Hey there, auditioning for the new band is going well, i'd say i'm roughly 38% of the way there. Not much else to report right now, but I thought I'd recommend a few books.
1. The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
This book discusses how information travels throughout society, and offers insights into fads, trends, teenage smoking and other such issues. A very cool read if you're looking for new marketing ideas.
2. The Wisdom of Crowds, by James Surowieki
This book makes the surprising assertion that large, diverse groups of people consistently make better decisions than the most intelligent and knowledgeable members of that group. A major implication of this is that democracy is a far better system than most people think.
3. Bo Knows Bo, by Bo Jackson
I think the title says enough.
4. How Soccer Explains the World, by Franklin Foer
This is more entertaining than enlightening, although the final chapter neatly sums up all the minor points made throughout the book - and equates to a fascinating insight into the liberal/conservative battle our country seems to be eternally mired in.
I just started Blink, also by Malcolm Gladwell. So far it is excellent, as expected - I highly recommend checking out his site at www.gladwell.com and reading all - yes, all - of his articles from The New Yorker. Every last one is free on his website.