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My New Dedicated EReader Device

Just finished setting up my dedicated e-reader device. I’ve been working on it since 4:30. I finally got it working. Pic related: It’s my ereader

I set mobipocket reader up on my old palm and on my netbook. Now, I can just sync my public domain and creative commons books from the netbook to the palm, and I can carry my e-library with me! Added silkdimmer so that I can drop the screen brightness down to “squinty dark” so as to make the battery last just a little longer. It’s not an e-ink display. The battery doesn’t last for weeks at a time. The font is pretty tiny, and it doesn’t have near the “wow” factor of say a Kindle or a Nook, but it’s something to tide me over until I can afford one or some generous soul takes pity on me and gives me an ereader. I call it “Schmindle.”

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Posted by on August 31, 2010 in better living

 

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Review: Devil May Care

Devil May CareDevil May Care by Sebastian Faulks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was skeptical when I read the tag line "written in the style of Ian Fleming", but I needn’t have been. Faulks did a masterful job of aping the Bond creator’s style. It was interesting watching Bond cope with the changing times and the political upheaval that confronted him in an era closely following the earliest of Fleming’s spy novels. Having grown frustrated with cinema’s portrayal of Bond, it was refreshing to see him return to his flawed, human self, not to mention his own era. This book was gritty in all the right ways, and a little predictable–also in all the right ways.

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Posted by on August 29, 2010 in review

 

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Movie Challenge Update #41-51

#41 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):1
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):6
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Mostly. Some scenes are quite intense.
Reminds me of: The Harry Potter Series, Star Wars
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 8

#42 Wanted
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):1
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):4
Kid safe? (Yes or No)No
Reminds me of: Boiler Room, Antitrust, The Professional
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 8

#43 Shock
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 8
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 1
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Probably not, no swearing, but it’s intense.
Reminds me of: Rear Window
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 7

You can watch the whole movie at Archive.org

#44 Vanity Fair
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 4
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 3
Kid safe? (Yes or No) No
Reminds me of: Gosford Park, War & Peace, Marie Antoinette
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 8

#45 Bangkok Dangerous
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 3
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 2
Kid safe? (Yes or No) No, it’s about a hitman
Reminds me of: The Professional, Karate Kid
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 8

#46 Rear Window
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 5
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 3
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Kid safe, but not kid friendly–has heavy themes.
Reminds me of: Body Double
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 10

#47 Vertigo
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 5
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 3
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Kid safe, but not kid friendly–heavy themes
Reminds me of: Memento, The Game
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 10

#48 Marie Antoinette
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 2
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 4
Kid safe? (Yes or No) No
Reminds me of: Elizabeth, Vanity Fair
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 8

#49 The Legend of the Drunken Master (AKA Drunken Master II)
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 7
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 8
Kid safe? (Yes or No) No–Language,violence
Reminds me of: Once Upon a Time in China, Rumble in the Bronx
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 8

#50 Killers from Space
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 9
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 2
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Yes but not kid friendly
Reminds me of: Plan 9 from Outer Space
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 7

Watch the full movie here.
Here it is with the Mystery Science Theatre Guys doing a voiceover.

#51 The Greatest Show on Earth
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 5
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 5
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Yes, but it has intense scenes
Reminds me of: 10 Commandments, Canonball Run, The King & I
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 10

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2010 in Movie Challenge, review

 

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Review: Knitticisms . . . And Other Purls Of Wisdom

Knitticisms . . . And Other Purls Of WisdomKnitticisms . . . And Other Purls Of Wisdom by Kari A. Cornell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One thing that can generally be said about the knitting community, we are a group that can laugh at itself. This book is a really light, quick read that brushes on the high and low points of knitting life, and serves less as an instruction manual on knitting technique and more as a primer on knitting culture. Good for a few chuckles, it helps beginning knitters to garner a better understanding of their own trials in yarncraft while reminding experienced knitters whence their craft has come.

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Posted by on August 26, 2010 in review

 

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Review: Pure Drivel

Pure DrivelPure Drivel by Steve Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Does exactly what it says on the cover.

An absolutely delightful look at the random flotsam and jetsam that floats around in the head of one of our generation’s greatest comedians. When I read this and some of his other works, it just makes me wonder why his movies aren’t still this funny.

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Posted by on August 18, 2010 in humour, review

 

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Review: The Color of Magic

The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1)The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I finally understand what all the fuss has been about. I’ve long put off reading any Pratchett, because his books were always on the shelf exactly where Mervyn Peake should have been. I’m glad I gave in, and tried this book. Pratchett does a great job of putting a new spin on some of my favorite tropes. The satire kept me chuckling like a simpleton throughout. As I started reading the last 10 pages, I started getting that sinking feeling you get when you suddenly realize that the TV show you’ve just watched for the last 45 minutes is just part 1 of 2, but I found the ending to be very apropos, considering the style of the rest of the book. I guess the one thing this book made me realize most, though, is that my luggage is entirely too boring.

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Posted by on August 14, 2010 in review

 

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Review: First Contract

First ContractFirst Contract by Greg Costikyan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was quite possibly the most original sci-fi story I’ve ever seen while being a more thorough lesson in economics and business than 6 years of business school. The otherworldly story has a more real-world example of how money and trade works than any textbook I’ve ever encountered. This should be a must-read for anyone who enjoys sci-fi, finance, or intelligent comedy. My only regret about this book is that Costikyan hasn’t written more in its vein.

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Posted by on August 13, 2010 in review

 

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