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Poontang, by Charles Willeford

First experience borrowing an ebook via Amazon

Published mars 27th, 2011 by

Poontang, by Charles Willeford

Poontang, by Charles Willeford, The first book borrowed from Amazon. Kind of aweful actually :)


I’ve read a surprising amount of Kindle ebooks from Amazon during the last two years, usually in bed on the tiny iPhone screen, tucked under the covers so not to disturb my wife. But today I borrowed an ebook for the first time, via Booklending.com, one of several websites that mediate borrowing and lending between Kindle customers.

The feature was introduced on Amazon as a new years gift last year, but I haven’t had time to test it until now.

Amazon only allows US customers to lend out books, but foreigners like me can borrow books, and Booklending.com was the first site I testet that let me borrow. (Update: Lendle.me says on it’s signupscreen that its only available to US citizens, but I had no problem signing up and borrowing from them).

How it works

Testing Booklending.com

The whole experience is a bit strange. All titles that I searched for on Booklending.com were unavailable for borrowing, so I had to settle with browsing the list of recent loans. This brought back memories of using the library, walking around randomly not knowing what hides between the covers of a book. But I’m uncertain if that actually is a good thing; having to settle for a title that simply is available, instead of something you really want to read? The thing about instant availablity (for pay) is that it makes us really impatient and focused on quality.

Booklending.com summary:

Positive

Negative

Improvements

The old way to lend and borrow

Before the launch of Amazon lending last year, there was another, totally useless way to share books with your friends. Compare the how-to video below to the new functions from booklending.com or lendle.me. Lending and borrowing is certainly getting easier:

Closing of with the title poem from the book (warning, several kinds of aweful!)

Poontang, by Charles Willeford, from 1967

Should I unfold this wrinkled flower?
This self-righteous vowel;
This lingering line;
This spurious spondee?
Hard on, hard
Upon the rose-webbed tarn of love,
The black lines are man-made,
The coral lines are contours,
And the blue lines are dank with
blood.

O sere, dry leatherlips,
Hawking into the sink at night,
I cannot fly with these.
Instead:-
The encounter and the countering,
The dotted-swiss dress,
The roseate blush and nights of
contact
Dancing-
The sugared soil of tendered green.
Letting love in as well as out,
Let these be these.

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Good augmented reality examples

Published august 5th, 2009 by

Augmented Reality (AR) in KABK

I wrote about augmented reality back in 2005, but little seem to have happened in this field until this year, when good demos and sturdy real life applications started to pop up everywhere. Here is a collection of my favorite examples.

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Get you popcorn ready! Voddler screenshots and details

Published juli 13th, 2009 by

Voddler is an eagerly awaited video-on-demand service with a business model quite like the popular Spotify. Here are some screenshots and gathered facts to tie you over until the real thing is released.

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My2cents.ca – review

Published april 18th, 2006 by

Two Canadian Cents

Luckily I seldom get calls from people who want me to answer silly questions about what potatochips I like, but when I do I usually wonder why THEY should get paid for my information. That seems a little unfair, doesn’t it?

I recently stumbled upon the canadian site my2cents.ca where teens age 12-17 can register (!?) to participate in surveys, and the payment is gift sertificates from amazon.ca (so participants don’t need to provide a credit card etc).

I have no idea if this is legit or not, the frontpage seems a little amateur-ish, but still, it’s great concept, and I hope I can find one for people over :)

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Last.fm – review and chart-image

Published desember 2nd, 2005 by

I’m taking a look at the excellent last.fm service. I think the interface is needlessly messy, but there are a lot of cool addons and takeaway features to feast on, as well as a really good webradio.

I usually listen to unsigned music and podcasts, but as webradios go, last.fm delivers the goods. And it’s even legal, the faq says they pay licence fees and everything, I can dream to imagine how the economics of that site works, they can’t possibly finance it all by Google adsense and Amazon-links!? Anyways, it’s a site to keep your eyes on in the vein of flickr and del.icio.us, it uses the best of web 2.0 philosopy.

mskogly's Last.fm Overall Tracks Chart

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Podcast review – NashvilleStandUp.com

Published oktober 26th, 2005 by

I’ve been a subscriber for the podcast from NashvilleStandup.com, but ended it today. Here is the email I sent them:



comments:

Just wanted to say sayonara. Ive downloaded some of your shows as podcasts, and have come to the conclusion that they, well, suck. I’m 6 minutes into the 15th of october show, and so far there has not been anything worth listening to, just noise, crappy sound, internal backslapping and general boredom.

Here’s a tipoftheday for ya: Editing

Here’s another: Add some more standup jokes, and add previews to the beginning so the listener at least have something to look forward to.

Oh, and another: It is cool to actually be able to hear what people say, put on headsets so you can hear whats actually recorded, the sound on that show was just awful, the first 6 mindsplittingly bad minutes of it.

There are very few standup podcasts available, so you have very few competitors, but that doesnt give you carte blanche to do bad work. The listeners deserve better.

Bye!

m.

I hope they get their act together. I love standup, but the only other podcast I’ve got in this genre is the Tom Shillue Live Comedy Podcast, only updated once every blue moon. Please, happy podcasters out there, whip out that mike and record some more standup for me. I know you can do a better job than the Nashville standup crew.

N’Sup – NashvilleStandUp.com – Stand-up comedy news, events, links and info from Nashville, Tennessee

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