Unsolicited Praise for the Nook HD+

6 12 2012

So, it’s been a while since my last update, and I’m happy to report that all is well here. I met the love of my life, she moved in with me (more on that story later), and I got a Nook HD+ from Barnes & Noble. This is the part that the internet cares about, so let’s get right to it.

Nook HD+: I haz it.

Nook HD+: I haz it.

Yes, I actually have one, I bought it with actual money, and nobody is giving me any kickbacks for what I am about to write about this piece of electronics. As such, if I choose to say something like “OMG SQUEEEE” or “Meh, ghey” then you know that my account has been hacked because I don’t say things like that.

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Julia, Avis, and I

15 09 2011

On January 1, 2010, I wrote the following:

I suppose I should not have let curiosity get the better of me and seek out the source material for the “Julie” half of Julie & Julia, but what can I say, I’m a process nerd. If any good came of this experience, it was coming to a place in my life where I could look upon the work of Julia Child and receive her message.

And receive it I did, although I must admit I have a long way to go on the path of slavish devotion to Julia Child, forsaking all other cooks.

Then again, she never did that either.

My discipleship inched along since writing the aforementioned article. I moved to Kenosha WI later that year and in my efforts to acclimate to the area I found a small independent bookshop just before it went out of business. Despite being so tiny, I held a spark of hope that maybe it would have some cookbooks for sale, and maybe, just maybe, a well-worn copy of From Julia Child’s Kitchen would be in stock.

Well, yes and no.

The store had a copy, but not a well-worn one. Instead I snapped up a near-mint (!!!) copy for – and I am not making this up – $7.95 USD. I’m supposed to be wearing down my copy with countless hours of love and adoration but frankly I am afraid to gunk up the book. This is how hoarding starts, I know. I really do need to crack the cover more often and revel in Julia’s voice – and she has a voice, even in print – but for now it is sitting closed and at the ready.

My serendipitous find took a further back seat to another bookstore treasure: As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto. The New York Times book review pretty much nailed the target audience:

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Julie, Julia, and Me

1 01 2010

Somewhere in my recent gushing about Redbox I mentioned that I rented Julie & Julia. The premise is that an obscure woman living in New York City decides one day to cook all of the recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1 in 365 days. The movie version divides time between the “Julie” story in the near past and the story of Julia Child living in France and chipping away at creating her (co-authored) masterwork.

Here’s the thing, there: The Julie Powell and Julia Child of the movie are characters, not real people.

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen the movie yet and plan to, just sock that above sentence away and go have fun.

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EM Reprint: Someone Had to Say It

28 11 2009

(Originally published May 22, 2006)

As the year rolls along, I am doing my best to avoid the standard petty squabbles that flare up either in “real life” or on the internet. There are plenty of things to be outraged by at any given moment, but is outrage a solution unto itself? Or is what I will call “right action” the better option?

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