Sunday, November 18, 2012

Dongles and E-Readers and Geraniums and an Author

My brave geraniums on the deck today, 2012/11/17

I read a few blogs on the topic of pleasure today. What makes us happy?

I commented on one blog that we all need to think about the things that don't cost money.

Well almost.

I tallied up my airmiles.  And realized that I could get two items on my wish list for free. One was a dongle for my computer that would allow me to listen to radio in my house rather than sitting in my car in my driveway.  You read that right. I can get reception in my driveway in my car but the house radio does not work unless I hang it off the deck and that gets mighty cold in the winter. So this dongle thing I saw in someone's house. It hooks up to the computer and you can set the speaker anywhere in the house wirelessly and endless radio stations are yours for the taking.

Next thing on my wish list was an E-Reader. And my airmiles covered that too. I can download from the library now without leaving my house. Imagine. You're all probably guffawing at this point. Many of my readers have been enjoying their  E-Readers for like, centuries, now. I'm a latecomer. I just love the feel of a real book with its paper and bookmark and often notes and how cosy it is in bed. I'll let you know how me and the dog cuddle up to the Ebook.

And like this is all free. Well I'm not a fool. I had to buy a lot over the past year to cover those two items. But once I found out I could get double the airmiles on my groceries I was off and running.

And then, Michael Redhill, AKA Inger Ash Wolfe,  whom I wrote about in Alter Ego was kind enough to comment on my blog. That pleased me. Muchly.

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Anonymous Grannymar said...

You have colourful geraniums and we have white frost everywhere this morning.

Dongles E-Readers & airmiles are all foreign to me. Maybe one day I'll catch up with the world around me

Sun Nov 18, 07:53:00 AM GMT-3:30  
Blogger CorvusCorax12 said...

the Geraniums are lovely. I was let getting an e-reader myself, but I love it now. Very easy to take everywhere. Enjoy !!

Sun Nov 18, 08:57:00 AM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Secret Agent Woman said...

If you have a laptop, couldn't you just put it in whatever room you want it and stream radio that way?

My geraniums are going strong, too.

I have an eReader (in the form of an iPad) and I really like it. I really like "real" books, but it is so handy to have a selection of book available anytime in one lightweight form. And I set the font bigger, so no reading glasses!

Sun Nov 18, 10:21:00 AM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

There's a chill in the air here today for sure but we've had the longest of falls.
You don't need to catch up, living at the edge of the Atlantic I miss things other people take for granted - radio stations, libraries, etc.

Sun Nov 18, 12:29:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

Will do, I'm sure!!

Sun Nov 18, 12:29:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

My laptop (large) is in my office and hooked up to peripherals. Plus the sound is not very good. Dongle comes with a good speaker system.
Yes, I'm looking forward to the EReader (free!!!)

Sun Nov 18, 12:31:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Twilight said...

I think I've alighted from the techno- progress train now, WWW. My stop: bog-standard computer, CDs, DVDs. There are obviously, now, many other delights to be had - such as dongles etc- I admire all who are still travelling happily on that ol' techno-train. You'd find me at the refreshment stand several stops back. ;-)

Sun Nov 18, 03:05:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

Living in the back of beyond here I find that I have to embrace tech improvements that enhance my barren life. Now I will have radio through the dongle and access to the library through an E-Reader.

Sun Nov 18, 03:07:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Anonymous Tessa said...

I bow to no-one in my reverence for books. Throughout my life, I've dragged tons of them around with me, even leaving my furniture behind in Ireland to bring them when I emigrated to Canada.

But I absolutely LOVE my e-books. I have an iPad with Kobo, Kindle and iBook apps on it and the world is my library. Best of all, I can take that library with me wherever I go without worrying about freight charges, excess baggage fees etc. I guarantee you and your dog will love your new eReader.

Sun Nov 18, 03:27:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Stubblejumpin Gal said...

You're not the last one to jump on the e-reader bandwagon. I still haven't even priced them out. Just don't know what I'm missing, I guess!

