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I've not been reading as much as I would like to. Funny, given that in my tweens I routinely read 200 pages a night, not counting schoolwork.

I'm trying an experiment, reading several books at once.

I've got 4 books on my nightstand, and each evening I will read at least one chapter of each.

The books are

  • Island by Huxley,
  • Open: Love, Sex and Life in an Open Marriage,
  • Never Be Lied To Again, and
  • Drawing on the RIght Side of the Brain

    Quite the ecletic mix, no? As each one gets finished, I have a bookshelf full of more stuff to read, one chapter at a time.
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    I probably won't be getting one right now.

    The heft and weight is nice, when I got to handle one, and the epaper surface is very neat. Page refresh is slow, and the blank before rewrite is annoying. I'm told that Sony has fixed that problem with theirs, so Amazon will probably roll out a similar fix.

    But

    I don't buy v1 of things, especially consumer electronics, especially something with that much software, under the hood IT, and DRM.

    And $400 is too much.

    At $200, I would be more inclined. Even if it was $300 with $200 of Amazon store credit, I would still be more inclined.

    If every physical book I buy from Amazon in the future would also appear on the Kindel at the same time, I would probably buy it in a few months, after the shake out.

    If every book I've bought in the past from Amazon would appear on it, I would probably buy one in a month.
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    A decade and change ago, when I was an undergrad student, I walked in one day to the university bookstore, went up to the information desk, and talked to the clerk there, and had a conversation that went something like this:

    Mark: There is this book, that I wanted... but I forgot what it was.
    Clerk: I've got it right here. (hands me the book)
    Mark: Thank you. I'll pay for it now. (hands her my credit card)
    Clerk: Thanks! (runs the card, prints the receipt, etc) There you go!
    Mark: Thanks!


    There was a guy nearby who watched and overheard this transaction, who looked really really confused.

    What he didn't know, was that the clerk was my sister, [livejournal.com profile] wyckhurst, and we had talked about that book the night before.

    Sadly, I don't remember which book it was...
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    Yesterday I went out with [livejournal.com profile] pheonix_jade, shopping at B&N and then lunch together. I picked up some books I had promised to a friend, and enjoyed hanging out with my brother.

    That evening, while my parents and I were watching TV (reruns of NCIS and of House), the internet connection went down. The cottage house, where the cable model and router are, was without power. My dad called the power company, and walked the street the cottage was on, assessing the extent of the blackout. A short while later, a power company repair truck showed up, and the guy found the problem. A bundle of mylar balloons had gotten up into the lines, and shorted them, blowing the fuses on two poles. He pulled the balloons out with an insulated grabber, and then installed new fuses, and the streetlights and houselights turned back on. The outage didn't affect too many people, most of the houses on that street were empty because their people were out of town visiting family.

    Also that evening, I dug out one of the house's more obscure storage areas, and extracted boxes of my old comic books and D&D stuff. I'm going to bring them home with me, put them into standard long boxes, and store them with my other comic books. Most of my AD&D stuff (a full set of the original AD&D hardback rulebooks, an almost complete set of the modules, and about ten consecutive years of Dragon Magazine and the first several years of Dungeon Magazine) is still missing, hopefully it's stashed in one of the other storage areas, and will get excavated next holiday. Most everything with an ISBN, I logged into LibraryThing.

    Today I finally succeeded in hacking "Location:" into my preferred LJ client, an old version of ljupdate.el. The latest version can do it, but for reasons various and assorted, I don't want to upgrade.

    Also today, from a different storage area, I got a box of "treasures", mainly the plush animals of my early childhood. Those I'm going to pack into something good (I'm thinking a basic cedar box) with some packets of silica gel, and put into my own storage locker. Also retrieved was a box of books, original editions of the first four DragonLance trilogies (Chronicles, Legends, Heros, and Tales). All well read. All now logged into LibraryThing. Those as well, will go into storage.
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    So a competitor to LibraryThing just came online, called Shelfari. LibraryThing feels more complete and more responsive, and Shelfari cannot yet do imports, and no frakking way am I adding my library to it one book at a time.
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    (gacked from [livejournal.com profile] seawasp) Bold what you've read, strike out what you don't like, italicize what you'd like to read but haven't yet...

    1. The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams
    2. Nineteen Eighty-Four -- George Orwell (I kept bouncing off it.)
    3. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley
    4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -- Philip K. Dick
    5. Neuromancer -- William Gibson (I just cannot abide Gibson's style)
    6. Dune -- Frank Herbert
    7. I, Robot -- Isaac Asimov
    8. Foundation -- Isaac Asimov
    9. The Colour of Magic -- Terry Pratchett (Not the best Discworld)
    10. Microserfs -- Douglas Coupland
    11. Snow Crash -- Neal Stephenson
    12. Watchmen -- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
    13. Cryptonomicon -- Neal Stephenson
    14. Consider Phlebas -- Iain M Banks
    15. Stranger in a Strange Land -- Robert Heinlein (kept bouncing, which is odd, because I devoured The Number of the Beast. The only RAHs I've not read are this one, For Us, the Living, and Farnham's Freehold)
    16. The Man in the High Castle -- Philip K Dick (I have trouble getting into Dick's writing style, but I do want to read this one someday.)
    17. American Gods -- Neil Gaiman
    18. The Diamond Age -- Neal Stephenson
    19. The Illuminatus! Trilogy -- Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
    20. Trouble with Lichen - John Wyndham (never heard of it)
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    1. Grab the nearest book. Don't search around and look for the "coolest" book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.
    2. Open the book to page 123.
    3. Find the fourth sentence.
    4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
    5. Repeat for the next closest book.


    "Shortly thereafter, they booked me in my first movie and flew me out to San Francisco." XXX: 30 REDACTED Portraits by Timothy Greenfield Saunders. It's my current coffee table book, it was right in front of me.

    "This is one clue previously published materials provide us." The Art and Skill of Radio-Telegraphy: A Manual for learning, using, mastering, and enjoying the International Morse Code as a means of communication. by William G. Pierpont, N0HFF. It was the closest book on the closest shelf in the closest bookshelf to me.
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    After 3 weeks of trying, my Knuth study group duplicated the "... after some calculation, it can be shown that ..." that we've been stuck on.

    I inhaled Freakonomics over lunch. How RoeVWade aborted a crime wave just as it started. The corporate structure of a crack gang. Realtors' codewords for overpriced houses. How Superman destroyed the KKK.
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    A few days ago, I picked up a couple of books at Parkplace Books while waiting for "Batman Begins" to start seating.

    The first is On Bullshit, by Harry G. Farkfurt. It's a tight little book, 15cm by 10cm, 68 pages, and it's about what it claims to be, a readable philosophical and prescriptive analysis of the nature bullshit, humbug, balderdash. It's been positively reviewed on Instapundit, NPR All Things Considered, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

    I agree with the positive reviews, I've been much enjoying it.

    As soon as I done reading it, I'm going to tag it into BookCrossing, and set it free
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    Accelerando.

    It took an IM from [livejournal.com profile] elfs to drag my eyeballs out of it, otherwise I would have spent the whole workday reading it.

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