Thursday, September 5, 2013

Scenery, Kindle, And Stuff


____________________ notified me that my Kindle version needed to be updated in order to enjoy some new features that have been added. So I read in the HELP section how to go about doing that little chore.

Since I have only used Amazon's WhisperNet service to download the books I purchased, I had never connected my Kindle to my computer's Wi-Fi service, and since I had to do so in order to download the upgrade, I stumbled through the process (selecting my personal service and entering my password, etc.) and upgraded from 3.2 to 3.3 and then finally to 3.4 which is the desired final version.

The next time I turned on my Kindle, Amazon informed me that:

Dear Gene,

Your Kindle is updated.

We've upgraded your Kindle with some great new features.

New Font: We've improved the reading font to have more contrast, and be more crisp.

Parental Controls: (Blah, blah, blah...)

Kindle Format 8: KF8 makes book look even better with support for author specified fonts and more book styling options.

Comic Books: (Blah, blah, blah...)

Children's Picture Books: (Blah, blah, blah...)

Enhanced Table and Image Viewer: (Blah, blah, blah...)

WhisperSync For Voice: (Blah, blah, blah...)

Keep your Kindle connected to a Wi-Fi network to make sure you receive all future software updates. We hope you enjoy the improvements we made.

Note: The Blah, blah, blah represents boring information in which I have no interest.


I cropped a couple of the pictures I took last week when I was in the scrubland out East of Tucson and posted them below. I know this is a duplication of effort, but the  pics look better now than they did earlier.

Looking North Toward Catalina Mountains on Calle del Valle

Looking Wast Through The Scrub Toward Tucson



Charles Dickens called the sickly character in A Christmas Carol “Small Sam” and “Puny Pete” before settling on “Tiny Tim.”



On this day, September 5 in 1957, one of the first novels of the Beat movement of the 1950s, On the Road, by Jack Kerouac, was published. The novel chronicles the cross-country wanderings of a Kerouac-like hero, Sal Paradise, and his pal Dean Moriarty, and their free-ranging encounters with drugs, free love, and the budding counterculture. The book, which Kerouac wrote in just three weeks, became an instant classic

Kerouac was born in March 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts. In World War II, he served in the Navy but was expelled for severe personality problems. In the late 1940s, he wandered the United States and Mexico and wrote his first novel, The Town and the City. His later novels included The Dharma Bums (1958), The Subterraneans (1958), and Lonesome Traveler (1960). Kerouac was a heavy drinker when he died in Florida from an internal hemorrhage, at the age of 47, on October 21, 1969.



1. To make a slow or arduous journey.
2. To journey on foot, especially to hike through mountainous areas.
3. South African To travel by ox wagon.
1. A journey or leg of a journey, especially when slow or difficult.
2. South African A journey by ox wagon, especially a migration such as that of the Boers from 1835 to 1837.


(born September 5, 1951)
Michael Keaton is an American actor who became popular for his early comedic film roles, most notably his performance as the title character of Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, and later gained international fame for his dramatic portrayal of Bruce Wayne / Batman in Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns. He has appeared in various other films, including Night Shift, Mr. Mom, Clean and Sober, Pacific Heights and Jackie Brown, and has also provided voicework for Pixar's Cars and Toy Story 3.

(September 5, 1940)
Raquel Welch  is an American actress and sex symbol. She first won attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage (1966), after which she won a contract with 20th Century Fox. They loaned her to a British studio where she made One Million Years B.C. (1966). Although she had only three lines in the film, the doe-skin bikini she wore became a best-selling poster that turned her into a iconic sex symbol and catapulted her to stardom. She later starred in notable films like Bedazzled (1967), Bandolero! (1968), 100 Rifles (1969) and Myra Breckinridge (1970).

(born September 5, 1929)
Bob Newhart is an American stand-up comedian and actor. Newhart came to prominence in the 1960s when his album of comedic monologues The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart was a worldwide bestseller. The follow-up album, The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back! was also a massive success.

Newhart later went into acting, starring in two long-running and prize-winning situation comedies, first as psychologist Dr. Robert "Bob" Hartley on the 1970s sitcom The Bob Newhart Show and then as innkeeper Dick Loudon on the 1980s sitcom Newhart. He also had a third sitcom in the nineties titled Bob.

Newhart also appeared in film roles such as Major Major in Catch-22 and Papa Elf in Elf. He provided the voice of Bernard in the Walt Disney animated films The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under. One of his most recent roles is the library head Judson in The Librarian. In 2011, Newhart made a cameo in the film Horrible Bosses, and in 2013 he guest-starred in an episode of The Big Bang Theory.

(born September 5, 1932)
Carol Lawrence is an American actress, most often associated with musical theatre, but who has also appeared extensively on television. She made her Broadway debut in 1952 and achieved success in the role of Maria in the original Broadway production of West Side Story in 1957.

Her television performances include guest roles in Breaking Point (as Evelyn Denner in the 1963 episode entitled "There Are the Hip, and There Are the Square"), Rawhide, Combat!, Wagon Train, The Fugitive, Hawaii 5-0, Marcus Welby, M.D., Medical Center, Kung Fu, Mannix, Murder She Wrote, Saved by the Bell, and Sex and the City.


Success is a journey, not a destination.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson


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