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January 17th, 2011


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08:15 am
Yesterday was restful, for the most part.

I spent much of it with my Sony PRS700, dumping those files that it couldn't use, or the files that were less than optimum on it (like Osprey .pdf files; they're in color, and the Sony screen is B&W).

In the evening, after we watched the ending of the Golden Globes, I put on Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades which forestcats didn't like at all, due to several scenes of violence towards women. Can't blame her. OTOH, the cinematography of this series of movies is vastly better than the TV series was. In respect for my wife's feelings about the series, and in light of the likely subject matters of those films that remain, I'm going to dump the remaining films from the Netflix list.

Speaking of dumping, I've been reading 1632 on the Sony, carrying it on flights and so forth. On the Sony, it's about 506 pages long, and I read 80% of it, but the behaviors of the Americans in the setting of the Thirty Years War just left me cold. I'm dumping the book, and its sequels, and I'll be moving on to other things.

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From:waiwode
Date:January 17th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
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I confess that the 1632 series is "sword pr0n" and thus a guilty pleasure of mine. I've eventually ground to a halt with the series, which has spawned off in all sorts of directions and long-since lost any narrative focus.

Doug.
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From:mycroftca
Date:January 17th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
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I feared as much. It's hard enough to follow the politics of that era, without adding the fictional elements.

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From:rowancat
Date:January 17th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
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Been meaning to ask you (on the Osprey books) You using ebookee?
I've downloaded mostly Roman Army books, many out of print.

They probably have all ever published, some clearly online copies, others run into a scanner.. single flat pages vs book opened and bent into a scanner, lots say "online/web/electronic copy" couple of pages into the beginning

Good way to look over the ones i want to buy in hard cover, esp those
that came out with 3-6 smaller volumes combined and are loaded with
two page maps, diagrams and illustrations which are hard to look at in
pdf format without lots of scrolling.

That's just their Roman era... by using the right search terms at the site 100's of other books in the Osprey series come up not to mention
pdf copies of other publishers made, i guess, to let people decide if they want the hard copy.
Lots better than Amazon's 10 page or so "inside at glance" feature...got burned several times that way when i bought books i couldn't look over first in bookstores.
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From:mycroftca
Date:January 17th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
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I've never heard of ebookee...I'll have to go look at it, when I have a moment.

But no.

IIRC, Osprey is selling .pdf files, nowadays. I suspect the copies I've got were flat page scans.

I own so many, I've got to cull a bunch that I've already read, and then cull those that I can't use or aren't really interested in.

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From:rowancat
Date:January 18th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
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http://ebookee.org/dl/rome/

oh, all the books are free but you just have to wait at a bunch of upload sites which varies from book to book...
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From:mycroftca
Date:January 18th, 2011 06:28 am (UTC)
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Well, we'll see when I have a chance. Thanks for the information.

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From:forestcats
Date:January 17th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Bill, the RAPE scenes were graphic and added nothing but voyeurism and no insight on the mores of the Japanese people, just that the director got his rock off.

Feel free to watch them all without me.
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From:mycroftca
Date:January 17th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
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As I said, I dumped them, and they stay dumped. And I'm NOT arguing about it with you.

You are right. As usual.

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From:forestcats
Date:January 17th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
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LOL, and the 'as usual' means what? Never mind you make your choices and I need to just get up and leave when they are not choices that work for me.
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From:mycroftca
Date:January 18th, 2011 06:23 am (UTC)
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Love you.
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