Places to Read



I love books…

There I said it and it is out there.  I love the act of looking for a book, flipping through the pages, holding the object in my hands.  I love the smell of a library as thousands of books have filled the air with that wonderful “Book-Aroma”.

This page details 10 of the most beautiful places to read a book.  I have visited one of these places and it was amazing.  Future Bucket List maybe?




Mixed Messages Online


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I had to resist the urge to pull the “Twitter-trigger”.  I was in class last night and another member of the class mentioned a topic that I felt was funny and interesting.  He subsequently posted the idea to Twitter.  I felt that it would be a great idea for a hashtag so I eagerly went to respond to the post.  Being my typical sarcastic self, I wanted to add a bit of my personality to the 140 characters I was allotted.  It appeared that I had the perfect opportunity to use some internet shorthand, FTFY.  For the uninitiated FTFY stands for “Fixed That For You”, or so I thought.  I did a quick Google search and came back with an Urban Dictionary definition (NSFW for Language) that presented an alternative meaning.  Urban Dictionary also defines the term as “F That, F You”.  This was definitely NOT the message that I was trying to send.  In the long run I did not respond to the tweet out of concern for offending a fellow classmate.

Well would you look at that, I didn’t post something on the Internet because I didn’t want to hurts someone’s feelings.

Internet Addiction Treatment


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It was recently published that a new treatment center has opened in Pennsylvania to treat internet addiction.

“The program is designed to accommodate four patients at a time, who all begin and end their treatment on the same day. The addicts’ 10-day stay begins with a 72-hour “digital detox,” followed by a full psychological evaluation.”

We are now treating the internet like drugs and alcohol.  Is this going to far?  Are we allowing people to be taken advantage in the name of “medicine”.

Twitter Search



Twitter has released a new search tool called Topsy.  It is now possible to search all tweets since the inception of Twitter.  Basic search is free but those interested in more detailed analytics, marketers and advertisers, can pay for a Pro subscription.  I wonder how long before they offer educational pricing?  This may be a very useful tool for research.

Amazon Rolls Out Kindle MatchBook: Buy a Paper Book, Get the Kindle Version Cheap or Free

Amazon is now allowing you to duplicate your “physical” book purchases onto your Kindle. Now I don’t have to worry when I buy a new book. Looks like I need to start shopping for a new bookcase.


Last night, I pre-ordered a paper book from Amazon. I did not want to do this. I wanted the Kindle version.

However, the Kindle version of this particular book is slated for release on October 15, whereas the paper version comes out October 1. I need to read the book before October 15, so I find myself in enough of a rhubarb of a pickle of a jam that, for the first time in a long, long time, I bought a paper book. Again, I did not want to do this.

Relief may soon be in sight, however, as Amazon is rolling out a service called Kindle MatchBook in October. The premise is simple: Buy a paper book from Amazon, and you can have the Kindle version for $3, $2, $1 or free, depending on the title.

This includes books you’ve purchased from Amazon “all the way back to 1995—when…

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Social Media and Personal Safety


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The following details one of my greatest fears about social media usage.

What if I innocently post something and it winds up leading to a home invasion putting my family in danger.  Realistically I know that this is not likely to happen but that doesn’t ease my brain.  The existence of this infographic means that it has happened.  If it’s on the internet it has to be true! (sarcasm)

i have been interested in documenting my running travels in and around redacted (risk right there).  I like to see where I can get on foot and if I can find a new way to get there.  My iPhone and Twitter provide a great method of documenting my travels.  Due to my life commitments, I start my runs at 3AM so I can be back before anyone wakes up.  This means that I would be broadcasting my absence.  I don’t assume to be a tough guy who would overpower an intruder nor do I really have anything worth stealing, but you just never know.

The obvious solution would be to just take the pictures and then relay my stories once I have returned.  That turns it more into a blog post and less into real-time documenting.  Also, if I am out running at 3AM it probably means I don’t have much time for blog posting later in my day.

How about you.  Do you feel a loss of safety with social media posts?