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Angry Birds - Free Eagle Update on Nook Color

Well now, talk about driving customer engagement. And a good tie-in between virtual and brick and mortar. Customers are bound to buy more when they are actually in your store. Right?

I know they are in my family. My son prefers old-fashioned hardbacks and hates reading anything not a manga on a screen. Likewise, my daughter loves going to the bookstore weekly to increase her selection of series. Her favorite right now is Seekers. Both of them require budgets when we enter the store. I have been buying, sampling, and borrowing books like a maniac ever since I got my Nook Color about two weeks ago (please friend me! I loan books too). I'm reading for pleasure again!

Barnes & Noble has teamed up with Rovio to bring a whole new experience dimension to Angry Birds, one of the most addicting and mindless games ever created. It's $2.99 in the Nook Color market and now you can get an exclusive free update by going into the store. You can only get the update (until someone on XDA f…

I'm an Android App!

I'm an app! You can download me from the Android Market or scan the QR code below. You'll get:
Free alerts on the latest storiesSearch in-appTag CloudOptimized mobile deliveryIt's free and it has alerts so that you'll know whenever my blog is updated. You can search my blog for certain topics or specific posts right from your phone.

The app also has Apps2SD and you can turn off the twitter feed. I downloaded the app myself and requested the changes because I know you don't want your phone blowing up every time I tweet.

The customer support at Notice Software is amazing, getting my blog turned into an app was free (there are ads), but so far I am pleased with the experience. Best of all, it's an easy way to monetize.

I've been blogging for over a decade, and monetization has not been a primary goal, but hey, I'm not going to say no. Notice Software shares a percentage of the ad revenue with you (me), the publisher.

Please let me know what you think, what…

Photo Friday: Wilderness

Panorama of Devil's Punchbowl, a photo by Nannerlady on Flickr. Via Flickr:
This is one of the views you get from the trail head of Devil's Punchbowl in CA.

Plan B by Joseph Finder

I love free things, including short stories. I just finished listening to Plan B: A Nick Heller Story, narrated by Holter Graham. You can also get it for free in the Kindle, Borders/Kobo and Nook stores.

I use short stories to introduce me to new authors. One reason why I love Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. But I digress. I like mystery and crime stories and Audible suggested Finder to me.
An original short story by Joseph Finder, New York Times best-selling author of Buried Secrets and Vanished. "Plan B" finds private spy Nick Heller in Barcelona, Spain, on a rescue mission. The target: a walled compound with state-of-the art-security. The object: a teenage girl, held against her will. The plan: get in and rescue the girl and then get out - without tripping an alarm or alerting the army of guards. But even the best designed plans can go wrong, which is why Nick Heller always has a Plan B. 
Nick is no Shane Scully, at least from my brief introduction, but he is astut…

Wordless Wednesday: Self Portrait


American Gods - 10th Anniversary Interview with Neil Gaiman

Due to computer issues I completely missed the livestream of an interview with Neil Gaiman today. American Gods is being re-released TODAY with an update and Neil's preferred text.

And did you hear? Tom Hanks is set to produce6 seasons of American Gods for HBO!!!!! SQUEEEE!!!! Gaiman is already working on another book:

I wonder if they will make Anansi Boys part of the series....

Enjoy the interview.

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Also available, a new anthology edited by Neil Gaiman. You can preview the book now:

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Most Valuable Person??

That's a tough one for me. When this contest (see below) first came to my attention I immediately thought of my son. He's an amazing teenager living up to his name, even if he doesn't know it.

I don't talk about my faith much, but I truly believe God whispered each of my children's names and purpose into my heart. Joshua means "God with us" or "Jehovah saves". His middle name means "Protector of men".

Despite having a chronically backsliding mother who is the very opposite of a godly woman, my son has taken the best of what I have tried to teach and become a remarkable young man. He is working on graduating early so that he can begin an internship in Youth Ministry with a university that will also award him a 4-year degree.

He's gone on two international missions trips - because he wanted to. He thinks the coolest place to hang out is church. I am not one of those mothers who drags her children to church thre…


Freaks by Tess Gerritsen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a quick read during my lunch break. I do enjoy just about any show with Angie Harmon in it, so I watched a few episodes of "Rizzoli & Isles" and was intrigued that there are companion books.

This version included a sneak peek at the next novel which seems way more interesting than the short story it's attached to.

“Freaks” starts out dark and weird, but by the end you're not feeling left like humanity has gone completely over the edge. It was a nice surprise ending.

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Wordless Wednesday: Travel



Last Tuesday I had the opportunity to attend a Miel Pura/National Honey Board Natural Energy event with Barbara Trujillo-Gomez, author of "...Barbara por Atras" A Latin Woman's Guide to Fitness at the beautiful Japanese Garden of the Kyoto Grand Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

I learned there really are no excuses when it comes to working out. Instead of aiming for 30-60 minutes of straight exercise, I can aim for 10 minutes 3-6 times per day. I can wake up ten minutes early and do some planks and jumping jacks (OK, jumping jacks). Instead of coffee I can have a pomegranate apple honey shot. There are so many beneficial uses of honey for athletes, I think you'll be surprised.

