Daily Archives: December 2, 2009

Sharing

I realized on Monday that Obscure Media Monday was slightly over a year old. In that time I wrote 32 entries. I should post more often, or at least more regularly. I’ve been shooting for every-other week and posting less than when I was trying to post every week. *shrug* Human beings seem to harbor the desire to share their opinions with others. It’s been fun to occasionally have someone say, “Hey, that sounds cool. I’ll check that out.” To wit: OMM Anniversary Updates

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Since I haven’t posted anything about ebooks and ebook readers in a while:
Will today’s eBook readers be obsolete? | PC Mike – Tech News and Reviews

I’ve been an early adapter of this technology, globbing on to the first Kindle when it came out two years ago. Since then, there have been two new versions and some of the latest improvements aren’t compatible with my older Kindle. I paid about $350 for it in 2007 and, while it’s still quite usable, I’m somewhat frustrated that, well, it’s been left behind in the technodust.

Eric and I were talking about the Kindle in particular last night, regarding how long its working life might be from a physical standpoint. In another three years, will the originals start getting glitchy? I suppose it might not matter if the stream of upgrade/obsolescence is fast-moving enough. Which raises the question: If I buy a $350 piece of personal electronics, how long should I expect it to be useful? Is that length of time getting shorter?

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Book #21 – Slippage by Harlan Ellison

It’s been a while since I’ve read much Ellison beyond re-reading “The Paladin of the Lost Hour” or the occasional essay. I’ve read many short stories this year, and honestly, the best of them weren’t in this anthology. And such is my experience with Ellison in general. Sometimes, his writing clicks with me. Other times, I can take him or leave him. I did enjoy “Where I Shall Dwell in the Next World,” in which Ellison gives a glimpse of his process in relation to a couple of short-shorts. The benefit I do get from him is in the periphery things. There was mention of “One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts” by Shirley Jackson (a story I had on hand and read — very enjoyable!) and of Gerald Kersh.  Interestingly, back in 1997 when Slippage was published, Kersh was out-of-print and perhaps close to being forgotten. Now, he’s available at Amazon.com and there are several web pages devoted to him. I wonder if that would have occurred in the absence of the internet, the thing with which Ellison and other fantasists have an extremely contentious relationship.

Could it be that the internet, that downfall-of-civilization, actually helps us share the things we find important or, at least, enjoyable?