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Finally finished John Steinbeck’s East of Eden.  Only took me forever to get through it!

Now I am rocking Hugh MacLeod’s Ignore Everybody.  This book is a pretty easy read and I’ll finish it tonight.  So many great one liners and quotes and general inspiration!

“The sovereignty you have over your work will inspire far more people than the actual content ever will.”

I am hoping that Chris Anderson picks me, picks me! picks me! to get a copy of his new book… Free.

I loved the Long Tail and still check his blog on a regular basis.  He is doing a contest where you send him an email and maybe he sends you a book  for… get this… FREE!

“When scarce resources become abundant, smart people treat them differently, exploiting them rather than conserving them. It feels wrong, but done right it can change the world.”

Lots of great ideas in Hugh’s book, that when added to some principles from other books I’ve read, help me chill out a bit.  Make me happy.  Enjoy the ride more.

Chris talks about giving shit away for free, and then somehow making money… SWA?  His blog posts have always been convincing for me.  I work in radio and my product gets “given” away and somehow the paycheck doesn’t bounce twice a month so there must be something to it.

Go with yourself.

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“I’d think there are degrees of greatness,” Adam said.
“I don’t think so,” said Samuel.  “That would be like saying there are is little bigness. No. I believe when you come to that responsibility the hugeness and you are alone to make your choice. On one side you have warmth and companionship and sweet understanding, and on the other – cold, lonely greatness.  There you make your choice.  I’m glad I chose mediocrity, but how am I to say what reward might have come with the other? “

East of Eden

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Once again the little stresses of my life were alleviated by Dr. Seth.

Infinity, They Keep Making More of It

“The problem with getting bigger is that getting bigger costs you. Not just in time and money, but in focus and standards and principles. Moving your way to the biggest part of the curve means appealing to an ever broader audience, becoming (by definition) more average.”

whoa right.  That little paragraph hurts my head just thinking about it.  You know what else hurts my head, Jars of Clay.  What were people thinking… post grunge Radio circa 1995 was not a pretty time in rock and roll.

When I was a younger lad, we used to call those guys Jars of Gay… get it?  cuz gay rhymes with clay.  Not very PC but it was 1995, and as you can tell from popular modern rock, no one was really using their brain.

Time to pour a bath and tuck into “East of Eden.”  That book makes me want to invent a time machine and travel back to the olden days… before post grunge.  Live in a shack in the hills and drill water wells and have like 800 kids and wear overalls and say ma’am.

I am only a handful of chapters deep into the lives of the Trasks and Hamiltons but it is an amazing read.  Author John Steinbeck says of his own work: “”It has everything in it I have been able to learn about my craft or profession in all these years (…) I think everything else I have written has been, in a sense, practice for this.”

That is the sort of book I want to read.

That’s all I got.

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