Some stuff I recommend in no particular order. Comments welcome.

  • DuckDuckGo – Search, like Google was in the early days, awesome
  • SomaFM – Listener supported, commercial free, internet radio (groovesalad)
  • Giffgaff – Best mobile network in the UK, get £5 when you use my referral link


Michael Gerber – The E-myth Revisited
A great book on the difference between a business and a job. My view on this has mellowed in recent years. I think Gerber’s arguments are solid, but I think it’s ok to have a job so long as you’re clear that you have a job not a business.

Tony Buzan – How to Mind Map
An inspirational, teeny weeny, easy peasy, little book by Tony Buzan which will literally change your life. Mind mapping is a totally revolutionary and yet completely natural and simple way to commit your consciousness to paper.

Robert Kiyosaki – Rich Dad, Poor Dad
A great book on the difference between the rich and the poor. If you want to make money, read this book.

George S. Clason – The Richest Man in Babylon
A great book explaining very simply, in story form, the key to accumulating wealth. It’s very simple. Simple, not easy!

Malcolm Gladwell – The Tipping Point
An inspirational book about how ideas and trends spread like viruses, and a detailed analysis of that process.

Malcolm Gladwell – Blink
A second inspirational work form Malcolm Gladwell about the power of rapid cognition, otherwise known as gut instinct.

James SurowieckiThe Wisdom of Crowds
A life changing book on how the decisions of many people can be aggregated to produce very accurate choices. For example, if you ask a room full of people to guess how many balls are in a jar (privately, by writing the answer down, without talking), the average of the guesses will always be very accurate (within 10%). This book is highly recommended.


Some packages I use and recommend.

Mind mapping is a revolutionary concept, this package is a simple, intuitive, open source mind mapping tool. I highly recommend it.

13 thoughts on “Recommendations”

  1. hi, i loved the mindmapping stuff – there is a fair amount of serious research about it as well as several groups doing a fair amount of development. Some have been using touchgraph technology for mapping eg ceryle – i have a copy of the beta since it has been abandoned (guy was writing his thesis and gave up – life bit him hard)

    Also there are a number of programs out there to help with creating the maps. eg Axon (commerial – i like but well beyond my means), freemind (freeware but somewhat limited), CMAP Tools (free – this is the one i like best)
    Inkscape: a painting/drawing program that can do something similar.
    A number of writing programs include mindmapping.

    good luck and have fun

  2. @Rob – Former Fat Guy: I have just read Outliers, it’s also a great book. Another excellent work from Gladwell. In a slightly different veign to his others, it perhaps doesn’t help us interact with the world more easily, but does help us understand it I think.

  3. Callum, I’ve just started reading (and will likely very soon finish) /Rich Dad, Poor Dad/. I’ve had ideas along these lines before, but I feel as though it’s really helping me think lucidly about money.

    Thanks a LOT for the recommendation,

    1. Just snapped it on the Kindle, thanks for the recommendation. I’ll let you know what I think once I get round to it… 🙂

  4. I love mind mapping.I have book marked this link.I dropping by to read the posts and now am currently reading the book How to Mind Map by Tony Buzan.It is an interesting book and i sought for it on the net and downloaded it and backed it up onlline with safecopy backup on my mother’s account.I have kept it there for any family member of mine to read.

  5. btw, I *listened* to Outliers. You were right. Great. I’m not sure Malcolm could write a bad book. He speaks my language, and arranges his info in a way that really draws me in.

    1. Been a while since I read his stuff. He’s definitely saying some interesting things. I’ve since read some criticisms which seem to say that he presents ideas as facts and gives a very biased case. I take his work with a pinch of salt since. Nice to hear from you Rob, hope you’re doing well. 🙂

  6. gifgaff looks good, have to remember this when hopping the channel 🙂
    Unless their EU roaming rates are somewhat interesting. Can’t quickly find them on their site though.

    1. Pricing is here. Roaming rates at the bottom. Not awesome. In the EU 11p/minute to receive, 35p/minute to call, 10p to text, £1.50 per MB for data, ouch! Which sim did you get for EU roaming? I’ll be in France 2 weeks next month, wonder if I’d be better with a number I can use all over the EU?

  7. I have, which is 50 cent/MB – for referral, it’s only nice if you already have another Belgian SIM though.
    In Germany I got a which is 5 euro for 50 MB for one week EU data roaming, which seems pretty good.
    France is probably the worst country to get a SIM card. But let me know if you find a good deal there. Where will you be in France? Do drop by in BXL!

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