Christmas/Xmas/Newtonmas/winterval is nigh upon us (and if the shop signs are to be believed, has been for the past 3 months or so). This year, it's the first one I will have spent away from my immediate family, and, in fact, on the other side of the world. I've already sent over most of my presents for them (not to the recipients as such, but to intermediaries), and some have arrived within less than a week of my dropping them off at the post office. I've got a few more I need to send off.
I've finally set up an amazon.co.uk wish list, for the first proper time. I've shovelled just about everything I wouldn't mind finding under the
I'm kind of broke but I checked it out of curiousity anyway -- couple comments, the first is that I discovered Mind Hacks today and it does look interesting -- the second is that you've never read Understanding Comics?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!??????????
definitely worth a read. then again I'm kind of obsessed with animation these days, but maybe this book is what did it to my head in the first place, I'm not sure. anyway it definitely is worth reading. it's very, very insightful. Wired even spread a rumor that Apple was giving it out to its interface designers when it was first published, although I'd take that with a grain of salt. seriously in terms of understanding visual communication I'd put this book up there with Edward Tufte.
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Yes, I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I haven't gotten around to reading it, despite hearing from everywhere how essential a read it is. Hopefully I'll remedy this soon.
And Mind Hacks, which I saw mentioned on bOING bOING a few months ago, is right near the top of my list of things to buy when I have a proper income again.
Mind Hacks does look fun, definitely.
Understanding Comics actually had a small, short-run press parody comic called Fillibusting Comics. but seriously, it's awesome. when you finally read it you'll probably like it quite a lot. also the more Asian culture you come into contact with the more relevant it will seem. (not sure how much difference that makes in London but it's huge in California.)
Asian culture is probably bigger in Melbourne than in London. There are lots of international students from south-east Asia there, who bring manga books and demand for bubble tea and those drumming arcade games. OTOH, I've heard comparisons cited between England and Japan...
Anyway,there are excerpts from Mind Hacks here, and a Mind Hacks blog here (syndicated on LJ as mind_hacks).