24 September 2012

Getting to know my Nook, pt. 2

The latest explorations I made on my nook involve browsing through the B&N bookstore. I've found the browsing to be quite easy, and can be a good time waster if you're looking for one. I'm not sure I want to commit to anything just yet, so I downloaded some free samples. I plan on purchasing some books for my literature seminar on my nook in another week or so. My weeks have been filled with blogs and computers and homework and work, etc. so my nook has taken a backseat for now, but I plan on bringing it to the passenger seat soon, if only to explore again.

12 September 2012

Getting to know my Nook, pt. 1

I'm new to the eReader fad. My mom bought me one when I was younger (I believe it was sometime in the late 90's) but I bought one free book, never read it, and have no idea what happened to that thing. I'm all about keeping up with the advances of the day (if we don't, sooner or later we won't know how to function in the world) so when my best friend told me her mom went nook happy and got me one for my birthday, I embraced it. This time, I thought, I'm going to use this thing. Since I'm older, I travel more and and probably read more, too, so I think it might come in handy.

Last night, I fully charged my nook so I could use it when I woke up this morning. I could barely sleep from excitement, though I still managed a good 8 hrs. My eyes opened to sunlight and my nose opened to the smell of morning breath. My boyfriend was still snoring next to me, so I took this chance of silence and picked up my nook and followed the on-screen instructions. It was fully charged! The screen is a little slow and spotty, but I wasn't expecting it to be Mac quality (said the Apple snob). At first, the only two books in my library were the nook handbook and the quick start guide. I whizzed through the guide to make sure I had the basics. When my boyfriend woke up and saw what I was doing, he got on his phone and googled how to get books you already own onto your nook. He babbled something about eBooks and going to the store, and I decided I'd figure it out after a nice cup of coffee. I browsed through some books in the b&n store and once again decided I needed coffee to continue on with this path. I'm not much of a morning person. So I went back into my nook library once more and saw that Pride and Prejudice was now in there, along with a sample of some other book, and I have no idea how they got there.

So here I sit with my coffee, giving you the first thoughts and happenings of my brand new nook. Look out for pt. 2, in which I hope to solve the mystery of uploading books I already own.

11 September 2012


It's too easy to click on stuff.

I "liked" one thing and then other people who "liked" it posted stuff and I got notified and all of a sudden I was on some random page that was made by some angsty 14 year old girl who thinks that her boyfriend of exactly one week is a jerk because he broke up with her via text. That's when I stepped back and checked out my facebook and suddenly felt overwhelmed. There is too much on it. Sometimes I go through and hide things and "unlike" things just to clear out the clutter.

It's like cleaning out my house. I try to do deep cleans of every room at least twice a year. It's strange, but breathing feels easier after every time 3 black bags stuffed of garbage and unused crap gets thrown out or donated. At my mom's house this weekend, I went through a lot of childhood belongings. It was all stuff I had been through several times before. I realized that it gets to a point where everything you own has sentimental value because you've already purged yourself of all of the stuff that doesn't.

Maybe it's just time for a good deep cleaning of my online presence. Can we ever stay organized with all of these usernames, passwords, account numbers, links, likes, tags, and labels piling up over our heads like 6 feet of snowfall? Why do they make it so easy to click?