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Merry Christmas 2008

I’m sitting with my laptop in the hallway, guarding the kids’ bedrooms, One has already tried to sneak out to watch for St. Nick (I had to put a stuffed snake along the crack under the door to keep her from peeking… I’m sure she’ll fall asleep on the floor, trying to peer under the door), and the other is still stirring in his bed. A couple hours ago, I…

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PDF Readers: No to Adobe and Foxit; Maybe to Sumatra

I’ve never been a fan of PDF documents, but now that I have a tablet PC, I thought I would try reading a few PDF documents and see how my tablet functions as an e-book reader, mostly for magazines, dissertations, or the occasional advance proof copy that someone wants to share with me. My first order of business was to find an alternative to Adobe Reader, the bloated default monstrosity…

An Unexpected Pleasure

I read on Metafilter that publicists for the upcoming movie Coraline have sent beautiful hand-crafted boxes to 50 bloggers. I just finished reading the Neil Gaiman / Dave McKean book (not quite as good as their The Wolves in the Walls, but creepily delightful nonetheless) to my kids last week, so I was curious. Absolutely classic, isn’t it? Right down to the water stained, aged paper and old-fashioned typeset, I…