Sunday, January 11, 2009

What's Poppin'- Part I

I've been spending way to much time following all the different Engadget blogs as they cover CES. I shouldn't admit this, but I'm such a gadget nerd that I've got Engadget, Engadget HD, Engadget CES Headlines, CEA Digital Dialogue, and International CES Headlines in my Google Reader (I'm link lazy- just hit that main Engadget link and you'll stumble upon the others). I don't understand how 90% of it works, but new electronic shinies fill me with technolust.

However, this little gem falls into the "What Were They Thinking?!" category:

Engadget found a kinetic charger at CES. It looks pretty innocuous until you watch the video of this device in action. I dare you to watch it without snickering, if not out-right cackling. Feel free to write your own captions. WARNING: do not attempt to drink beverages while watching.

Really, if they would just create a hollowed out version of that thing, we'd have a natural and permanent end to worldwide power shortages.

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Speaking of gadgets, I LOVE looking at HP mini's Vivienne Tam edition. I really have no use for one, but it hasn't stopped me from salivating over it for months now. Last week Geardiary posted some hands-on pictures that are the equivalent of technoporn. Too bad that matching Vivienne Tam mouse costs extra.

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All of Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire (Sookie Stackhouse) books are now available in downloadable audio book form from Audible. I now have all but the first one, and only because that first one, Dead Until Dark, is always so expensive. What's up with the outrageous price on that one, Audible? It's totally out of line with the others!

TITLE Book CoverOddly enough I only had a couple of them in print so over the holidays, when Amazon ran a Gold-Box special on the boxed set of the first 7 books, I jumped on it. At only $30.29 that worked out to only $4.32 per book! I've already got the first one in the original cover, but the boxed set came with the True Blood cover.

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ATTENTION, Please: Author Jules Jones is offering her entire Syndicate series as FREE downloads on her site. This series was one of my earliest M/M fascinations and cemented Jules in my mind as one of the best creators of memorable characters around. Go get it and read it NOW!

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TITLE Book CoverYou know I don't read too many ebooks anymore because my poor old eyes just can no longer handle reading from any of my computers or my PDA screen. So, I have to be pretty damn sure a book is worth the eye strain before I consider reading it in ebook format.

Well, thanks to azteclady and Ann Aguirre, I have an early review copy of Blue Diablo, Corine Solomon book 1 (April 7, 2009 Roc print release). I can't tell you how much I've been looking forward to this book. Feel free to express your extreme jealousy. Stay tuned to Ann's blog because she's got some creative plans in the works for the days leading up to Blue Diablo's release. In the meantime, here's an excerpt.


JenB said...

Dude...if they'd rework that power thingy a little bit and give one to all the teenage boys in America, we could power the whole country for a hundred years! lol

Bev(QB) said...

I KNOW! Think of all the laptops that can be charged one-handed! And electric cars will be suddenly become popular!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the kind words. :-) But I'd like to remind people that The Syndicate was a joint effort with my writing partner of many years, Alex Woolgrave. A lot of our stuff is simply beta-reading for each other, but those books were very much a product of collective warpedness...

Bev(QB) said...

Oops, you're absolutely right, Jules. Sorry about that, Alex.

Hee- "collective warpedness"- I like it.

Jules Jones said...

I'm the one who's noisy online, so I'm the one people tend to think of when thinking "author of The Syndicate". :-)

Anonymous said...

First, the video was hilarious!

Secondly, thanks to the links to The Syndicate. The stories sound great!

Seneca said...

My friends husband had a role on True Blood, and at the premier the whole cast was given bottles of true blood (actually a spicy alcoholic drink)
I told her that they could probably sell it to a Sookie or True Blood fan for good money.

Bev(QB) said...

Eyre, I don't usually care much for futuristic sci-fi, but Jules and Alex's characters are just so damn quirky and memorable!

Seneca, they would make some major bucks selling that bottle! WANT!