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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Firmware 1.2????
« on: February 07, 2009, 10:27:01 am »
I was waiting for a new book to download and suddenly it had a screen that told me that it was updating my software... Surprised the heck out of me!  That's what I get for getting new books :)

Katiekat

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: January 27, 2009, 04:23:27 am »
Good Morning, It looks like we're finally going to get snow - ick. 
I have no idea on your question, Leslie, I know I've been letting my minivan warm up for about 10 minutes when its below freezing or it doesn't want to go forward.  I don't know what I'd do if it were that cold here!

Katiekat

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Grammar Pet Peeves
« on: January 26, 2009, 02:42:44 pm »
My biggest pet peeve that seems to make it into books most often is breath/breathe - Usually breath for breathe is the error.  Drives me nuts.  I have to admit that I had never thought a lot about they're/there/their and your/you're until I got on line and they were mangled so much!  I think I was blessed before that  :D

Katiekat

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: January 26, 2009, 03:57:12 am »
Good Morning, We're up to a whole 32 degrees here in western VA!  They called for flurries here, too, I'm hoping that the temp will continue to rise and they'll miss us.  Another grey Monday, but I suppose I'll live  :D

Katiekat

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The Book Corner / Re: What were your favorite childhood books?
« on: January 25, 2009, 01:13:25 pm »
  This thread has reminded me of a lot of old favorites that I now want to go find again....
  My father collected old boys series, and I went through all of them over and over again.  The Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, Tom Swift, Jr. Rick Brant, Johnny Quest, Bronc Burnett, Chip Hilton, the Boy Scouts, the Aeroplane Boys, the Rover Boys and Tom Corbet Space Cadet.  Most of these are currently living in my basement waiting for my darling SO to build the shelves in the living room so that they can be put on proper display.  Only 2 more books and I'll have the complete Tom Swifts, 3 and I'll have all the Tom Swift, Jrs and I already have the complete Rick Brant and Tom Corbet and Hardy Boys.  Brag brag brag  ::)  I also had the Nancy Drews and Trixie Beldens and the Bobsey Twins, those I collected.  I think all of these are what got me addicted to series, I love the comfort of known characters like old friends. 
  Dad started me out early in SF with the Heinlein juveniles and Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicals - I had the run of the bookshelves by the time I was 8, so I read a lot of stuff that I didn't totally get but loved.  Asimov, Clarke, all the classics from the Golden Age.
  I remember another book that I re-read for years from the library, it was called The Pushcart War and was about peddlers with pushcarts declaring war on the big, smelly trucks in New York City.  I don't know why it was so fascinating, but for a while it was a big favorite.  I also loved (and still have) the Homer Price books, books of short stories about Homer Price who lived in something Corners New Jersey and got into all kinds of trouble - like the time the donut machine at his uncle's restaurant wouldn't shut off. 
  I'm off to dig out some of these from the basement.....
Katiekat

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: January 24, 2009, 08:33:54 am »
Good Morning!  44 degrees here in western VA with a nasty wind chill, I'm glad I don't have to leave the house today unless I feel like it!  ;D  Trying to catch up on kindleboards and housework after being out of town last weekend - I'm so far behind on everything.  Everyone quit posting until I catch up ;)  

Katiekat

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: To Young?
« on: January 23, 2009, 03:23:28 am »
The only thing I can think of to add to all of this is if you get her a Kindle, get the extra "handling" insurance from SquareTrade.com.  I'm not irresponsible, but I am a klutz, so when I got my Kindle extended warranty, I opted for the extra coverage.  It says on their site "include{s} damage from liquid spills, item drops, or any other accidental damage."  I think it cost me an extra $25.  I think it well worth the cost to me, I've killed a laptop by losing my coffee cup over it.  In fact, I wish I'd known about this when I got my new laptop, I'd have covered it, too.

Just my 2 cents  ;D

Katiekat

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: January 21, 2009, 04:21:02 am »
Good Morning!  Its a brisk 19 degrees here in western VA with a wind chill to make it feel like a rousing 6 degrees!  If we're lucky, we'll get all the way up to freezing today.  I wish I could just stay home huddled under the covers, but to work I go.

Katiekat

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Kindle Accessories / Re: Design Your Own Skins!
« on: January 21, 2009, 03:55:15 am »
I received my Tego skin last night and I think I'm going to have to call them today and complain - the next page button on the left is missing!  I'm really bummed, because I think its awfully nice:

I double checked the envelope and all the pieces to see if that piece had come off and I can't find it anywhere.  :'(

Katiekat

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Kindle Yarnies (Knit and Crochet)
« on: January 20, 2009, 04:05:26 am »
Still trying to get mine done.  JoAnn's was out of everything but the jiffy yarns, so I got a nice fat yarn so that it would go faster.  Needless to say, I've started about 7 times now trying to get it just so.  I ended up driving back from Williamsburg, so this may have to wait for our next road trip!  Good news is that I found a cheap purse at Walmart that has a separate zipper pocket for my Kindle, so I don't have to have this done immediately.   ;D

Katiekat

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: January 20, 2009, 03:58:18 am »
Good Morning!  Its a warm 22 degrees here in the Blue Ridge Mountains with a predicted high of a whopping 27 with snow showers!  Time to get out the bathing suits  ;D  I think maybe this is a day for taking the Suburban to work - if I take the mini van we'll have impassable roads and if I take the Suburban, none of the snow will stick ;)  I think this is a day for my nice, warm Scottish wool sweater with the Loch Ness monster on it.  All I have to do is find out where I squirreled it after the last snow last year.  

Katiekat

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Kindle Accessories / Re: Which car charger W/Kindle?
« on: January 19, 2009, 03:18:07 pm »
I use the iGo.  This is the special Kindle package for just $19.99 and currently in stock:

I love it, even though I don't have any other devices that can charge on it.

