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The Book Corner / Should I read King's Dark Tower before the movie?
« on: July 25, 2017, 04:59:46 pm »
I've always been on the fence about reading this series...the reviews are all over the place. Is it worth it? I usually like to read the book before the movie, but in this case maybe I should skip the book?

Anyone read it?

The Book Corner / Woohoo!! New Nathan Lowell Solar Clipper SF book!
« on: August 29, 2016, 08:30:38 am »
One of my favorite series/universes is the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper by Nathan Lowell that started with Quarter Share. I think Geoffrey posted a review thread of this one a long time ago:,57521.msg969163.html#msg969163  (found it!)

yesterday I got an update from FictFact that a new book was released (Love that site)

The Book Corner / ACT English and Reading Prep book?
« on: April 21, 2016, 11:12:05 am »
Anyone knowledgeable on a good ACT Prep for English and reading? My son is pretty smart (beats me most of the time) but has dyslexia which is currently treating but his dislike of reading has left him a little behind, did well on Math and science on the ACT but needs to bring up Endglish and reading. There are a ton of prep books, but  I can't find a way good way narrow them down and hoping someone is familiar with them

Let's Talk Kindle! / Faster collection organizing?
« on: April 10, 2016, 02:17:01 pm »
So I'm thinking of putting my 2000 or so Kindle books  :o in collections, is there an easy way to do this besides one by one on the Kindle? I figure that will take 5 years or so.
Any ideas for quick organization? I did not see a way on the website

The Book Corner / Super Powereds
« on: March 05, 2016, 01:24:49 pm »

I have to say how much I have been loving this series. I read a ton of great books but this series has been "sneak extra reading time at work" addicting like I haven't experienced for a long time. Interesting worldbuilding where people with Super Powers exist and a few make it through the training be official Heroes. If I had to compare it would be a cross between Harry Potter or another school based world (which I love) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer as it has that smart, funny side. Very well written with great characters. The books are long and thus allow for a lot of character building and day to day school activiities without skipping right to the plot moving points, there are a lot of  interesting plot threads due to mutiple well differentiated characters so I never felt it was Robert Jordan tedious.

Obligatory disclaimer: I don't know the author or really anything about him. I don't know if he his on Kboards but the name didn't sound familiar. I purchased the books myself and can't remember what made me try the first one but I was hooked.

The Book Corner / Goodreads Year in Review
« on: December 16, 2015, 12:18:34 pm »[/img]

Thought it would be interesting to see all the Goodreads users year in review  (...testing to see if someone else can see the shared link or not)

The Book Corner / FictFact
« on: November 20, 2015, 06:33:10 am »
Haven't seen anything on Kboards about this site. I'm a big Goodreads user but Fictfact is my go to for tracking series. Tells you what is next in series and notifies when the next one comes out. Most of my reads seem to be series and I was feeling drowned on where I was in each series until this site

Let's Talk Kindle! / More Settlement money - Amazon credit -- MERGED
« on: July 23, 2015, 11:39:48 am »
I got an email today from Amazon with more settlement money from the Big Pub lawsuits. Going shoppin'

Dear Chad,

Good news! You are entitled to an additional credit of $7.32 for some of your past Kindle book purchases. The credit results from legal settlements reached with publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin in antitrust lawsuits filed by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of eBooks. This credit is in addition to the credit that you received from these settlements in March 2014.

Not Quite Kindle / Best comma use explanation I have seen
« on: June 26, 2015, 04:27:14 pm »

Not Quite Kindle / Goodreads Addict?
« on: May 30, 2015, 10:59:24 am »

This is me...

6. For every one book you read, five more are added to your stack.
21. You know your to-read shelf will take longer to get through than you will possibly live! But that's okay

Not Quite Kindle / New color E-ink Pebble smartwatch announced
« on: February 24, 2015, 10:55:28 am »
announced their new Version 2.0 smartphone with color e-ink display and 1 week battery as well as Fitbit like tracking. I have the old version but am still pretty excited


We're announcing a new watch called Pebble Time with a new timeline interface.

