Monthly Archives: October 2011

Movie: Drive

There are certain movies that are so good and so different that they are revelatory.

Drive is such a movie.

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Review: Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (2011)

Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs is written for idiots.

See the rest of the review at my new book blog: Mike Cane Reads.

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Review: Success: A Novel

Success: A Novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams (1921)

This is a book I’m certain Ayn Rand must have read and been influenced by.

See the rest of the review at my new book blog: Mike Cane Reads.

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Occupy Wall Street: October 30, 2011

All photos taken Sunday October 30, 2011 at some time before 8AM. Resized and resampled to VGA, click any to enlarge. Photos appear in the order they were taken.

These are near-99% of the photos this time. The weather was again bad — very cold — and there wasn’t much to see and I wanted to get inside again ASAP. I circled once and took pictures and left.

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Occupy Wall Street: October 29, 2011

All photos taken Saturday October 29, 2011 between 7:40-8:00AM. Resized and resampled to VGA, click any to enlarge. Photos appear in the order they were taken.

These are near-95% of the photos this time. The weather was bad and there wasn’t much to see and I wanted to get inside again ASAP, so I didn’t take a whole lot.

Some photos are not sharp due to rain getting on the lens element.

Barricades remain around the sculpture to prevent another nutcase from climbing it.

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Back After An Interruption!


Triffid trapped in force field

With the minor storm — less than an inch of snow! — came a two-day cable TV interruption.

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Max Gunther: You Want These eBooks

Informal e-reader library comparison

That post prompted me to go see who added Max Gunther’s books since my original post. I’d requested yelled at both Kobo and Sony’s Reader Store to add them. I didn’t bother with Barnes & Noble because their mutant DRM is hostile to gaining the broadest audience (those without credit cards).

Only Kobo has added Gunther’s books. Not all of them, but that’s a start.

Sony didn’t add them at all.

Barnes & Noble, ironically, sells them only in paper. Way to go there, B&N. Fast-forward your future bankruptcy!

Who did Marco forget? The place everyone forgets: Google eBookstore. They don’t have Gunther’s books, but at least acknowledge that they exist.

So Kobo has moved ahead of its other ePub competitors here. And the thing about buying from Kobo is that their eBooks can be read on a Sony Reader and Nook too, via cable syncing.

Amazon is not standing still, though. They’ve added even more Gunther books and have priced them aggressively, most at US$4.80.

Whether in ePub or Kindle format, go buy them now!

They can change your life.

Previously here:

You WANT These Books: They Nearly Made Me Buy A Kindle!

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TV: Hidden, Episode Four

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TV: American Horror Story, Episode Four

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Sony Reader WiFi: Sloppy Screen Redraw

I noticed this in the initial videos from a trade show months ago but thought it was a matter of pre-release software.

Now it’s been confirmed in more than one video that Sony is doing something bizarre in its handling of eInk screen refresh that neither the Amazon Kindle nor Barnes & Noble Nook do.

The following are screensnaps from a video posted by The eBook Reader blog:

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