Brother-in-law gave me two books on Islam. I'm not sure what he's suggesting. They'll make interesting reading, but higher on the priority list is Life in a Medieval City. I'm already up to Chapter 3, and it's super interesting. Ever wondered what people wore, when they ate, what they ate, who attended the village markets and what you could buy there, or anything else about everyday life in 1250?
In the same vein, my parents got me a popular history book on Ancient Rome (lots of descriptions of the appearance of people like Cicero and Octavian, as though they were characters in a novel). I'll try to chew through it fast so I can give it to Damian at biocon at the end of January. If I can't get through it by then, the next time I'll see him will be early April.
But for now, it's back to the grindstone of the PHP book. I caught the flu last Friday, and in the NyQuil-fuelled haze I deleted all modern versions of chapter 2 and left myself with a version that lacks about 20k of work. Fortunately there were enough people working on the book that someone had a nearly-up-to-date copy that I'm now bringing back up to where I had it before my brain died.
I hope you all had a good time with family and/or friends, and are looking forward to a fun year ahead