Happy bookish birthdays (June 8) to…

June 8, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (June 8) to…

Published on this date in 1949: 1984 by George Orwell (at AmazonSmile*) [the date 1984 was supposedly chosen because it was being written in 1948…it’s worth noting that this book can be read at no additional cost through Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)]


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

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Prime members: $30 off a new Amazon device (Fire TV Cube) through Friday (8 June 11:59 PM Pacific)

June 8, 2018

Prime members: $30 off a new Amazon device (Fire TV Cube) through Friday (8 June 11:59 PM Pacific)

Amazon announced a new device today, and it looks to me like it may be a significant evolution of the Fire TV, giving (most of) us what we’ve wanted all along.

It’s called the

Fire TV Cube (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

The shorthand you are going to hear is that it is a combination of the Amazon Echo and the Fire TV.

That, though, leaves out what may be the biggest thing: control over your TV and other compatible devices.

So, without going through IFTTT (If This Then That) or using a device like we currently do, a Harmony remote, you should be able to have it turn on your TV, raise and lower the volume, change channels…all of that.

Apparently, it will also just figure out when to turn on the TV…if you ask to watch a movie, the TV turns on. If you ask Alexa (it has pretty full Alexa control…although not calling and messaging) what the weather is, it doesn’t need to turn it on (although I like the visuals that go along with questions like that on our Echo Show).

While we are watching our money more, I am going to get one. My Significant Other currently literally has a paper notebook on how to turn on the TV and watch shows, so I’m hoping this solves that. 🙂

The control includes Infrared, which is going to cover a lot of devices (but not all of them).

The list price is $119.99….but Prime members can get it for $89.99 if they order by 11:59 PM Pacific tomorrow (Friday 8 June). You also get a $10 Prime Video credit.

Since it controls SmartHome devices, they have those on package deals…you can buy the Ring Video Doorbell for a bit more than $50 off ($99.00).

I’m going to have to read more about it, but I wanted to get this out for you right away. This release is in the USA, and these are pre-orders for June 21st.


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Happy bookish birthdays (June 7) to…

June 7, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (June 7) to…


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Happy bookish birthdays (June 6) to…

June 6, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (June 6) to…


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Happy bookish birthdays (June 5) to…

June 5, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (June 5) to…


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Happy bookish birthdays (June 4) to…

June 4, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (June 4) to…


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Today’s KDD: “UP TO 80% OFF SELECT KINDLE HISTORY BOOKS”

June 3, 2018

Today’s KDD: “UP TO 80% OFF SELECT KINDLE HISTORY BOOKS”

I read a lot of things, and it’s always interesting to me when people just say, “I don’t read non-fiction”.

I’m not quite sure why that is. I suspect that, in some cases, it’s that they don’t read all that much…I don’t mean that as denigration. I usually read several books at the same time, and I read quite a few books in a year (text-to-speech in the car definitely helps with that with my job). That may be one reason why I’m less..selective than someone might be who only reads one book at a time and maybe twelve books in a year.

If that’s the case, I can definitely see that someone (especially someone who was busy with a complex job/lifestyle) might prefer “escape” from reality…and it might seem like fiction is the best way to do that.

However, for me, narrative non-fiction can be an even better way to shift perspective. Whether that’s by going to another time in your own culture, another geographical location, or even just another way of seeing your life, it may be easier to step into the shoes of a real person.

Naturally, that depends on the skill of the author. A very cartoony non-fiction book can work fine. One which is as rich as great fiction can work. There, is, though, the risk of what is called the “uncanny valley” in work with artificial intelligence and other robots.

It’s an interesting problem. When we look at how comfortable people are with something like Alexa or an online avatar or even a doll, it depends on how realistic the character is. If it’s not at all realistic, that’s fine. For example, most people are fine with, oh, Super Mario. Mario is clearly a cartoon character, and that’s fine. On the other hand, when The Polar Express animation with Tom Hanks was released, they tried to make the characters very realistic…but for many people, their eyes were “wrong” and the audience was creeped out. The “valley” is a line graph of comfort, and sort of like an upside down bell curve (but usually a much narrower dip). On the not like a human to human scale, it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay, AAHHH!!!, it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay. 😉

Very unrealistic? Fine. Exactly like a human? Fine. Close to a human but definitely not a human? That’s a problem.

That happens in non-fiction with historical figures, too. If there is no attempt to make them seem real, that’s fine. Brilliantly written, that’s also fine.  Something that seems like an “off tone”, even though it might be historically accurate, can jar the reader.

Fortunately, today’s

Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

has some excellent non-fiction books at really good prices!

If you haven’t been into non-fiction this can be a place to start. It might be like what I was told about tomatoes. I really, really don’t like eating tomatoes. Tomato sauce is fine, but I pick pieces of tomato out of salads and such. It’s a texture thing. I’ve been told that may be because I’ve never had a good tomato…that the fast food, store bought tomatoes I’d had were “mushy” compared to what tomatoes normally are. 🙂 Maybe you’ve just read “fast food” non-fiction…

I’m going to list some of the fifty (!) titles in today’s sale which caught my eye. Remember that you can buy them at the reduced price and delay the delivery until the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or even have them sent to yourself, print them out, and give them whenever you want. Check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze that Buy button…the prices may not apply in your country, and you may see this after June 3rd’s sale is over.

  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown | 1,123 customer reviews | 4.7 stars out of 5 | $1.13 at time of writing
  • West with the Night by Beryl Markham | 1,337 reviews | 4.6 stars | $2.99
  • The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstram
  • Fifty Things You Need to Know About World History by Hugh Williams
  • The White Album by Joan Didion | $1.49
  • Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell
  • Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King
  • Foundation: The History of England from its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd
  • Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City by Kate Winkler Dawson
  • Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt
  • Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture by Joshua Levine
  • Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II, 1937-1945 by Rana Mitter
  • The Last Highlander: Scotland’s Most Notorious Clan Chief, Rebel & Double Agent by Sarah Fraser

Enjoy!


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Happy bookish birthdays (June 3) to…

June 3, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (June 3) to…


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Happy bookish birthdays (June 2) to…

June 3, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (June 2) to…


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Happy bookish birthdays (June 1) to…

June 1, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (June 1) to…


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


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