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Ebooks vs. The Real Deal

Ebooks.  They seem to be everywhere this year.  With the release of the Kindle earlier this fall (here in Canada), and a multiple of ever-popular iPod, iPhone and Blackberry apps, ebooks seem to have taken on a life of their own.  I’ve even seen statements made that ebooks have out-sold tangible copies this Christmas season, perhaps marking the beginning of the end for bookstores as we know them.  Now, I can neither confirm nor deny this statement, as I haven’t seen the numbers, but it seems to me that this is a bold statement to be making.

As the owner of over 1,000 books, and someone who is in the process of moving, I can’t deny the convenience of the ebook.  I would love nothing better than to jam them all onto my iPod, stuff it in my purse and be done with it.  However, curling up in my big armchair with my iPod just doesn’t “feel” the same.  And, let’s face it, you can’t beat that “new-book” smell, either.

Then there’s the issue of “browsing”.  Plainly stated, browsing for ebooks is a chore.  I find that you need to know what you’re looking for before you even start.  How will I discover hidden treasures when I already have preconceived notions of what I’m looking for?  There’s nothing I love more than poking around a bookstore for a couple of hours and walking out with, not only what I went in for, but a few new discoveries as well.

While I currently have 45 or so ebooks on my iPod, I still prefer the real thing.  The smell of the ink and paper, the feel of the embossed cover, and the sight of rows upon rows of books lining my living room make the work of moving them worth it.  I don’t think traditional bookstores have anything to worry about.  While the convenience of ebooks is a major selling feature, its not enough to put the print publishers out of business.  You just can’t beat the feel of the real thing.

So tell me, what’s your preference?

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Coming in 2010

There are a few movies coming out in early 2010 that I’m excited about,  the first one being Legion.  Now, the tv show Supernatural has spent the last season really ramping up the whole “Heaven vs. Hell” storyline, and its been great!  So, I’m interested to see what a big budget production can do with the same story.  From the looks of the trailer, there’s gonna be a lot of action.  Starring Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid.

Legion comes out on January 22, 2010.  Here’s the official trailer:

February brings us Wolfman.  Forget your sappy, Valentine’s Day chick flicks, this is where I’ll be!  I love a good horror flick, and werewolves scare me more than any other supernatural nasty out there.  Starring Hugo Weaving, Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt, it looks like we’ll be in for one helluva ride.

Wolfman starts on February 12, 2010.  Check out the trailers!

Wolfman – Trailer #2

March sees the remake of Clash of the Titans.  I’m torn on this one.  I love the original version, in all its stop-motion, clay-mation glory.  My kids have watched it repeatedly.  I’m actually surprised that it hasn’t been remade before now.  My main concern is, what can they possibly add to the story?  Besides recruiting some of the top actors in the business and the use of over-the-top special effects, the story has already been told.  I suppose the same could be said about Wolfman, as well.  There’s just something about this remake that doesn’t sit quite right with me …

Starring Sam Worthington, Ralph Feinnes and Liam Neeson, Clash of the Titans releases on March 26, 2010.  Here’s the trailer:

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A few years ago, Telus used a song from 1953 in their Christmas ad campaign called “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”.  People loved it so much, they started calling their radio stations and requesting it!

I got this little guy today, and he reminded me of that song.  Here’s a clip of the Telus commercial, or you can listen to the full song here.

Hope everyone is have a wonderful Christmas Eve!  Enjoy!!

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The year is almost over. Its time for the annual “favorites” lists. These are some of my favorite things from the past year, in no particular order.

Video Games

Rabbids Go Home – this game is hours of pure insanity. You’re a “crazier than an outhouse rat” rabbit, pushing a shopping cart, collecting junk in order to pile it up to get back to the moon. Oh, and you’re running around wearing a red lace thong. What’s not to love?!

Resident Evil 5 – this was just plain hard!  We played through it twice, and I loved/hated every minute of it.  I’m generally not a fan of this type of game, but this one held my attention.  An engaging storyline, a huge arsenal and ALOT of zombies make this very fun to play over and over again.

  • Assassin’s Creed 2
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Uncharted:  Drake’s Fortune
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Books

Gwenhwyfar by Mercedes Lackey – I didn’t even know this book was coming out until a week before the release date.  A pleasant surprise, indeed!  A new take on Arthurian Legend.

Hood by Stephen Lawhead – You guessed it!  A little different take on the Robin Hood story.  Very well written.

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks – Technically a 2008 “bit”, but I read it in 2009.  Assassin’s Creed, without the “animus”.  Fast paced, well developed characters and lots of action.  A must-read!

Movies

  • Terminator Salvation
  • District 9
  • Star Trek
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • Zombieland
  • Up

TV Shows

  • Glee
  • Modern Family
  • V
  • Vampire Diaries

Next up, my most anticipated “bits” of 2010.  There’s some exciting stuff coming up in the New Year!

Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone!!

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Warm Fuzzies

A little bit of Christmas spirit from Big Bang Theory to get those holiday warm fuzzies started.  Enjoy!

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