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Johnathan Christmas 2009

Page history last edited by Johnathan Nightingale 10 years, 7 months ago


I've marked in bold the ones I've been most keen to get a copy of, but all of them represent some smart person thinking a lot about a subject that interests me, and would therefore be awesome to have.


  • Transportation security - bragdon
  • 4-hour workweek
  • Best of 2600 - Goldstein
  • The Clock of the Long Now - Brand
  • Candy Freak
  • Wired for War - Singer
  • The Secret Life of Dust
  • Infrastructure: The book of Everything for the Industrial Landscape - Hayes
  • The Ascent of Money - Ferguson
  • House of Cards - Cohan
  • Payback - Atwood
  • Down and Out in Paris and London - Orwell
  • They shoot horses, don't they? - McCoy
  • Born to Run - McDougal
  • Made to Stick
  • Hope for Animals and their World - Goodall
  • National geographic birds of the world
  • The Numerati - Baker
  • Good Birders Don't Wear White - White + Dunne
  • "author unknown" - Don Foster
  • Automotive essentials
  • Locks, Safes and Security - 0398070792
  • The men who stare at goats - Jon Ronson
  • The universal history of numbers - georges ifrah
  • Jonathan Strane & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
  • Envisioning Information - Edward Tufte
  • Hacking - Jon Erickson
  • Propaganda Analysis - Alexander George
  • Off the Books - Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh
  • Chemical Warfare - Secrets almost forgotten - Ketchum
  • It must have been something I ate - Jeffrey Steingarten
  • Con Ed - Matthew Klein 0446579556
  • The Lucifer Effect - Zimbardo
  • Pro javascript techniques - Resig
  • Hardcore Zen
  • The manipulation of human behavior - biderman & zimmer (1961 out of print)
  • Diamond Geezers - Hollington 1843171228
  • The taste of conquest - michael krondl
  • Complications - Gawande
  • Monopoly Companion - Philip Orbanes
  • London: The Biography - Ackroyd
  • Botanist and the Vintner - Campbell
  • On writing well - William Zinsser
  • The blitzkrieg myth




I seem to still enjoy taking pictures, which makes me a soft target for various assistance devices. If you try to buy any of this and they ask you what camera you're buying for, I have a Nikon D80. Some ideas might be:


  • A nicer camera strap. I don't even really know what that means, but I have the one that came with my camera, my neck sometimes gets sore, and I bet someone has come up with something clever here.
  • Kenko Extension Tube(s). They help me take close up photos, and are specific to the brand of camera. They come in sets of 3, or individually.
  • A 35mm lens (the secret camera store code is NIKON DX NIKKOR AF-S 35MM F1.8)
  • I'd love to try making big prints of a couple of photos I've already taken. Maybe some help there, Black's gift card or an online place that does a good job?
  • Books (ha! Snuck em in here, too!) about photography. Particularly about portraits and nature photography, but not Peterson, because I have all of his.


Other neat stuff


  • I'd love a rice cooker with a preset timer. I like me some properly cooked rice, but the ones with timers can also be used to make oatmeal - set the night before, wake up to yummy
  • Night stand valet - a place to put my watch/phone/wallet/change/etc.
  • White 100% cotton undershirts (L) and black or dark print socks. Always super neat, and I really walk through the socks, so I'm constantly in need.



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