Trolling the step-dad


A month or so ago, I loaned my mom my smaller ipad. She has a kindle, and enjoys reading on it. She had asked me about the ipad reading experience, so I offered to loan her mine, knowing I'd be back out to visit her in a couple weeks when I could pick it back up. In the meantime, I could "suffer" with the larger, heavier, so out-of-date (sarcasm, btw), larger ipad I have. The bigger one is destined for B's hands, but still in mine for a bit.

I figured this was a great plan. She could check it out without having to buy one, I wasn't going to be really out anything. Win-win.

What I didn't account for, however, was Eric discovering the ipad. More importantly, discovering my collection of books on the ipad.

I'm a big fan of paper books. I love the weight. I love the heft. I love the smell. I love the feel. Everything about a printed book just makes me happy (except, well, maybe the plot of a poorly written one). What I don't love, however, is travelling with a stack of books. So, I'm inclined to buy a book in ebook format for many books, with the kindle format being the easiest to use (curse you, Amazon).

Unsurprisingly, I have a lot of ebooks. Well, I have a lot of books. I happen to have a lot of ebooks, too.

Eric happened to want to read a large number of the books I have (unsurprisingly, including the Scalzi books). When I asked for the ipad back the last time I was out, Mom sheepishly asked to keep it for a little longer. Okay, I could do that.

So, with my current run of Jack Reacher books coming to a close, I've been looking at more books to read. I bought a couple, and, well, sent them immediately to the ipad.

See, when you open the kindle app on the ipad with a new book delivered to said ipad, the app will drop out of the current book being read and load the new book at the beginning. So, when Eric goes to read his current book on my ipad, it'll pop up with the books I have queued up, and he'll have to reselect the book he was reading. Just a small, trolling reminder that I'd like my ipad back.

Unless Eric decides he wants to know about content strategy development and something about the art of thinking clearly.

If so, I'm never getting that ipad back.

Dangerous Kindle, yes


I'm starting to come to the conclusion that the Kindle has to be one of the most deadliest toys ever produced. Well, not deadly in terms of actually out-right killing people, that's more a landmine's designation. No, I mean in terms of expense, convenience and addictiveness.

No, really.

Here, here's my list of all the bad things with the Kindle Kris bought me for my birthday this year. I can tell you, I hadn't expected to love it as much as I do, I'm an old fashioned paper gal, myself. I lurve the paper, you know.

So, the bad things:

My new Kindle!


Mom and I were going to head out a local fabric store to purchase supplies to make a good cover for Homer, my new Kindle. I didn't really want to take the Kindle with us, since, well, the purpose was to make a good cover to protect the Kindle, and I worried about taking it without a cover. So, I did the next best thing to taking Homer with us: I made a mock-up.

I've been walking around with this for a couple days. It needs a third layer of cardboard and about 20 pennies taped to the inside so that the weight is correct. Other than that, it's a good, entertaining likeness.

Kindle Mock-up