First and foremost, those who are expecting a recipe (makes me laugh just writing it). Sorry, the kitchen was taken over by Milady during the end of year celebrations. And I won’t publish a recipe that I haven’t cooked myself. For those who are waiting a bit of patience please I will take back my kitchen duties in 2016.
Yesterday morning I had a short conversation with one of my Followers on Twitter. Something about him being born a Muslim. I was replying he was born a human being and later on became a Muslim. After some friendly exchanges. We stopped our philosophical conversation with something about the egg and the bird. And who was first. The last one was by me claiming that in the Middle Ages we would both have been burned on the stakes. For different reasons but burned both of us.
As he‘s a published author I had the idea to connect with him on Goodreads too. As I’ve never befriended someone before on Goodreads it was quite an adventure. Starting with: No idea how to, no idea if he’s even on Goodreads. Typed his name in the search box. Wrong at first. After the necessary correction, I finally found him and only had to figure out how to send a friend request. During that research, I read some of the ratings for one of his books. Wasn’t only by pure curiosity I have to write ‘Critics’ for my 50 classics. So, we could file that under research. One of the ratings caught my eye. Someone gave a relatively low rating for the book (2 out of 5 stars). The interesting thing was the reason why. She gave only 2 stars because the book didn’t give her the answer she was looking for. It didn’t give her the answer to her question:
‘What is the difference between different streams of Buddhism ?’
The book’s title is ‘The complete Idiot’s Guide to World Religions’. For me, the problem of this lady is quite a simple one. She was just researching in the wrong book. If you are rating a book rate the book that the author has written and not the book that you wanted him to have written.
From a research point of view, this was quite a futile endeavor for me. But at least, I’m now friends with @LiteraryStriver on Goodreads. Yes, he’s got a real name too. Yusuf Toropov.
Which brings me to my final point for today.
My year on Twitter. Don’t worry, No statistics. What I can say is: I’ve found (or was found by) some very nice people. Looks like all of them are either author, blogger (or both) people who love to write and/or read. Animal lovers, too
No need to make a list of these people. I hope they know who I’m talking about. You make Twitter a pleasure and talking to you makes being unproductive fun. Thank you very much for that.
See you next year.
Cheers and a happy 2016