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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mysteries of Life.

 I have a Kindle Fire HD tablet.  Before I got one, I was repulsed by the idea of reading a book on a computer. But after I got used to it, the convenience won me over. I never lose a book, and I can carry this around with me and read at the doctors office or where ever.

Then I realized I could get many of the magazines I liked digitally, and that would save space and clutter.

I bought a book recently on the Kindle HD, and was horrified to see that even if you marked a magazine "keep",  your magazines would only be stored for 12 issues total per title in "the cloud."  But I looked, and I have at least a years worth of Shotgun News magazines stored there, about 36 individual issues.  So I wrote to Amazon, and they said what the book said, that the HD Fire will only let you keep 12 magazines per title in "the cloud."  When I wrote back and said I was looking at 36 issues + of Shotgun News, and was able to select any issue and pull it up, they said that was impossible.   This is clearly one of those mysteries of life which cannot be explained or understood by the human intellect.



I bought volume 1 of Paul Hardcastle's two volume smooth jazz collection.  Some of his songs that I really like are on there.

Instead of going out now and dragging the heavy extension ladder up to the roof to replace some shakes lost in the big storm, I am sitting inside listening to it now.

I should be out there working but I am tired today.  I guess I'll go out in a minute and try to get at least a little work done. Moving that ladder is the hardest part of the job.









Ragnar has to go to the exotic pet specialist tomorrow. It will be a long trip but he needs to be seen by somebody who knows something about ferrets.  He has developed a big tumor looking thing on his shoulder.  My attempts to treat it with antibiotics and salve have made it better, but I am so gun shy after this past year that I am going to take him to the specialist anyway.


I asked my daughter to check the shelters and rescues where she lives and see if there are any special needs ferrets who might like to come down here and live on the mountain.  I always take the one's who are less likely to be chosen , so I get ferrets who have problems off the bat. At least I can see they are well cared for and they always reciprocate by being affectionate and entertaining friends.


14 comments:

  1. There are some days when a person really needs to listen to good music instead of climbing onto the roof. I've been going all day today, as fast as this worn out body will let me. I think tomorrow will probably one of those good music days.

    Hope all will be well with Ragnar. It takes a special person to take on animals that nobody wants. Those animals deserve love and attention, too.

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    1. People don't know what they are missing when they dump a ferret off. I've had lots of animals and I like dogs, cats, horses, et al. But ferrets are like something from another planet, and once you get one it's easy to get addicted to their company. I get the one's that are old, or need medicine, or have biting problems, that kind of thing, because I know they need a home more than anybody else. Also, I feel kind of a kinship with them, because I'm old and I know how much harder that makes daily living, so we have that in common.

      I finally got up and went out to set up the ladder. I have to tie it down on both sides so it doesn't slide one way or the other when I am on top. But after I got it tied down, I went ahead and fixed the shakes. I was only going to do a few, but once I got started I couldn't stop. Now it is all done, and I'm all cleaned up and back inside where it's warm. I don't have to dread doing it tomorrow, or worry about being late to the exotic pet specialist.

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  2. I have a few special needs ferrets for ya if you want em. They have some rare skin cancer that makes em look like cats but they are really ferrets....

    Addy Please :)

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    1. Hum. I could have them surgically altered to restore their ferret like appearance. Somebody was selling ferrets down in South America and telling the people there they were miniature poodles.... I hope when the dupes found out they didn't just put the ferrets on the street. I thought they did look like poodles, actually. But ferrets have to have ferret food, they can't survive on dog food, so I wonder how they got around that.

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  3. I am another Kindle Fire addict, my wife gave me one for my birthday when they first became available down here, now it almost never leaves my side. The only downside is that it won't do all of the nifty things that you get in the US, we can only download books or apps, Amazon has not gotten around to enabling any of the movies, music etc. that I would love to get, even so it is still very versatile. You might not be aware but due to archiac copyright laws (leftover from the British), books are REALLY expensive here, new release paperback novels average $25.00 to 29.00!!, of course kindle books are a fraction of this cost or even free and I read somewhere that the authors receive a higher percentage of royalties than from the print copies. Being able to access the internet anywhere there is wi fi is also a great benefit, I felt quite tecno savvy sitting in a hotel in Vietnam when on holidays sending e-mails to my daughter back home.

