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A Carpenter's Life

A Carpenter's Life as Told by Houses

From one of Fine Homebuilding’s best-loved authors, Larry Haun, comes a unique story that looks at American home building from the perspective of twelve houses he has known intimately. Part memoir, part cultural history, A Carpenter’s Life as Told by Houses takes the reader house by house over an arc of 100 years. Along with period photos, the author shows us the sod house in Nebraska where his mother was born, the frame house of his childhood, the production houses he built in the San Fernando Valley, and the Habitat for Humanity homes he devotes his time to now. It’s an engaging read written by a veteran builder with a thoughtful awareness of what was intrinsic to home building in the past and the many ways it has evolved. Builders and history lovers will appreciate his deep connection to the natural world, yearning for simplicity, respect for humanity, and evocative notion of what we mean by “home.”

See: A Carpenter's Life as Told by Houses

New Book Details Steve Jobs’s Fight Against Cancer

A biography says the Apple co-founder’s decision to put off surgery infuriated his family, friends and physicians.

Article here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/technology/book-offers-new-details-of-...

The book: Steve Jobs

Amazon lockers

Story about Amazon lockers in NYC. These lockers allow for packages to be delivered to a locker. Buyer is given a code to open the locker. I assume these are for people that do not have a good drop off location at their apartment.

See article at engadget:
http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/17/amazon-lockers-come-to-nyc-no-more-getting-caught-by-ups-...

Kindle Touch

One thing the video shows is Kindle x-ray that is a feature people may not be aware of even if they are generally very knowledgeable about ebook readers.

Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers on Amazon

Netflix Abandons Plan to Rent DVDs on Qwikster

The company said it had decided to keep its DVD-by-mail and online streaming services together under one name.

Story in the NYT blog - Media Decoder

Michael Lewis on Daily Show

Lucid Food

Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life is the first library ebook that I checked out on my Kindle. The checkout process was smooth.

The only thing that is different is that you have to download via wi-fi vs. 3G. Amazon does not let you use 3G for library books. A friend has a Kindle 2 that does not have wi-fi. It has 3G only. To get library books on their Kindle they have to download the file and move it via USB to the Kindle. Not that big a deal but a step that needs to be done.

All the new Kindles have wi-fi so this will not be an issue for anyone that got a Kindle recently.

Innovation Starvation

Essay by Neal Stephenson at WorldPolicy.org

Stephenson is the author of Cryptonomicon and Snow Crash and Reamde: A Novel

Innovation Starvation -- Read More

‘Reamde’ by Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson’s novel involves a multiplayer online game, a computer virus, Russian thugs and a Welsh terrorist.

Review in the NYT Sunday Book Review

Click here for excerpt from book.

Link to book on Amazon: Reamde: A Novel

"Clearly" and Netflix

In a comment to a previous post this comment was made - How is Netflix "clearly" pushing people toward streaming?

Seems pretty clear now: Netflix Spins DVD Service Into Separate Business

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has announced that Netflix is splitting into two businesses. It's an admission that Netflix just could not integrate its DVD service and its streaming service. The DVD business will now be called Qwikster. It will offer DVDs and video games. The streaming service will still be called Netflix.

100 Kindle books for $3.99 or less

Amazon sale on Kindle books. 100 Kindle books that are $3.99 or less.

Michael Hart, a Pioneer of E-Books, Dies at 64

Michael Hart, who was widely credited with creating the first e-book when he typed the Declaration of Independence into a computer on July 4, 1971, and in so doing laid the foundations for Project Gutenberg, the oldest and largest digital library, was found dead on Tuesday at his home in Urbana, Ill. He was 64.

Full piece in the NYT

What smaller publishers, agents, and authors need to know about ebook publishing

What smaller publishers, agents, and authors need to know about ebook publishing

As the shift from a print-centric book world to a digital one accelerates, more and more digital publishers are creating themselves.

The biggest publishers, with the resources of sophisticated IT departments to guide them, have been in the game for years now and paying serious attention since the Kindle was launched by Amazon late in 2007. But as the market has grown, so has the ecosystem. And while three years ago it was possible to reach the lion’s share of the ebook market through one retailer, Amazon, on a device that really could only handle books of straight narrative text, we now have a dizzying array of options to reach the consumer on a variety of devices and with product packages that are as complicated as you want to make them.

Free or very inexpensive service offerings through web interfaces suggest to every publisher of any size, every literary agent, and every aspiring author “you can do this” and, the implication is, “effectively and without too much help”. Indeed, services like Amazon’s KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) service, Barnes & Noble’s PubIt!, and service providers Smashwords and BookBaby, offer the possibility of creating an ebook from your document and distributing it through most ebook retailers, enabled for almost all devices, for almost no cash commitment. -- Read More

Waste Land

Movie info at Rotten Tomatoes

DVD a Amazon.com: Waste Land

If you have Netflix the movie is available to watch instantly. If you are an Amazon Prime member you can watch the movie online free via Amazon. Link to Amazon digital version: Waste Land (free for Prime members, $3.99/3 day rental for others.)

Ebert's review - I am honestly shocked that he gave 3 and not 4 stars.

Shirt

Should this shirt have a book on it?

Intelligent conversation

At the end of this story on LISNEWS - The End for Old Greenwich's Just Books - there is this question - Who can you have an intelligent conversation with at Amazon.com?

For some reason the comments on the story do not seem to be active.

So if we were going to have an intelligent conversation with Amazon what would be said?

Masked Protesters Aid Time Warner’s Bottom Line

Time Warner owns the rights to a Guy Fawkes mask and is paid a licensing fee with the sale of each mask worn by members of the hacker group Anonymous.

See story:
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/technology/index.html

How The A&P Changed The Way We Shop

Book: The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America

Story on NPR about book: How The A&P Changed The Way We Shop

Excerpt from NPR piece: "You'd ask for a certain weight of cheese, you'd ask for vinegar," says economic historian Marc Levinson. "The vinegar was not bottled; it was in a barrel and the shopkeeper would pump it out into a small jar for you. If you wanted some pickles, they'd be in a barrel, too. A lot of things would be in bulk, and the shopkeeper was responsible for giving you the quantity you wanted — or the quantity he'd feel like giving you. Because every store had a scale and the scale might or might not be accurate." -- Read More

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