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Shame on You NOOK

nook-color As you are all aware I am a heavy reader. I have over 3000 books in book form & over 4000 in e-book form. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that I demand a eReader for myself. My father has one also. He bought his Nook Color in 2011 & I got my Nook Tablet later that year or the next year.

We did a lot of research before choosing the Nook. We thought we were purchasing a product that the company Barnes & Noble would stand behind. Though we still love our Nooks the recent problems Dad has had with his Color makes me really wonder about them. Here is what happened.

Dad uses his Nook every day for at least 2-3 hours. The Nook has approximately 2000 books on it at a time. *This is a normal thing for our readers.* About three weeks ago his Color stopped charging unless he charged it on the computer. So he called support to find out what he needed to do since we were good customers & bought the extended warranty. Ok, so the first staff was nice & told him that they would send him a refurbished Nook Color (I am guessing they don’t make the Color anymore since the tablet & hd came out). Ok, that is fine. We assumed that by refurbished it would mean that they tried the Nook Color out in the warehouse to make sure it was working. Guess what? They didn’t. The refurbished one has memory problems *says there is only 1gb storage when there should be 8gb*. Hmm…problem. So he called them back & guess what! They will only send him another refurbished one. Hmm…burn me once shame on you. Burn me twice? I don’t think so. Dad told them he didn’t want another refurbished one due to this one being broke. The staff member refused to actually answer his question about whether the next one would be refurbished or brand new. Then informed him that he needed to restore back to factory settings, do a hard re-boot, most other troubleshooting items. Hmm…he did all that before he called you. This isn’t the first time we have had issues with the Nooks, just the first time nothing fixed it. Once Dad informed her that he did all that, he asked again if the next one would be refurbished or new. Staff told him that they needed to talk to the supervisor. When the staff came back they wanted to do all the troubleshooting things again. Excuse me, but if it hasn’t worked the previous three times, I highly doubt that it will the fourth time.

My point here is, if you are going to sell a product stand behind it. If something happens to it & you don’t have any more of that type offer a discount on the next one. If your customers buy your extended warranty, than honor it! Also for crying out loud, get support staff that knows what they are doing.

So, is Dad going to buy another Nook? Probably, though no extended warranty or anything this time though. If Barnes & Noble won’t honor their warranties, he isn’t going to spend the extra $100 on the warranty. We mostly buy all our books from Barnes & Noble (2/3 of the books) & other sites. All books on the Nooks are epubs so that is not the issue with what we put on the Nooks.

I am going to see if I can get him to look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7in tablet before he gets a new one. At least, I know Samsung will stand behind their products & honor the warranties. I believe that when my Nook Tablet bites the dust then I will be looking at that one instead of another Nook.

Last words:

Barnes & Noble’s Nook is a good reader for a e-reader. The major downside is that they will not stand behind their products or warranties. I find this to be very very sad. Shame on you Barnes & Noble. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Medical Care in the USA

If you didn’t know I live in the Midwest part of the United States. I am not rich, far from it. As a person, I am in the poverty income range. Even with my father I am still in the poverty level. Though we are at the higher end of the income range, doesn’t mean we have the money to be sick. Last year, I spent a total of six weeks in the hospital. A week & a half in intensive care, two weeks in step-down (one step before the floor), & one & a half weeks on the floor. I had gotten pneumonia from somewhere. Don’t know where, but I am thinking from Wal-Mart, flea market, etc. Anyhoo, my point is simple. My total bill came to $500,000.00. Yes, half a million dollars for my care in the hospital. My mother was in for six months at the hospital, four months in rehab, & then two months in a nursing home. By the way, when Mom & I went in we had no health insurance because we couldn’t afford the monthly fees. My mother’s bill before Medicare took it (thank goodness for that) was over a million dollars. Luckily, Medicare picked up the bill from when she first went in the hospital. Otherwise, it would have bankrupted the family & Dad would have to have sold the business & tried to find a job. That would have been horrible.

