The following are some of the places and topics I have studied, usually under my own initiative, with no expectation of financial return or bloody-minded careerism.
Sunset University, Roderick-Mann Campus
Constancy of Motion, with an emphasis in Path-Clearing, Civics, Government, Philosophy, Music History, World History, Ecology, Transportation, Etc.
2011 – 2020 (expected)
Ongoing study with acknowledged luminaries Merlin Mann and John Roderick. Long walks, drives, and journeys accompanied by vibrant discourse and deprogramming.
Curriculum found at http://www.merlinmann.com/roderick/
2009 – 2019 (expected)
Have completed advanced studies into books by Jacques Derrida, including Writing & Difference, Of Grammatology, Positions, and assorted tangential works. Currently engaging Dissemination.
Most days, I have breakfast with Derrida.
Game Design, Journalism, Criticism, and Humanity
2011 – Present (Ongoing)
Careful study of hundreds of thousands of words of the site's unique take on the history and criticism of culture, through the lens of "video games."
The Collected Works of Mark Z. Danielewski, Inside & Out
2003 – ∞ (expected)
[A rather lengthy explanation of Nick's involvement with these texts was supposed to arrive last week. As soon as it is available, it will be added here. - The Editors]
Apple, As A Lens
2006 – Present (ongoing)
Studying Apple's history and the bigger picture in the mobile/computing industries, through hundreds of hours of listening and reading, via Horace Dediu (Asymco.com, "The Critical Path" podcast), John Gruber (DaringFireball.net, "The Talk Show" podcast), Marco Arment (Marco.org, "Build & Analyze" and "Accidental Tech Podcast"), John Siracusa ("Hypercritical"), and many other sources. Learned about software development, analysis, how to think about the larger context, and business structure & strategies within the local, global, and historical context.
Giving Away The Show
2007 – Present (Ongoing)
Studying the works of Alan Watts, including several books and dozens of hours of recorded lectures, as well as referenced works, including the Bhagavad Gita, various Zen and Buddhist texts, and other works on the history of myth, religion, world culture, and narrative context for human self-understanding.
The Universal Traveler
Synectics & Process
2006 – 2013
Completed several studies of Don Koberg and Jim Bagnall's design and process guidebook.
Hundreds of Books, Thousands of Articles, Millions of Words
Reading, Fiction, Fact, and Textual Presentation
Following early instruction by my parents, I have been an independent and voracious reader since I was about 4 years old. While there is no consistent record of exactly how many books I have read, it has been estimated in the thousands. An early emphasis on rapidly consuming fiction of an overwrought or whimsical nature has broadened into a diverse spread of more active, notational reading in all areas, including poetry, history, economics, hermeneutics, philosophy, as well as a continued interest in fiction about spaceships.
I prefer paper books over electronic, because I write inside books as I read them. But I've also read hundreds of thousands of words on-screen in various formats.
Georgia College and State University
2005 – 2009