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Not Quite Kindle / Calibre help - ugh!
« on: December 04, 2013, 07:28:49 pm »
I need help with Calibre!  It's driving me nuts.  I just bought a new computer and I need to open the old library in the new Calibre.  I copied the entire library with all the books to the new computer - but now how do I get Calibre to recognize it?  I've just spent 20 minutes going around in circles.  :(  It keeps telling me a new location that's not in the old location that's empty in a folder that's the old location and doesn't know the new location blah blah blah.  I have no idea what it's telling me and clicking on every location doesn't help.  Help!  :-\

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Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Adding new device to Calibre
« on: October 27, 2013, 06:16:54 pm »
Calibre can be such a pia.   :-\  There are about 25,000 plugins and stuff - so where do I add a code for a new Kindle in there?  I've spent about 30 minutes trying to find it and can't!  >:(

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This is absolutely hilarious.  And all true!

http://www.collegehumor.com/article/6902181/game-of-thrones-if-youre-an-american

For example: "Winterfell = Boston, MA
Beautiful in the summer and uninhabitable in the winter. The inhabitants incorrectly think their city is the center of the empire. It is, however, the only real city in its region. (Providence? Really?) The people there are honorable and resilient, and spend much of their time watching sports. Not many black people."

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So here's what Martin envisioned when he described the Iron Throne.  Wicked!



Article here:

http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/07/real-iron-throne-hbo-martin/?cid=9670354#slideid-148091

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Not Quite Kindle / Polish movie posters
« on: June 13, 2013, 06:06:15 pm »
Here's a fascinating collection of some old Polish movie posters for American films.  These are really stunning!  Hard to pick a favorite one, but I think "Cabaret" might win by a hair.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/45-amazing-vintage-polish-posters-of-classic-american-films

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The Book Corner / Louise Penny's new Gamache novel - Preorder
« on: May 09, 2013, 07:00:55 am »
I am so excited to see that this August will bring a new Inspector Gamache novel, "How The Light Gets In," from Louise Penny.  There are very few writers whose books I'll buy out of the gate and above $9.99, but Penny is one of those writers.


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Not Quite Kindle / Who has sat the Iron Throne?
« on: April 05, 2013, 01:58:53 pm »
I have!



This one is made of plastic, but it's still cool.  They had the exhibit in NYC this past week.  The lines for it were crazy.  A very small exhibit, with some costumes and props.  The Throne was the main attraction.


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Not Quite Kindle / Iain Banks diagnosed with terminal cancer
« on: April 03, 2013, 06:09:34 am »
Sad story, though he's keeping his sense of humor:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/03/iain-banks-gall-bladder-cancer

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Not Quite Kindle / Game of Thrones - Season 3 on HBO
« on: March 20, 2013, 09:24:45 am »
Well, season 3 is coming - like winter.  They are splitting book 3 across two seasons, so I wonder where they'll break it up.  My guess is the season finale will be the Red Wedding.

There was a panel discussion recently with the makers of the show, with Martin present, which you can read about and see here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/20/game-of-thrones-season-3-george-r-r-martin_n_2915069.html

One thing we learn quickly: don't hold your breath for "The Winds of Winter" any time soon.  I mean, if Martin is saying "it will be a long time coming" - that means extra, super long time coming.

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Not Quite Kindle / Family lost in the Taiga for 40 years
« on: January 30, 2013, 10:41:46 am »
A fascinating article about a family of 6 who had been living in the Taiga for decades in total isolation from the rest of the world.  

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/For-40-Years-This-Russian-Family-Was-Cut-Off-From-Human-Contact-Unaware-of-World-War-II-188843001.html

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Let's Talk Kindle! / AZW vs. AZW3
« on: October 26, 2012, 12:21:49 pm »
So I'm a bit confused by these different formats.  I'm confused because I always download books to my computer and then transfer to my Kindle.  I actually have a couple of Kindles, one of which is used by my father.  There have been multiple titles that I downloaded for my Kindle and it was an AZW3 format, but the one downloaded for the Kindle my father uses was AZW.  Why is that?  It's the same Kindle model (the current $69 one), so why the difference in the download format?

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So I got the paperwhite Kindle today and overall I'm liking it.  Trying to load all of my books from Calibre into the Kindle.  But the books are not sorting properly.  I have it set to sort alphabetically by author - but it also then sorts then alphabetically by title within the author.  Previously it used to sort by publication date, which made it easy to sort books within a series.  Now... I don't see what the solution is!  Is anyone else dealing with this issue?  It can't just be me!

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The Book Corner / Gaiman's "American Gods" is $2.99 right now
« on: September 18, 2012, 05:39:23 pm »
Neil Gaiman posted on Facebook that the 10th Anniversary Edition of "American Gods" is on sale for $2.99 right now.  So grab it while you can!


