“The only problem for me with 200 books is the same as 200 channels - part of me (maybe the hunter genes) keeps thinking there is a better choice and I spend too much time on the menu. Maybe you aren't wired that way or maybe I'd treat Kindle different than cable TV. ”
“"16. You have strong, unwavering opinions about e-readers versus physical books..."
I do indeed. E-readers are the SINGLE GREATEST INVENTION of my lifetime. Together with free public domain ebooks from Amazon or Google books or Archive.org, of course. I never leave the house without a library of around 800 books--IN MY POCKET.”
zatoichi on Mar 4, 2014 at 16:04:19
“I am on my second Kindle. This one is mostly for Chess books and some of the collections of great writers and in some cases not so great writers.
Full disclosure: 719 mb remaining.”
c-tom on Dec 8, 2013 at 20:52:16
“You've convinced me, I'm asking my daughter Kristin for a Kindle for Khristmas.”
thorrsman on Dec 8, 2013 at 12:55:24
“I love e-readers.
They make selling my novels easier. Faded Runes, Hungry Shadow or Jolly Roger and Dragons would still just be piles of paper without the e-readers.
Maybe someday I will even buy one for myself.
Until then, physical books for me.”
GreenMurf on Dec 7, 2013 at 22:53:27
“To each their own. I can see the appeal, but they don't mesh well with migraines. Plus, I can read my hardcopy during take-off and landing, while e-reader folks have to put their e-readers away.”
Olderandwiser55 on Dec 7, 2013 at 13:33:17
“Me too-my kindle solved many of the problems mentioned....an amazing invention. It's funny, the founder of Gutenburg (the first e-books) wrote an article many years ago as to why kindles would never sell.”
SolarPowerGuy on Dec 6, 2013 at 21:32:37
“You beat me to it. I love electronic readers. I have stopped acquiring physical books, and my house thanks me for it.”
djzebbie on Dec 6, 2013 at 19:01:50
“Anti-ebooks here. Needless to say, I never leave the house.”
There are so many wonderful 19th century books that you would find no place except exceptionally large libraries. I've been reading William Seward's (Lincoln's Secretary of the State, eventually, and the man who negotiated the purchase of Alaska) travel notes from travelling the country in the 1840s and 1850s lately. His notes of the north at the time are interesting--a bustling, industrious place of optimism and hope--until he reaches Virginia. He wanted to see the south too. On crossing the border into Virginia, roads became wretched, people scarce. Even prosperous towns were oppressive. When his family came across a slave driver whipping a bunch of black slave children on the road to a slave market, he cut the journey short.
There are numerous travel books from around the world from the period, and they're a delight to read.”
MSchlagel on Dec 7, 2013 at 23:55:36
“Go to Open Library. They have loads of titles; many are books withdrawn from the Boston Library and scanned online. You can check them out for two weeks in PDF or EPUB format and load them on to a computer or ereader. I just read John Hersey's The Conspiracy which I read probably thirty years ago and can never find a copy as it is out of print.”
“How can the OED "wrongly" have two pronunciations? The OED's purpose, set forth in the foreword, is to document language as it has historically been used and is currently being used. The only way the OED could be wrong is to purposely ignore usage, and to give only give a pronunciation that a tiny minority uses. If they did that, regularly, it'd be a worthless for its purpose.”
“$9 for a salad seems reasonable to me, if I shop at the Whole Foods two blocks away. If I want to drive 10 miles to a chinese or korean grocery, I can put together a killer salad for $3-5, with fresh locally-made tofu and a variety of greens and herbs.
Now, $5 for a steak sounds absurdly cheap. You're either getting low quality meat, or the quantity is tiny. $15-20 is about the minimum I'd expect to pay for a half-pound of good meat, and that's sacrificing the quality.”
“"Zero Fat" followed by an asterisk, with a footnote at the bottom of the package that says "per serving, decimals rounded downwards". And then you look on the servings per container, and find out there are 4000 per container.”
cichlid mom on Dec 2, 2013 at 18:48:18
“Transfats are also a problem. The FDA allows for any trans fat content below .5mg to be reported as 0. Not good when 0 doesnt mean 0.”
“There are a number of very very good creative commons textbooks already out there. It's nice the government might participate in the creation of more, but until they deal with (using anti-trust litigation) the practice of kickbacks from publishers to schools or professors, they're going to remain a minority of textbooks.
This legislation doesn't address the flow of money from publishers to institutions that perpetuate the cycle of expensive textbooks. Even if it does pass, it's going to very very incremental progress forwards.”
“Eh. The current UN treaty on the seas says that territorial waters can exceed no more than 12 nautical miles from the coast line of a country. The US arbitrarily doubles that, claiming 24 nmi as sovereign US territory. Plus, any ship or plane entering within about 200 nmi on the east coast, and about double on the west coast, far in excess of normal international law, is required to notify the US.
Good for the goose, good for the gander. The US criticizing it is pure hypocrisy.”
Joseph Zelinski on Nov 29, 2013 at 14:59:09
“Just about all you said was in error. Please stop being an embarrassment to the nation. How many more of those facts screw up your world view.?
The US follows the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. We ask no special limits be set although we could. We expect for nations to stay out of the economic zone. We follow the Continental Shelf oil drilling regulations.
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,
Territorial sea sovereign territory of the state, 12 nmi foreign aircraft and ships may dip innocently in this zone
Contiguous zone 24 nmi exerts limited control
Exclusive economic zone 200 nmi
Continental shelf. oil drilling limits
Extended continental shelf. not to exceed ~650 nmi Must apply for this limit US has no applications on file.”
the US MDZ's are in peacetime planning commandes that must be activated by executive order. Shipping has free passage within 12 miles of the US coast.
