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A normal entry for a change

Sitting around, waiting for a router to be installed at a client's office, so I have some time for a normal update.

-16c today, and very glad I don't have to go anywhere. Living off the soup we canned last autumn, the mutton we got from Topsy Farm, and the mixed bag of potatoes from Honey Wagon Farms. I wonder of the proprietors know what a "honey wagon" is? I suspect so. Probably part of the joke. But they are excellent potatoes. Last summer was just so hot and dry that they only had 1/3 their normal output. So these are the late season crop: thin skinned, and all different varieties. When Cara Sposa's stomach is upset, a mixed bowl of five different kinds of steamed potatoes is enough variety in texture and flavour for a full meal.

Actually, I just realized I have a leek already chopped, so there might be leek and potato soup for lunch.

What's new? I'm reading again. Somehow, that reading block I've had for about a year is broken. It started with The Black Book, Young Stalin, and Embassytown, which were all in paper. But then I took the dive and bought an e-reader. Business has been good, so it's a business expense, since I really need something other than a laptop to read trade journals, tech manuals, and all the CZP titles I'm not getting.

But I was surprised at how much better they've gotten. I had a rocket ebook from the turn of the millenium. It served its purpose, and was largely ruined by the greedy IP-DRM-hungry company that bought it out and subsequently tanked. That was such a disappointment that I've been doing without.

But then, finally, the Kobo Glo came out, and it's just about perfect for me. The screen works in dark or light, it's very small and light, and it doesn't do too much. The browser is pretty crippled, and there is no email or other messaging. It only makes it easy to read. Perfect.

Ever since I got it last week, I've been able to go through 2 270 page manuals, two zines (Shimmer, ASIM), a bunch of stories from friends (peadarog's sampler, asakiyume's ghost story), and the 21012 retrospective from Locus. So much easier than doing it via laptop.

I haven't bought anything. And I have several other paper books to go through as well.

Who knows? Maybe I'll actually start writing my own books again....

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lnhammer
Feb. 5th, 2013 10:24 am (UTC)
I've had a Kobo Glo for about 6 weeks now, and aside from instability issues (I've had to do one factory reset because it got to the point that opening books caused it to crash) I'm fairly pleased with it. The navigation is not as easy as my older Sony, but the actual reading experience is quite nice.

---L.
barry_king
Feb. 5th, 2013 10:27 am (UTC)
Yes, the interface leaves a lot to be desired, but luckily, I have very little interaction with it, once I got the settings to my liking.
peadarog
Feb. 5th, 2013 11:10 am (UTC)
Thank you, sir!

And glad business and food is good.
barry_king
Feb. 5th, 2013 11:23 am (UTC)
It's good stuff. You have a great way of turning a story on its head.
peadarog
Feb. 5th, 2013 11:25 am (UTC)
*blushes prettily*
slcard
Feb. 5th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
Still looking forward to Lukka!
barry_king
Feb. 5th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
Yes'm!
asakiyume
Feb. 7th, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
I came down with a hideous 12-hour stomach bug right when you posted, so I didn't get a chance to respond to your entry, but yay! Glad to see you around. And happy that you read the story; thanks! I'm still waiting to actually sit down and read the story you recommended me The World More Full of Weeping, which I've been claiming on Goodreads to be reading since goodness knows when. Soon, I hope! Maybe this weekend, or so.

barry_king
Feb. 8th, 2013 12:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, sorry to hear it. I hate those.

But yeah, I liked it because of the folksy campfire feel to it, which it managed to reach without straying too far from the canonical genre tale. Well done, you.
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