Pebble Time features a new color e-paper display and microphone for responding to notifications.

No compromises on what you love about Pebble: up to 7 days of battery life, water resistance and customizability.

Pebble Time is fully compatible with all 6,500+ existing Pebble apps and watchfaces.

Not Quite Kindle / Raspberry Pi 2 released
« on: February 05, 2015, 12:50:40 pm »

The first Raspberry Pi was an interesting toy and interesting way to entice kids to tinker with a computer and great for makers and hobbyist, but this new one looks like it could actually be mainstream useful. Could make a great 2nd computer, kids computer or home theater PC

"There are two key changes on this new model: its processor is now a lot more powerful and it includes twice as much RAM. What doesn't change is just as important: it still sells for only $35."

" Now that we're using an ARMv7 core, we can also run Ubuntu: a Snappy Ubuntu Core image is available now and a package for NOOBS will be available in the next couple of weeks.


For the last six months we've been working closely with Microsoft to bring the forthcoming Windows 10 to Raspberry Pi 2. Microsoft will have much more to share over the coming months. The Raspberry Pi 2-compatible version of Windows 10 will be available free of charge to makers."

Let's Talk Kindle! / Amazon launches Kindle Scout Crowdsourced publishing
« on: October 27, 2014, 12:44:36 pm »

This looks interesting, but not sure I understand it yet....

"Amazon's new publishing program, dubbed Kindle Scout, launched today on the company's site, offering readers a new hand in the publishing process. Readers that sign up for Scout will be given a chance to review unpublished submissions and nominate which ones they think should make it onto the Kindle store. If a book gets enough nominations, Amazon will publish it under Kindle Press, giving selected authors a $1,500 advance, 50 percent eBook royalty, and featured marketing on and the Kindle store."

I think we can sign up to go through the slush pile.... all though more likely will be nominate your favorite self pubbed books to get picked up by Amazon

Fire Talk / Greenpeace Targets Fire Phone
« on: October 03, 2014, 07:01:15 pm »
Greenpeace activists are targeting Fire phone reviews with 1 star cut and paste reviews about Amazon not being green enough...
Regardless of the politics I really hate the abuse of Amazon's reviews for someone's personal pet projects. Amazon's reviews are very useful to me for purchasing decisions and abusing it tarnishes the whole thing. Greenpeace loses points in my book on this protest.

Tempting to flag all of their reviews as unhelpful, including nonphone ones since they obviously can't be trusted to leave honest reviews.


Not Quite Kindle / Clothes dryer help
« on: July 28, 2013, 04:33:02 pm »
 My dryer has started making metal on metal noises.
It appears to be due to three 4x10"metal strips on the outside of the drum that are loose and rubbing on the lid.
I have searched and searched but can't find anything that says what they are. Anyone have a clue ?

Not Quite Kindle / Cast Iron Cooking
« on: July 24, 2013, 09:15:39 am »
So i've spent way too much time and money on the Rice Cooker and Tea Threads, etc.

But I haven't seen one on Cast Iron yet and I have almost totally switched my cooking to cast iron over the last 2 years. I think it cooks better, is way cheaper and lasts forever. Once you get used to it and get it well seasoned I think it is more non-stick and easier to clean than Teflon and doesn't scratch or have the toxicity concerns of non-stick cookware.

This website had some good recipes and care instructions:

I use a bamboo wok brush
 to clean my 3 pans

(actually I have the 10.25" and 6" but i couldn't find it on link maker) I wish I had gotten the 12" instead of the 10" though

I even dumped my gas grill for this awesome cast iron charcoal grill:

Lodge products are high quality, made in America, pre-seasoned and reasonably priced, I've been very impressed.

