At least someone has their heads on straight. No, folks, the world won’t end. And no, the Mayan calendar doesn’t end. Just like your calendar doesn’t end on December 31st. You’ll just get a new one. But in case you’re worried, here’s a video all set to go out on the 22nd. If we’re still here…
However, one thing NASA didn’t address in their point-by-point debunkment: If Kim Kardashian actually traveled throughout the Middle East and met with dignitaries and ambassadors, isn’t that a sign of the impending apocalypse itself?
There, I said it. I knew it deep down, down in the crevasses of my gadget-loving heart, but it wasn’t until I tried to plug one of my numerous devices into an outlet that was already full of devices that it hit me. I’ve got a problem. And the problem within a problem is that I, one of the big proponents of “convergence” in technology, the guy who used to read books on his iPhone of all things, now seem to be duplicating tasks just so I can play with a new toy.
I sat down last night and counted my crap:
- MacBook Pro
- Samsung Chromebook
- Nook Color running Android
- Kobo e-reader
Doesn’t sound like a lot just yet, does it? But then I realized how much I seem to be specializing.
I use the MacBook Pro primarily for business, and I found that my writing suffered while using it because I couldn’t just get away from “work” and into that writing mode, if that makes any sense. So I bought a Samsung Chromebook for writing only, and it’s great. Super light weight, long battery life, yes it works offline, and I can open just one tab for Google Docs and sit down and write.
I’ve had an iPhone since the original version, never thought to get an iPad because to me it was a ‘tweener, something in between my iPhone and Mac, and unnecessary. So I bought a Nook Color for reading, but that didn’t last long until I rooted it to Android and it became a small tablet. That led into the iPad of course, and then I decided to appropriate my son’s unused Kobo e-ink reader for when I was away and reading outside. On my last trip I actually packed three different devices solely that I could read a book wherever, whenever. Seriously. Three. And it’s not four because I was bringing my phone anyway.
Goodness gracious. It hit me that I now had FOUR devices I could read books on, and I spent an entire day trying to figure out how best to sync* among them so I wasn’t losing my page. Do I now need four different reading devices? Two different laptops? Two tablets?
* My most recent solution for syncing sideloaded content, outside of my iDevice-only post, is this: emailing a .mobi file (after converting it from ePub using Calibre) to my Kindle address. By sending the file into Amazon’s cloud, it will now sync across all Kindle devices and apps, so my iPad/iPhone/Nook Color Android all can use that app and sync furthest part. The Kobo is left out…
The final straw was when I ordered a Nook Simple Touch Glow, ostensibly to give to my wife for Christmas because she reads at night, but then realized I only did it so I could have her old Nook because the ancient Kobo was too slow and wouldn’t sync with anything else. Ho. Lee. Crap. My inner goddess chewed her lip and started screaming “SLOW YOUR ROLL.” And this was after debating whether or not to pick up a Chromebook with 3G when they get released so I can be online anywhere. Whoa.
Am I spoiled? Yeah, maybe a little, but I don’t drive fancy cars (yes, I’m rocking a 13 year old SUV) or live in a huge mansion, and have no other vices (gambling, drugs, etc.) to spend my cash on. So I find myself addicted to the next big gadget.
So… am I alone? Anyone more overloaded than me? If so, let me know – I just got paid last week and it’s burning a hole in my pocket…itchin’ for a new device…
Totally self-aggrandizing, blatantly nepotistic post – my son and the Philly Boys Choir warming up for CBS taping
Another in a long line of buff-my-knuckles, pat-myself-on-the-back, self-congratulatory posts. A photo of the Philadelphia Boys Choir (and my son Evan) getting ready to tape some Christmas Day television spots for CBS Philly:
Now, a little challenge. As I posted on my Google + page (YES PEOPLE STILL USE GOOGLE +, STOP IT), try to pick out my son. First comment below that nails it gets an e-copy of any one of my books. I’ll give just the slightest of hints: if you know me at all, you may describe me using a lot of terms (most of which I can’t post here for fear of moderation issues with WordPress), but I’ll stick with “unique.” And so goes the family bloodline.
So…which one is Evan?
Just in time for the holiday season*, paperback copies of all of the Gabriel trilogy books are available! And for a very limited time, I’ve got autographed copies. Autographed by me, not Stephen King or John Scalzi, sorry…
* To be honest, they’ve always been available – I’m just flogging them now because of some shopping craze going on this month…what’s that all about anyway?
All five volumes of the trilogy (hey, wait a minute…) are available from Amazon (with free Prime Shipping), or for outside the Amazon exclusion zone, direct from CreateSpace:
If you want an autographed copy of any of the above books, visit this super secret page.
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For an absurdly limited time (since I waited too long to think to do this, to be honest), I’m offering autographed copies of all of the paperback versions of the Gabriel books (even the big honkin’ 700 page complete trilogy). Use the links below for PayPal or credit card purchases. You’ll be taken to the PayPal page to add to cart, and can also let me know there if you’d like anything specific listed in the book. And shipping is included in the USD prices listed.
If you want some combination of books, email me directly as I can combine a shipment and drop a few bucks off. For example, if you want books 1, 2, & 3, I can do that “package” for $60. If you want more than one copy of one of the books, again email me directly and I can work some pricing out.
Hugely important note #1: I can only sell/ship to US and Canada addresses, I apologize. If I had a better plan in place earlier, if I stayed in school longer, if I had just not tried licking the back of that toad in college, who knows…but unfortunately to all my non-NorthAmerican friends, I can only do it this way.
Hugely important note #2: If you want these delivered before December 24th, you have to order no later than December 17th or I won’t be able to get them out in time. Again my failings as a human being come through…if I had thought of this earlier…
And as a blatant nepotistic additional flogging, my son has his YA SciFi novelette Shifter available in paperback he’ll autograph & ship for $20. PayPal link here.
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