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Old 06-20-2010, 09:57 AM   #41
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I hardly think this makes me a Luddite, or a curmudgeon.
Said in jest. Does not necessarily reflect the opinion of...
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Hi Ron, I did not read your reply as "in jest" although you meant it to be taken that way. We cannot see each forum contributor's facial expression or hear the intonation. My choice is to use smiley's occasionally to lighten the tone . Or maybe an end comment like ...

P.S. Just kidding.
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Hi Ron, I did not read your reply as "in jest" although you meant it to be taken that way. We cannot see each forum contributor's facial expression or hear the intonation. My choice is to use smiley's occasionally to lighten the tone . Or maybe an end comment like ...

P.S. Just kidding.
I agree. There's a use for them there smilies!

Seriously though....I think we often don't realize how an off the cuff email or forum entry may inadvertently cause offence. I had a prof. once who got into big trouble with the entire class because of that. I would like to say here and now that if a comment of mine ever upsets anyone on the forum, I apologize profusely. I don't mean it!!!
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HaHa, Kindle sounds like the wrong gift for you. Your post reminds me of a
meditation aid someone gave me; it had wires and copper to place on various places around the body and handles to hold while mediating. Kindle/copper, either you're into it or you're not.

I also enjoy chatting with the staff at the private library. The public library has gone to digital self check out so there is less fun there.
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I agree. There's a use for them there smilies!
A perfect example of why I don't use (or believe in) such a device. What does that statement even mean?

(Now I understand how this statement can seem much more harsh than intended but I am at a lose as to which Smily (sp) might help... perhaps this I suppose.)
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A perfect example of why I don't use (or believe in) such a device. What does that statement even mean?

(Now I understand how this statement can seem much more harsh than intended but I am at a lose as to which Smily (sp) might help... perhaps this I suppose.)
I am making a joke and showing that I am laughing......
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I am making a joke and showing that I am laughing......
Looks more like that nervous laugh that people sometimes use to cover up for not being very sure of themselves. In any event, I am glad then we agree that Smilies are a joke.
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Looks more like that nervous laugh that people sometimes use to cover up for not being very sure of themselves. In any event, I am glad then we agree that Smilies are a joke.
On the contrary, I am quite sure of myself. Let's end this conversation now in a respectful manner.
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I think you're both wrong.
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Looks more like that nervous laugh that people sometimes use to cover up for not being very sure of themselves.
One of this board's (former) members used to say post some of the most viciously sarcastic and even hurtful things... but he felt that if he followed them up with a few "big grin" smilies then everything would be OK.
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I like browsing bookstores and libraries also. Although I find that I do less of this because the recommendation systems of places like Amazon is pretty darn good.
I am not sure that having a Kindle would change my walking into a library browsing the shelves and walking out with a couple of book every month or so.

I can absolutely see the advantages of having a Kindle for travel and while I don't do a lot, I am seldom gone for less than 9 days. This require one book for the flight over, one for the flight back, one for the actual time I away, and often a back up book in case one of other books isn't good. I can also see the benefits of having a Kindle for posting on this board. I often support my posts with information from my library. This requires remembering the fact (I am pretty good but far from fool proof on this), trying to remember which book contained the information, locating the book in my book shelves, finding the information in the book, and than posting it. All of this would be certainly easier with Kindle. Plus the board would benefit in that more of my facts would be accurate

The downside of the Kindles is that it is one more gadget in my life, they aren't cheap,and I suspect that I would end up spending more money on books, because I'd go to the library less often. Finally, I am not sure that I prefer reading a book on Kindle than a physical book.
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One of this board's (former) members used to say post some of the most viciously sarcastic and even hurtful things... but he felt that if he followed them up with a few "big grin" smilies then everything would be OK.
Reminds me of the parental admonition "use your words, honey" after little Benjamin socks little Ronnie. Yes, I guess smilies are not a cure for being excessively negative.
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One of this board's (former) members used to say post some of the most viciously sarcastic and even hurtful things... but he felt that if he followed them up with a few "big grin" smilies then everything would be OK.
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One of this board's (former) members used to say post some of the most viciously sarcastic and even hurtful things... but he felt that if he followed them up with a few "big grin" smilies then everything would be OK.
I should just make the tongue-in-cheek emoticon my sig...
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[...]The downside of the Kindles is that it is one more gadget in my life, they aren't cheap,[...]
A brand new Kindle from Amazon has gone down in price to $189 as of today:

Amazon.com: Kindle Wireless Reading Device (6" Display, Global Wireless, Latest Generation): Kindle Store

Whether or not $189 is "cheap" or "not cheap" depends on one's frame of reference, but anyway I just thought that might be of interest to some ER board members. It comes with a 30 day no-questions-asked full money-back guarantee.
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I figured with all the competition from IPad and the Sony reader is now $199 they would have to lower the price . Plus now that they have Kindle applications for almost every portable device it lessens the demand .Why buy a kindle when you can get something that does so much more and still have the book feature when you want ?
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I figured with all the competition from IPad and the Sony reader is now $199 they would have to lower the price . Plus now that they have Kindle applications for almost every portable device it lessens the demand .Why buy a kindle when you can get something that does so much more and still have the book feature when you want ?
If you personally do not want a Kindle, then certainly you should not buy one at any price.

Kindle is Amazon's #1 seller of all their products. And wow, at just $189 starting today, it is now cheaper than it has ever been - - so hopefully approaching the price range of many who may have felt they couldn't afford a Kindle.

At least two prior substantial price cuts have been made on the present version of Kindle (the k2i) since it first became available in February, 2009. The k3 is supposed to be coming out later this year so that, plus the fact that it has been a while since the last price cut, are likely to be two factors behind the timing of this particular price cut.

When are you going to buy that iPad you have been wanting, anyway? Or at least I thought you wanted one before your last trip.
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A brand new Kindle from Amazon has gone down in price to $189 as of today:
Ahhhggg... I paid $389.00 for my first generation Kindle that I bought about two weeks before they came out with their 2nd generation.

Yep, I consider $189 a a very good bargain.
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I've forgotten what I paid for a Kindle1 one week after it came out but I figure it paid for itself three times over because it functions well enough as my only away-from-home FREE wi-fi device. It is still like part of my right hand. Sorry, this is starting to smell like spam.
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I'm reading my third or fourth book on my iPod touch. It's not quite as nice as a real book, but I think that's because I have to turn the pages so often.

BookOnIpod.jpg

The quality and readability of the text is higher than that of a paper book.
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