Accessories & Peripherals

The Nook: Maybe Not a Huge Disaster for Amazon

Now we have nooks and vooks, I’m going to go trademark wook and pook just in case.

This thing does look pretty cool. (And by the way, who built it? Can’t be internally developed.) I wonder whether Bezos is jumping up and down on his fedora right now. Or I mean, he is, but how hard? For the obligatory contrarian viewpoint, read …

The end of an era

An amazing thing happened today: The battery on my Kindle 2 finally ran out of juice.

 

Amazing because, with the wireless connection off, it lasted nearly two months. I used it about a half hour a day. Glad I hedged in my story and said the battery would last “more than two weeks.”

The Smokeless Cig!

Finally, at long last, an electronic cigarette. Unclear if it’s still carcinogenic for the user, but the website contends that there’s no second-hand danger to innocent bystanders. Also, dig the blue “gem” that glows at the cig’s tip.

New Tolkien: More Morgoth

On April 17 Houghton Mifflin will publish The Children of Húrin, a “new” work of fiction by J.R.R. Tolkien:

Apparently this is a narrative he noodled with extensively during his lifetime but never completed to his own satisfaction, though he left behind a lot of manuscript pages; I think some version of it also appears in The

Whedon Ankles Wonder Woman

“Ankles” being Variety slang for “bails.” According to Whedonesque, and subsequently every entertainment trade outlet in the ‘verse, Joss Whedon is off the Wonder Woman project. Let’s see, how much can I legally quote?

Let me stress first that everybody at the studio and Silver Pictures were cool and professional. We just saw different

Serious students powerless against drunken jockocracy

Is it just me or is there a serious lack of non-Super Bowl counter-programming? I know there are a lot of people out there who are really excited about the bone-crunching matchup of [plural noun, animal] vs. [plural noun, animal], but honestly, I just couldn’t care less. (Jock-on-jock violence? Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown)

So …

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