My point is simple. Don’t tell me to get health insurance, the family can’t afford it. In my opinion, this is what needs to happen.

  1. Everyone, I mean everyone, needs health insurance.

  2. Insurance companies need to have a cap put on how much they are allowed to charge.

  3. For each income amount $0 – $10,000 per year, $10,000.01 – $20,000 per year, etc. there is a grouping per state or even per state district. Each group goes to the insurance company for insurance.

  4. If your income goes up (per your tax return or wage) for a year & it puts you above your income group you move to the next bracket. Same if it lowers for a year.

  5. Medical Malpractice suits are to be looked at more in depth and have a time limit on when they can be filed. No more waiting for 2 years.

  6. No one is to be denied any form of medical needs, be it surgeries, medications, etc. If it is a needed surgery & the patient can handle the surgery safely then it gets done.

  7. Birth control should be provided by medical insurance.

  8. Abortions should only be performed for medical reasons be it the child or the mother. Never should abortions be used for birth control. If a woman is raped & ends up pregnant then as long as there is a police report & medical examination that shows rape at the time of the rape then the child should be allowed to be aborted. Though the woman needs to b counselled & offered other options then abortion. There are plenty of couples & singles out there that want to adopt children. *I would like it to be known that, personally, I would never abort an innocent child, but I don’t believe that anyone has the right to tell a woman no.*

I believe I have covered every part of this that I felt needs to be covered. At the moment I am on Medicare & if I wasn’t on it then I would not be able to go to the doctor beyond once a year unless direly needed. I would not be able to get this wound looked at, nor be able to afford my medications. Don’t change the crappy system we already have, make it better.

Stop letting the middle man get rich while everyone else gets poorer & struggles more.

This is my opinion & my opinion only. You are free to respond any way you wish as long as there is no cuss words or rude language.

Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 2 10.1 (Wi-Fi) 16GB

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (Wi-Fi) 16GB This is the tablet I picked up Sunday (the day it came out). I took it home & charged it up fully, like I always do for any new electronic I get. Surprisingly, Nook downloaded to it without a glitch. In fact everything (apps, pics, etc.) went on the tablet without a hitch. *pro #1* Except for my books. *I buy most ebooks from Barnes & Noble, but I do buy eBooks from other sellers also.* So I knew that my Nook books would not be a problem. I was afraid that the other books would give me a problem. I was right, spent most of the first day converting my pdf books to e-pubs *con #1* & then side-loading them into the Nook interface on the talet. Calibre ( my e-book manager *highly recommend & free* still won’t talk to the tablet. *con #2* So the only way I get my books to the tablet is to copy & paste the e-pubs to the Nook folders on the tablet. *con #3* I spent last night with it seeing if I enjoyed reading on the 10.1″ *pro #2* *con #4* screen the tablet has. Hmm…didn’t work out. Both my Nook & the tablet have the same books on it. I ended up reading the book on my Nook without thinking about it. I am afraid that the 10.1″ is too big to comfortably read with it. But I am going to continue to try with it.

Today I plug in the tablet to the computer planning on working on my pdfs *patterns & tutorials I carry with me* on to the MicroSD card. So I just finished moving my pdfs & magazines to the MicroSD & the tablet is reading them just fine. *pro #3* One big issue for me. With my Nook, I can pin my books, pdfs, etc to one of the three home screens. The tablet has no way of doing that. *con #5* Also with my Nook I have the ability to sort my books (in the library) by author while on the tablet I have to sort it by recent first & that just messes me up while trying to remember where I was in my library for the next book to read. I am trying to catch up on my e-book library & have been trying to read the books from author to author.

With my Nook I have beautiful access to a special store *recommends for me based on my library* that lists out different authors & books that I may be interested in. Plus I can find the Nook Daily Finds *cheap books*. On the tablet I don’t get that special store or the automatic daily finds. *con #6* To the best of my opinion I can not read the book *in store* like I can with my Nook. *con #7* Will try it out just to make sure Friday when I go back to B&N.

