This year, I will try to at least note it down the books I read. Maybe write some brief words and impressions. My main goals are:
To keep track of it. Sometimes I’m not sure if I read a book already or if I read about the book. More than once I read a book again by mistake with the constant company of a feeling of having read that before (“déjà lu”?). I know there are services and social networks dedicated to track and review books but right now I’m much more inclined to use my blog as an informal and quick way to doing that. I’m not planning to write reviews or summaries. I don’t have much to add to everything that has been already said on and about these books. I do plan to write some raw thoughts about what I just read for my own sake.
To recommend when due and perhaps receive recommendations. I’m very grateful for all recommendations I have received over the years. It’s been a great way to add some randomness and sometimes unexpected surprises to my informational intake. I try to be open-minded these suggestions, although it may take years to read them. So by having these notes open here I hope to help recommend some of these books.
To encourage myself and others on reading good books. I dislike when reading books is praised as something good by itself. You have to check the “nutritional” value of what you consume, including media and books.
These were the books I read in 2024 so far:
The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon by Buzz Aldrin
I got these app licenses in a bundle at BundleHunt for not much. Here is a quick review and impressions of these:
CleanBoard: Copy twice to remove the formatting of the text you are copying. Perfect.
CopyPaste Pro: list previous clipboards so you can have a list of previous texts and images you cut to paste. I used to use something like this on Linux and it was super handy so I wanted to try it out. It also does a lot of things and it’s full of quirks. I’m still getting used.
Grab2Text: on screen OCR. One Shift+Cmd+2 and you select a rectangle and it outputs the text from the image to the clipboard. The OCR is ok. Solves an infrequent but annoying problem.
iClock: Some calendar, timezone, clock functions right in the menu bar.
1000 OpenType Fonts: a zipfile with fonts. There is no app. You have to use the Finder preview to see and install the fonts. Installing all fonts would make the computer slow. I hope to use some of these fonts.
AI Image Enlarger – Photo Upscaler: Not good. I did a few tests and it pretty much smoothed the photos, actually loosing photo information in the upscaling. Probably better off just using Stable Diffusion with DiffusionBee.
The eye opens like a curtain rising In the dark, feet search for something real Consciousness hasn’t happened yet And the floorboards are skin temperature A fresh repetition, today will be one more or one less An impromptu concert strikes up in the kitchen Maybe this black coffee is the morning bell- the prize you win for returning safe from sleep