The Grumpy Humanist

mix equal parts news, diary, gossip, and grump

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


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.



Seriously–When do the ebooks come out? 30 June, 2007

Filed under: Books,ebooks,Gadgets,iPhone,Reading,Sony Reader,Technology — feliza @ 8:28 pm

You’ll recall that there has been a little bit of talk regarding the possibility of the iPhone as an ebook reading device.  

Not having had the chance to mess around with the iPhone myself, I’m taking it from Mike Cane that the device might be more than up to the task. Mike got to play with the iPhone and has this to say:

“That screen is to die for! It is so bright, it’s practically religious! No, really!”


“That soft keyboard — hey, it worked pretty much all right. I was very surprised at how responsive it was.”


So far the iPhone boasts a good screen and the ability to take notes. Not to mention the potential ease of acquiring information directly from the interweb. Sounds like a really great platform for ebook reading to me.

(Are you there, Steve Jobs? It’s me, the Grumpy Humanist…)


But I thought my daemon would be cooler… 28 June, 2007

As you know, I’m currently reading Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, the first book in the very popular His Dark Materials Trilogy. In December, the movie version is hitting US theatres and looks to be very cool, indeed.

Daniel Craig as Lord Asriel

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Pullman’s work, a “daemon” is a sort of outer manifestation of a person’s soul which takes on a specific animal form that represents their true inner-self.

Today I went to the film’s official website and took the test to find out what animal best represented my inner being…



Sony Reader vs. Apple iPhone

Filed under: Reading,Sony Reader,Technology — feliza @ 1:31 pm

Fellow blogger Mike Cane wonders, “Will Apple Steal the ebook limelight from Sony…?” I’ve been drooling over the iPhone since I first saw it a few months ago, but never did I think it might be a good candidate for eBook reading.

Hello, my pretties

Unfortch, I haven’t been able to get my hands on one to play with, so I have no idea how the screen might work for ebook reading, but it may def be another reason to justify the expense of the iPhone if Apple is interested in providing some reading content for the device.


Jane Freakin’ Eyre 27 June, 2007

Filed under: Books,Jane Eyre,Reading,Sony Reader — feliza @ 1:23 pm

Hey, Charlotte Bronte. I know you’re dead, but you still freaking rock, lady.

Jane Eyre: One Fine GILF

Amazing. Couldn’t put it down. It was like glued to my hands for the last week or so while I experienced all the drama that a Bronte could put on a page (or, in my case, the screen of my Sony Reader.)



My Defense for the $300 Book

Filed under: Gadgets,Reading,Reviews,Sony Reader,Technology — feliza @ 1:13 pm

There have been some rather scathing reviews of my beloved Sony Reader–complaints of “funky” controls, no backlight, and slow software. It sounds kind of weird, but I’m starting to take these kind of personally. Most you know that I actually have a Facebook group devoted to the little machine–such is the extent of my devotion.



So why did I buy this little gadget? Surely a broke college student like myself would see the redundancy of buying a $300 dollar ebook reader when, really, it doesn’t do that much more than a regular book.