I have to admit I really do like this tablet. One major plus is that I can download any app from the Android market *minecraft* *pro #4*, though I have found that I can get Hidden Objects games from the Nook tablet & those help me get my mind off things that I need it off of. So, I don’t think that is a *huge* pro anymore.

I have also just realized that my father’s Nook books will not read on my tablet. *con #8* This is not good. We share reading tastes & I normally will copy his books onto my reading device instead of having to re-buy the books I want.

If you haven’t guessed yet this is my way of trying to determine the pros & cons of this tablet. So in list view:

Tablet Pros

  1. All apps that I have chosen have downloaded & ran without a problem.
  2. Has a 10.1″ screen size compared to the 7″ my Nook has.
  3. Tablet is reading my pdfs & magazines without a problem.
  4. More apps straight from the Android Market *Minecraft*.

Tablet Cons

  1. Having to convert my books to e-pubs.
  2. Calibre will not “talk” to the tablet.
  3. Have to side-load all books to the tablet.
  4. The 10.1″ screen is too big & a little awkward to read from & use in the car.
  5. Can not pin my working files *patterns* or my books I am currently reading to my home screen.
  6. No special book store from Nook.
  7. Am unable to read the book in store like on my Nook.
  8. Unable to use Dad’s books.

Nook Tablet Pros

  1. Perfect screen size for reading & using in the car.
  2. Ease of access to the Nook Store.
  3. Nook will read e-books as pdfs or epubs.
  4. Nook will read my father’s account or my account books.
  5. Calibre will “talk” to my Nook so I know exactly what is on my Nook & what isn’t.
  6. Have the “special store” from the Nook.
  7. Have the charger for the car if I need to re-charge.
  8. Very comfortable to use in bed *I read a lot at night*.

Nook Tablet Cons

  1. No 10.1″ screen size.
  2. No Android Market.

I would like to know your opinions & ideas. If you have any fixes to the cons that I have listed then please let me know. I am not planning on making a permanent decision until Friday May 25, 2012 *Best Buy has a 30-day return policy*.

Keeping It Real

I read Woolly Wormhead’s blog every time she puts out a new entry. Yes, it is a knitting blog, but she writes just about everything. The last entry struck a cord within me & so I thought I would share with you all the points & paragraphs that struck home.

The entry is titled: Keeping It Real

“There are numerous reasons why we choose to live the way we do, living an alternative, low tech and simple lifestyle. One of those reasons is the sense of community with like minded people, people who accept you the way you are, for what you are, without judgement. To many, we live on the fringes – there isn’t room for people to choose to live as we do within mainstream society. Our politics or lifestyle choices don’t fit, our want to not be pinned down to bricks and mortar clashes with the status quo, and like any other human being, we gravitate towards those of a similar mind.”

I would love to & do my best to live a low tech & simple life. I take great pleasure in the fact that I don’t have data plans on my phone, don’t have cable, don’t need to have the latest new technology that is released. Even the food I cook is simple. I do my best to shop locally & only when I can’t find it or get what I need here do I shop non-local. I completely agree with Woolly Wornhead.

“My point is this: life happens. It isn’t a jolly little journey through which we can happily skip without a care in the world. Shit happens. And amazing stuff happens, too.

I, for one, am sick to death (almost, quite literally) of those who insist that we should all be happy, all of the time. That isn’t real life, it’s a veneer. This idea that we all have to grin and bear it, or better yet, sweep it under the carpet and pretend it doesn’t exist, is a damaging one. This mentality that is alive and well in many areas, that suggests that the negative should never be mentioned or the different should never be accepted, is a problem. A big problem.”

Yep, life isn’t a happy merry go round, never has been never will be. I, personally, refuse to be anything but myself. Between the bullies in school to events knocking me down I have learned that you always have to pick yourself back up. Oh, you can have help picking yourself up, but YOU have to want to get back up. Yeah, I know it isn’t easy nor is it pain free, but throughout my life (all 32 years) it all comes down you whether you want to get up or not. Yes, it s a lot easier to remain down & out, but that doesn’t do anyone any good. I do my best to accept people the way they are & I think I do a pretty good job, but then I am still fighting to pick myself back up from last year.

