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06 July 2010 @ 05:32 pm
We’re here!  

We’ve made it to Dublin, and now we have internet. And I had a post written up last night before I had a connection and like an idiot I rebooted the computer, so here we go again.

God, we have a lot of stuff. Even though I didn’t do the bulk of the moving (or even a fraction of it), all these damned books have made me think: Kindle. Or Nook, or Sony E-Reader, or iPad, but digital, anyway. I’ve been wanting to go digital with the music and movies, and this impulse is just another step in that direction. Apparently I’ve left my attachment to traditional media behind in Longford.

Great thanks are owed to my sister, irishkate and omegar, the latter of whom came over Saturday to do heavy lifting, and the former of whom did virtually all the unpacking that’s been done, while I stood around with Young Indiana and made vague suggestions. That’s most of what I’ve been doing in terms of helping move, I’m afraid. It’s extremely difficult to be useful when you’re carrying a 2 month old around all the time.

Thanks to my sister living around the corner (and Kate’s presence for two days), I have already had more social life living here five days than I’ve had in most of five years in Ireland. This is for the win. Also, Ted pointed out that we now live about forty feet from the canal path, which extends forty or more miles northwest, and which is for non-vehicular traffic, so I can cycle on it. I find it odd that I might be able to get more cycling done in the biggest city than in the hinterlands, but it’s heartening. I’d been thinking of giving my bicycle up, but it’s good I haven’t!

thinks to do/get around this house, perhaps in order of importance but probably not in order of accomplishment:
- ikea kitchen counter
- dryer
- table & chairs
- king sized bed
- clean up & paint the back ‘garden’ walls
- possibly do a mural of my characters on one of the walls
- clean up the garden chairs
- repaint front room
- set up the wee greenhouse for a wee herb garden
- other things as they occur

Goals for July:
- finish unpacking
- write proposals for final 3 Walker Papers

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Stuartsaetter on July 6th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
Good luck unpacking. :) Been there, done that, got the headache of trying to remember where X was when I was holding Y.

And I'm not as smart as chickwriter: my library just grows, so each move is just a back breaking reminder of how many books I do have. Even when we moved down to South America, I stuck 3 boxes of reference books into the crate (the rest went into storage).
Megabitchmegabitch on July 6th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
The cry of "Where's [x]?" with the reply of "Inna box!" can last for months in this family after a move. Boxes tend to get unpacked when we realise that we need something and we're not sure which box it is in.
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on July 6th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Its good to have help moving, and the days of just tossing everything you own into the back of the car are long gone.

Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on July 6th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
Go Team Kit!

Re: Packing, it helped when Laura moved from another country and we had to itemize everything in every box. (I mean, that process SUCKED. But.) Once done, we were able to find everything as long as we could find the box. "Where are my slippers?" "Box 14F!" "Where's Box 14F?" "No idea!"
Janne: When I Was Your Age (rookie131)janne on July 6th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
Ditto on the ebook reader, particularly after finding those mildewed things on the top shelf... I'm just waiting for the dust to settle and see which format wins so I don't end up with the betamax of reading tablets :)
irishkate: need coffeeirishkate on July 6th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
rfrancis on July 7th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
I ridiculously love my Sony Pocket Edition, far more than I expected to. It is all that.

My unsolicited opinions: eInk is the way to go if you plan to actually do a lot of reading on a digital advice. Particularly if you failed to drink from the well of life and thus are getting older as time goes by. Consequently, while I'm sure the iPad is amazing in almost every way (okay, I'm not an iFan, but that's not my point here), I don't think this is its strong suit, no matter what Apple wants to claim. eInk is just crazy better for reading; that's what it DOES. Consequently, I also recommend against people doing crappy things to screens, like making touch screens, which rules out the Sony Touch. (The Nook, et al, is still fine, because it has a separate touch screen.) And finally, epub is going to win, dammit, and anything that doesn't support it (*COUGH*KINDLE*COUGH*) is lame and trying to get you locked into their store.

But see, I did not try to rule out everything but what I bought! I looked hard at the upcoming (at the time, may be available now, dunno?) Kobo -- indeed that's what got me doing the research -- and the Nook as two other good examples that fulfill my unsolicited opinions. I went with the Sony because (a) it was available right then, unlike the Kobo, (b) I don't care about buying books wirelessly anywhere and indeed it sounds like a financial disaster, (c) I do care about holding the reader in one hand while I eat, for example, (d) I care about the page button being where I can get to it when I hold it in my left hand while I eat (the Kobo loses there), and, most critically, (e) it was on sale. :)
kitmizkit on July 7th, 2010 07:43 am (UTC)
*laughs* Your unsolicited opinion is extremely welcome, as I was hoping people might speak up even if I failed to say so. And you've hit on my problem with the Kindle and ... well, really the only reason I want an iPad is to get one of those applications to make it look like a ST:TNG datapad, which is probably not sufficient reason to get one. :)
madmiss on July 7th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
It can do that? ... oh, now I want one.
rfrancis on July 7th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Heh. Although of course I have similar software for my old Nokia n800, so I can hardly talk...

Don't get me wrong, the Kindle can read a pile of different formats (although PDF is a very recent addition, I assume due to customer pressure) but the lack of epub says to me "you don't get to buy from other people, just us" and I think we all know how that's gone from time to time as Amazon and publishers butt heads. Sony is no innocent here -- they came to epub late in the game, but they've drunk the koolaid bigtime, not only adding support to their readers but changing over their entire ebook store to epub.

And now, to up the nerd level: epub is a pretty amusing format, too, as it's basically a bunch of HTML and CSS and that sort of thing zipped up and renamed with an EPUB extension. (DRM isn't a part of the standard, although most readers I've looked at use Adobe's DRM which, while obviously not open, is at least a sort of standardization.) There's an outstanding piece of software, calibre, which not only is a decent ebook library program but has an excellent engine for facilitating converting other formats to EPUB. Nice for people who have older stuff laying around like .LIT or .PDB or whatever. (It can even convert PDFs, although that's a hit or miss proposition, as PDFs are pretty specifically formatted and the whole point of EPUB is to not be formatted by page, but to be "free flow" as it were.)

Too much? :)
ruford42 on July 13th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
I've been hinting about the nook to the wife for quite some time. I just haven't gotten to the point where I could justify the expense -- although, with my most recent move, I packed up six large crates of books and just dropped them at the library and still had a crate of reference books and then two or three boxes of just mass market and trade paperbacks that I knew would eventually make it onto the wife's reading list.

The recent addition of the WiFi only nook has me interested again, although I'm still of the opinion that these things should let me turn pages quicker. As for the iPad, yeah it's awfully nice -- but the geek in me keeps noticing the tablet PCs from Archos and ASUS (the latter also includes a keyboard) which will run Windows 7 and thus all my windows apps, and in the latter case still give me the advantage of a kb when I opt to check livejournal or other sites but still provide roughly the same form factor and weight of the iPad for less (OK, so it's not significantly less) money...

Natural20natural20 on July 7th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
Yay for being all moved in! So sorry I wasn't around to help out, but I am just down the road, like. Must come and visit soon! :)