"Food Rules" rules!

Yesterday, on the way back and from San Francisco, I read Food Rules, the latest book by Michael Pollan. I decided to do a little Twitter experiment for 64 days.

Starting today, every day for 64 days I will tweet Michael Pollan’s 64 Food Rules one per day.

To do so, I will be using the #foodrules hashtag and in every tweet, I will include a link to Food Rules‘ Amazon page (I hope many people will get the book -at $5 not only is it VERY cheap, it’s also very valuable in terms of the lessons it carries for each of us about healthy eating).

Below is the Twitter widget, showing the tweets I’ve posted so far with the #foodrules:

Managing Online Forums: A Great Book!

Much needed advice for those who run online communities
As many online forums as there are, sadly there are only very few titles out there that deal with the topic.

Until now, the best one (now out of print) was Design for Community. But Patrick O’Keefe has changed this for good with this amazingly comprehensive title that is packed with great (and fairly timeless) advice about how to start, develop, promote and manage your online community. Two chapters at the end deal with tips on how to keep your online forum interesting and how to monetize it.

Personally, the only downside I found in the book is that it has a very heavy emphasis on forums (phpBB, more specifically), leaving outside some of the aspects specific to social media. However, the knowledge that the author has included in here can be relatively easily ported to help folk wanting to manage social networks or other social applications.

As for me, I am getting a copy of “Managing Online Forums” for each of the Administrators in my communities.

The Mars Volta: De-Loused in the Comatorium

Very few times I feel so strongly about an album. Typically albums like “De-Loused in the Comatorium” would rank somewhere as a classic, and this one definitely belongs in that select group. After the powerhouse At the Drive-in dissapeared, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez constituted The Mars Volta, releasing an EP titled “Tremulant”. That would make “De-Loused…” the official first full album of the band. And what a first album! What a way to redefine the term progressive when it felt like it couldn’t be turned into anything else.

You simply don’t find music like this that easily. The sound of “De-Loused…” feels like listening to the rock virtuosity of King Crimson, the rhythm, improvisation and flavor of Miles Davis during his fusion period or Santana at large, and a balance between intimate and powerful vocals that only Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant would be capable of. If all of this doesn’t convince you, consider what having Rick Rubin in the producer’s chair and key performances by Flea (bass on 9 of the 10 tracks) and John Frusciante from Red Hot Chili Peppers would do.

To try to select a favorite track or two in here is beyond suicidal, as the entire album is simply flawless. Once you pop it in your player, there is no going back. You become a devoted fan of afro-sporting performers from El Paso.

Below, you can enjoy a video of a live performance of the track “Drunkship Of Lanterns” (from this album).