The Curious Autodidact

August 28, 2010

Lisa See: a Novelist of Merit

Filed under: book related,media related,social justice,Word Related — Honilima @ 9:29 am

Being a less than enthusiastic fiction reader when I come across a novelist I like I tend to crow about it. Lisa See is just this type of novelist. After reading and enjoying Shanghai Girls I went back to read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and have since then been buying and saving her other novels, not wanting to run out! I have bought several copies of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan to give as gifts and have passed Shanghai Girls onto friends to borrow.

I love a novel that I can learn something from and See’s research into Chinese history and her well crafted books made me an instant fan. I highly recommend you give one a try and they’d be super book club choices too, lots to discuss in both books. Bravo!


August 21, 2010

Need a New Podcast to Listen to?

Tug on Puget Sound

For a quirky selection, more off the beaten track, tune into the shorts on The Moth podcast, or Wisconsin Public Radio’s program Here on Earth: Radio without Borders. Both feature guests and topics sure to spark a new idea and teach you something you may never have considered. Host Jean Ferraca is smart and her book I Hear Voices is worth investigating.

Word people will enjoy Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac for a daily poem and run down of what went on each day in literary history, and you will laugh and learn listening to A Way with Words about the use of language, and origins of sayings (would I be do brave as to compare their humorously entertaining banter to Tom and Ray?).

Rarely does a day go by when I don’t listen to one of the programs offered by Tom Ashbrook’s On Point Radio, Diane Rehm Show on WAMU, or Michael Krasny on KQED’s Forum.

NPR, who has generally become too mainstream for me does offers Science Friday as a separate feed, and for people interested in keeping up with technology how could you miss Internet Guru and highly entertaining Leo Laporte’s Tech Guy podcast?

Take a moment this week to try a new podcast, it will make your weekly housekeeping tasks that much more pleasant or help you stick to your exercise regime that much easily.

August 10, 2010

Women’s Quotes to Make You Smile

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 9:14 pm

Sand Dollar at Ocean Shores

I’ve done the calculation and your chances of winning the lottery are identical whether you play or not.
–Fran Lebowitz

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four people is suffering from a mental illness. Look at your 3 best friends. If they’re ok, then it’s you.
— Rita Mae Brown

For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three.
–Alice Kahn

August 5, 2010

Computer Tips for Non-geeks

Filed under: cool internet stuff,helpful hints,media related — Honilima @ 11:06 am


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If you want to learn some computer tips but don’t want o be overwhelmed you may want to check out these articles. Written in easy to understand language they will help you to feel more proficient when using your computer.

Three Tips for More Effective E-mail from PC Magazine explains some things you may not know about e-mail or hints you may want to pass along to your less informed relatives and e-mail pals who sent you e-mails with all the recipients disclosed etc.

From the New York Times, 10 Simple Google Search Tricks I’m sure you can use these on BING too, my search engine of choice.

From Slate Magazine, Fix Your Terrible, Insecure Passwords in Five Minutes something that should be done at least once a year if not more often that we always say we are going to “get around to” but often delay.

Everything you wanted to know about Microsoft’s Skydrive is detailed here, a simple way to have access to your materials “in the cloud.”

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