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    1. I can't imagine paying more than five bucks for a paperback. Those are pretty much use and lose here. I do know that there are DVD sets, like Great Tank Battles, which you can buy in Europe and Australia but not in the states, because of some fuss between the Canadian Company that made the series and the History Channel about royalties on repeat showings. I can't even buy an Australian DVD because there are five "zones" in the world and each has a different format. That's not for technical reasons, it's to control distribution.

      I'm pretty well addicted to the internet. I pay my bills, track my finances, keep up with my blog friends, all on the net. Of course, if the grid fails I won't have to worry about any of that so I guess being addicted isn't so bad.

      Do you have "Silk" on your Kindle as the browser? That's the worst program I have ever seen in my life. It crashes whenever I try to use it to read blogs. It won't even do some news pages.

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    2. Harry, yes I have Silk#$&** and it is crap although it lets me read blogs OK. The other thing missing on the kindle Fire that drove me crazy was any way to catalogue your books, I had to buy an app so I could do that. Surely that would be the first feature you would have on a e-reader!!

      DVD zones drive me crazy as well, I even sent a dvd to my mate in England and he can't play it??!! However I have just made the discovery that a blu-ray dvd does not seem to have any zone, I purchased a standard dvd and a blu-ray dvd from Amazon (in the US) and whilst the standard dvd will not play the blu-ray is ok. Just to make sure I purchased 2 more and yep they will play here in Australia no problems, you might want to try this.

      This will make you laugh, I tried my US dvd on my mother in laws player which is ancient, it is one of those dual dvd/vhs tape players and the damn thing played ok, that nmachine she has must be 10 years old!

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    3. Probably your mother in law got one before the corporations figured out how to divvy up the world to maximize profits. If I could get that second season of Greatest Tank Battles on Blue Ray I'd buy a Blue Ray player. I'll have to see if I can find it on Blue Ray somewhere.

      I have about forty books on Kindle. What I do is just keep the one I am reading on the device and let everything else just sit in the cloud. It's not a catalog but since I don't have that many books yet it works for now.

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  4. Good for you on the ferrets, I'd take those too! My husband got a Google Nexus which is sort of like the same thing. He thought he would hate reading on it but he loves it. With getting older the back lighting helps him see better and he's more comfortable if the book is really large in print.

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    1. I had seven once, but now I only have three. So there's room for more at "Harry's home for down on their luck ferrets."

      I have heard of the Nexus but never used one. My brother gave me a Kindle Flame, and I liked it so much I got myself a Kindle Flame HD and gave the earlier version to my son. I just wish I could figure out the thing about saving magazines.

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  5. They are just gorgeous Harry. I don't know much about them but hope the lump is not serious. I am still reading books and magazines but my daughter swears by her kindle :)

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    1. I just got back home from the specialist. Looks like Ragnar may have cancer. That thing on his shoulder is a tumor. We are having it biospeed next week. If it is malignant, then all we can do is palliative care. The doctor said people really shouldn't get ferrets because most of them die before they turn five, and 33% of them die of adrenal disease or cancer. But I guess it doesn't matter how long you live, as much as how much you enjoy life.

      I still buy a lot of books and magazines, but the Kindle is nice because I can read when I have to wait at the doctors office. It helps pass the time.

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  6. Good luck with the vet visit, I hope Ragnar is okay. Must be some ferrets out there in a rescue centre or similar who need a good home with someone like you who has lots of time and patience for caring for them - I hope you get some soon :)

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    1. Ah, Dreamer. Things did not go well. Looks like he has cancer. But you know well how life is. When bad things happen you just try to make the impact on everybody as minimal as possible.

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