Saturday Links: Collaboration, Books, Wilderness, Music, Photography, Politics & Gaia Theory


How Good Collaborations Happen: Please take 10 minutes to complete this survey on collaboration, which I collaborated in developing. My colleagues and I really need your responses to this for some research we’re doing on the collaboration process. Thank you!

Book Tag:
In the latest round of blog tag, I’ve been selected by Mutualist Kevin Carson to tell all about my favourite books. Here are my answers:

1. Total number of books I own: Impossible to say, since I keep giving them away in droves once I’ve summarized them down to a page of notes (does that mean I don’t ‘own’ them any more)? There are about 800 in my bookshelves now, and I’ve given away at least that number again.
2. The last books I bought: Clay Christensen’s Innovator’s Solution and Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee’s The Life and Death of Planet Earth.
3. The last books I read: Currently reading Freakonomics by Steven Leavitt et al, Conceptual Blockbusting by James Adams and The Midnight Disease by Alice Flaherty, all recommended by readers.
4. Five books that mean a lot to me: Can’t limit it to five so here are eighteen:
The Fourteen Books that Have Formed my Natural Philosophy, including #13 Straw Dogs by John Gray and #14 Creating a Life Together by Diana Leafe Christian (I’ve written about all of these in the blog if you’re looking for more information on them)
Natural Selection and The Law of Averages by Frederick Barthelme
Riddley Walker by Russel Hoban
Complete Works of TS Eliot
5. Others I tag to continue the meme: How about this: If you’re a reader and would like to blog about these questions, consider yourself tagged.

Help the Wilderness Society: Protect America’s Western Lands

Early Music, Free: If you, like me, have a passion for medieval music, get your fill from Jon Sayles here (link thanks to Oddio Overplay).

Less Cursing, Better Pictures: Ten Suggestions: From David Pogue in the NYT

David Podvin Suggests a Candidate for the Dems in ’08: Surprise!

US Moving to Theocracy: A really scary summary from Theocracy Watch (link thanks to Brad Anderson).

More Support for Gaia Theory: A new study of gene function suggests they may not be selfish after all.

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