Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Home Feelin' Poorly

I took a page from my co-worker's playbooks and spent the day at home because I didn't feel well.

Now, I can't really say that I was sick, but I sure as hell felt like crap.  I am normally a furnace, hell, I wear t-shirts in the winter rain here without complaint.  But yesterday I felt crappy and cold the entire day.  It looks to me as though the old immune system has been waging war on my behalf.  It also appears that it has a worthy opponent.

So today is drinking herbal teas and urinating.  I am also slugging down vitamins and resting.

Ferdinand Braudel is the read for the day.  Hell, it has been the read for years now on quiet days.  I cannot think of a better exposition on how we got to where we are.   I am asking you all to go out and take the rest of the winter to absorb the book.   Get an idea of where we came from and how we go here.  I cannot think of a better way to prep.

Civilization and Capitalism, 15th–18th Centuries, 3 vols. (1979) English translation by Si├ón Reynolds

The Structures of Everyday Life (vol.1) 
The Wheels of Commerce (vol. 2)
The Perspective of the World (vol. 3)

Just for giggles, please don't buy it online.  Go to a by-god bookstore and let them relieve you of your money.  Sure, it will cost more, but you will be doing the right thing


russell1200 said...

Braudel is great! I don't think everything he has written has been translated.

He is one of the earlier of the modern historians to note that civilizations tended to rise and fall concurently at the global level.

His first volume on the mediteranian was also good.

Craig Cavanaugh said...

I do prefer real books myself. And I know how you feel, been that way far too often of late myself...