Monthly Archives: August 2010

St. Louis Day of .NET!

16 Aug 2010
by mjeaton, posted in Uncategorized   |  Comments Off

This coming Friday and Saturday (August 20, 21), I will be delivering two talks at the St. Louis Day of .NET. This is my first time speaking at this particular event and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll be giving an intro to WPF talk on Friday and my “Going Independent” talk on Saturday.

The plan is to drive down on Thursday with Jason Follas and head back home Saturday afternoon.

Reading List

16 Aug 2010
by mjeaton, posted in personal   |  Comments Off

Sarah recently tagged me about what I’ve recently read and what I’m currently reading. I’ve been busy with work and conferences, but I finally had a chance to sit down and think about it.

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I’ve actually got a stack of books on my nightstand and try to read every night, but sometimes it’s tough. I’ve really gotten away from reading hardcore technical books, mainly because I find them *really* boring. :-) I do have a couple on my desk that I refer to, but I’m not actively reading them cover-to-cover.

For years, I read nothing but non-fiction, but a couple years ago, I decided to read all those books I *should* have read in high school and didn’t. ;-) It’s actually been really cool and I’m continuing to add to my collection.

Currently Reading: I’m making my way through The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Rand is definitely one of my favorite authors, and it’s a great book, but since it’s so freakin’ huge, I decided to break it up by reading some other books at the same time. My current “in-between” book is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. This has been a tough read so far, but I’m making my way through it. I’ll probably watch the film when I’m done. :-) I recently tried to get through a couple Seth Godin books, but honestly, I get tired of all the “YOU CAN DO IT!” crap.

To Read (currently on my nightstand): The Grapes of Wrath and Dante’s The Inferno.

Recently Read (over the last couple of years): I finished Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut a couple weeks ago. This was such a bizarre book, I couldn’t put it down. I think my next Vonnegut book will be Cat’s Cradle based on suggestions from friends. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand – one of my top 5 favorite books. 1984 by George Orwell. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Anthem by Ayn Rand. Metallica: This Monster Lives: The Inside Story of Some Kind of Monster by Joe Berlinger. The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star by Niki Sixx. The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin.

I’m not gonna tag anyone, but if you want to share your reading interests, please do so and link back to Sarah’s original post. :-)

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