Some fun facts:
Honey is an all-natural energy booster. It's a carbohydrate that your body can easily use to give you a little extra oomph when you need it.Honey has 17g of (good) carbohydrates per tablespoon. That's fuel for your muscles pre- and post- workout.Honey is great for working o…

The Sharing Knife: Horizon

I love that Bujold's books are character driven. I have no problem going between the adventures of Fawn and Dag and those of Miles Vorkosigan.

I read the other three books in this series years ago and waited for book four. And then it took me two years after it was published! It is well worth the wait.

I do suggest you read all of the books in order. If you don't, you can read this as a stand-alone since Bujold does an excellent job of exposition as you go through the story. You'll want to read the earlier books to get all the details and backstory.

It's hard to believe that the entire series takes place over the course of one year. Fawn and Dag are still out to change the world and make relations between Lakewalkers and farmers cordial, if not loving and symbiotic. They have a chance to join a Lakewalker camp, but Dag, being his hard-headed self with a little cajoling from Fawn, breaks the rules and they lose their chance. By the time that happens tho…

Photo Friday: Shade

I took this shot on my first Photog Shootout in July 2009. We were getting lessons on lighting.

HBO - Game of Thrones Sneak Peek


Ok, I am a little excited. And this is why
HBO GO has got to be one of the best apps out there, and I love how HBO has made special content available to mobile users.

*HBO GO® is only accessible in the US. Minimum 3G connection is required for viewing on mobile devices. Some restrictions may apply for mobile devices. ©2011 Home Box Office, Inc. All rights reserved. HBO® and related channels and service marks are the property of Home Box Office, Inc.

Now I just need an actual hour or eight to catch up! I haven't been able to get through the first episode without interruption.

Wordless Wednesday: Clear Day in L. A.


Review: Promax Protein Bars

If you follow my complaints tweets about how protein bars in general aren't very tasty (FullBar for example), and give me a massive headache and nausea. I've started increasing my water intake, so hopefully that will stop the headaches (and bloating).

One bar that I have found that I love all flavors of and doesn't make me nauseous is Promax. Right now I am noshing on Black Forest Cake for breakfast (I overslept). Last weekend I had the Fudge and went for a bike ride. No ill effects either time. The chocolate tastes like chocolate, not like something wanting to be chocolate.

The texture is easy to chew and swallow, more like a fudge bar than  ... bird-food like, chalky, and generally unpalatable. The only bar I like better are the Snickers Marathon bars, which, unfortunately, are out of stock on Amazon in the flavors that I like.

I'm going to have to stock up on these in all their various flavors until I am sick of them.

Mamavation Monday : 190 again

My only consolation is that the Hunk thinks my waist is coming back. He has a picture of me from last summer, before I started Mamavation, and I had more of a waist than I do now. I guess it's time to find my tape measure and start taking measurements.

We haven't been doing P90x the last few weeks because of my back.

It's very frustrating. I keep starting and stopping due to either back issues or lack of interest/energy. This week I am going to focus on water intake (so that the protein bars and protein rich diet don't keep giving me afternoon migraines) and walking as much as possible. On the weekends we ride our bikes at least 5 miles. I know, not a lot, but my chiropractor doesn't want me riding for more than 20 minutes, so 5 miles is kinda pushing it.

I finally got a portable TENS unit. Holy cow what a difference! Wish I had bought one years ago! That and biofreeze have been getting me up in the morning.

Congrats to Pamela for being Sistah of the Week!

Photo Friday: People

I couldn't decide on just one photo for this week's theme -- People.

The Ren Fair is a great place to see all sorts of people, shows, and people drinking while watching the shows. It's a miracle we survived the Middle Ages. Of course the Queen rules over all of it. I managed to take a pig thief and a drunkard home too.

The highlight for me this year was the Moonie Show. For a guy who doesn't talk much, he sure can make you laugh.

You can view part of the set on Flickr and the rest of the photos on Picasa

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Endeavor is coming to California!

Endeavour is expected to be on display at the California Science Center fall 2012. Once the science center receives it, the shuttle will be placed in a temporary enclosure for display until the new exhibit wing is completed.
-- ABC7My daughter recently went on a field trip to the California Science Center (when I was a kid, it was the Museum of Science and Industry) and now I have a reason to drag her back take her myself. It was one of my favorite places to go as a kid. Hands-on geekiness experiments! After her report about Mars, I think she'll be even more interested in getting to see the space shuttle live and in person.

If she's not all that into it, too bad! I wanted to be an astronaut, so I will go just to pretend I am fulfilling a childhood dream.


What's funny about this one is that just the other day I mentioned that I'm thinking about going back to school. I am a book learner, I learn best in a classroom and then applying what I have learned to the real world. Online learning doesn't even compare. I'm way too easily distracted. I learned that the hard way!

In a classroom it's all aggregated for you. You don't need to spend hours researching the work, someone else has already done it for you. Having homeschooled the Teen for a while, I know exactly how much prep can go into preparing just a short lesson! I appreciate teachers.

I love research, but when I am trying to learn something new, I want the materials handed to me so that I can just ingest them. I have too much going on in other areas of my life to focus on research, weeding out the good information from the bad, determining what's outdated and what is still relevant. Our world moves much too fast for that now.

On the other hand, I love rese…

Wordless Wednesday: Close Up

Wordless Wednesday: Close Up
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