The Girl Who Played with Fire gets off to a much quicker start than the previous book in the series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The mystery drives the story along quickly and I didn’t even notice that this book was actually longer than the previous (at least narration-wise). However, like the previous book, I found it to have an overwhelming cast of characters to track, which was perhaps exacerbated by listening to the audible version. Additionally, the dark subject matter once again makes me cautious as to who I would recommend it (keep in mind that the first books directly translated title is "Men Who Hate Women"). Lastly, in complete contrast to what felt like several endings in the first book, this one ends so abruptly, it felt like there was perhaps a chapter or prologue omitted. I have heard that the third novel picks up very close to the end of this one.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Listened to the Audible version.
Very slow to start, with an overwhelming amount of details, but then picks up. The end dragged on a bit, but overall very compelling.
However, there is definitely some very dark subject matter here, and I would be very careful to whom I recommended it.
It’s 2010 & the Ottawa election candidates page lists their phone, fax, & email but not website. Yeesh.
For those of us comfortable with the internet, I’ve compiled an improved list of the Mayoral Candidates to add a website, Twitter, and Facebook Pages links wherever I could find them. I’ve also omitted the Fax number from the original City of Ottawa page.
Nominated Candidates for the 2010 Elections
|Robert G. Gauthier||ncnews.ca/blog||None||Noneemail@example.com||613-276-8788|
|Vincent M. Libweshya2||Vml333@gmail.com||613-614-7815|
|Daniel Joseph Lyrette||None||None||None||None||613-262-9969|
|Mike Maguire||mikeformayor.ca||None||Mike For Mayor (Group)
|Mike.firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com||613-277-4829|
|Julio Pita||None||None||None||None||Fax Only: 613-748-7322|
|Sean Ryan||www.seanryanmayor.com/pligg||None||Sean Ryan For Mayor Of Ottawa (Group)
|Michael St. Arnaud||None||None||Nonefirstname.lastname@example.org||613-276-4212|
|Charlie Taylor for Mayor (Group)
- Values as of Sept. 19, 2010
- This is actually a link to a Facebook profile, but since it’s linked from the candidate’s website I’ve included it.
Have a correction to the above information? Let me know in the comments below.
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The simplicity of JailbreakMe.com was just too enticing to pass up. My aging 2G iPod Touch is now “jailbroken,” for the second time this year.
The first time was a few months ago. It took several hours, exhausted my fingers by requiring vulcan-nerve-pinch button presses, and ultimately left me with a device which needed to be factory reset again a day later. One can only wait through so many 3 hour device restores before giving up and moving on.
This time, however, it was simply a matter of browsing to JailbreakMe.com, and “sliding to jailbreak”. Genius. Of course, it uses a PDF/Safari exploit which won’t last beyond the next update (and which, ironically, can currently only be blocked by jailbreaking your device and installing an unauthorized package), so get it while you can.
- LockInfo + Lock Weather Plugin: See the screenshot up and to the right. Important info, at a glance, without having to unlock the device. This should be built into iOS. Currently running in trial mode, but it’s pretty great, I might have to buy it.
- Features 2G: Enables multitasking & home screen wallpaper support. Why the latter isn’t allowed on Touch 2Gs is beyond me.
- Battery life: Of course, this wouldn’t be as much of a problem if I didn’t turn on multitasking using Features 2G.
- Cydia: My god this app is painful to use. Does it really need to reload packages on every open? And the downloading of package information from repositories (I’m looking at you modmyi.com) is just… so… slow… And you still need to wait for another page to load to see any screenshots! Have you guys seen the AppStore? It is the standard you’re being measured against. Step up.
- More to do: This may be related to the pain of use and lack of curation in Cydia, but I aside from the two tweaks above, I can’t find much else I would want to install.
Anyone else have a jailbroken iDevice? Let me know what other packages I should look into in the comments.
I wrote up this list for a friend yesterday and I figured maybe it was worth sharing with the world at large. While a number of these are video podcasts, I usually listen to these while riding a crowded bus into and home from work each day, so even the video ones often get consumed in audio-only mode from my pocket.
- Buzz Out Loud – A daily tech discussion show. A great way to stay up to date with current topics in tech. Usually pretty easily digestible at around 45 minutes. Website & iTunes direct-link
- Co-op – A weekly gaming review video podcast. Really good, but not very audio-only friendly (lots of video clips from the games they’re reviewing), so skip this one if you’re looking for something to listen to while driving. Website & iTunes direct-link
- The Totally Rad Show – A weekly video podcast. Three dudes talk about movies, video games, tv shows, comics, pop-culture, etc. The kind of show I wish I was hosting. Works pretty well in audio-only format as well. Website & iTunes direct-link
- Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show – A weekly video podcast. Kevin Pollak interviewing people in entertainment. Each episode runs pretty long (1.5-2hrs) but they’re almost always interesting and often really funny. Also works great in audio-only format. Website (don’t bother with the website though, it’s terrible) & iTunes direct-link
- ROFL – A weekly video podcast. Standup comedy cut down to one joke (presumably the best of the set?) from comedians all over the US. Also works great in audio-only mode. Website & iTunes direct-link
I’ve got more… but these will do for now. Do you subscribe to any podcasts? If so, which ones? And if not, why not?
The Canadian National Film Board recently made over 700 films available for streaming over the Internet. Not only are they available online, but they’re also available for sharing on various social networking sites as well as for embedding wherever you want. So I present to you my second NFB pick:
A little known fact: This film made up approximately 90% of the french immersion curriculum when I was growing up.
The Canadian National Film Board recently made over 700 films available for streaming over the Internet.
Classics such as Mon Oncle Antoine and Nobody Waved Goodbye are free for online screening, along with pioneering animation by Norman McLaren and animated films such as The Big Snit and The Cat Came Back.
A group of filmmakers and curators chose the first films to be made available from among the 15,000 productions made by the NFB, said Deborah Drisdell, director of strategic planning. [CBC.ca]
Not only are they available online, but they’re also available for sharing on various social networking sites as well as for embedding wherever you want. So I present to you, probably my most favourite NFB film of all time, The Log Driver’s Waltz:
You can read more the whole process, and whats been added each week, over at the NFB Blog.
Just got the WordPress app installed and configured on my iPod Touch.
Does this mean I will write more? Unlikely. While I’ve gotten quite good at typing on the touch, this hardly feels like the right interface for long-form posting.
FYI – getting good typing on the touch basically means relying on Apple’s auto-correction system, ignoring the urge to make sure you’ve types each character properly, and just plowing through.