Summer (geeky) plans

Summer time. I'm out of the office already and felt like sharing some of my plans for these days, just in case anyone's interested. They have a geeky bias, you know.

Non-Fiction Book

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Unintentionally, I found a copy of Foodist in my hands (too long a story to tell here). Foodist covers a topic you are interested about (I know): nutrition. We are all suckers for a good theory about what should we be eating. Darya will tell you the truth instead: that we know too little about how our organism process food to come up with commandments just yet. But there are some facts that we do know already: that most of us have already forgotten what real food is (as opposed to processed junk they sell as food in your regular Tesco or Carrefour), that willpower will do you no good in improving how you eat, and that building up proper habits is the key to a better life (a longer one indeed). I've been following Darya for a while now, and she is the kind of girl you want to listen to: a neuroscience Ph.D., deeply knowledgeable on the topic, unbiased expert that will blow up simplistic theories and expose the knowns and unknowns about nutrition (and she'll be fun in the process, too). I'm one third through in the book and it's a safe recommendation already.

Fiction Book

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Told you this was a geeky post so here we go: summer time = science-fiction. Don't ask me why. It's been like this for so long that it's already a Pavlovian thing for me. I can't even step on the beach without a good SF book in my hands. Lately I've been covering the classics of this genre during this time of the year and 2015 is called: Gateway, by Frederik Pohl. A 1977 book I know nothing about apart for the fact that it's in the list of joint winners of Hugo and Nebula awards. That list never failed me, so if you are in the mood for a good SF book, pick one from it. I've read 11 out of the 23 books there and if I had to actually recommend one from it, knowing your interests may not be as nerdy as mine, I may dare to say American Gods, by Neil Gaiman, which falls under a strange surrealist genre that will make you fall from your chair.

Graphic Adventure

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Again, summer is the time to dive into thoughtful and fun graphic adventures like it's the 90s. We're lucky that mobile platforms have provoked a resurgence of the genre and its pixelated style, and this year I'll be trying out Space Age. It is cute, it is clever and it has a little bit of everything: puzzles, stealth gameplay, gun shooting, catchy story, ... what else could you ask for?

Skill Training

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Don't you get in the mood of learning something new during all that spare time you have on vacation? Maybe it's only me, but when I'm relieved from daily obligations I feel like doing something on the artistic side. It can be shooting photos, learning to use Photoshop or Lightroom, drawing, designing... whatever. You already know what my views are about this. During the last month I stumbled upon a free online course that caught my attention: Lettering (yeah, really). Lettering is the art of drawing letters in an artsy way (think 80s graffitis you old butts). I'm thinking it may come in handy at some time during the design of my new app. It is free and the production quality is astounding, go check it out. If lettering is not your thing, head over to CreativeLIVE and choose from many other alternatives, but put some art in your days.

Music

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Chilling out after a great meal with friends over at your house? Gin tonic in your hands? Do it the right way. FKA Twigs has an album for you: LP1. It's relatable melodic music, but definitely different. Its tones will transport you somewhere else (if the gin tonic is not doing it for you). It was released last year and scored pretty high on Pitchfork.

Enjoy these days if you happen to be out of the office too and make the most of your time. I'll be around next week. Cheers!

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