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What should I read next?

My reading list has gotten really short recently. I’m in my final semester of graduate school, and the time it takes to do my courses well and look for a job, and run my business (I have a direct sales business), leave me with little time for personal reading. Another reason why I won’t be reading as much is because if I really like a book, I have a hard time putting it down and doing something else. I’m going to tell you what’s currently on my reading list, and also some of the things I like. In return, I’m going to ask you for recommendations for additional books. I’m going to spend at least some time this fall working on my sewing (I need some new clothes) and so even if I can’t find the time to read a book, I can get the audio version and listen while I sew. I tend to do better focusing on my projects when I have something interesting playing.

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How I tore through a book series

I’ve been meaning to read at least the first book in the Percy Jackson series for a while. Last summer I watched the movie, and I really enjoyed it, so the books made my reading list. Unfortunately, as a graduate student, I don’t have a lot of time for pleasure reading. Winter break is a great time to catch up, so when I got a $30 gift card to Amazon, I decided to use part of it to buy the first book in the series, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

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Libraries, Archives, QR Codes and Microsoft Tag

QR Codes like the one above are becoming more and more common. (This code was created using a free generator produced by the ZXing Project.) They appear on documents, posters, blogs, websites and other forms of advertisements. The prevalence will only increase in the future, because QR code generators are rampant on the Internet. A Google search of the phrase “QR Code Generator” on 11/6/2010 returns over 12 million results, and a Bing search for the same phrase returns 102 thousand results. (Note: these numbers were accurate at 12:15 a.m. on 11/6/10 future searches may return different numbers). Anyone can use a QR code generator to hold business card, appointment, website and text information to name only a few functions. Denso Wave created the QR code in 1994, although mainstream use is much more recent.

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How I ended up at Jackass 3D

My readers who aren’t broke or poor graduate students are probably wondering how I ended up at Jackass 3D. After all, it’s not the type of movie I would pick for myself. I’ll explain. When you are broke, or a poor graduate student, and someone offers to take you to the movies, you go. Well, as long as you know the person, and they aren’t going to try to hit on you (unless you want them to). So, while I was out in California, my friend wanted to go to the movies. Ordinarily, with this movie, I would have tried to negotiate, but it was also her birthday, so what can you do right?

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The World or the Land?

There are arguments about this all the time among Disneyphiles. Which is better? Disney World or Disneyland? Just getting back from a trip to California where I spent several days at Disneyland, I can answer that question, at least to my own personal opinion. I loved going to Disneyland. It was beautiful, and there was something about the park that was different than going to the World in Florida. Maybe it was the smaller size, or maybe it was something less tangible today. Walt Disney himself designed and built Disneyland. While he worked on Disney World, he died before much of it could be built.

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