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Deferred life plan

Mark Suster has a great post outlining his take on Tim Ferriss’s book The 4 hour work week.

Mark writes that the concept of the “The Deferred Life (DL) Plan” makes the book worth reading, and it certainly caught my interest. The DL Plan refers to the business, course of study, overseas adventure, or whatever it might be that we defer until “the right time”. Find a way to make it happen and don’t wait until you’re retired. That hook will compel me to spend part of my chrissy book token on Tim’s book.

Roseneath, Wellington, Monday, January 11th, 2010

Searchable online Bible

There are quite a few on-line Bibles, but I found a one with some nice features. You can search by passage, keyword or topic. Type in a reference (such as Leviticus 20:9), and can read the quote aloud for you, allow you to see the entire chapter, or navigate to the book or chapter. I liked the simple interface, although would have preferred to been able to hear the quote in an open format (it was in real player format). There is some mad stuff in Deuteronomy.

Roseneath, Wellington, Monday, February 26th, 2007


Cat sitting with wireless broadband. Yipee! Currently reading Journey to the end of the night by Celine and Straw Dogs by John Gray.

Mornington, Wellington, Tuesday, December 28th, 2004

Dan Brown. Hmmm.

What can I say about the author Dan Brown? His books (I’ve read The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons) are both exciting if perhaps slightly predictable – but they are written like shite. I know how hard it is to write decent prose, I have a 20,000 word novel draft gathering dust on my hard drive. I can’t even bring myself to look at it. But this guy is a professional right? There’s a noticeable difference between The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons – Mr Brown may have been attending a writing course. Ms Natasha recognised the similarity between Da Vinci code and The Genesis Code. Does that mean if I can pay ‘homage’ to a story by referencing it in the title I can change some of the names around and use it for my own novel?

Maida Vale, London, Sunday, September 26th, 2004

Mr Spolsky is a cool dude

I’ve just about finished reading my debut amazon purchase, ‘Joel on Software’ . It has changed some of my work habits (which were pretty bad to start with) and made me think about development in a new way. It is also easy to read and f-ing funny. We’re about to interview for a temp at work, so I found this article of interest. Joel elaborates a little more in the book and offers this gem:

The worst kind of interviewer is the blowhard. That’s the kind who blabs the whole time and barely leaves the candidate time to say, “yes, that’s so true, I couldn’t agree with you more.”

Hmmm, seems familiar to me for some reason.

Maida Vale, London, Friday, September 24th, 2004


Another step into the 21st century the other week. I ordered a book ( Joel on Software ) through amazon and it arrived on Monday. And I thought that they’d just charge me and not deliver….

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

Eats, Shoots and Leaves

I’ve just read Eats, Shoots & Leaves . There’s no excuse for my poor punctuation now. I was really impressed by the writing style of Lynne Truss who is bloody funny (I didn’t realise that a book on punctuation could be funny) and it really was a joy to read. And now I also know what an Oxford comma is (among many other things). You should read it – we have to take action before written english is permanently damaged.

Maida Vale, London, Saturday, May 1st, 2004


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