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Not Quite Kindle / Fascinating movie related photos
« on: September 16, 2012, 10:28:13 pm »
Some amazing, fascinating, weird film-related photos.  (Assembled by FilmmakerIQ)

"Son of Frankenstein" (1939)


Drew Barrymore


Marlene Dietrich


Javier Bardem


Goldie Hawn


Buster Keaton (by Steven Shapiro [1964])

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The Book Corner / J.K. Rowling's new book announced
« on: April 12, 2012, 07:22:38 am »
Now more details emerge about the new book, including title and plot description.  It will be available as an e-book.  Release date: September 27th.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/harry-potter-author-jk-rowlings-first-book-for-grownups-will-be-the-casual-vacancy/2012/04/12/gIQAlm6fCT_story.html





adding links to the pre-order...



The Casual Vacancy

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Not Quite Kindle / NeatDesk scanners
« on: February 18, 2012, 04:27:13 pm »
Does anyone have and use one of these things?  I'm considering getting one.  Actually, primarily I'm interested in getting just the software.  Does anyone know if any printer can be used with these things?  I know the specialized printers automatically recognize the data and enter it for you, but I don't mind doing some manual number entry.  (I don't have that many receipts.)  The software only version is, obviously, a lot cheaper than the one that comes with the scanner.  And I already have a perfectly good scanner!

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The Book Corner / Books in Russian
« on: January 31, 2012, 12:17:22 pm »
My Russian parents have dropped a few not very subtle hints about having a Kindle.  So I decided to get them one to read.  (My father is recently retired and must be getting bored.)  Does anyone know, however, where I can get them books in Russian to read?  Not the classics, neither one is into that.  My father would probably like thrillers.  My mom romances.  But in Russian.  Either Russian in origin or translated into Russian.  Anybody know of a source for that?  I tried googling, but not very successfully.

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The Book Corner / I love spoilers!!!
« on: January 27, 2012, 08:03:02 am »
Okay, so this subject just came up in our Klub of A Clash of Kings.  I just had to go and google the event called the "Red Wedding" in the A Song of Ice and Fire series because I've seen it mentioned a few times as a horrifying event and I just couldn't take it anymore.  (It happens in the following book, A Storm of Swords.)  The truth is: I actually hate suspense.  I suppose maybe I get involved in the narrative too much (assuming it's a good book, well written, has good characters.)  But when I'm anxious about the fate of these people I've grown to like/love - I can't enjoy the process of getting to the end if I don't know how it ends.  I start skimming and flipping pages because I just need to know that make it out alright.  Or not.  Whatever it is, the suspense is killing me!  So many times I've literally opened the last few pages of a thriller to see who's still alive first - and then gone on reading the beginning.  I can't help it.  (The only exception to this rule I think is Agatha Christie.  I don't want her books spoiled, but then I always assume Poirot and Marple will survive.)  So does anyone else just love spoilers?  Or am I a freak?  ;)

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The Book Corner / The most preposterous Amazon review!
« on: December 24, 2011, 10:17:30 pm »
Okay, so is the following the most preposterous review you've ever read or is it just me?  In fact, it's so absurd that I wonder if it's a joke.  If it's a joke - I really don't get the reason for it...  But this review appears under Jules Verne's "The Mysterious Island."

This book is on par with other mediocre Verne novels whose ideas have been stripped directly from classic films and superficially deepened. The true story as it was meant to be told was written in 1961 by John Prebble and Daniel Ullman - as a screenplay for the successful action/adventure movie of the same title. This movie was highly successful for it's appeal to a number of disparaging genres, from war flicks to romance, mystery, fantasy, and science fiction all at once. As soon as the picture opens, you're thrown into the siege of Richmand in the American Civil War - where Union soldiers are planning a jail break. Before you know it, they are flying far above the country in a hot air balloon headed for a deserted island in the South Pacific Ocean. In this film, you will find characters in a land of bizarre gigantism, where they crawl around in honeycombs the size of buildings, and eat raw oysters the size of bowling balls. You will see them battle pirates and monsters and discover two beautiful female castaways. You will see them travel on the ocean floor and use unbelievable technological weapons of an intrepid genius.

But you aren't watching that movie.

