Dave has this same theory, only its about rain delays at baseball games.
if he packs a book, it will not rain. If he doesn't pack a book, there will be a two hour rain delay.
Books are like talismans against delay, I swear.
Do you have a PDA? There are a bazillion free e-books out there. Download a bunch and you'll never be without reading material as long as the PDA is by your side.
I do, but I haven't figured out how to find a reader for it yet.
If it's a Palm, it should have Palm Reader either installed or on the disk that came with it. Or you can get a free reader for just about any platform from Mobipocket
It's a Blackberry Curve, so Mobipocket does have something, but at this point their library for my device consists of a staggering 14 books - several of which I've already read. However, that should improve, one hopes. Thanks for the tip!!
Edit: Nope, not just 14 books. LOTS of books. I'm not sure why the page indicated a library of 14, but it was quite wrong. Whee!!!
Edited at 2008-12-02 08:03 pm (UTC)
Glad to help! Check the link for free e-books at the very bottom of the page on the left. Most of them are pretty obscure, but there are a lot of classics in there too. I'm currently reading Little Lord Fauntleroy.
Oooo, free is even better!
2008-12-03 01:17 am (UTC)
Yay! Phone buddies!
Good: Yes, there are lots of free books available for the curve using Mobipocket Reader - it can handle pretty much anything in unlocked Palm format as well as their own. You can also download the free mobipocket creator from them and convert a variety of text formats (HTML, Word, text, PDF) and convert to ebook yourself.
Bad: It takes several minutes to open the library once you get enough books on there (150+), and pretty much none of the good features of the PC version (renaming titles, genres, reading lists, etc) are supported. Hopefully 6.1 or better will fix this, or you could always go with 5.3 on a Palm if you have one handy.
Alternately, if some clued soul can point me(us?) to a reader for the Curve that handles unDRMed prcs, pdbs, and even .mobis that lets me edit titles so series stay in order, that would be fabulous.
So, hie thee to http://www.mayerbrenner.com/download/, http://www.baen.com/library/defaultTitles.htm, etc. and pick up a few books in Palm format, stick them in a folder, and then add them to Mobipocket reader and transfer to your curve - thus ensuring that you'll never have everyone late to a meeting again.
2008-12-03 02:00 am (UTC)
Re: Yay! Phone buddies!
Thanks! I will definitely look into that!
I have the same problem with doctor's appointments. When I went in with my daughter for her eye appointment, not only did everything clip along quickly, but I kept forgetting my book as we moved from room to room - argh!
That is the good thing about having a briefcase - everything goes into one convenient bag.
This happens to me with my knitting. If I bring something to knit with me, I can't find any time to knit more than two rows, but if I forget it I always have time to knit. XD
This may be part perception, however. ;D
Nonsense! It is the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate picking on me directly!!!
(Solipsistic? Moi? What would ever make you think so???)
I try to keep a Sunday crossword puzzle and a pencil in my bag for this reason. I USUALLY have a book in tow, but if I don't, the crossword is a good fallback.
There will never not be books again, thanks to iPhone and its reader! I can even get library books on the fly, I believe!!!
Creditors and trustees...
When you have some free time...
My wife and I fired the credit cards a while back. We are doing fairly well paying them off now. But we have friends that are paying up wards of $70 / month extra per card in charges for over limit and late. There is nothing I offer but a shoulder to cry on.
A great blog post would be something about how these get out of debt companies are able to twist the credit card company's arms into stopping all the charges and either stopping or slowing down the interest clock.