fighting the lack of good ideas

continuing the book theme…

From the reading-more department, I’m going to attempt to put one review of a book out every week, with a target day of Wednesday. Might end up putting a couple out on some books because they take a longer time to read, but that’s the goal.

Today started with a quickie overview of Aesop’s Fables which I read thanks to the Kindle app on my Mac. Next up will be my take on Gideon’s Spies by Gordon Thomas. There’s a whole slew of books on my to-read queue, so here’s hoping some external motivation will help push them off the list 🙂

reading via the kindle app

To help fulfill my stated goal of reading more, I have installed the Kindle app on my laptops. So far I’ve found scores of free ebooks that I’ve either always wanted to read, or figured I’d give a chance since they’re free. The first one I read was a collection of Aesop’s fables.

Some reactions:

  • They’re all really short – rarely more than two paragraphs
  • I’ve heard the vast majority of them (perhaps with some characters changed) and never knew they were an “Aesop fable”
  • Reading with the Kindle app requires NOT using the arrow keys until you want to change *pages* – it doesn’t scroll like Word or a web browser – you *have* to read all the way to the bottom of the screen before “changing pages”
  • Not being able to linearly scroll is annoying because it’s how I read on a computer
  • Bookmarks are cool – being able to come back to where you were quickly
  • “Whispersync”â„¢ – Amazon’s autosynchronizer is pretty cool, too: allows all of your Kindles to be at the “same” place in an ebook

a new plugin

I finished debugging the regex for a new wordpress plugin I’m now using on my blog – it will take a “tagged” block of text (in this case inside double curly braces), and link to a target website (, amazon, etc) based on the ‘type’ of content (another tag inside the curly braces).