Books, Nooks, and spoiled brat actors

Suburban colors

I have stocked up on e-books; I purchased the two follow-up books to the The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The second book is The Girl Who Played With Fire and the third one is The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I also bought Enslaved By Ducks and Regarding Ducks and Universes; along with finishing the short story The Mill on the River Utrata, I should have enough reading material to get by for a few weeks.
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It is rumored that Verizon, now that they are selling the iPhone, will begin using a tiered fee system to replace the current $30 per month unlimited rates. This is what happens when smaller companies are swallowed up by conglomerates and “competition” becomes only a word. If so, I will put my Droid on Ebay and get a regular prepaid cell phone for my own use. I will also try to purchase a Nook wi-fi reader for my books; I am now buying most of them from Barnes and Noble and Google anyway. I don’t have a contract on the Droid, so there will not be any monetary penalties involved. The color Nook reader has a web browser and there are apps for it, so as long as I have wi-fi access, I should be a happy little reader.
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I didn’t even know Charlie Sheen (Estevez) had a TV show until I saw something about him on the net. His entire family seems to be composed of pretty good actors, but I’ve always thought of Charlie as being a bit “different” from his dad and his siblings. Martin, Charlie’s dad, is a much better than average actor; I liked him in the movie Enigma.
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The grass is nicely greening and the red maple trees look to be ready to pollinate my world. We still haven’t had a “warm” day, but there have been many mild ones. It is a bit too cool and windy to do any real porch sitting.
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Have a stupendous Wednesday!

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Published in: on March 2, 2011 at 10:14 am  Comments (11)  
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Reading

My Rose

I’ve been feeling pretty good for a few days, but the way things have been going, I will get over it. Plenty of sunshine today; enough that I sat on the porch for a brief time.
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Have any of you read Steg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? I purchased the Kindle version from Amazon and I’ve read that it is a pretty good book. Along with a paper copy of The Birch Grove and Other Stories written by Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz, I am reading Ubik: A Novel by Phillip K Dick; it is on the Droid/Kindle. The Birch Grove has only four stories and I am in the middle of the third one, the title story. The first story, A New Love, is very short and very good. The second tale, The Wilco Girls, is not quite as good but is still worth the time to absorb it. The Birch Grove story is turning into a very good read. I also have A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court loaded on the Droid in the Google reader. I read it many years ago and I liked it a lot, even though it was probably written for young adults. It was written by Mark Twain and is quite funny as only he could write such a tale. Ubik: A Novel is as weird and twisted as only a master writer can put on paper.
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The pic is old but it is still one of my favorites that I’ve done. I generally don’t care for sepia toning, but here for some reason it works for me.
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Have a wonderful week upcoming!
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Published in: on January 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm  Comments (4)  
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Free Willie

If Willie Nelson goes to jail for illegally possessing dope, will someone make another Free Willie movie?
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A man reported that his Droid 2 exploded while he was talking to someone; he suffered minor ear cuts but is otherwise ok. Apparently the device still works other than the fact the glass is broken. I didn’t realize people actually used these things for phone calls; he was probably listening to his mother-in-law at the time of the mishap.
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One of our local State legislators decided not to run for reelection during the last voter fiasco; a Republican from Bristol. Now he has announced he will take a job with the state comptrollers office which pays $119,000 per year. That is a pretty generous raise from the $18,000/year he made as representative. The governor of this state makes only around $90,000 salary each year. Just goes to show, when the Representatives say they are there only to serve, it is themselves whom get the best service.
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Carolyn is dragging me out to the mountains to find some “greenery” to decorate the porch. It has been snowing and is very cold outside; I hope my delicate disposition is up to the task. I would much rather stay inside and play but a husband has his duties. To top all that, I am catching a cold. Phooey!
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Have a Scrumptious Sunday!

 

Published in: on December 5, 2010 at 11:21 am  Comments (6)  
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“War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.”

Fleeting moments

Has President Obama fallen to the Dark Side of the Force? Nay! He has crawled below the Dark Side all the way to the Tea-Bag bottom. He wants to freeze the pay of all Federal workers, less Congress, of course. He is taking a step backward toward a deeper recession than what we now have. Mr. President, create jobs. Jobs will pull the nation out of the economic slump and into declining deficits; it is a win-win scenario. Alas, I fear it is now too late; you have fallen completely into the clutches of political absurdity from which there is no return. Sir, you are bordering on making George W. Bush look like a genius statesman. You and your Democrat Congress had two years to do something positive, yet you allowed the hardest right-wing Republicans to dictate the fortunes of our nation. You promised us better than this and you owe us better than this. Well, you can always resort to what has worked in the past; get us and the world into a bully big war. We can hope that our creditor countries are whipped by the countries who owe us and that our National Phoenix will once more arise from mankind’s oldest malady. That’s what war is good for.

“Naturally the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
~Herman Goering, Adolph Hitler’s second in command and head of the Nazi Luftwaffe.
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Friend Kevin says he is on the mend from a severe bout of pneumonia. Don’t rush things, Kevin; the worst thing that can happen is a relapse. You have many caring friends sending healing vibes to you.
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I suppose that beginning sometime in July, you can append great-grandpa to the long list of things I’ve been called over the years. Ashley found out she is pregnant. She seems to be very happy but anxious; a few years ago they found pre-cancerous lesions on her uterus and she did not think she would be able to become pregnant.

The person whom is happiest is Carolyn; she has been on cloud nine since she heard. For myself, it is just another day in a long life. You do believe that, don’t you?
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I downloaded a voice recorder app for my Droid only to find out I still cannot sing!
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Title quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Have a Tom Terrific Tuesday!
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Published in: on November 30, 2010 at 9:38 am  Comments (7)  
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Pensive Saturday

Autumn isn't over until Mom Nature says it is over

We finally got Keegan’s address and the money is on its way to him; he should get it tomorrow. Our minds are more at ease now. He is in Misawa, Japan and on alert to be shipped out at any time.
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My blogging will again be sporadic as I will be mostly using the Droid for internet access. Only one of my neighbors has unprotected access that I can “borrow”, and whomever it is doesn’t go off and leave their modem on. The Droid works fine and I can do just about all I want and need to do from it; it is just a bit difficult for my silly fingers to operate.
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Be well, dear people.
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Published in: on November 13, 2010 at 9:31 am  Comments (2)  
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