Libby the app

My local library offers a library app called Libby. It is connected to libraries around the US. It is both a reading app and an audiobook app. I use an Android phone so I don’t know if there is an Apple version out there. Download from the Google Play store, find you local library or libraries you have library cards for, add your library card and viola. You may now download library ebooks and audiobooks. I haven’t listened to any audiobooks yet, although the two samples I tried were clear and sounded really good. 

I left a review of The Bone Witch, one of the first books I downloaded. Browsing is very easy, you can search directly or by genre, books and or audiobooks. All in all a great little reading app.

Cheers, james

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Fire ‘n Ink 

On the 4th of July Americans celebrate the nation’s birthday. Yet without the power of fire and ink we wouldn’t have become an independent nation. The fires of rebellion began with unfair governing practices and coruption, those fires in turn led to the ink used to pen the Declaration of Independence, which gave birth to the fires of the American Revolution. So fire and ink are powerful in their own rights but together they can forge new beginnings. 

Just a few words to ponder this 4th of July week. Cheers, james

Pen Review: Jinhao 922 in tranclucent green

I purchased a green Jinhao 922 fountain pen off ebay. The pen cost about $1.69 with free shipping. I have heard mixed reviews about these pens however the price was to good not to try one. The nibs can be switched with most #6 nibs. And Goulet Pens now sells their own nibs for the brave tinkerer. I am not there yet. These pens come with a converter, but with some help from Goulet Pens it can be turned into an eyedropper pen. Eyedroppers use the body of the pen for the ink resovior which increases the writing capacity. Although for this particular pen there is a small ball in the end of the pen that needs to be sealed up before filling.

I inked this pen with De Artmentus Aburgine. I am impressed how smoothly and beautifully this pen writes. I bought two of them one for work and one for my journal. I showed my boss and she wanted one after writing with mine. I ordered her pen and it came Friday. I would heartily recomend this pen to anyone looking for a great writing everyday fountain pen. The price is good enough to purchase either in single or in multiples for use and give away pens. The color is a see thru lime green. 

Cheers, james

May 17, 2017

Dear Summer,

The days of late spring and summer are finally here. We are a little ways into May and it seems good to wear shorts and t-shirts. Although you never fade into Winter’s drab garb in someplace and you never quite seem to visit others. But here in Eastern Carolina we are thrilled you’ve come to visit. 

Threes days of “summer vacation” are drawing to a close. Tonight we should be laying on a blanket under the stars listening to the waves caress the sandy beach. Instead I am in my room getting ready for work and the rest of the week tomorrow. 

Tuesday was fun. Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2, popcorn and drinks. Afternoon fun hidden from summer heat. Monday was nice too, even if I grilled alone. The flames reminded me, fire is a sneaky beast and will burn the meat if your attention should stray. 

All in all Summer thank you for three nice vacation days. Cheers, james

The Rest of the Story and a childhood hero

My local radio station 95.1 WRNS used to play a half hour radio program called “The Rest of the Story” hosted by the smooth voiced gentleman, Mr. Paul Harvey. He would come on the air and he would tell you a part of a story and at the end he would tell you who he had been speaking about. And sign off, “and now you know the rest of the story.” Mr. Harvey also advertised for several different products, the two I remember most vividly were JB Weld and Bose radios. How I yearned for the smooth dulced tones of the highly expensive Bose. As of yet I still have not made this dream a reality. 

One program I remeber Mr. Harvey telling was about a civil war general that lost his pet chicken. Turns out it was the famous Robert E. Lee and the the infamous Battle of Gettysburg. This story was inspiring to me that someone from history could be so human. 

After I left and went to college there wasn’t a radio station that broadcast Mr. Harvey and he was a sorely missed piece of home. Today he crossed my mind and I looked up Mr. Harvey. Sadly he passed away Feb. 28, 2009 at the age of 90. He had been on the radio since before WWII and his last broadcast was a mere week before his passing. Rest in much beloved peace Mr. Harvey and know you touch many, many lives theough your broadcasts. 

And now you know the rest of the story, james 

In the Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

I picked up a copy of Mr. Eco’s book last weekend. I had a copy about ten years ago and I couldn’t get into it. This time the story has caught my attention. I offer cudos to Mr. Eco on his writing, however the endless lines of Latin have driven me nuts. This is the first time I have ever considered writing in the margins. It seems there are more folks that write books in their books than I realized. Marginalium, according to Merrium Webster, is marginal notes. It orginated from Medeval latin. There are lots of expamples in the old iluminated manuscripts of marginalia that show glimps into a scribes’s working life.

One of the IJ facebook group told me there is a book he wrote after Rose that gives the translations of the latin phrases. Why didn’t it come with my copy? Seems like that should have been a no brainer. Great book well recieved except for stumbling over the latin. So companion book. Brillant. Which means I don’t have to write in my book. I just have to find a copy of the companion book. 

Cheers I am going back to my reading. james

Wild Wind

The wind is wild tonight. Trees are whipping and moaning. The power lines spark when they slap together. All in all a nasty night for man and beast. And yet there is something that calls to me from the wild heart of the storm. A call echoed about within my soul. Dear tempest do you know how you temp me? Calling me to embrace the fiece wild wind. No, I thought not. I don’t understand it either. 

Cheers on a windy night. Be smart and stay safe. james