Saturday, January 19, 2008
I was attending the University of Wisconsin at Platteville and living in the dorms, Morrow Hall 3rd floor.
The guy in the corner room had bought the first CD player on the floor.
He only had 2 CDs, one of which was Pink Floyd's The Wall.
I'm sure some of you remember this album - "We don't need no education", "It's just another brick in the Wall", "Is there anybody out there?" etc. etc. etc.
He went to his morning classes, ate lunch lunch and came back and played this album.
Monday through Friday.
Let me repeat - Every day!
After about 2 months of this my roommate Ron and I decided to get even.
Ron had a Commodore 64 computer and the video game M.U.L.E.
One day we hooked up his computer to my stereo system, cranked the volume, and went to lunch leaving this playing:
We came back an hour later to find about 20 guys outside our room, pounding on the door.
We posted a note later explaining why we did it.
And threatening to do it again.
The other guys on the floor chipped in and bought "The Wall's" owner a set of headphones. :)
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I have been looking at the Sony Reader for over year now, saving all my change.
But I knew that Amazon was coming out with one so I was waiting.
Amazon has now released the Kindle except that I think that it is just ugly, like a miniature Apple IIe with the qwerty keybaord stuck on the bottom.
I had decided to go ahead and buy the Sony but I got an email from an unnamed source who had some info from another source that a certain large computer company named after a fruit was going to introducing their own version.
The annual MacWorld Expo (which I attended in San Fran in 1990 and 1993) is this week and so far I have not seen any mention of in the coverage.
Inside Mac TV has posted the Macworld 2008 Steve Jobs Apple Keynote Highlights but nothing there :(
So do I wait another 6 months and see what Apple will do?
Or get the Sony now and take advantage of the 100 free classic books they are offering through the end of January?
Or do I forget the whole thing and start saving for this?
Last night as I was reading in bed I heard an owl outside my house, pretty close by.
A couple of minutes later I heard it again to the north, near the Tree Farm.
Suddenly I heard it again near the house and realizied it was two owls!
They hooted back and forth in a 5 hoot pattern (whowhowho-whowho) several times.
I'm not sure what kind they were.
There is a pack of coyotes that spend several nights a month in the Tree Farm, we can hear them howling at night.
This is another reason why we keep our cats inside at all times.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I recently found a free legal online source for pdf books and comic books.
Wowio.com has a huge selection of books and you can download 3 a day.
They have everything from mysteries to textbooks to comedy to comic books to classics to travel to romance, etc. etc.
Several comic books series well worth downloading: Inverloch, Swords of the Swashbucklers, and The Dreamland Chronicles.
Recent books I downloaded include: Ancient Natural History: Histories of Nature, Soldier and Society in Roman Egypt: A Social History, The Songs of Robert Burns (originally $335.00!), The Early Works of Dr. Seuss - Volume 1, The Early Works of Dr. Seuss - Volume 2, The Land That Time Forgot - Three Book Special Edition by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
If you check out their site and find some book or series you find interesting please leave me a comment!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Lots of books.
Lots and Lots and Lots of books.
I checked and the only room in my house that does not have books in it is the dining room.
(Yes, there are books in both of the bathrooms.)
I have tried numerous ways of keeping track of what I have, from notebooks to index cards to spreadsheets to FileMaker databases.
And then I found LibraryThing.com
LibraryThing allows you to enter your books into their database using either the title or the ISBN.
They pull data from Amazon.com, the Library of Congress, Oxford University and over 200 more libraries around the world.
The British Library was just added on January 9th!
You can enter your own books manually if LibraryThing can't find a source for your particular book.
Every book can have "Tags" added to it like nonfiction, Poirot, not read, or anything else.
Once you have entered books, LibraryThing can compare your collection to everyone else's showing you how popular a book is or whose library is most similar to yours.
It has both a "Suggester" to find books you might like and an "Unsuggester" to find books that will probably not be in your library.
People have currently added over 22 million books into the system!
It's fun poking around the site because they keep adding new features.
Most owned book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (26,381)
Most reviewed book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (550 reviews)
There are authors who are staring to post their libraries on LibraryThing.
Even Thomas Jefferson, our third president has his library posted on LibraryThing!
I changed my LibraryThing sidebars so now you see 6 random books plus the last 6 books I entered.
(Can you tell I was bored in the hotel last night???)
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
No, not Münster Germany
I wish it were Munster, Ireland :(
Not these Munsters either!
Yep, It's Munster Indiana!
Every Wednesday and Thursday for work.
My trips down there have been extended another 8 weeks, through the end of March.
Important tip: If you have to drive through Ilinois on a regular basis get an iPass! Half the cash price and saves probably 50% travel time.
It's still about a 3 hour trip so I stay overnight at the Munster Hampton Inn, which has a pool and whirlpool and free breakfast, but no cats in the room :(
Monday, January 7, 2008
That is a random selection of 5 books we own out of the 1300+ books I have entered into My Library at LibraryThing.com. I think this is about 25% of the books in our house.
Unfortunately I need to work some overtime tonight and can't explain anymore about LibraryThing today but I promise I will soon.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
This is Gitana, the newest member of our family.
Friday, January 4, 2008
I am Cap'n Frank and this is my Cat Blog.
What's a Cat Blog?
First a bit of background info - I am a reading junkie - books, magazines, newspapers, websites, comic books, cereal boxes, whatever.
I recently was poking around electronic book sites and found an ebook called "Who's There? Seth Godin's Incomplete Guide to Blogs and the New Web". (You can get your own free copy at http://www.sethgodin.com/)
In it he defines three types of blogs (page 16):
1) Cat Blogs
2) Boss Blogs
3) Viral Blogs
"CAT BLOGS are blogs for and by and about the person blogging."
This is definitely going to be a cat blog!
In addition to my wife and I there are 4 permanent Feline-Americans in our house and between 0-10 foster cats and kittens present at any time. There is currently one foster female cat living with us.
The last two summers my wife has been posting pictures of our current foster kittens over at her rubber stamping blog (http://www.inkartist.net/) but she has stopped posting much there so I will be doing it here.
The other reason I am finally getting off my butt and starting a personal blog is that my 13-year-old nephew has started his own blog!
I'm not only going to be talking about cats & books but also the Wii, Tubas, board games, movies, music, webcomics and whatever else strikes my fancy.
Does the world need another Cat Blog? According to my Cats it does!