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I know, my absence of late has left a giant gaping hole in your hearts somewhere right below the left ventricle or something. It's hard to visualize on the ultrasound, because no one in the clinic knows really how to work one of these things...
We'll hold the medical stuff at the moment, at least, as it pertains to me, except to say that we've got a loose name of what has been keeping me from living a normal life for -- well, it's been at least 20 years, but it only got particularly nasty in the last eight, and horribly blood-curdling nasty in the last five. It's a sleep disorder, they can not cure it, and if the case proves to be beyond a moderate sort of manifestation, they really can't treat it terribly effectively. A lot of non-sleep/neurological doctors will tell you that they can... There's this new drug... Uh. No.
Long and the short is, the sleep-neuro-guy says that I function at about 20% capacity on a good day. It isn't going to get better than that at this point, or even in the mid-range future.
So I've come to terms with the fact I am not going back to work in a normal environment. I've come to terms that I will never be able to see a movie in a theater again. I'm trying to deal with the idea that if I can come home and mentally function (or at least not walk into solid objects) after a twenty minute trip to the grocery store, I am having a pretty damn good day.
I hate not doing stuff. You know that, right? -- Read More
Amazon's Kindle was fun. Now it's time for electronic readers to get to work.
On Monday, Netherlands-based iRex Technologies is slated to unveil the iRex Reader 1000, the first in a wave of e-reader devices that promise bigger screens and improved interfaces and functionality. And unlike Kindle or Sony's Reader, this second generation of e-readers aims to bring innovative E-ink display technology to the more demanding, and possibly more lucrative, world of business.
New E-Newspaper Reader Echoes Look of the Paper The device, which is unnamed, uses the same technology as the Sony eReader and Amazon.com’s Kindle, a highly legible black-and-white display developed by the E Ink Corporation. While both of those devices are intended primarily as book readers, Plastic Logic’s device, which will be shown at an emerging technology trade show in San Diego, has a screen more than twice as large. The size of a piece of copier paper, it can be continually updated via a wireless link, and can store and display hundreds of pages of newspapers, books and documents.
This fall, Penn State University Libraries and the English Department begin a year-long pilot project with student groups using the Sony Reader Digital Book, a portable electronic reading device that can hold books, audio files, and other downloaded materials. Sony donated 100 of the devices to the Libraries for the project that will test the utility of e-books in a higher education environment. The study will explore the potential of the Sony Readers in a variety of settings, including the Libraries’ leisure reading program, undergraduate and graduate classrooms, academic research projects, and as a service for people with disabilities.
The traditional paper book is not in danger of being killed off by an electronic gadget, the British Library said. Sony will launch an electronic book in Waterstone's stores across the country on Thursday.
The £199 slimline Sony Reader can hold up to 160 electronic books and the capacity can be increased using memory cards. But Stephen Bury, head of European and American collections at the British Library, said the book lover and pleasure reader would not give up the traditional paper book for an electronic gadget.
Esquire magazine will print the cover of its 75th anniversary issue on electronic paper, a material that's flexible like real paper but can display moving black-and-white images. The technology is similar to that used in e-books like the Amazon Kindle.
Talk of a new version of the Kindle e-book reader, aimed at college students, has been echoing around the blogosphere and has even reached your dutifully vacationing Bits correspondent. I asked Craig Berman, Amazon’s chief spokesman, for comment on a possible Kindle 2.0, and today he responded.
“Don’t believe everything you read,” Mr. Berman said. “There’s a lot of rumor and speculation about the Kindle. One thing I can tell you for sure is that there will be no new version of the Kindle this year. A new version is possible sometime next year at the earliest.”
Mr. Berman declined to speculate about the new model or if it will be aimed at a particular audience — though the $5.5 billion textbook market, and all those heavy student backpacks, certainly seems like an appealing target for e-book publishers.
SPEAKING at Sydney University last year Richard Fisher, academic publisher at Cambridge University Press, compared the academic monograph to the Hapsburg monarchy in that it seems to have been in decline for ever.
It is about time we got commercial publishers and paper millers out of the process of distributing knowledge. But it is not going to be easy to come up with a system that combines academic integrity with free and wide dissemination.
Brother Industries Ltd conducted a verification test at "Pan-Pacific Imaging Conference '08 (PPIC '08)," an annual conference hosted by the Imaging Society of Japan, from June 25 to 27, 2008. The company displayed conference material data on its prototype e-paper terminals and had some conference attendees try them in the test.
Nikkei Electronics interviewed Norihisa Fujii, manager of the company's NID Research & Development Department and Takeo Terao of the Pre-Business Group in NID Research & Development Department at Brother Industries, about the outline of the verification test and the company's approach to e-paper devices. (Interviewer: Takuya Otani, Nikkei Electronics)
Ithaka has recently released the full findings from our 2006 surveys of the behavior and attitudes of faculty members and academic librarians. These complementary studies, co-sponsored by JSTOR and by Ithaka’s incubated entities Portico, Aluka, and NITLE, have been of interest to academic librarians and scholarly publishers alike in presentations over the past year, but now we are making the datasets and a detailed white paper available as well. -- Read More