A List of Books That Have Been Banned

Posted on September 29, 2011 by quashnsa

This list is incomplete. If you are like me, curious, try reading some of these just to find out why they were banned in the past (some will be in the future as well).

eBooks, Kindle and Rants

Posted on September 29, 2011 by quashnsa

I love my Kindle. I don't love the .azw format. I love buying ebooks and reading them on the Kindle. Since most ebooks are only $1 less than mass-market paperbacks, I tend to see them as "sharable". Amazon encrypts the .azw ebooks to a single Kindle. That keeps the books from being shared. At the moment, the decryption software does not handle Kindle 3 books. Thanks to BN.com, I can download ebooks in a much nicer format, specifically .epub. The tools to decrypt .epub books handle the encryption very well. If I am shelling out $6-$14 per book, I treat them like true physical books--I give them out to others. That seems to fall under the "fair use" idea. Don't I own the ebook once I have purchased it? When I buy a physical book I read it and pass it on to my coworkers and family. I will do that with ebooks too.

2011 Fall Jack's Camp

Posted on September 27, 2011 by quashnsa

I had a blast at Jack's Camp in Livermore, CA. The kids were great! I loved seeing my friends and making new friends.

A fellow volunteer and brain tumor victim has the same view of the title "brain tumor survivor" that I do. We are both doing well, but "survivor" sounds too definitive and conclusive. The brain tumor cells are still there (much of it has been removed and scarred with radiation) and they may spread to other body parts or re-grow in the brain. I prefer the title "brain tumor fighter". I actively fight being just a "BT person" by being active in sports and I support others in their BT fight. If my tumor never returns and I die late in life, then I will be a brain tumor survivor.