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Well it’s been a really hectic past few weeks up here on the mountain so I had to let my blog slip to the side and for that I’m truly sorry. To make it up to you here are some great things I’ve come across online over the past week.
–This has quickly become one of my top television shows and one of the only reality shows I’ve ever come across that I honestly enjoyed. Fashion? Check. Hosts that are a pleasure to watch? Check. Empowerment? Check. Transsexuality? Check.–
Geraldine Ferraro and Her ‘Moment In History’
–This is a lovely remembrance of a woman who became the face of the hopes and dreams of women and men who wanted a more equitable society. Told through a conversation between Liane Hansen and Cokie Roberts, the latter of whom was present for Ms. Ferraro’s acceptance speech.–
–Friday’s xkcd expressed something that I’ve had a hard time enunciating, that science is beautiful.–
Famous Trannies in Early Modern Times
–So I’m on a bit of a gender kick and came across this when I put into Google “Abbe de Choisy”, who wrote “I thought myself really and truly a woman.”–
Even John Calvin wants an e-reader these days. --Image via Wikipedia
Confession: I mocked e-readers when they came onto the market. Phooey, I would say, ridiculous, pathetic, wusses, cowards, begh.
Confession: I now want an e-reader.
What prompted this sudden shift? Well it all started with, as it so often does with me, School Library Journal. Their wonderful tech review had started reviewing e-readers and I found myself going: Huh, that could be handy. I mean, getting books that aren’t in print anymore, buying books on a budget (obviously someone else would have bought me the e-reader) and the general convenience of not having to tote Ulysses around during my day trips (nearly a year into it and I’ll be damned if I give up on it.) But the trouble was that I don’t buy from big stores (confession: I did buy some books from Amazon but I had a gift certificate, what else could I do?) and at the time I could only buy books via Amazon, Borders and their ilk.
Then I had a brain blast. As I explained it to the Baroness a few weeks ago, “If only I could buy them through specific independent bookstores. I would pay my price and they’d make a few cents off my book. I’m a genius.”
And it’s true I am a genius. The one not so genius part of my plan was that I never patented it because a day later I was listening to NPR when they started talking about Google making it possible to buy e-books via Independent Bookstores (storie here). If only I’d copy written my idea. Ah well, c’est la vie. A few days later I was mentioning this to one of my favorite people, one of the two booksellers at my local IndieBound bookstore, when she said, “I know all about this. We’re part of it.” And I went, “Hooray! I can know get (someone to get me) an e-reader!”
While I am still slightly confused as to which e-readers can work with Google Books (I think most of them can, excluding the Kindle) I am excited to move into this new frontier.
Though there are times where I still have doubts as to whether or not I want another piece of electronic plastic in my life…