How do we inhale the insane amount of information available to us? What I Read finds out how we navigate through the brand new world of data. First up, Bruce Nesmith, design director at Bethesda Game Studios.
I ride the bus to work every day. Yeah, I know. I’m not a young designer trying to make ends meet anymore, but I do have teenage daughters. Car insurance is a pain. So I take the bus, which means I read on the bus. To be honest, I enjoy it because I don’t have as much time to read at home as I did when I was a young designer trying to make ends meet.
I tend to read science fiction and fantasy. I’m a fan of authors like Iain Banks and Alastair Reynolds. I’ve been reading a lot of Michelle West, a.k.a. Michelle Sagara, lately. I highly recommend all of them. My daughter has been bugging me to read Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. So I’ve started that recently. Feel free to post your condolences.
When I get home, the Washington Post is waiting for me. I start with the headlines. After I’ve read the first paragraph of a couple of lead stories, I can justify what I really want to do; read the comics. For perverse reasons I’ve never fully understood, I read them from back to front. Zits and Baby Blues are brilliant, but that’s probably just because I have kids. Dilbert and Doonesbury are as still in top form. With my guilty pleasure sated, I return to the A section and finish reading a handful of the lead stories.
I subscribe to a handful of magazines, namely Astronomy, Game Informer, National Geographic, Game Developer, and Scientific American. Usually by the time one is finished, the next one has arrived. I read them cover to cover, so I don’t think I could handle more.
I’m a bit old school when it comes to online reading. Sitting in front of a computer to read is efficient, but it isn’t relaxing. Give me a comfy chair and something I can hold in my hands any day. However, there are things online that are not available in print, and probably shouldn’t be. I enjoy Penny Arcade, although it only takes two minutes to digest everything of value there. But it’s a fine two minutes. The best gaming news site is the British gameindusty.biz. I usually check them out once or twice a week.
Yahoo news is hard to avoid. It’s right there every time I crank up my browser. I usually read a handful of stories a day. Half of them are crap, but they’re like chocolate donuts. You know they’re bad for you, but you can’t stop eating them. Now if you’ll excuse me, there is a delicious custard donut waiting for me disguised as a teaser about Jennifer Love Hewitt. Maybe if I read that article about the health care bill it will make up for it.