Posts Tagged ‘H. P. Lovecraft’

Kindle Fire

November 17, 2011

Fire!For the first time in my life, I seem to be the first person I’ve talked to to have the latest electronic toy, one of these. It doesn’t have the enormous coolness factor of something shiny and made by Apple, but still.

Overall I’m loving it. I’m using it more as an extra-portable and convenient web-browser/time-waster than as a reader and Amazon-content-delivery system (its obvious purpose), more cheap-and-small iPad than expensive Kindle. Which was pretty much my plan. It works great for that. It even works for some things I honestly didn’t expect it to, like reading powerpoint presentations (I wasn’t surprised so much that it tried as that it succeeded).

Of course there are some annoying things about it. Many would (I assume) apply to any mobile touch-screen toy—typing is painful, mobile websites are missing bits I take for granted (e.g. formatting in gmail). Some (many? most?) android apps don’t seem to be available in the amazon appstore—that is probably changing even as I write.

But the single most annoying thing is something I had expected to be trivial. I had figured it would be trivial to download a free ebook—from Project Gutenberg, say—and start reading it immediately. Not so! You can download a .mobi file, and then it just sits there refusing to be read. The quickest way I’ve found to get the demmed things to import is to

  • open QuickOffice
  • Documents/Downloads
  • Hold your finger down on the file, and pick “Send” when the menu comes up
  • Email it to your kindle account
  • Wait a while. Wait some more.

Isn’t there a better way to do this? If not, for the love of heaven why?*

On the subject of free ebooks, I’d like to give a shoutout to someone calling herself Cthulhuchick for digitizing the complete works of H. P. Lovecraft and making them available in a nice free edition. Also for picking a great nom d’internet.

* Maybe I’ll answer my own question: Amazon has no interest in my reading stuff I didn’t buy from them.

Death Race 2008. Plus, Cthulhu!

August 10, 2008

I just saw the trailer for Death Race, and my immediate reaction is that it’s just another Jason Statham move, with absolutely nothing to do with the old beloved Death Race 2000. Which is probably just as well. Something like DR2K probably couldn’t be made today—certainly not by PWS Anderson—and really, why would you want to? The original is pretty great just as is. Paul Bartel, we hardly knew ye!

Not that the new one is necessarily a bad thing, as long as you look at it as an enjoyably mindless and violent timewaster and try not to think of the gleefully nasty satire of DR2K. I quite like the idea of Evil Joan Allen. And Jason Statham seems to be pretty good at this sort of thing; he’s just no David Carradine—who is?

Bonus David Carradine quote, from an Onion AV Club interview:

I tend to do that. I blow people’s minds with my performances. Sometimes it’s a little too subtle for people to face.

And while I’m watching trailers: here‘s one for Cthulhuand it looks pretty good! Why was I not informed? It appears to be “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” reset to the Pacific Northwest, but doubtless has other Lovecraftiness thrown in—I’m not as up on HP as I once was. Well, off to swim out to that brooding reef in the sea and dive down through black abysses to Cyclopean and many-columned Y’ha-nthlei, there in that lair of the Deep Ones we shall dwell amidst wonder and glory for ever. Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn for now, y’all!