Because this post is about a new eReader I received in the mail today. Kobo has a fantastic deal on their site for their Kobo mini, which is a touchscreen eReader. It's only $39.99 until July 18th, which is pretty freaking cheap. I mean, I bought my refurbished Kindle 2 for $150 a few years ago. So eReaders have really come down in price.
Plus, the Kobo will read EPub, which is something my Kindle 2 wont do. Sure, any books I've purchased through Amazon won't work on the Kobo off the bat. But the device does read mobi files, which is one of the two (the other is .azw) file formats Amazon uses for their books.
I'm mostly just happy to have something that reads EPub files. It's a pretty popular and widely used file format and I have several books that are EPubs that in the past I'd had to hassle with converting to get to work on my Kindle 2.
As a side note, I'm looking forward to the next Humble eBook Bundle for more awesome books to read.
Jon Ronson in enough interviews that I decided I had to read one of his books. The Psychopath Test was an amusing enough read that it inspired me to pick up a few others that I'd been meaning to read.
Not everything I ordered has arrived, but enough has that I can start reading the next non-fiction book. I would have picked them all up as ebooks but oddly the physical book is still 99.9% cheaper. I picked up four physical books (two haven't arrived) for the price of your average ebook. So, physical books it is!
I have a few Humble Indie Bundle games I'm going to pop on there this weekend as well.
And play games on it, of course!
Ouya we pre-ordered arrived today. While I realize today is the release date, I had assumed I'd get a shipping notice today and receive the console later in the week or next week. So when we arrived home and it was on the porch - I was impressed.
Because we only ordered one controller, we decided to pair one of the PS3 controllers with it to see how it works. Not every game functions with the PS3 controller, but it is usable for some things.
Overall I'm fairly impressed. It's a nice robust console for $99 that, since it is Android, comes pre-rooted and you can sideload additional apps if you want.
JAFAX 18! We visited Adam and Comfort at their table in Artist Alley.
I look forward to next year!
JAFAX 18 is this weekend so we headed out to the local university where it is hosted to check things out.
Adam and Comfort are guests at JAFAX this year and they're featured in the program guide. HOORAY!
While we were there, I did noticed this year that there are a lot more commercially made costumes being worn as opposed to something homemade out of cardboard and paint. Not that there weren't homemade items, especially props, but the availability and cost for high quality anime costumes has probably shifted a bit over the years, making it easier to just buy something as opposed to crafting it.
3DS for all the StreetPass stuff I'd picked up from the convention.
I'm looking forward to tomorrow's show!
JAFAX convention. So we got together with Jeff and caught the latest superhero movie - Man of Steel.
There are a lot of explosions. If you like explosions, you will probably like the movie. If you think Transformers is too much, this movie may not be for you.
I was not a fan.
Smash Up. This game is AWESOME.
Animal Crossing New Leaf lately. This super casual, slice of life game is addictive. I loved playing it on my GameCube way back when, and on the Wii.
Mostly I just love booting up the game, talking to the animals and just get their reactions to things. Bee stings, mail sent, gifts given, and so on. And then there are the whole plethora of visitors that come and go throughout your town, like a shady fox selling "priceless art" or a turnip seller that lets you play the Stalk Market (get it?). It's adorable.
Plus they've added cool new things, like special items from other Nintendo games that you can pick up by eating fortune cookies. Who can say no to Midna's Mask?
New Leaf is as addictive as the first one I played back on the GameCube, and more portable, which is probably a dangerous combination.
So why not give them more to enjoy? Ok, that's not the main intent, but if it happens it happens.
peony (and some lilies - but I forgot to take a photo of those). Hopefully the poor little thing does alright. It doesn't look like it in the photo, but I actually did use soil and then covered everything back up with the sandy mix that comprises most of our yard.
Anyway, this will be an interesting experiment to see what survives and what gets eaten.
All in all it was a good day. A long day, but totally worth it.
It's been years since I've seen anything at the Devos Hall. In fact, I the only other show I'd seen there was a Tori Amos concert when I was in college and didn't even live here.
We will certainly have to make more of an effort to catch live performances.
Ingress has become a great distraction on lunch. Downtown is pretty full of portals so I don't have very far to walk before there's a whole plethora of them.
But now I have two new necklaces to wear that are awesome and hand-made. They're by an etsy seller Surly-Ramics and they're pretty bad-ass (the dragon especially cause, well, DRAGON).
So there's slightly less pressure to fix my silver necklace and I'm excited to wear these. Which is really weird if you know me, because I don't usually get excited about jewelry.
Plus the other one reminds me of Grumpy Bear.
Animal Crossing game is out and it's adorable. I spent quite a bit running around collecting fish and talking to my neighbors in game.
Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts, but we honestly spent most of the time avoiding the festival area and walking around downtown by the river.
We had a pretty good time and got a fair amount of exercise walking back and forth and all over the place.
And then I went home and played a ton more Animal Crossing.
Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts. The festival is an annual event and it is primarily a music and food festival, although there are certainly other forms of art present.
I'm not a huge live music fan, so I don't get quite as excited for this event as I do for JAFAX, which is later this month, but it's still interesting to see all the different things going on. And since I work downtown, I'm able to catch a sneak peek before the official opening and some early performances.