The jewelry company ads that run heavily around Christmas and Valentine’s Day are very, very wrong. The correct way to demonstrate that you think I am the coolest and most wonderful person ever is not to buy me a diamond. Diamonds are icky. No, a much better choice is to get me something both pretty and useful. Like an iPod. And a Leatherman. (I have the best boyfriend ever.)
I’m surprised to discover that I use the Notes application as much as I use the music player. This thing makes a pretty decent eBook reader. Comfortable screen, convenient interface… Not being able to bookmark where I am in a set of files is a little annoying, but doesn’t actually get in the way as much as you might expect. And it’s a good way to take advantage of the small number of recent sf novels available under Creative Commons licenses.
But now, on to the other topic. While showering a few minutes ago, I had the idea that it would be really neat to start a journal club for people like me (in this case, people who miss all the academic reading and discussion from college but have not yet made their way to graduate school. But I’d welcome grad students and advanced degree holders who just want more). I’m imagining it as a biweekly or monthly blog event, like cat blogging Fridays or all those food blog events. People would take turns selecting and presenting an article on their own blog, and then all the other participants could do their own posts with their own discussion and comments. With any luck, yet more comments on various blogs would ensue.
The only tricky part is making sure that all articles are either sufficiently accessible to people outside the particular field, or at least that they come with some sort of quick primer to help sort through the jargon. I think this would be most interesting if it were interdisciplinary. So if anyone’s interested in such a thing, let me know. Tell your friends. I think it would be a lot of fun to try.