t have the antilibrary or its sizeof approaches zero because I strive to read them all in a round-robin fashion (which I call Mod N Reading System) with several priority and place-time of the day queues. Obviously the more books I have the longer it takes to finish any one of them but this has a positive impact because it allows me to avoid reading pathologies outlined in How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read book (which I read from cover to cover), for example, I can contemplate about any book for longer period instead of overflowing my head with ideas during the nonstop reading or forgetting about the book after some time. I also found that overlapped reading facilitates creativity and breeds more ideas. I recently extended Mod N reading to encyclopedias and will talk about it later on.

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Resuming Literate Scientist Blog

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Due to my Mod N Reading System I had to suspend this blog because N became large (about 100 or more books) and there wasn’t enough read material to review. Now I accumulated some books fully read from cover to cover and many others read to a sufficient number of pages to make an opinion and suggest recommendations. So I’m resuming this blog and plan to write about the next book tomorrow. It will be a history of social sciences. I plan to introduce a new book every day or so. I also made an alteration to Mod N reading to include thematic encyclopedias. Stay tuned.

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My Reading System

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Here is the reading system I devised to read all books that I review on this blog:

Mod N Reading System

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A book is better than a cigarette

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

I’d been smoking since I was 18 and quit a few years ago. I found that numerous books become my substitute for previous cigarette breaks. This might have different side effects but because I read mostly paper books and magazines it is much better, I believe, than switching from one computer screen to another.

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