I've done very well for my birthday this year, thanks in part to Flickr and the Wish List facility on Amazon.
First, one of my sons sent me Alchemy - Dire Straits Live - Two CD Set - called off my Wish List. What a delight after losing my old cassette version several years ago. More than that, he then recorded a video and posted me the Flickr link of he and his family gathering around the web cam to wish me a Happy Birthday - wonderful! My very own YouTube.
Then, my dear colleagues in the office clubbed together and bought me a copy of Lynda Gratton's The Democratic Enterprise: Liberating your Business with Freedom, Flexibility and Commitment , which I'm very much looking forward to reading - again from my Amazon Wish List - this time the Business version. (Is there a hint there in what they want me to read, I wonder?)
But it didn't end there, my daughter sent me slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations , by Nancy Duarte, again called off my Wish List. I've only browsed through this book so far, but I really warm to this attractively presented work. I'll review this in a later post.
Finally, my eldest son straggled home to send me a copy of Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina, again on my Wish List, where my appetite has be whetted by the buzz on blogs I have come to value.
So, as an ever-aging parent living reasonably remotely from my children, I really appreciate how the internet can make events such as my birthday so rich, connecting me with my loved ones and helping them choose ways of delighted their old dad. There may be a lot wrong with this world but I really appreciate being alive in the age of the Internet. Don't you?