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Torn: E-books vs. Paper Books

Torn: E-books vs. Paper Books

I know, I have had this debate before, but I am still being torn between the idea of which is better – the traditional book, made of paper that is printed on, especially a hard back volume and the e-book reader version that I can get so handily on my Kindle device (or for that matter my iPad, laptop, or even desktop computer). I keep thinking back on all those wonderful years I have had with books, but similarly keep thinking about the pluses of the electronic edition and some of the greener ideas behind it as well. I was especially thinking of this today while watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy movies this afternoon, based upon probably my favorite books ever, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

NaBloPoMo & NaNoWriMo

NaBloPoMo & NaNoWriMo

It is getting close to November once again and once again I will be participating in NaBloPoMo. I am still debating about NaNoWriMo though, especially given something like four years of attempts without much to show for initial effort. For those not so familiar with the terms, NaBloPoMo is National Blog Post Month, where the idea is to post to your blog daily for entire month and is usually held in November. NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month and again, held in November, the goal is to finish with a rough draft of a novel.

Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants

I am just a little bit late on getting this review up on the site, but it has been a crazy few past weeks at the office. Better late than never, and hey, it is probably still playing at some of the theaters. So the movie is Water for Elephants. The stars are Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. Yeah, in case you are wondering, it is not really my kind of movie, but I did go see it with my wife. And when I say it is not really my kind of movie, well, that is really saying if it were on during a Saturday afternoon while I was working on something else I might have it on as a background kind of thing. Enough of that, I will get on with the quick little review here. Do be careful, there may be a spoiler or two in the following, so read at your own risk.

On the Nightstand

On the Nightstand

I have in the past on occasion posted a note about what I am currently reading. To be honest, I have not done one in a while. Also, since Christmas when I received my wonderful Kindle I have been kicking the reading I do into high gear. As stated before, some of that is because of the easy access to lots of historical documents that no one owns copyright to anymore – which of course I find extremely interesting. There is also the extreme ease of making notes, even right there on the couch or even in bed about the passage I am currently reading without even putting the book down and always knowing my place marker is still going to be there. On the other hand, maybe it is just the ease at which I can support my habit of reading three and four books at one time without having to keep track of the books as would have been the case in the past. Anyway, what am I reading these days?

Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia

It is with some interest that I note I watched Julia & Julie this moving this morning with my other half. It was kind of odd thing and to be honest I was skeptical, having seen it on once before and having only watched about three minutes before deciding it was clearly not the movie for me and moving on to something else. However, in retrospect I think I may have erred a bit soon with my hasty judgement. If, on my previous aborted attempt to watch Julia & Julie, I had stuck it out about two more minutes I would have known the movie was actually based on and about a blogging experience. I have to admit, even this time, I was heading out of the room when I was pulled back in about the conversation of writing, blogging, and what subject to use brought me right back

Editorial White-Wash

Editorial White-Wash

Two things have been in my proverbial crawl this week regarding the use the editorial pen to seemingly not acknowledge our own history. In fact, the two matters I am thinking of not only do not seem to acknowledge the history, but in fact seem bent on the rewrite of our history, in which the ugly parts of it are white-washed under the rug so to speak. The two issues, briefly are the newest version of Mark Twain’s classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, in which the n-word has been replaced or eliminated. And of course, the reading of our most revered constitution on the house floor, but with things that reference the 3/5 counting of slaves and even the repelled prohibition of liquor were left out.

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