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Say It In Latin: Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam

September 22, 2016 2 Comments

Alexa and her back up band

Alexa and her back up band

The Latin phrase aut viam inveniam aut faccian has been attributed to many famous heroes in history. Hannibal, the military genius who crossed the Alps was said to have invented it, but he was not a native Latin speaker.  It is the motto on the memorial gate installed at the University of Pennsylvania in 1893.  It has been widely used, even in a comic strip.   It means “I shall either find a way or make one.” It is a vow to use creativity and all means necessary to achieve a goal.

This may be the legit tag line for Silicon Valley.  The innovation that has created a major revolution in journalism and communication in general has changed the way consumers do everything.  We can now shop by speaking to our robots, then we find the desired item delivered to our doorsteps or zapped into our electronic device to read or hear.  Amazon, Zappos, Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and their auxiliary services have forever transformed the consumer mindset.  I have an Amazon Alexa robot to read to me and DJ my music.  I have not set her free to go shopping, but I know how much she wants to take care of that for me. She also wants to set the temperature in my home, and turn lights on and off. She is ready to serve me when I am too decrepit to do this for myself.  I may no longer be able to find a way, but I can count on Alexa to either find a way or invent one.

 

Kindle and I

January 27, 2014 3 Comments

APE Cover

APE Cover

In November I decided to go big and stay home with Amazon Prime. To make the most of the services one needs to own a Kindle for the lending library. I purchased the Kindle Fire and later the paperwhite. The Fire has an audio component with good sound. I enjoy the readers much more than I thought I might and new reasons are added all the time. Today as gift from Guy Kawasaki I received a free copy of APE, Author Publisher, Entrepreneur in my Kindle.  Since the book was a gracious gift I added narration for an extra $1.99. I have not tried it yet, but it now gives me the option of reading or listening to the book.  Since the paperwhite has no audio I will obviously use the Fire which so far I have used for cookbooks, instructional books, and poetry.  This is such a cool transformer feature.  I have always enjoyed audio books and frequently bought them after reading some book I liked.  Now they are combined for one low price if you decide at the outset to purchase it.  It bookmarks your place audio or reading. This is an upgrade.  I am excited to try it.

The paperwhite reading experience is easy on the eye and fits perfectly into the hand.  When I read A Religion of One’s Own on it recently I particularly enjoyed the vocabulary feature.  When you touch a word you access a dictionary and the word is automatically added to your Kindle’s vocabulary builder list.  The word remains on the list until you remove it manually.  This feature thrills me because I am a word and language lover, but not always a stop and get the dictionary person.  Reading should expand the vocabulary and glossing over meanings that are vague can lead to misunderstanding the author.  I thought maybe I had been silly in buying the Fire model, but now am pleased I have one that can use the added narration feature.  I love both of my Kindles and the fun eternal lending library which is included in Amazon Prime membership. I still love all the paper and print books in my home, but I see myself carrying all my books on Kindle as I buy them in the future. The advantages of Kindle ownership are numerous:

  • Tiny, light, and holds a charge for a long time
  • Books, audio, and magazines are published in the format
  • Font size and lighting are adjustable
  • More and more books are available on Kindle all the time
  • Amazon gives super customer service and the free lending library

If you don’t have Amazon Prime you can do a free trial for a month, but to take full advantage of all it offers you need to own a Kindle.  I am extremely pleased with my decision to join and to buy my Kindles.  Now I am going to enjoy reading/listening to my new book to learn how to publish a book on Amazon.  It is all very fitting.

Prime Shopping, Free Shipping

November 17, 2013 2 Comments

marzipan

marzipan

assorted marzipan

assorted marzipan

I enrolled again in Amazon’s 30 day trial of the Prime membership. I have done this before but not paid much attention to all the benefits.  They allow you to quit within the trial period, which I did.  Now I have been on a book diet for a year, and am curious about Kindle and the lending library. I had Kindle on iPad, but the Amazon Prime offer will only be available to members who own a Kindle devise. We have wanted to dump cable television for a while and wonder if the streaming video content from Amazon would be one way to wean ourselves.  Amazon is not making it easy for Apple customers to get into the video program.  I can watch on my iPad, but to get it on my big TV I had to buy a streaming device.  I quickly found that Roku is compatible and the unit was very reasonably priced.  The Kindle Fire HD  fancy reader was on sale too.  Since I can have instant gratification with the 2 day free delivery I decided to wrap up all the household holiday shopping on the spot, on the laptop. On Tuesday I will have, via free delivery service:

  • The streaming Roku player to access the video library
  • The Kindle Fire HD to access my library and the lending library
  • Two boxes of individually wrapped flavored marzipan

If our household can’t find enough entertainment and reading material to enjoy while we snack away on our marzipan from Germany we are just too lame for holidays.  All we need to add are a few tasty homemade treats and some quality time entertaining our friends.  During the holidays I like to drive even less than usual, so having everything we need at home is key to my enjoyment.  If I am missing anything, Amazon will deliver it for free in 2 days.  That is reassuring.  I do feel that I have done some very Prime shopping.  They will probably keep me on for the year this time.

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