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Gadget Girl has a new toy!

my notebook

Gadget Girl has a new toy, the LiveScribe Smartpen! My Kepler study-buddy, Jacqui, had one at the Sophia ORIGINS conference we both attended. The ORIGINS Conference was great! Three days of lectures on Babylonian astronomy and omenology, the Egyptian view of the soul, pyramid texts, how the two cultures viewed Fate, etc. But the pen… I  couldn’t even wait to get home but bought one at the airport. Frankly, I don’t know how I got by without this. Its main selling point is the ability to record  a lecture and have the recording sync with your notes. I have hardly even used the recording feature but I am thrilled with the ability to take notes, upload them and have them be available on the pc and completely searchable. Yes, searchable!  Continue reading Gadget Girl has a new toy!

Kindle Love!

I always loved the aesthetics of a book, the bindings and covers, the quality paper, printed fonts, the whole package. I never thought I would prefer an e-reader over a book, but I do.

Let me list some of the benefits of the kindle:

It is small enough to read in bed and still “turn pages” one-handed.

I can carry 100+ books with me at all times.

My bookmarks don’t fall out and get lost.

I don’t end up using important bills, photos or tickets as bookmarks.

I like to take notes when I read and the kindle allows me to annotate and highlight digitally. The best part is that I can then download my notes and highlights directly from the kindle into a text file on my pc.

Makes packing for a trip easier, and lighter. Really, what is the hardest part of packing for a trip? Making sure you squeeze enough books into your suitcase, right? I mean now I only need to bring one or two print-books  just in case the kindle and my pc simultaneously malfunction or the plane crashes and I am marooned on an island.

I can play Panda Poet on it.

The battery lasts forever.

The range of available books is incredible. I have archaeology, anthropology, astronomy, nutrition, running, ethnography and even some fiction on mine.

Public domain books are available for free.

If one was so inclined, Kindle can be accessorized with skins, covers etc.

I love my kindle!

Merry Christmas!

Happy Christmas to you all! I’ve put together a few ideas to help you get into the spirit, the fit Christmas spirit, that is…

Use the Christmas Calorie Counter to estimate what you will eat for Christmas appetizers, dinner and dessert. You can use it to figure out trade offs for some high calorie items or to calculate how much exercise you’ll need to do to work off a splurge.

Make a holiday tradition of walking. Traditionally, Christmas-time was when the most socializing happened. Progressive dinners, parties, caroling, wassailing, and ice skating are all more a part of this holiday than are the more modern so called celebration of sitting around eating and watching movies. Take a family walk before or after dinner. Here are some good tips for walkers.

To brush up on your visualization skills, try the portion-size pop quiz from Prevention magazine.

Try to look at the holiday as a social time, it is about visiting and bonding, not just food. Enjoy your relative and friends and be joyful!

Fruit Fly Trap Update

My fruit fly trap is finally working efficiently! First, I tried a rolled paper funnel in a wine bottle with cider vinegar in the bottom but the flies still preferred the fruit on the windowsill. I rolled the funnel narrower and cut the funnel opening larger but although lots more entered, some were able to fly back out. The wine bottle opening was too small to fit a piece of cantaloupe and that appears to be their favorite food so I tried a mason jar with a funnel. The mason jar was too short, placing the funnel just above the bait and again, many flew out. I finally decided on a tall glass with a funnel cut from an envelope. The funnel is flatter and has a smaller opening at the point.  You can see the fruit flies inside the glass in the last picture. (for original post and links, see “Thank You” post from Sep 25th)