Katiekat

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: International Travel with my Kindle
« on: January 19, 2009, 04:18:22 am »
Something I learned when living in Europe...
Some large cities had special tourist passes for the Metro/U-Bahn/Underground.  If you are going to spend more than a day in a city, this is something to look into.  I learned about this from the Michelin guides for each city (these guides are good to have in Europe.)  In Paris, you had to go to the big tourist bureau on the Champs Elysee and take your passport to show that you were from another country.  You might do some research and see if this sort of pass is still available.  The Paris one we used to get was good for 3 or 5 days and included busses as well as the Metro.  Frankfurt had something similar, but we couldn't get one because we actually lived there, and I think that London had a similar offer, but I can't remember clearly, we did so much on that trip. 

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: January 18, 2009, 06:28:05 am »
Good Morning from Williamsburg, VA!  The stupid hotel internet was down for all of Friday and most of yesterday, so I've been having major Kindleboards withdrawal!  I have no clue what the temp is here, all I know is that it was a heck of a lot warmer this morning when I went out to have my morning cigarette than it was last night.  I thought I'd sneak in here for a few minutes before packing everything up and loading up the van.  I'm praying that the threatened precipitation stays away as we drive back across the state!
Missed y'all!

Katiekat

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: January 16, 2009, 06:02:08 am »
Good morning, I slept in!  Its a whopping 9 degrees here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I think I'm going to wait just a little bit before loading the truck to head out to Williamsburg!  We're set for a high of 22, at least the wind isn't supposed to be quite as horrible today as yesterday.  Yesterday was a lazy wind, instead of going around you it went right through you!  I think I'll just be lazy for a little bit longer...

Katiekat

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<repeats quietly to herself>  I don't need another Oberon cover.  I don't need another Oberon cover.  I don't need another Oberon cover.

Shoot, I WANT another Oberon cover now!  Now how to afford it.....

Katiekat

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: January 15, 2009, 03:48:14 am »
Good Morning from western VA!  Its slightly above freezing here, but for some reason our high today is supposed to be 26 - this does not bode well.  Thankfully there will be at least SOME sun.  Told one of my Canadian friends to take back their weather, he said "We gave it the car keys and some money and told it not to come back!"   ;D 

Katiekat

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Calling all Cooks: Shallot Question
« on: January 14, 2009, 03:59:42 am »
I have a lot of expensive knives, but my current favorite is by Cuisinart (of all companies) and was really inexpensive at Macy's. http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=202531&CategoryID=31762&LinkType=SiteAd&LinkLoc=7497&AdID=500712 Actually there are two of them, a small and a large santoku style knife.  My other favorite is a small chef's knife by Sabatier-K, a french company. http://www.sabatier-shop.com/index.php?rt75=44&wx=97&gclid=CK7gq9KAjpgCFQu-GgodkVhxDw There is a little outlet store in South Carolina on the way from the interstate to Parris Island, we stopped there from curiosity when my step-daughter graduated from boot camp, and ended up spending a bunch of money.  I'm lucky in that my SO has the tools and knowledge to sharpen our knives himself, no waiting for one of those traveling sharpeners to come around!

Katiekat

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: January 14, 2009, 03:47:47 am »
We're right in there with you here in western VA - a lovely 23 degrees with wind today.  I can hear it wuthering around the house now - I'm NOT looking forward to my cigarette breaks today!  Another wonderful day at work - just 2 more days 'til I get to party all weekend with my geeky friends!  http://www.marscon.net/

Katiekat

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Characteristics for being on Kindle Boards
« on: January 13, 2009, 05:37:43 pm »
Must be able to discuss textiles  ::)

Katiekat

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Why do you think it was so important to Claire to have a "useful" occupation?

In a castle at that time, everyone had to contribute to the common welfare.  Every person had a job to do that in turn supported everyone else.  In a self sufficient community, anyone that doesn't contribute is a severe burden upon everyone who does.  So Claire needed a "place," so that she was contributing to the whole and so that everyone else knew that she was contributing. 

Anyone not seen to be contributing would cause hard feelings, and that could be disastrous in a small community.  Colum is being a wise leader by giving her a place so that there is no discontent within the community and by taking advantage of her apparent skills. 

He's also protecting her in that he's given her a relatively high status position.  This status should keep her from having to fend off the advances of most of the men (when they're not all far gone in drink as they were during the Gathering.) 

This didn't come out as neatly as it was in my head, but I think y'all will get what I'm trying to get across.

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The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading?
« on: January 13, 2009, 04:14:55 pm »
In DTV:

The latest in his portable door series.

Katiekat

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Kindle Yarnies (Knit and Crochet)
« on: January 13, 2009, 04:01:30 am »
Those are totally cool, Mollyb!  Did you adjust a pattern or just work it out yourself?  I've been thinking about doing that myself, I haven't found any patterns online so far that I like.  Am I correct in remembering that you only used one skein of yarn for each of these?  I'm getting ready for a 5 hour car trip, I like to crochet while my SO drives, maybe I need to get some of that yarn and try it out!

Katiekat

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: January 13, 2009, 03:54:01 am »
Good morning, a lovely 26 here in the Blue Ridge but its supposed to get warmer later on.  I just hope that today's partly cloudy is better than yesterdays grey gloom!  We're going to Williamsburg this weekend and for the last 3 years this has meant snow over the weekend!   :o  I hope that the pattern doesn't keep up this year.  I'm packing lots of warm clothes just in case, though.  Just 3 more days to get through for my lovely long weekend.  ;D

Katiekat

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Whine all you want, goodness knows the rest of us did while waiting for ours and most of us didn't have the horrendous wait you do!  I'd say you're entitled ;D

Katiekat

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