“Free” as in “books”

I’m rereading Little Women. Not my old copy from college, but the free version I downloaded to the Kindle for iPhone app. I’ve also read The Sari Shop Window, The Magic Kingdom For Sale (Sold!), His Majesty’s Dragon, Pride and Prejudice, and the Return of Sherlock Holmes, all free on the Kindle app. It’s a great app for reading, but I try to avoid paying for Kindle books. I get that I’m not buying a permanent copy — ok, fine. But I don’t like that I can’t share book purchases, even within my own family.

And it looks like I’m not the only one who takes advantage of the free stuff. One blogger recently found that 44 of Top 50 Kindle Bestsellers are $0. Does that mean the Value Perception of eBooks is going to zero? I’m not sure, but I think that it’s going to be increasingly harder for publishers to justify selling e-books at anything like the printed book price.

Via J-Walk.


It’s one of those days


Rules and Laws

It’s not just me. Geeks like lists of laws and rules.

Geek Laws

Fourth Law of Procrastination
Procrastination may eliminate the job entirely if the need passes before the job can be done.

Urban Dictionary: rules of the internet

17. A cat is fine too.
18. One cat leads to another.

Chez Geek Rules

When Hungry Girl, Clumsy Drunk, or Choad Warrior are played on you, you must immediately discard one card from your room, of the type stated on the uninvited Person’s card (Food, Booze, Weed, or Live-In S.O.).

10 Geeky Laws That Should Exist, But Don’t

Savage and Hyneman’s Law: Blowing stuff up is fun. Blowing stuff up in the name of science is AWESOME.


December plans

I see Bioware has a new RPG out, so there goes December. I really enjoyed Bioware’s other games, particularly Neverwinter Nights and Knights of the Old Republic (hey, you get to be a Jedi – who can resist that?). The new game, Dragon Age, also looks good, with a solid story line, interesting characters, and apparenlty a lot of blood. But although I know there’s a KOTOR massive multiplayer game, I kind of which that I could be spending December playing KOTOR 3.

And how am I spending November? Well, Wii Fit Plus just arrived in the mail today, so it’s time to break out the old balance board again.


It’s a SLYT kind of day

I don’t really need a new vacuum, but I’ve always kind of wanted a Roomba to chase the cats. It would provide hours of entertainment for the whole family. But I like this idea even better – use the Roombas to create a live-action Pacman game(video).

Via GeekPress


List of Lists

I like lists. This is probably leftover from my obsession with the Book of Lists that we had when I was a kid. But the lists are just so neat – a set of interesting information lined up in a nice little row. Good thing the Internet also likes lists. Here are some that were open in my browser today:

Mostly via The Presurfer.


Name game

OK, I don’t know too much about this study, but if this report is true, it’s complete hogwash. Supposedly, this recent study showed that 70 percent of Americans think women should take spouse’s name after marriage. Better still, 50% thought it should be a legal requirement. Why?

“They said the mailman would get confused and that society wouldn’t function as well if women did not change their name,” Hamilton says.

Hate to confuse the mail carrier and all.

I kept my name. Changing it was never in question – it’s been my name for my whole life. As for the kids, the boy has my name and the girl has my husband’s. Sometimes this confounds the doctor’s office but so far we really haven’t had any problems.

Will the kids be confused? Maybe, but it’s hardly the most confusing thing they’ll ever deal with. At some point, we’ll need to explain the Bush presidency.

Via: The Name Game — Feministe

I have a vague feeling I’ve complained about this before, but can’t figure out where. Guess it’s a point that bears repeating.


The Education of the Cat

With the price of college getting higher all the time, cats are going to have an increasingly difficult time getting a decent education.