- Holds a shit ton of books in a little lightweight device, obviously. Very convenient for massive novels; you can finally read Against The Day in public!
- Looks cool. Like it's a component of a storm trooper's armor or something. That's cool, right?
- E Ink display uses a tiny amount of battery- I can't find the hours of reading one charge will give, but I used it for maybe 20 hours while traveling this past weekend at the battery meter was at about half (wireless was turned off unless I was using it).
- Kindle iPhone app will synch to your Kindle so you can resume reading right where you left off. So, like, you can read your phone on the way to the bar and not have to carry a book around all night.
- The dictionary function is handy when you read as much pretentious bullshit as I do.
- The default font (Caecilia by Linotype) is clear and easy to read. (not on previous versions I guess.) This kind of blocky serif font is popular right now. It feels so good on my eyes.
- The bottom of the screen displays a percentage of the book you've completed. So you're always reading a little more to move that percentage along. It's like running with the Nike+ thing in your shoe.
- Lots of classics are available for free on Project Gutenberg & other sites.
- It's way more fragile than a book. You can come home, toss your book on the hat rack and faint on your chaise lounge, but you can't toss your kindle anywhere. Don't put it under the corner of a table either.
- The interface is not fluid to use: you wait a second for the screen to flash when you turn the page. The web browser is slow. The D-pad is cumbersome like cumberland farms. There's no touchscreen. It's clearly not the best it can be at this point and a better version will come out soon, probably this year. It reminds me of using the original GameBoy compared to the one that's out now. Wait to see what the apple tablet is like, because it will force amazon to make some big improvements.
- Your impressive and aesthetically pleasing book collection will stop growing.
- No backlight. Why not?
- Besides public domain things, you need to pay full price for every book ($9.99 for about every fiction novel), newspaper ($13.99/mo. for NYT) and blog subscription ($2/mo for Boing Boing). Unless you look into illegal downloads. Which I should do.
- Some books aren't available on the Kindle store- I went to buy American Psycho and the only Bret Eaton Ellis book on there was Lunar Park. And I guess you can't read that one until you've read the others because it makes reference to them. So, you know... get-a-steppin'.
- The notation/ highlight feature is cool and you can find a lot of academic publications for cheap/ free but it doesn't compare to handwriting notes or highlighting. You're not going to retain it the same way because you're not doing it physically and you're probably really stupid. Good luck with that degree in Film.
- You feel like a money-wasting asshole reading one in public. If you're reading one I know you have money and I'm probably going to mug you on the subway exit stairs when no one is around I'll push you down on your face and hold a knife to your back speaking in a deep voice give me that fucking ebook don't you look at me. Now what?
- If you accidentally hit that D-pad to the right or left it will jump to the nearest chapter break. And the "previous page" function takes you to the page before the one you're on, not the last page you were on. So it's hard to get back to where you were. Like Tom Hanks in Cast Away pretty much.
So don't buy one. Your iPhone is probably a better ebook reader in most regards.
But if you do own one they're kind of fun.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Have you guys heard of Coachella? It's this concert a bunch of indians throw where you go out in the desert and they burn a big man made of sticks. Check out the lineup, I'm seriously considering it! Whose with me? No one? Like always? ok
via tofutti break
Monday, January 18, 2010
Recently Serious Lunch has performed with a few members of their popular comedy website who appear in this video including Mike O'Gorman, Jessie Cantrell,and Patrick Driscoll from THE DAN RYAN.
And Michael Torpey from Michael Torpey.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
This skate video by SALAZAR is rad.
It seems like recently people are coming up with some new and exciting visual approaches to the skate video genre. Maybe it's inspired by that exploding ramp video Spike Jonze did. Awesome cinematography here, it looks like Ryan McGinley photographed it. Just a treat to watch.
(All these dudes probably had pink boogers the next day.)
Monday, January 11, 2010
These are my friends Men and Whales live at Trash Bar last November.
Check them out live at Arlene's Grocery Friday January 15 at 9PM. Videos shot by Bob Officer and Tim Bierbaum, and edited by Bob Officer. See below for more info on the band.
Men and Whales is:
Tom Murphy: Rhythm Guitar and Vocals
Brent Lazo: Lead Guitar
Clint Paul: Bass
Garrett Finley: Drums
Bob Officer at 11:29 AM
Friday, January 8, 2010
What a party everyone! Much thanks to all the partyheads that were able to make it, in spite of the shitty weather. Worth it, right? Yes. I am right.
Of course, a large part of what made the party so fun was the five of us, and our impeccable sense of fun. We are professionals. But also, besides us, among other things, it was the music. Holy shit, such music! We played that mix the next night as we cleaned our house, and all of a sudden we're having another party.
We'd like to share the music from that night with you, as a sign of good faith. Put down the musket, put down the bow and arrow, lets give thanks.
Happy New Year!
(If the link is down let us know and we'll repost.)
Song sequencing by Anthony Miale
Artwork by Tim Bierbaum
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Citibank- Awesome Rose Bowl Commercial