Origins of supermarkets; self-improvement to benefit others; and how TV ruins our lives (Unfinished Books, Q1 2011)

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So I thought I’d set a clearer goal than just, “Finish 6 previously unfinished books in a year“.

Hence, come 31 Mar 2011, I should have finished any 2 of the following books:

A little bit more about each book:
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e-Book a Month: Jan 2011… Missing!

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Excerpt from Chapter 2, The Horse-Stealers and Other Stories

Excerpt from Chapter 2, The Horse-Stealers and Other Stories

I said I’d do it. I said, “Bring it on”.

However, my e-Book review for January 2011 is… missing!

I thought I’d finish “The Horse-Stealers and Other Stories” by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov by the end of the month, but apparently not 🙁 I am still on Chapter 2!

Should I get a shorter e-Book to read? </cop out>

I will try my best, and update accordingly. Really! 🙁

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Feb 2011
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Pocket Frogs: hopping, breeding, that’s it

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One of the first few games I started playing on the iPad (not mine) was Pocket Frog.

It’s easy to see what drew me to it. I like “collecting” things in games, and the app is pretty smooth, and its gameplay is simple. What I was going for in particular were the awards, for example to collect 8 frogs of a specific species in the same habitat.

I found myself playing for hours… until I finally let go of the iPad, looked at the clock, and concluded Read more…

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Feb 2011
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Unfinished books, have hope

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I tend to not keep “unread” piles of books. Mostly because I have started reading them. The main problem I have is in finishing them.

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Jan 2011
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Facebook Groups still suck

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Is it just me, or has the concept and interface of Groups in Facebook not undergone any major changes in the past year? That is, no good major changes.

I have, at various points of my life, been active in forums or discussion boards (e.g. FictionAlley Park, DonationCoder), so I guess I’m biased towards them. My main beef with Facebook Groups are with the two points below:

  1. Activity in Groups are not prioritised by the News Feeds or the Groups application page.
  2. They do not encourage focused group discussion.

So, to better sort out my annoyances with the current Facebook Groups application, I have drawn up some not-so-pretty images of (1) what I would like the Groups main page to look like, and (2) how I wish the discussion boards could be organized.

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Jan 2011
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