Wireless Reading Device – Amazon Kindle 2

Kindle 2 - Wireless Reading DeviceMy First Wireless Reading Device

My husband got me the greatest gift for my birthday last month…

An Amazon Kindle 2 Wireless Reading Device.

This gadget is by far one of, if not “the”, best gifts he’s ever given me. It’s quickly become my absolute favorite.

I have the 6″ screen version which can hold 1500 e books. It’s really light weight and easy to hold. I’m so spoiled now, that I hate holding onto standard books. (more…)

4 Chords 36 Songs

I have often told my children that there are only a handful of original plots and that all books are somehow based upon those plots and their variations. Success; Failure; Love and Loss; Revenge; Mistaken Identity; The search for a higher power, be it God or the Devil (according to Stephen King).

Others list them as this 5: man vs. man, man vs. self, man vs. society, man vs. nature, man vs. god –
Examples would include: Braveheart, Hamlet , I, Robot (The Robot), The Day After Tomorrow, The Exorcist.

Ronald Tobias wrote the book 20 Master Plots: And How to Build Them and subscribes to this list of 20 basics:  Quest, Adventure, Pursuit, Rescue, Escape, Revenge, The Riddle, Rivalry, Underdog, Temptation, Metamorphosis, Transformation, Maturation, Love, Forbidden Love, Sacrifice, Discovery, Wretched Excess, Ascension and Descension.

But whatever notion you hold, I do believe there are only so many original ideas and the best authors mold and shape these basic plots into new and exciting twists that entertain us and become classic.

In that vain, my son showed me this video from Today’s Big Thing which really illustrates the point. This video is about music, but shows that there are only so many chord combinations that a muscian can create and still be original. Th video is very entertaining and makes you stop and think about what creativity really means.


Website Gadgets Fun

There are trillions (I just made that up) of website gadgets out there, but I’m particularly partial to aBowman.com

aBowman.com has several interactive gadgets that are simple yet make you want to spend time, much like the soothing nothing of watching a fish tank. You don’t know why you like it, you just do.

Like my little hamster friend here will follow your mouse to his water bottle. You can feed him or make him run on his wheel by clicking in the center.

Check the other cool widgets to keep you company at aBowman.com. I have a feeling you’ll enjoy having them around.

Street Art: Joshua Allen Harris’ Inflatable Bag Monsters

My boss at my ‘day job’ where I work as a lighting designer (which is another post for another time) sent me the link to this very cool video last week. It’s about a street artist in New York who is so very clever it blew me away.

For anyone unfamiliar with New York City, it’s a very kinetic, dynamic place. Always moving, always changing. One thing it definitely has going on is way too much trash flying around. That’s what makes this artist so hip and clever.

New York street art is a unique enterprise that gives life and depth to the city. The fact that this artist captures that with something that is usually less than pretty is way cool. I admire people who can take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. It’s a trait I wish I had.

Enjoy this sidewalk art. I did.