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Rain Man
05-25-2009, 10:27 PM
I'm doing longer jogs, and rather than listen to Bruce Springsteen for 8 hours a week I thought maybe I could be more productive. So I'm pondering buying audiobooks.

What do you think I should buy? I'm pondering some sort of language book, but also think it'd be interesting and useful to get another kind of book. Poll forthcoming as soon as I can get my earbuds in.

Kyle DeLexus
05-25-2009, 10:30 PM
I'll wait for the poll to answer

CrazyPhuD
05-25-2009, 10:31 PM
Listen to behind the green door while you run.

Bugeater
05-25-2009, 10:33 PM
Green Eggs and Ham.

soundmind
05-25-2009, 10:34 PM
Learn Chinese and Spanish....for obvious economic and political reasons.

Kyle DeLexus
05-25-2009, 10:37 PM
Miranda Forbes
Seriously Sexy: Erotic Stories Collection One (Unabridged) (http://www.theaudiobookstore.com/servlet/-strse-49661/Seriously-Sexy-Erotic-Stories/Detail) available on theaudiobookstore.com

Rain Man
05-25-2009, 10:40 PM
I'm not sure that I could run while reading porn. My shorts are kind of thin.

Kyle DeLexus
05-25-2009, 10:43 PM
I'm not sure that I could run while reading porn. My shorts are kind of thin.

Well if your going to be a negative nancy about it, then The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli or The Art of War

Ari Chi3fs
05-25-2009, 10:58 PM
http://money.cnn.com/2008/04/29/magazines/fortune/seven_years_learn_chinese.fortune/index.htm

This came out a year ago.

You have 7 years to learn Mandarin

Forget cheap imports. China's rise will soon be a force on Wall Street and Main Street and in Silicon Valley.

By Geoff Colvin (gcolvin@fortunemail.com), senior editor at large
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<!--endclickprintexclude--><!-- /REAP -->(Fortune Magazine) -- Back in 2001 when the International Olympic Committee chose Beijing as the site of this summer's games, the event was meant to mark China's debut as a player on the global economic stage. But a recent study by the economist Angus Maddison projects that China will become the world's dominant economic superpower much sooner than expected - not in 2050, but in 2015.
While short-term investors are already cashing in on China's growth by playing the global commodities boom, smart long-term thinkers are contemplating what happens when China matures from an exporter of cheap goods to a competitor in sectors where the U.S. is dominant - technology, brand building, finance. China has almost wiped U.S. makers of low-value items like toys and socks, but by 2015 it may threaten Apple (AAPL (http://money.cnn.com/quote/quote.html?symb=AAPL&source=story_quote_link), Fortune 500 (http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2008/snapshots/670.html?source=story_f500_link)), J.P. Morgan Chase (JPM (http://money.cnn.com/quote/quote.html?symb=JPM&source=story_quote_link), Fortune 500 (http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2008/snapshots/2608.html?source=story_f500_link)), and Procter & Gamble (PG (http://money.cnn.com/quote/quote.html?symb=PG&source=story_quote_link), Fortune 500 (http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2008/snapshots/334.html?source=story_f500_link)). It will increasingly influence the S&P 500 and the mutual funds in our 401(k)s. So it's worth looking at how that will happen, what it means, and what anyone can do in the seven years before the baton is passed.
Just using the exchange rate to convert China's GDP into dollars isn't helpful in comparing the two economies, because China controls its exchange rate; by that method, China's economy might not pass America's for decades. Exchange rates apply only to tradable products and services; they aren't very useful in valuing nontradable goods in a country like China that is much poorer than the United States. So we need some way to compare the real value of China's economic output with America's, and economists have developed one. It is called purchasing power parity.
For example, Chinese construction workers earn a whole lot less than Americans do, yet they can still build top-quality buildings. If we used the exchange rate, the value of a new skyscraper in Shanghai would count much less toward China's GDP than an identical building in Chicago would count toward America's, which makes no sense. Purchasing power parity corrects the problem.
Will China take the crown?
Angus Maddison's forecast (which uses purchasing power parity) isn't built on outlandish assumptions. He assumes China's growth will slow way down year by year, and America's will average about 2.6% annually, which seems reasonable. But because China has grown so stupendously during the past decade, it should still be able to take the crown in just seven more years.
If that happens, America will close out a 125-year run as the No. 1 economy. We assumed the title in 1890 from - guess who. Britain? France? No. The world's largest economy until 1890 was China's. That's why Maddison says he expects China to "resume its natural role as the world's largest economy by 2015." That scenario makes sense.
China was the largest economy for centuries because everyone had the same type of economy - subsistence - and so the country with the most people would be economically biggest. Then the Industrial Revolution sent the West on a more prosperous path. Now the world is returning to a common economy, this time technology- and information-based, so once again population triumphs.
So how should we make the most of our seven-year grace period? For companies: Focus on getting better at your highest-value activities. Just because the Chinese will be fighting you in the same industries doesn't mean you'll lose. (Investors, remember that China bought $3 billion of Blackstone (BX (http://money.cnn.com/quote/quote.html?symb=BX&source=story_quote_link)) at the IPO price of $31 last summer, and the firm is now trading at $19.) It only means you'll have to work harder to win.
For individuals: You can avoid competition with Chinese workers by doing place-based work, which ranges in value from highly skilled (emergency-room surgery) to menial (pouring concrete). But the many people who do information-based work, which is most subject to competition, will have to get dramatically better to be worth what they cost. For government leaders: Improve U.S. education above all.
Those are the issues in China's becoming No. 1 that we most need to focus on. And as with so much else in China's recent history, we'll need to worry about them much sooner than we expected. http://i.cnn.net/money/images/bug.gif (http://money.cnn.com/2008/04/29/magazines/fortune/seven_years_learn_chinese.fortune/index.htm#TOP)

Mr. Flopnuts
05-25-2009, 10:59 PM
I couldn't run without music. I get adrenaline rushes from certain songs which pushes me along.

Baby Lee
05-26-2009, 06:31 AM
I am presently listening to, and roundly recommend, Adam Corrolla Podcasts, free and teh funneh!!

L.A. Chieffan
05-26-2009, 09:26 AM
I'm reading Outliers right now. Great book and one I think you'd enjoy. Not sure about listening and jogging though. I'm more of a Heavy Metal guy when I work out.

Katipan
05-26-2009, 09:28 AM
"Are you there, God? It's me, Margaret"

Rain Man
05-26-2009, 10:01 AM
I am presently listening to, and roundly recommend, Adam Corrolla Podcasts, free and teh funneh!!

Free? Where do I find those? On Itunes somewhere?

Baby Lee
05-26-2009, 10:10 AM
Free? Where do I find those? On Itunes somewhere?

Free, itunes.

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=306390087

note: for a sample, I posted his podcast stream with Aisha Tyler on the Epic Fail thread in Pictures.

EyePod
05-26-2009, 10:12 AM
I refuse to listen to music while I run. It's way too Fahrenheit 451 to me. I mean, try and enjoy the sounds of nature. I run along a river and getting to hear the animals and the river really makes me forget about what's going on in my life. Try no music for a while; it's refreshing.

EyePod
05-26-2009, 10:21 AM
"Are you there, God? It's me, Margaret"

hahaha, I'm going through the Freaks and Geeks series and this book was just mentioned in an episode. Freckle Juice, Superfudge, Fudge-a-Mania, Double Fudge, and any Goosebumps book should also be added...

Miles
05-26-2009, 11:56 AM
I use my ipod for the same thing during my commute or when I'm out jogging. It seems that whatever I am most entertained by works the best over something that may be dry (textbook type stuff) or difficult (classic literature).