 :o I sound like a salesman... :-\


I ordered one of these Raspberry pi's to try out Airplay to my speakers in the basement when I workout. May not be worth the effort vs buying an Apple TV, but it should be fun and it can be used for other things by switching out the SD card

The Book Corner / Baen ebooks coming to Amazon, no more bundles
« on: December 13, 2012, 07:38:37 pm »

Good for Baen, but I'm going to miss the monthly bundles and the $6 ebooks.

"Baen inks deal with Amazon, makes major changes to Webscriptions and Free Library
Toni Weisskopf has posted a series of messages to the Baen Bar indicating major changes in the offing for the Baen Ebooks (nee Webscriptions) store. Baen is finally on the verge of getting its titles placed directly into Amazon (and is negotiating with others such as Barnes & Noble, etc.) The problem is, that comes with pesky contractual obligations.

The changes amount to the following:

“Old” bundles containing books that have already been published will no longer be available for bundle-priced purchase. (Already-purchased ones should still be available for download, though it is possible some books may need to be removed. Some books may need to be removed from the Baen Free Library as well; Toni hopes to get advance notice when such removals are necessary, but recommends backing them up while you can.)

Future Webscription-style e-book bundles will be still be available for purchase as serialized pre-publications only until the official publication date, after which they become single-purchase-only titles (in order not to run afoul of that pesky contractual price-matching). Prices for backlist e-books will be going up, too; instead of $6, e-books of books whose print edition is currently hardcover will be $9.99, trade paperback $8.99, and mass market paperback $6.99."

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Discount Bluetooth iPad keyboard
« on: October 23, 2012, 08:10:50 am »

This is tempting....
although the poor English and lack of brand are a little concerning...

"Product Features:

1. The Bluetooth keyboard of ipad is the world's thinnest,and it is just 16.5mm after the merger with ipad.single thickness of Bluetooth keyboard of iapd is only 11mm, the machine weight just 280 grams, so that it is the world's best carry-on performance Bluetooth keyboard.

2.Maximum Scissor keyboard is designed for ipad,the keyboard pitch to 16.6mm. Chocolate-style kecap's design allow users to experience a more good sense compared to other Bluetooth keyboard.Undoubtedly,the experience of mobile Bluetooth keyboard is the best.

3. Enclosure made of aluminium alloys is used to make the machine more attractive,fashionable,more integration with ipad native.

4. The Bluetooth keyboard of ipad can be used just by a move

ment to place ipad on the slot of machine,and is the world's most convenient to use

5. Two magnet's sleep function which designed to put pros and cons of the machine to achieve the sleep function is making the use more casual"

Aparrently the new iPad is polarity sensitive on the magnets that make covers dothe auto on off thing. My Targus case does not work. Targus says they will replace it.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / new tethering option
« on: March 12, 2012, 08:42:38 am »

"The folks over at iTether didn’t just give up and walk away. The company now has a new app with a sneaky design that bypasses the App Store altogether. The new iTether app is HTML 5 based and will be available starting this week for $15 a year if you pre-order. Apparently, after the app launches the price will go up $30 a year."

looks interesting and much cheaper than the carriers

Not Quite Kindle / Surviving the eBookalypse podcast
« on: January 22, 2012, 04:57:38 pm »
Escape Pod does weekly short story sci-fi podcasts.

This week was an unlikely but somewhat humurous short story on the Ebook Apocalypse

Not Quite Kindle / Ditched Cable, anyone know a Non-Tivo DVR option?
« on: January 09, 2012, 07:49:05 am »
We recently cancelled our cable.
We decided $90 a month for our seldom TV watching (most of which is available free with a good antenna) wasnt' worth it.
Between Netflix, Hulu +, and Amazon Prime we are pretty set.

So far the only thing we miss is being able to pause live TV and record the occasional show. It's not worth $20 a month for TIVO but I'm curious if there is a non-subscription DVR option? I know I can put a computer next to the TV, but I'm not really interested in that.

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