As of today, we’re back from three weeks vacation through Germany (Dortmund), Switzerland (Geneve) and France (Riquewihr, Annemasse, Annecy, Vaux-les-St-Claud). Three weeks of doing almost nothing :)
The total time I spent on the internet was just 1.5 hours! Most of it taken by deleting spam e-mails and spam comments from this weblog. The few times that I did want to send an e-mail, internet access was just not available. Somehow, France seems to be some years behind on The Netherlands. Internet cafés are hard to find. Many companies don’t have e-mail at their own domain, but rather with wanadoo:
firstname.lastname@example.org. And, very inconvenient, most shops close between 12:00 and 14:30. But hey, I did get a rest!
One of the activities I did allow myself to do was reading. My holiday selection:
- Linked – Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means
- Programming Jabber – DJ Adams
- XForms Essentials – Micah Dubinko
- Learning UML – Sinan Si Alhir
- UML Distilled – Martin Fowler
- Relag NX – Eric van der Vlist
- Producing Open Source Software – Karl Fogel
Of these, Linked is the only book I’ve read entirely so far.
Since my job switch, over a year ago, I really picked up reading. My goal is to read a book every week. Since I have a habit of starting to read a new book before having finished the last, it is a bit hard to monitor how many books I read a week. I estimate my current rate is 0.5 book a week.
To monitor my progress, I intend to post a short note on every book I’ve finished. So, expect a post on Linked next weekend.