I did it.

I did a ton of research before finally clicking.   That is, I veered off at the last minute from the “Add to shopping cart” button at least twice by finding ONE MORE THING that needed investigation.   The Research Method helped me to hold out for over 24 hours.   In actuality I’ve been very quietly considering Kindle for several months.   I have 2 full, double stocked bookshelves & stacks of book-filled boxes in my room.    It’s not the price ($259) of this portable, 1,500 book bookshelf that gave me pause; it’s the fact that it won’t be paper.   It won’t make the little noise when I turn a page.   It doesn’t look like I can bury my nose in it.   I’m not sure this 8″ x 5″ thing will help me lock out the world like a book can.   I mean, just look how vulnerable that girl looks in the picture.

Maybe if I hold it really close.

I’m gratified by the fact that Amazon keeps on file all your Kindle purchases & allows you to re-download them if needed.   Frankly, having a new 1,500 book shelf will now allow me to shop irresponsibly.   For the last few years I have been reluctant about new book purchases, weighing how much I wanted to read them against how little space I had for them (welcome to the other half of my queen-sized bed, which you will share with the cats.).   Now I can buy all the cheap fiction – Lilith Saintcrow, Jim Butcher, Laurell Hamilton – that I want.   I don’t have to keep looking for the hardcover 3-in-1 editions.   Whether or not I can make the world go away remains to be seen.

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Dressed in red but not Santa

Christmas Night after everyone went home there was a tapping at my window.

At first I thought it was a big ass cockroach.   It was about two inches & flapping frantically against the screen.   I was about to go for my can of Brakleen (best roach killer, evar) when I realized that roaches didn’t have bright red bellies like this.   Upon closer inspection it was revealed that my visitor was a moth.

We see a decent amount of hawk moths in Honolulu.   Most of them are these brown & grey feathery things, some of them as big as birds.   I see a lot of the pink & green Oleander Sphinxes, but nothing with a red belly.   This moth wasn’t as big as a lot of moths I have seen, but quite colorful.   I decided I should get a few photos for later contemplation.

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The Christmas Survey That Keeps On Giving

I published this as a Facebook Note, but in case any of you who are not my Facebook friends would care to use this very useful quiz on your Facebook (Or MySpace.   Or whatever.), here it is.   Happy Christmas fishing!

No idea what to get for someone? Tag them with this survey. And fill it out for all of your friends as well.
1. COPY.
2. MAKE YOUR OWN NOTE & PASTE IT THERE.
3. WRITE IN YOUR OWN ANSWERS.
4. TAG EVERYONE YOU ARE SHOPPING FOR PLUS A FEW MORE SO THAT NO ONE KNOWS FOR SURE IF THEY ACTUALLY HAVE TO SHOP FOR YOU TOO.
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Sam’s Guide To Aion

No, I am not publishing an MMO guide that my friend Sam wrote.

I’m writing a personalized guide for my friend Sam, for whom I bought a copy of the very pretty, highly anticipated (400,000 preorders) MMO, Aion.   A hardcore console game player, Sam has never played a PC based MMO before.   While I know he’s intelligent enough to figure things out on his own & Aion actually has very good Beginner’s guides ingame, I’m writing here tips & advice I would give him were I sitting next to him at his computer.

Why did I not buy Sam a copy of WoW instead?

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