One late resolution I made was to begin take more photos again, and since I still haven’t really gotten over my writers block here, tying the two things together works fine as it means I have to transfer and go through the photos I take and select a few to upload in a blog post, and in return I get away with having my words fail me.
Anyhow, the most notable thing to write about this week would have been Trumps inauguration, but that would just have been too damn depressing.
Books for first half, not included non-literary or fantasy books, as I read enough of that without needing any prompting.
Ended up being just six books, but that is definitely good enough as that leaves more room for fresh ideas later in the year.
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
Mainly to know what all the fuss is about, especially since I have some friends I really respect who are objectivists so I want to avoid the lazy dismissal of Ayn Rand without having actually read her that is so common.
To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Because it’s such a famous book that I feel it’s a hole in my general education.
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jazz era, plus I’ve gotten this impression that the book contains a lot of layers that the movie obviously did not.
The Road – Cormac McCarthy
Since I loved the movie (and the soundtrack) and am way too pretentious to admit to not having read the actual novel when it comes up in discussions.
Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille
Over the years, many people with good taste have talked about George Bataille, so it’s time I read something of his.
The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
Another case of filling a hole in my general (nerd) education.
Let’s try this blogging things once more. By now it’s so extremely unhip that it’s bound to make a comeback sooner or later and then I will be well positioned to be the, whatever.
As a way to break out of my day to day job in the tech industry and rediscover my old passion for writing I’m starting this blog, for completely selfish reasons and with no plan to actually promote it in any way.
Why English and not Swedish? I am not entirely sure and will definitely come back to try to unpackage the underlying reasoning sooner or later. For now, I’ll start this thing of with some ambitions for the new years, and choosing to believe that speaking it will make it happen.
My ambition for 2017 consists of;
- Writing blog posts at least weekly. I don’t care for the quality or topic, just that I do it
- Keep building upon my closest friendships and actively make sure to meet people
- Reading at least one paperback book a month that is not Fantasy or Technical
literature, compiling a list of twelve books will be the topic for next post
- Move to a new city, I need to change things up in order not to go stale
- Complete the Coursera Classes I’ve set out to complete
- Get at least one hobby programming project up online