Archive for June, 2012

Cheap Cheep

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Podcastle213: Audio quality too varied; distraction=no comprehension. An Aztec? Magic? A murder? IDK; too busy imagining a studio in a well.

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Cheap Cheep

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Robopocalypse: Gruesome, but can’t look away. No 3 laws here. Seems a book written prepacked to movie rights. Want more depth, motivation.

Cheap Cheeps

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Cheapskates:

First, a heads up that the next Cheapskates is in the can and Tony tells me it’s slated for show 245 the first week of July.

Second, I’m going to start expanding my reviewing a bit. While a good deal of my time is spent on the books for Cheapskates, those books are not the only thing I read.

So I’m starting this new thing: Cheap Cheeps. These are Twitter-length reviews of science fiction and fantasy books, short stories, movies and other SF podcasts. All of these will be of content and entertainment that I’ve enjoyed for free, but I can’t use on the show because there’s no way I can assure that you can still get them for free (Library borrow, free promotion, Bing Rewards points used, gift, etc.)

They will be posted on Twitter @CheapCheepSF as well as here. I’ll also use the Twitter Feed for Cheapskates news and updates.

Hope you enjoy!

-Adam

Kindle update

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

If anyone else out there has the $79 Kindle that I use for my reviews, you might like to know Amazon has released an update:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=tsm_1_fb_kin_dev_120620_up/?nodeId=200774090

The new font is supposed to be higher contrast and crisper to be more “paper-like”, but I honestly don’t notice the difference. Still, I thougt it felt pretty “paper-like” before, so maybe it’s just the law of diminishing returns.

However, the pictures in childrens books are a lot crisper and clearer in black and white than it was previously. That alone is worth the update.

 

Review at TwistedSciFi

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Check out this great review of StarShipSofa over at TwistedSciFi. They loved it, especially Cheapskates! Thanks to them for this great exposure:

http://www.twistedscifi.com/review-of-episode-234-of-the-starshipsofa-podcast/

 

Free University Course in Fantasy and Science Fiction

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Check this out: https://www.coursera.org/#course/fantasysf

This will play a starring role in an upcoming episode of Cheapskates (probably July’s). One of the benefits of following the Cheapskates blog – you get to find out early!

 

Nook comes from Dr. Seuss?

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

I’d like to see whether Barnes & Noble can confirm this origin of the name “Nook” for their e-reader:

http://www.teleread.com/ebooks/why-bn-called-it-the-nook-maybe-just-because-theyre-dr-seuss-fans/