Archive for October, 2009

catching the wave

Monday, October 12th, 2009

GoogleWave

It was a couple of weeks ago when my husband told me about this new “wave thing” from Google. “It’s supposed to take the place of email.” What in the what? Nothing can ever take the place of email. That’s like saying faxes, 401(k)s and cars fueled solely by gasoline could be obsolete some day. Pishaw!

Then I read my newest Time magazine, starting at the back with Joel Stein’s column (there’s really no other way to read it) and working my way to the front. On page 48 I spied the article entitled, Wave New World written by Lev Grossman. Suddenly I had to have Wave. Had to. So what did I do? Jumped on twitter, duh!

Within 5 minutes I was invited to the wave party! I was a cool kid, just like that! Well, kinda. See, it’s hard to jump on the wave when you have four people on your contacts that also have the app. Lucky for me the guy from twitter who invited me was kind enough to talk to me and show me some features. The coolest thing to jump out? Watching while a person types in their message, backspaces over misspellings and retypes. In real freakin’ time. It reminded me of Pretty in Pink when Blane talks to Andie on the school computers and everyone was like, whut? that can’t happen. But now it can! You can even put those cute Blane and Andie photos in your wave if you want to…or YouTube vids.

The downside? I wanna share but I can’t. Google’s got a heinous backlog and isn’t sending invites at the moment. They say when they catch up they’ll start sending them out again.

what i’m reading

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

What I’ve read recently:

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Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

I wanted to love this book for many reasons. First, it is the latest (and the last one to be read by me) of the Sarah Dessen books (at least for now). I was under the assumption that her successive novels would just get better and better. After Just Listen and Lock and Key, I was sure I would adore Along for the Ride. I enjoyed it enough, but it took me several days to read. That definitely means that I did not love it. I didn’t want to spike it into the book depository or anything. It was just okay.

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Prom Dates from Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore

This was a FUN read. Smart and sarcastic Maggie Quinn is having a helluva senior year. Strange things are happening and her “spidey senses” are tingling. Suspend all disbelief when reading this book and it will be a fun-house read. The story moves along quickly, lots happening. I got through it much faster than Along… and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next Maggie Quinn book.

And what I’m reading now:

onwritingOn Writing by Stephen King

I am a huge non-fan of non-fiction. I try to put it off as long as possible. I was, however, very pleasantly surprised when I started reading On Writing and didn’t want to put it down. The first third of the book reads like a short biography, and King knows how to write about experiences. It’s vivid and quick, no wasted words. The second third is the heavier stuff, but even that King makes light. He writes like he loves it (even grammar!) and urges you to love your writing too. I’m not through it yet, but at this rate I will be soon–and for me to read non-fiction this quickly is stunning.

thanks!

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

3rd-place-barnstar

Thanks to everyone who voted for me! I came in 3rd, which means I’m in the drawing for a 50 page critique.