Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Whatcha Readin’ and Listenin’ To Wednesday: December 3, 2008

Ahh, Thanksgiving. One of my favorite holidays after Halloween. Seeing family was nice, but it gave me less time to read than during a typical week. At least the travel duties provided me many opportunities to listen to music.

I focused on only one book this week, but it was a whopper: Presentation Zen. This mind-stretching work offering insights into effective PowerPoint or Keynote presentations that rely more on simple figures than lists of bullets, more on images than on text.

To see some of Reynolds’s ideas in the hands of a skilled presenter, take a look at some of the presentations by Apple CEO Steve Jobs here.


Presentation Zen, by Garr Reynolds.

Listening To:

Frameshift, Unweaving the Rainbow
Iced Earth, The Glorious Burden
Marillion, Misplaced Childhood
Van Halen, s/t
The Police, Synchronicity
Bhakta, Open Transmission


At December 03, 2008 6:39 AM, Blogger NESSA replied to my musings ...

I received an iPod for my birthday so now I need to pay more attention to music.

What does s/t mean? Is that the name of the album?

At December 03, 2008 7:21 AM, Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. replied to my musings ...

s/t = self-titled

Nice holiday myself; had a gift cert to use at the movies so I saw the new Bond film on Friday, the baby was in day care and I met up with a friend for lunch who was in out of town; quite the gentleman, he treated, no less... Trying to avoid getting sick with a family under the weather and co-workers doing coughing choruses...up the Tang and the Alka Seltzer Plus!

Still reading Nikki Sixx's Heroin Diaries


Hades - Bootlegged in Boston 1988
Tracy Ullmann - State of the Union


Beatles - White Album
Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Punisher War Zone soundtrack
Sixx AM - Heroin Diaries soundtrack
tRnzPrNt - Iced (this is the late Enuff Znuff drummer Ricky Parent's final recording and quite good)
Saxon - Into the Labyrinth
Imari Tunes - Japanese Pop
Juanita and the Rabbit - feeling the love//AMPLIFIED
Gore - Hart Gore/Mean Man's Dream
Sinner - Crash and Burn
Korn - s/t
Rocket From the Crypt - Live From Camp X-Ray
Isis - Oceanic
Boneshaker - Start the Race
Don Airey - A Light in the Sky
Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane - Live at Carnegie Hall
David Lee Roth - A Little Ain't Enough
Ross the Boss - New Metal Leader
Chris Isaak - Heart Shaped World
Flogging Molly - Float
Geddy Lee - My Favorite Headache

At December 03, 2008 12:29 PM, Blogger Jessica replied to my musings ...

Today I'm reading:

Notes From the Universe: New Perspectives from an Old Friend by Mike Dooley

Listening to:
Elton John--Greatest Hits 1970-2002

At December 03, 2008 6:27 PM, Anonymous LisaBinDaCity replied to my musings ...

I got the book "Wicked" at the library but HCFG immediately took it away from me and started reading it himself. So I guess that's next on my list!

At December 03, 2008 7:09 PM, Blogger Metal Mark replied to my musings ...

Listeing to these...
Ross the boss-New Metal leader
Dir En Grey-Uroboros
Underride-One of us
We wish you a metal xmas
Guns n' Roses-Chinese Democracy
Sinner - Crash and Burn
Farflung-A wound in eternity

Hades-Bootlegged in Boston, 1988

At December 03, 2008 8:02 PM, Blogger Maggie replied to my musings ...

Reading: gaelic - final next week.

Listening: Gael Warning "License to Kilt"

At December 03, 2008 8:06 PM, Blogger Perplexio replied to my musings ...

Still Reading: A Question of Loyalty by Dennis Waller

Listening to:
Guns 'n' Roses Chinese Democracy
Paul Kelly Songs from the South
Julian Lennon Photograph Smile

At December 04, 2008 6:15 AM, Blogger cjk_44 replied to my musings ...

Still reading “Boom! Voices of the Sixties” by Tom Brokaw.

Music in my ears this past week or so:

1. Gojira – The Way of All Flesh
2. All That Remains – Overcome
3. In Flames – A Sense of Purpose
4. Omnium Gatherum – The Redshift
5. Amorphis – all
6. Intronaut – Prehistoricisms
7. Ephel Duath – Through My Dog’s Eyes
8. SSS – The Dividing Line
9. Narcosis – Best Served Cold
10. Genesis – Selling England By the Pound

At December 04, 2008 7:06 AM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Nessa: Roy already answered your question, I see. The iPod is great because of the shuffle songs function, which puts fun things together. Maybe my next "listenin' to" post will be a shuffle list!

Ray: Good for you to make it out to the movie! I was just looking at my DLR CDs to decide whether to put one of those in this week--I didn't. I think Geddy Lee's solo disc, though uninspired in places, has some great moments.

Jessica: I haven't listened to Elton John in a long time. The "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" start to Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is one of the finest classic rock openings ever.

Lisa: I've heard mixed things about that one, so I've avoided it.

At December 04, 2008 7:07 AM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Mark: For some reason i just can't get into those metal Christmas albums. Maybe it's because I don't like Christmas music in general.

Maggie: What a great title on that Gael Warning album: "License to Kilt." Brilliant!

Perplexio: I haven't heard a Julian Lennon track since that "salt water" one.

CJK: I'm curious about Intronaut, I've been seeing a lot of mentions of them lately.

At December 05, 2008 5:11 PM, Blogger cube replied to my musings ...

If I told you what I was currently reading, I know you would lose respect for me.

I can't tell you what I'm currently listening to because I'm not currently listening to anything. Really.

The last thing I did listen to was Amy Winehouse.

At December 06, 2008 10:36 PM, Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. replied to my musings ...

David, you need to hear Chuck Billy, Scott Ian, John Tempesta, Jon Donais of Shadows Fall and The Cult's Chris Wyse do a thrash version of "Silent Night." Billy pukes all of his lines and the thing moves like a bat out of hell. Loved it. There's a couple of toss-offs from that Metal Xmas CD, but overall quite good.

I was grateful to get out to the movies and more grateful to go cover Boris in concert this week; it was freakin' cosmic


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