You're not actually watching anything. You're reading "The Mysterious Island" - which, despite the title, is not nearly as suspenseful as the original film. Verne here takes the barebones story of Cyrus Harding and his compatriots and retells it in the most unoriginal manner of a Robinsonade, using all of the knowledge available to him of the sciences to methodically describe the taming of what he redubs "Lincoln Island" - a 30 sq. mile island of ridiculous geological and biological diversity. This isn't to say that the original movie's perspective was altogether realistic, but then again it never gave such pretenses. Verne's story is holistically too detailed and exactive to supply a sense of unabashed fantasy. Additionally, the time frames described in this book are greatly extended in comparison to Endfield's film, since Verne wishes "his" characters to create everything from pottery to boats to nitroglycerin completely from scratch. These descriptions, alone being so detailed as to flag the interest of most readers, have swelled to the forefront of the novel's intent, as if Verne is attempting to give real maroons a survival guide to Untamed Paradise. The means by which our protagonists acquire such knowledge is by fundamental revampings of character personality. Perhaps Mr. Verne believes Union soldiers are too unlearned for his tasks, for Capt. Smith has been transformed into a brilliant Renaissance man and engineer. Various others, such as the Confederate soldier turned seasoned sailor Pencroft, have their own lesser skills, but it is Smith that possesses the unparalleled judgement and encyclopedic knowledge to civilize their surroundings.

To my continued amazement, Verne in his need has concocted an idiotic premise to explain the variability present on his island, as stated through the unquestionable mouthpiece of Cyrus Smith. When the earth was young, reasons Verne, our planet had a great deal of "internal fires" by which land masses were formed of erupting earth through expansion zones and volcanos. Now that the earth has become much cooler, however, volcanism is on the decline, and of course the continents are sinking back underwater. The island upon which they are stranded is one such sunken continent, which once spanned the whole of the Pacific. As it sank, he reasons, its inhabitants floral and faunal were forced to move closer and closer together. How Verne attributes geological diversity to this theory, I still am not clear. Personally, I favor Prebble and Ullman's explanations, as well as their creatures.

Altogether, this adaptation is unthrilling and unsuccessful. If Verne wished to tell his civilization story, he could have done so in a much simpler manner, without borrowing elements from Endfield's classic film, and without inserting his resentful old Captain Nemo into yet another book. Two stars, and just for the efforts he took. Go back to somewhere more familiar, Verne - try the center of the earth, or how about 20,000 leagues underwater.


So am I missing something here?

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Not Quite Kindle / Set the Christmas mood through music
« on: December 24, 2011, 06:39:01 pm »
So let's share some of our favorite music for Christmas!  I know we're all tired of the jingles playing in stores, but those are terrible!  We all must have favorite renditions of our favorite music.  It doesn't even have to be Christmas jingles per se.  Just music that sets the mood.  Heck, I'm not even Christian and I'm in the Christmas mood this evening!  I've been listening to the Monteverdi Vespers; this is Psalm 109.  (If you watch closely you'll see a very young Bryn Terfel among the soloists.)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQCOr8UiS7I" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQCOr8UiS7I</a>

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Not Quite Kindle / TV show "Pan Am" free for download at iTunes
« on: December 24, 2011, 08:57:04 am »
If anybody is a fan - or missed it - the iTunes has 9 episodes free for download of "Pan Am."  Not sure how long this will last!

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Not Quite Kindle / Amazon in 2012
« on: December 23, 2011, 07:15:07 am »
An interesting article on what Amazon might be/should be up to in 2012

http://mashable.com/2011/12/23/amazon-predictions-2012/

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Not Quite Kindle / Ever have one of those days?
« on: December 20, 2011, 01:12:13 pm »
Ever have one of those days?  I'm having one today.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqWqrmsS-uU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqWqrmsS-uU</a>

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The Book Corner / Michael Chabon finally comes to ebook
« on: December 20, 2011, 05:42:59 am »
Finally!  His earlier books are coming to e-book.  He owned the rights to them.  I've been waiting for "Wonder Boys" for ages.  This article explains the delay.

http://news.yahoo.com/michael-chabon-ebook-rights-122734597.html

The article, in part, reads:

E-rights to "Kavalier & Clay," published in 2000 by Random House, and such recent HarperCollins releases as "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" are owned by the original publishers. For those editions, Chabon's royalties will be around 25 percent, the industry standard and comparable to what publishers offer for hardcovers and paperbacks. Countless writers and agents have said the rate for ebooks should be raised.

"I agreed to the traditional ebook royalty, which I think is criminally low, because I didn't really have any legs to stand on. I didn't want to get left behind in the ebook revolution," Chabon said recently.

"When it's comes to royalties on a paper book, that rate (25 percent) is completely fair when you think of the expenses a publisher takes on the delivery trucks and the factory workers and the distribution chains. But it's not fair for them to take a roughly identical royalty for an ebook that costs them nothing to produce."



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Not Quite Kindle / RIP The Barefoot Diva, Cesaria Evora
« on: December 17, 2011, 09:36:17 am »
The incomparable Cesaria Evora, dubbed The Barefoot Diva, has died at the age of 70.  A true artist; one in a billion.  RIP.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3yfRNrPRiA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3yfRNrPRiA</a>

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