June 10, 2010

Two best e-readers for people with Carpal Tunnel

I have tried out all the e-readers. I had to return the Kindle II because the pressure required to 'turn a page' was such that it inflamed the problem in my medial nerve. I don't need another three-hour neurosurgery procedure by (luckily) one of the top neurosurgeons in the world.  If mouse-clicks on your computer causes you pain, you may have or be getting one of my three neurological problems that led to the surgery.  I use a stylus/tablet now instead of a mouse.

Using the Kindle II after 20 minutes caused me so much pain that I had to stop, and rest my arm for three hours.  So, if you are interested in purchasing an e-reader, and have a repetitive stress injury or RPI (sometimes referred to as 'Repetitive Strain Injury' (take your pick), or want to prevent an injury, purchase the B&N Nook or the Sony Touch E-Reader. Each works by swiping or tapping, not clicking. This may sound inconsequential, but these small differences are important.

May 17, 2010

Is it crazy to spend hundreds of $$$ to learn Spanish?

The answer is YES! If you want to get ripped off by the expensive software programs for sale in shopping malls, go right ahead. You can buy equally good if not better Spanish language learning material for $39.00. Check out my recommendations for learning Spanish. I should know. I've published short stories in Spanish and read and speak it. There is one catch. The key to learning the language is that you really have to WORK AT IT!!!! Darn! Thought you had a great thing going there for a moment, didn't you?

May 15, 2010

Don't hide that e-reader inside your "real" book.

E-readers are becoming more acceptable, and I believe they do serve a function today.  You don't have to be afraid or embarassed about using one.  However, eschew the Kindle for now. It is perhaps the worst electronic reader on the market in my view.  And I have various reasons for thinking so. But I'm not going into them all now. Maybe next time meanwhile, you can buy better ones. I had a demonstration of "The Nook" at a Barnes & Noble. Imagine actually trying out something electronic before you buy it?  Amazing!

I recommend the following in no particular order:

1. Sony Digital Reader Touch Edition $245.00
2. Sony Digital Reader Pocket Edition (cheap!) $150.00
3. The Nook $269.00 at B&N.
4. Sony PRS-505 e-reader System $239.00
5. Borders will be releasing an e-reader
this week (it will probably flop)
6. Samsung is SUPPOSED to be releasing one.
It's on sale in Australia. Don't know what
they are waiting for. It will be like the Sonys.

Reading actually MEANT something to people at one time

Do you recall when reading was considered an important act?  I do.

March 14, 2010

Samnsung e-60 Book Reader: better than Kindle. Avoid injuries!

A poor design decision on Amazon's part in creating the Kindle creates the potential for carpal tunnel or other repetitive stress injuries because its forward and backward buttons cause strain on the medial nerve--which is implicated in carpal tunnel and other repetitive stress injury problems. I should know. I had a severe repetitive stress injury that took two years to heal following surgery. Within an hour of using a Kindle, it began to flare up.  This could be avoided had Kindle used a touchpad technology that does not put the same sort of strain on the important medial and ulnar nerves.  I switched to a WACOM stylus/tablet a year ago after the use of a mouse greatly exacerbated my RPI.  If you think carpal tunnel or other forms of RPI are minor problems, you're wrong. Acquire one and you'll learn first hand. But I wouldn't encourage it. This product, the Samsung E-60 comes on the market March 18, 2010.  Kindle's rush to create an e-book reader was a mistake, to paraphrase Brando in On the Waterfront, "I coulda been a champ. I coulda been somebody."


December 08, 2009

October 05, 2009

The best book on ghostwriting you will ever read

Whether you are seeking a ghostwriter or want to become a ghostwriter, this book by Crofts is the best book on the subject bar none. I'd venture to say it's the only book on the subject worth reading. When I purchased my copy several years ago, it was only available on Amazon.UK, where I purchased my copy. Now, however, it is being offered for sale on Amazon.com in the U.S. I strongly recommend you buy a copy. You can see that the cover price is quite low. I have earned a living as a ghostwriter now for a number of years, and this book was indispensible in grasping the concept, finding ways of getting clients, and how to price projects. Crofts praises the craft of ghostwriting, and his argument is extremely interesting. I also agree with him. The only hint I'll provide is that the attractiveness of this type of work came to him while reading The Great Gatsby. More about this tomorrow. I've gotten quite excited about this book and the profession.

September 05, 2009

Back to School with the Best Prescription Eyeglasses Deal on the Web

Undergraduate student, returning to college, adult education, continuing education, online education - whatever! This place has the best prescription eyeglass deal on the internet. You can get high quality prescription eyeglasses for $50.00 that include Titanium frames. I bought two. I'm wearing one right now as I type.

July 09, 2009

May 25, 2009

Visual impairment, learning disabilities and KINDLE

Article critical of Kindle 2 lack of features for the visually impaired and learning disabled. Is it worth the money?

May 23, 2009

Baby boomer favorite foreign film - 400 blows

Poster cost $14.99 - about the price of a movie ticket nowadays.
Buy at Art.com
The 400 Blows
Buy From Art.com

May 21, 2009