The Grumpy Humanist

mix equal parts news, diary, gossip, and grump

Ebooks on iPhone (at last) 27 July, 2007

Filed under: Books,ebooks,Gadgets,iPhone — feliza @ 9:58 am

Today seems to be chocked-full of spicy ebook tidbits…

There has been some talk about the possibility of ebooks on the iPhone, however Mike Cane has linked to some nice examples of not only books, but graphic novels, as read on the iPhone’s super-sexy screen.

Graphic novel on iPhone

 All I can say is… wow. Wow, wow, wow.


New Cybook: Sony, you got served!

Filed under: Books,Cybook,Gadgets,Sony Reader,Technology — feliza @ 9:42 am

As you all know by now, I’m a devoted Sony Reader junkie, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like me some spicy ebook news. Like many of you, I’ve been waiting anxiously for updates about the new Cybook. Judging from the new info, the Cybook Gen3 (which will be out this very September) should be one hot tamale, indeed.

Sexy Beast

Bookeens new product looks stunningly thin: it is the size of a paperback, the thickness of a magazine, for a weight of only 6.1 ounces (174 g). It boasts an impressive battery life of 8,000 page flips, allowing for an average reading time of 1 month without recharging. The device is compatible with all USB enabled computers, independently from the operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux) and also offers an SD slot for virtually unlimited library storage space.

Compatible with Mac, you say? Oh, that’s hot. Given that the Sony Reader is only for PC users, I’ve had to steal my husband’s computer a time or two to upload content. It would be nice to be able to use my trusty Mac for that.

Also: “Following its original open and multi-format strategy, Bookeen offers a true freedom of use regarding supported documents formats. Cybook owners are free to read personal and public domain content. On the Cybook, you don’t need to convert your files to an exotic format or upload them to any proprietary web site.

Ooooh no you didn’t!

Sony Reader, you just got effed in the a!

It's On!



Harry Potter and the Crying Humanist 24 July, 2007

Filed under: Books,Harry Potter,His Dark Materials,Jane Eyre,Sony Reader — feliza @ 11:10 am

Well, ok… this isn’t exactly “news” but whatever.

So, I’m not done with HP7 yet, however I’m on page 500 or so and J.K. Rowling has already made me cry three times. I’m not going to say at what parts for two reasons:

  1. I don’t want to spoil anything,
  2. It’s kind of embarrassing that Harry Potter books make me cry.

It's like breast-milk for him

Anyway, I’m just saying, bring some Kleenex.

Come to think of it, I tend to cry a lot when I read… I did it three times during Jane Eyre and maybe four times during His Dark Materials Trilogy.

Do I have a problem? I might need to be careful. I don’t think my Sony Reader would deal well with water.


The Simpsonized Humanist 17 July, 2007

Filed under: Product Tie-Ins,Simpsonize Me,Simpsons Movie — feliza @ 10:35 am

Wow. I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since I last posted. Luckily, not too much dust has gathered on this blog–at least I don’t think so, anyway. For those of you who might be interested, rest assured that your Grumpy Humanist has not been up to anything spectacularly interesting these past few days, other than reading way too much and not budgeting my time.


So yesterday I found out about, yet another marketing ploy for the new Simpsons Movie. Basically, you upload a head-shot of yourself and the Simpsonizer works its magic. A very fun diversion, though some people seem to take it a bit too seriously. But then again, when doesn’t New York Magazine take itself seriously? Oh well.

The Simpsonized Humanist


However, it appears that the Simpsonizer does work for those of us who aren’t burdened by an entirely crushing sense of self-importance. I think that the Simpsonizer tolerates (at the most) a medium-sized sense of importance, as evidenced by its acceptance of my photo.


Retail Therapy for Pottermaniacs 9 July, 2007

Filed under: Books,Harry Potter,Reading — feliza @ 8:36 am

Like a lot of you, I’ve lately been wondering about the really important questions.

Questions like, “Will Harry live or die? Is Severus Snape good or evil? Will Ron and Hermione become a couple and live happily ever after?

It’s not easy being a Potter fan in this time of tension and speculation. Luckily, we can always turn to retail therapy–just ask Media Biz blogger Paul R. La Monica, who has cleverly compiled a “Potter Index” of companies that stand to profit from Pottermania.

Mr. Potter speaks plainly


Can they even dye my Wii to match my gown? 8 July, 2007

Filed under: Gadgets,Nintendo Wii,Technology,Wizard of Oz — feliza @ 10:22 am


Dorothy Gale gets sassy

Right. I’ll try to keep the random Wizard of Oz references to a minimum for the rest of the post, I swear.

Anyway, this morning I found out from the always-informative Sickr that a “new and improved” Wii should be available this very winter. So what are the improvements to come, you ask?  Will the new Wii have more online, interactive content like the Xbox 360? Will you be able to download movies and TV shows?

Alas, no. As it turns out, the new Wii “will be essentially the same as the current Wii models but has the added ability to play DVD movies and will be offered in multiple colors, including Black.

Well, I guess any improvement is better than no improvements. But will it come in blue plaid?


Fun with Fundies: Harry Potter edition 6 July, 2007

It’s that time once again. I’m sure you know that we’re just a few weeks away from the seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter series. Whether you are a fan or not, it’s hard to miss the big cardboard displays at your local bookstore.

Soon, there’ll be throngs of impressionable children getting all hot and bothered over witchcraft.

Harry Potter fans tell it like it is

Yes, indeed. I happen to know a couple of nine-year-olds who converted from Catholicism just because of the Potter books.