I know, just when you expect more knitting, I give you thinking things, lol.


Ok, I know I don’t normally bring up religion & such, but when I cam across this, I thought it was a wonderful point. I honestly believe that there is One God, no matter what you call him. Whether it be Buddah, Allah, or God, it is the same entity. Also, I don’t agree with God being a man or female. I honestly think that God has no gender, just an entity. This is just my opinion. I consider myself to be a Pagan that believes in God. I am never easy to classify. But I firmly agree that Religion is one of the most wrong thing humans have created. I do not think/believe that in order to go to Heaven you have to belong to a Church. Things have been done in the name of Religion that are absolutely horrible. I agree with this gentleman.

What if I told you, Jesus came to abolish religion?
What if I told you getting you to vote republican, really wasn’t his mission?
Because republican doesn’t automatically mean Christian,
And just because you call some people blind, doesn’t automatically give you vision.
If religion is so great, why has it started so many wars?
Why does it build huge churches, but fails to feed the poor?
Tells single moms God doesn’t love them if they’ve ever been divorced
Yet God in the Old Testament actually calls the religious people whores
Religion preaches grace, but another thing they practice,
Tend to ridicule Gods people, they did it to John the Baptist,
Cant fix their problems, so they try to mask it,
Not realizing that’s just like sprayin perfume on a casket
Because the problem with religion is that it never gets to the core,
It’s just behavior modification, like a long list of chores.
Let’s dress up the outside, make things look nice and neat,
Its funny that’s what they do to mummies, while the corpse rots underneath,
Now I ain’t judging I’m just saying be careful of putting on a fake look,
Because there’s a problem if people only know that you’re a Christian by that little section on your facebook
In every other aspect of life you know that logics unworthy
Its like saying you play for the lakers just because you bought a jersey
But see I played this game too; no one seemed to be on to me,
I was acting like church kid, while addicted to pornography.
I’d go to church on Sunday, but on saturday getting faded,
Acting as if I was simply created to have sex and get wasted.
Spend my whole life putting on this façade of neatness,
But now that I know Jesus, I boast in my weakness.
If grace is water, then the church should be an ocean,
Cuz its not a museum for good people, it’s a hospital for the broken
I no longer have to hide my failures I don’t have to hide my sin,
Because my salvation doesn’t depend on me, it depends on him.
because when I was Gods enemy and certainly not a fan,
God looked down on me and said, “I want that man!”
Which is so different from religious people, and why Jesus called em fools
Don’t you see hes so much better than just following some rules?
Now let me clarify, I love the church, I love the bible, and I believe in sin
But my question, is if Jesus were here today, would your church let Him in?
Remember He was called a drunkard and a glutton by “religious men”
The Son of God not supported self-righteousness, not now, not then.

Now back to the topic, one thing I think is vital to mention,
How Jesus and religion are on opposite spectrums,
One is the work of God one is a man made invention,
One is the cure and one is the infection.
Because Religion says do, Jesus says done.
Religion says slave, Jesus says son,
Religion puts you in shackles but Jesus sets you free.
Religion makes you blind, but Jesus lets you see.

This is what makes religion and Jesus two different clans,
Religion is man searching for God, but Christianity is God searching for man.
Which is why salvation is freely mine, forgiveness is my own,
Not based on my efforts, but Christ’s obedience alone.
Because he took the crown of thorns, and blood that dripped down his face
He took what we all deserved, that’s why we call it grace.
While being murdered he yelled “father forgive them, they know not what they do”,
Because when he was dangling on that cross, he was thinking of you
He paid for all your sin, and then buried it in the tomb,
Which is why im kneeling at the cross now saying come on there’s room
So know I hate religion, in fact I literally resent it,
Because when Jesus cried It is finished, I believe He meant it.

Jefferson Bethke (

As always you are free to post your opinions & agree or disagree with me. I don’t mind.