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renniekins
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Books and Phones and Photos

This will be a nice week, because I am working at my own office, not in Cleveland. I like to travel, but all-week is a bit much for me. (Especially to Cleveland!)

Next week, it'll be back on the road most likely. I might look for a couple of books on tape, to make the drive better. I was telling folks in the office today about how bored I'd gotten, that I was actually taking pictures of myself while driving and writing emails to people with one hand! (I call blogging "email", when I don't want people to know about it.)

One guy bemoaned, "This is why people don't like cellular phones!"

I had to defend myself. "Well I wasn't actually talking on it."

"Sure, that will impress people in your obituary.... You need books on tape, that's what I do."

I agreed that would be a good idea.

From here, we launched into a discussion about Books on PDA, because apparently the Cleveland library will allow you to "borrow" an ebook. I guess you download it, and then it expires in 15 days or so.

How cool would that be?

It's a great idea, truly. I love ebooks, and I love reading on my Treo. It's so handy to always have a book with me! In fact, I need to find some more ebooks somewhere, because I'm nearing the end of the last one currently loaded. I can buy them of course, but finding ones I don't have to pay for is always nicer.

"My library is closed right now," I told him, and he reacted with a horror that would delight my many librarian friends.

So I'll have to search for more Treo books. But that won't solve my immediate problem of tedium while driving, at least not in a safer manner than my previous solution. I'll have to grab a CD or two or eight next time, especially if I'm driving by myself again.

Speaking of taking pictures while driving, the sky was amazing while I was leaving downtown Detroit last night. I snapped this lovely pic (carefully!) while pulling onto I-75 from Jefferson.
Sky while driving

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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: July 19th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Library Closed?!?!?!?!?!

They closed the library for the summer?

So it ain't so!

Philistines!

MP3 Books
A friend of mine rents books on CD from the library and transfers them to MP3 format.

Does your car or treo have an MP3 player?

I hate the idea of buying really ephemeral books.

renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 19th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Library Closed?!?!?!?!?!

No, it's closed for rennovations of some sort. My car only has a CD player, but my Treo can play mp3s.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: July 19th, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Library Closed?!?!?!?!?!

Can you jack the Treo into the radio?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 19th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Library Closed?!?!?!?!?!

jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: July 19th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Library Closed?!?!?!?!?!

Well at least you have some options.
From: nicegeek Date: July 19th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
You're aware of Project Gutenberg, yes?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 19th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, although last time I looked they didn't offer a format for my Treo... maybe they do now, I'll have to check.
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: July 19th, 2005 07:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry you are wrong. Real books are cool, but I just don't get ebooks.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 19th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like having ebooks on my Treo, because it means I always have a means of entertainment with me (like if I'm in line, or waiting for somebody, or otherwise in need of amusement). It's also great for traveling.

It's still not as good as a Real book though, I'll agree with you there.
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: July 20th, 2005 08:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I find reading off a screen to be quite hard work. I think that is the problem. I think maybe as resolutions get better it will be easier.
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: July 19th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you considered satellite radio for your car? I know a number of people with either XM or Sirius and they seem very happy with them. Both services not only carry music, but other programming as well.

I was telling folks in the office today about how bored I'd gotten, that I was actually taking pictures of myself while driving and writing emails to people with one hand!

Once again, as self-appointed spokesman for the motorcyclists of the world, I must say, "Please stop doing that."
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 19th, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have an XM receiver, I just don't (generally) drive enough to merit the monthly fee. Only when I'm traveling, and I try not to do too much of that. .. not a bad idea though, is I start driving more.

As long as motorcyclists drive rationally, they'll be just fine. I pay attention to the road even when I'm doing something silly, and of course I never switch lanes then. If motorcycles decide to start racing one another and weaving in and out and through traffic cutting cars off, like I saw a couple of idiot hotheads on sport bikes doing last week, they are on their own. I just pray they don't hurt anybody but themselves.
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: July 20th, 2005 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)
If motorcycles decide to start racing one another and weaving in and out and through traffic cutting cars off...

We weren't racing--we were late for a movie date. Oh, wait, you called them "sport bikes;" it couldn't have been me and thatguychuck then. Never mind.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 20th, 2005 01:13 am (UTC) (Link)
(heh, sorry for the rant, but if you're going to be the spokesman for all motorcyclists, I guess it's only fair that I complain to you about the obnoxious ones. *grin* While we're on the subject, what's up with those hideously loud mufflers?)
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: July 20th, 2005 05:43 am (UTC) (Link)
what's up with those hideously loud mufflers?

They make people look up from their Treos.

But seriously, how does work pay for your travel costs? I'd sign up for a month of XM and put it on my expense account as "entertainment." You'd have to have a truely assinine boss to have them quible over $15.
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