6.19.2009

Links today

9 comments:

James Kubecki said...

Re: Google Paper... I'm sure you saw this link on Lifehacker, but this reminded me of it.

Re: Kindle... inveterate discerning reader Tim Challies posted a followup to his positive review of the Kindle from last year. The long-term verdict? Well, read the review, but he's sold his Kindle...

Joanna said...

James- I read the review when you posted it and have taken it into account.

Seriously? The free web browsing from anywhere (for us non-iPhone owners) is a serious plus for me, as well as having a book nearby all the time- maybe I'd read more! But it's expensive. And I do like real books. And I am a librarian at church, so have a LOT of books available to me. And this is why I haven't bought it yet.

Matt Wissman said...

The chicken article was very interesting. I didn't realize all the problems in chicken meat production. Alisse and I switched to buy cage-free eggs a couple months ago (they actually aren't that expensive at Trader Joe's).

Joanna said...

Matt- Cage-free isn't all it's advertised to be, just be aware.
From EggIndustry.com:
"Cage Free: The label "cage free" does not mean there are any standards or auditing mechanisms behind it. As the term implies, hens laying eggs labeled as "cage free" are uncaged inside barns or warehouses, but generally do not have access to the outdoors. They have the ability to engage in some of their natural behaviors such as walking and nesting. There is no information regarding what the birds can be fed. Forced molting through starvation is permitted. There is no third-party auditing."

The best bet? Knowing your farmer. See if you can find a farmers' market near you. Or, Matt, do as you did as a kid, and raise your own!

Alisse Goldsmith said...

I know how to raise chickens! They would be hard to raise in an apartment though.

(This is Matt on Alisse's account)

David Swindle said...

I really like my Kindle quite a bit for all the reasons I've already talked about. Whether the Kindle is a good purchase for YOU, though, is a different question.

I read the review that James posted and don't really agree with his conclusions very much. He's mainly concerned about the ease of putting in notes and highlighting -- he seems to be awfully obsessed with that aspect of books, which I can respect.

The free web browsing is nice, just keep in mind that it's a VERY BASIC browser. Its primary purpose is for accessing wikipedia -- which it's good at.

I really like the variety -- having a few hundred books just RIGHT THERE. It's also nice for big books. I don't know about you but when a book is a few inches thick it's often discouraging. You don't have that problem with the Kindle.

And of course text to speech is awesome. It's great for the newspaper to be read to me while I'm driving to work.

Have you gotten a chance to play with mine that much? I can't recall. Next visit I'll give you some time to explore.

Back To Life Again said...

I would get a Kindle if it would allow me to capture and categorize quotes with tags. If I could latter look up every quote under a certain tag, it would save me a lot of time in writing papers. It doenst do that...but it seems like it easily could.

Joanna said...

Back to Life- THAT's what the Kindle needs! Kindle apps, like IPhone apps. I think this is marketable.

James Kubecki said...

Or, you know, you COULD just get an iPhone (or an iPod Touch), which has a Kindle app...

They should add an iPhone emulator to the Kindle. So you could run the iPhone Kindle app.

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