Sun Nov 18, 03:59:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

Me too Tessa, guess who had a truckload of books follow her out here to the edge of the Atlantic?

I know I will love it, it is just the sheer SENSUALITY of my books I will miss.

Then again, maybe not....


Sun Nov 18, 04:06:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...


Follow this space closely!!


Sun Nov 18, 04:07:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Molly said...

So glad you found me! I could have found you too on SAW but you know that tunnel vision thing........ You won't find me guffawing about the e-reader. The OC bought me one one and a half birthdays ago, in spite of my protests that I loved real books and didn't want one. Most of the time I forget about it, and it gathers dust under the books on my night table. But I picked it up recently and discovered [only took me eighteen months!] that a person can do e-mail and all sorts of things on it! Of course this person doesn't have the patience to wrestle with it, or the tech savviness, so back to the computer and those cuddlesome books.....

Where in the auld sod?

Sun Nov 18, 04:27:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

I love real books
They are piled everywhere in this cottage.
Even if I do not read for days
the look of them brings me comfort :)

Sun Nov 18, 05:51:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Irene said...

I am tempted by free things but then really have to consider if I want them because they're free or because I really need them and am going to use them. I think sometimes I am just greedy. I prevent myself from being this way by analyzing my situation first. It prevents me from making foolish decisions.

Since I have basically stopped reading, I wonder if an e-reader would start me up again? I'm afraid to get one in case it turns out not to be so.

Luckily I do get good reception for the radio station I listen too. I'm ever so grateful for that. It helps me decide on my polirical points of view.


Sun Nov 18, 07:42:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

Ah Molly,

A nunnified woman after me own heart!!

I fear that will be me with the E-Reader as Daughter has a Kobo and doesn't use at all. But I will love the new ability to access the library, we shall see. I don't know whether wait lists apply to E-Readers?

Rebel Cork - I think you're Sligo??


Sun Nov 18, 11:57:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...


Oh you are my soul sister! I have to have a tall unread pile before I feel secure.

Can't have this feeling with an E-Reader, ya think?


Sun Nov 18, 11:58:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

I miss my radio station when in house, a dongle will definitely help me.

Library wins out for the EReader and having them truly free (free shipping and no taxes)says Happy Solstice to me in a nice way.

My budgeting is very tight now so must watch the pennies....


Mon Nov 19, 12:00:00 AM GMT-3:30  
Blogger joared said...

I have so many unread books that until I finish them I likely won't buy an EReader. Plus instead of reading some of them, I recently visited a favorite haunt -- the only one remaining now -- a used book store. I bought more books, read them and returned to exchange for even more books I'm reading now.

I do think an EReader that fits nicely in my purse would be nice to have if stuck in a waiting room, other locations. Hm-m-m! Maybe I should reconsider, see how many freebie $$$ I have on some cards. Which brand is best?
My friend really likes her IPad but has an ER and reads with either, I think.

Mon Nov 19, 08:18:00 AM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Molly said...

Limerick....I only went to a wedding in Sligo recently, and once, long ago, scrambled up Croagh Patrick in the fog!

Mon Nov 19, 09:39:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Government Funded Blogger said...

I never thought that I would buy an e-reader but then my practical side kicked in.With limited space in our condo and a bookcase crammed and no room for another case the e-reader's time had come.No looking back now.

I know that you will enjoy the selection of music out there via the dongle.

Tue Nov 20, 10:36:00 AM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...


Yes Ipads and EReaders are interchangeable I believe.

I just use the standard airmiles card and then add to my Amex airmiles card to get double the points where given.

Yes, I love Second Hand bookshops which are disappearing at an alarming rate.

Much like record stores.


Mon Nov 26, 06:21:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

Molly I managed to avoid the Croagh in spite of enormous pressure and that other one, the island which was even more brutal with starvation involved.

I spent a few holidays with Yeats in Sligo.


Mon Nov 26, 06:23:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...


You are a light in Elder Darkness my good sir, lead the way!


Mon Nov 26, 06:28:00 PM GMT-3:30  

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