Saturday, October 24, 2009

Kindle Killer?

Barnes & Noble eBook Reader with Android and Google Books

These devices are all very clever and nice.  My tech heroes all use them in one form or other.  Most use the Kindle but am I just old fashioned?  In spite of loving the instant access and download of hundreds of thousands of books, I find myself still loving a real book made of tree flesh.  I can run my fingers over the words, I can stick any old piece of paper between the pages as a bookmark.  I can donate them to my local library when I am done.  Yet, the E-Readers beckon to me like sirens on the rocks.  Am I like the Ancient Mariner being lured to my death on the rocks?  Will books be obsolete someday?  In my mind I can imagine archeologists of the future finding "real" books and marveling at them but I see them staring, puzzled, at a blank Kindle or Barnes and Noble ebook.  I am just confused. 

Friday, October 23, 2009

Cheap Solar Power

The Associated Press: Thinking solar power? It's never been cheaper
The government has plowed so much cash into the solar industry that it's effectively pulled the luxury tag off of home solar systems. Combined with local incentives, buyers can save up to 90 percent on a system, whether it's for a single-family home or a 75-unit condo in the city.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Bear Damage to Plane Repaired with Duct Tape and Cellophane

Bear vs. Cub vs. Man

Here is an amazing article.  I have to credit King Hawes for alerting me to this one and for the story.  Alaska produces all sorts of interesting conflicts between man, technology, and wildlife.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Battle Mountain Speed Challenge

World Human Powered Speed Challenge

It's happening again.  Conditions of the road surface have been improved greatly.  If the weather cooperates the contestants could reach 90 mph on human power along. 

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Ensuring Patient Safety For a Loved One in the Hospital

Patient Safety - In the Hospital | Caregiver Blog

Anyone who has family or friends in the hospital or who will be going in to the hospital should read this Blog entry by Lynda Shrager, "The Organized Caregiver."  Speaking from experience I can validate the importance of the points she discusses.  You really have to be your own advocate if you are unfortunate enough to be in the hospital alone.  If you are a caregiver you must be willing to speak up if you feel your loved one is not being cared for properly.  I was particularly pleased to read of the legislation that South Carolina passed to protect the patient.