Ode to the Indie Bookstore (aka Impossible Gift-Buying Made Easy)
Books. There are few things easier to buy for someone when you have no idea what to get them.
When you have no idea what to get for someone, clothing is certainly out of the question. Accessories of any sort are also out. You never know if they already have the latest nifty gadget. Their tastes are peculiar enough you wouldn’t dare buy them something for their home.
But you must know something about them. Take that something, right now, to your local indie bookstore. March right up to the nearest staffer and allow them to ease your pain.
I’ll give you an example. This year in our family we decided to keep gift-giving simple: books and music. The only thing is, my husband and I realized we have very different tastes from his mother. So things we’ve read and loved recently we were confident she wouldn’t like at all. At the bookstore, though, after half an hour of aimless wandering, we remembered we could ask. I know, you’d think it wouldn’t take that long.
My husband told a friendly staffer that his mother will be traveling soon, and we’d love to get her a book related to her destination. Before we knew it, three staffers were going from shelf to shelf in the small store and in five minutes we had two very promising books in our hands.
Massive chain stores are great, but you have to do all the work yourself. Much of the joy of book buying, whether for yourself or for others, is in getting a real-life recommendation.
You’ve got another whole day to go. Scratch the last items off your list at a bookstore, would ya?
You may have seen my post the other day regarding my new photo project.
Well, I’m going to tell you about it again, because I really, really want more people to join with me in this. I started Project 365 on Jan 1 this year with a group of over 20 Tumblrs and I would like to have at least a similar number for this year’s project.
The project is called 52 Locations. The idea is to take (and post) 3-5 photos of a different location outside your home on a weekly basis. That’s it.
The photos don’t have to be brilliant and the challenge is really up to you, although it’s fun and inspiring to have people around you doing the same. Personally, I am looking forward to being encouraged to get out of the house more and to take better photos. Also, I can’t wait to see what other people’s world’s look like.
Agreed! How could this be achieved? Certainly only for newly purchased print books. Or, when someone buys an ebook there could be an option for “Also send a print book?” Still, there needs to be an infrastructure. I doubt everyone who buys a print book and wants the option to read the same book digitally will want to store that digital copy for the proverbial rainy day. Would there need to be some sort of universal, publisher agnostic clearinghouse?
“The ability to distinguish between fiction and reality is, I think, an important indicator of sanity, perhaps the most important. And it looks like the Australian legal system has failed on that score.”—
“Canada’s political crisis, which will keep the nation’s legislature closed for the next seven weeks, may exacerbate financial turmoil and job losses in the world’s eighth-largest economy.
“We are in the worst crisis since 1929 and we have no government. How can this be good?” said Stephen Jarislowsky, the 83-year-old chairman and founder of Montreal money manager Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd., which manages about $40 billion.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in an unprecedented move, suspended Parliament yesterday until Jan. 26 to stave off a bid by opposition parties to oust him and his government. Backed by labor unions, the opposition wants to speed up infrastructure spending and help ailing manufacturers, particularly automakers and the forestry industry. Harper says the blocs would practice “socialist economics” and be beholden to Quebec separatists.
The turmoil comes as Canada faces its first recession in 16 years, and corporations such as BCE Inc. struggle with ailing pension funds and slowing sales. Canadian lenders, meanwhile, are posting record debt writedowns that are shaking the country’s financial system…”
My head literally spins from the awesomeness of this, for I run my life in iCal, and my friends and family run their lives in Google Calendar. Also, think of the collaboratory time-management possibilities!