ADIZ's only pertain to commercial aircraft.”
onsale241 on Nov 29, 2013 at 14:31:33
“This isn't true. The US has a 12 nautical mile territorial waters boundary, then a further 12 mile contiguous zone, and a total of up to 200 NMi exclusive economic zone. Each of these zones are regulated differently and have different rights and rules. All these zones are defined by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and most non-landlocked nations, including China, claim these boundaries. The problem arises when 2 nations are in close proximity and their zones overlap. Usually, this is solved by drawing a line down the middle. In this specific case, the islands are in dispute, which affects the territorial boundaries. There is no "hypocrisy" by the US.”
“Who knew there were separate diplomatic relationships to the Vatican? It's fine if they want to pay for someone to send over here, but apparently we have our own speciial diplomat to the vatican as well:
"Listen to Tracey McClure’s extended interview with Ambassador Hackett in which he discusses his Jesuit training, the rigorous selection procedure to become U.S. ambassador, whether his Catholic faith ever comes into conflict with his job, and what lessons are to be learned from the recent U.S. Government Shutdown"
Rigorous selection procedure... yeah, right. Great job if you can get it.”
readinamazement on Nov 29, 2013 at 00:49:58
“The Vatican is a long-recognized independent jurisdiction that receives diplomatic recognition. It's multiples of the age of our country, and most of its members do not reside here.”
jaybatl on Nov 28, 2013 at 23:35:45
“Almost all Ambassador jobs are wealthy friends of the POTUS who get appointments based on their campaign contribution. Ambassadors are rarely educated/trained diplomats. Most, if not all, are wealthy businessmen or women.”
“No thanks. Most Indie bookstores these days have a crappy selection of books in general, a large section of the store devoted to a coffee shop, and not-infrequent live music in the store. Except for a few stores in other cities, all the independent bookstores I loved for their book selection have gone out of business, leaving behind spacious overpriced coffee/book store hybrids.”
T.r. Wolfe on Dec 1, 2013 at 09:30:03
“You mean the two "indie" bookstores you've been to?”
“I'm not a fan of it, but far, far more repugnant is using my personal preferences to outright ban somebody else's behavior. If there's zero safety reason to disallow it, then it should be allowed.”
anicca rules on Nov 26, 2013 at 11:28:35
“it is not unsafe to urinate or masturbate in your seat either...should that be allowed?
just because something is not unsafe does not make it acceptable.”
copelli21 on Nov 26, 2013 at 11:27:23
“I am sorry but planes are restrictive and contained environments. And having to be subject to someone talking on a cell phone is equivalent to being trapped in a plane with a smoker. It's a different kind of air pollution and as a paying customer I have a right to not be assailed by someone's insipid conversation on a cell phone, the same way I have a right to not be subjected to the poisonous smoke that comes from cigarettes.
Those are behaviors that need to be regulated in that specific environment.
You can't smoke on a plane. You shouldn't be able to talk on a cell phone on a plane.
“Capital gains on collectibles is a killer--income level, not adjusted for long-term or for inflation. I don't really expect to make much money ever on my coin collection, but at least the IRS recognizes the trade-up option. Every now and then I'll sell something so I can immediately buy something else broaden my type collection (and every now now and then I'll sell something under the table and pocket it all).”
“Gold was $35 because its value was mandated by the federal government to be $35 an ounce, with private gold ownership restricted. Silver was worth more than a dollar an ounce by the mid 60s. It was silver's sharp rise in value that caused a shortage in metal coinage in 1964-66. The government's reserves were utterly emptied as people traded in silver certificates for silver dollars. Canada waited until '67 to switch off silver coins, and their coinage in circulation disappeared so completely that their mint couldn't keep up with demand after switching to cupro-nickel, and had to hire the US mint to make coins for them. Adjusted for inflation, the price of silver in the early 2000s was less than the price of silver in the mid 60s. Likewise, gold fell below its international value in the 60s, in the late 90s. It doesn't count in the US because the government kept it artificially low and didn't let the market decide.
Meanwhile, most older comics are valued significantly less than they were in the early 90s. The true rarities have kept their value, but most silver age comics are worth far less than during the early 90s bubble.
That's the real key--rarity (and condition). 1877 pennies were valuable in the early 20th century, continued to be valuable in the 60s, and are worth a lot today. Generic MS-65 St Gaudens only managed to surpass their late 80s high when the price of the metal drove them above it.”
regalada on Nov 22, 2013 at 04:17:20
“Very educational and interesting. Thanks for that great information!”
“Texas haters who are commenting should note they were freed because of a bill signed just months ago here in Texas. It's the Michael Morton Act, created by Rodney Ellis, a Houston democrat. It's named after the man who spent 25 years in prison after being convicted on junk scientific evidence, and provides strict guidelines for future "expert" witnesses. It also gives an avenue of appeal for people convicted in the past. Federal courts refused to step in, for either Michael's case, or this one. Texas is actually leading the nation in this small instance (we've also reformed police lineups, eyewitness testimony, and mandatory minimums in the last few years--not to mention a SHARP decline in death penalty convictions).
The south wasn't alone in that crazy 20-year period of satanic abuse trials. They occurred all over the country, and in Canada. Pretty much no court still allows "reclaimed memory" evidence, but lots of courts still accept expert testimony way outside of mainstream science. Texas is stepping up to reduce that. This is a case where the current justice system needs praise.”
Jason Bennett on Nov 20, 2013 at 01:04:29
“I look forward to you leading the way on Marriage Equality, now, Texas...”
dogtac69 on Nov 19, 2013 at 23:19:14
“"current justice system needs praise"
No, it does not. I am a lifelone Texan (73 years old) and know how screwed up our system is.”