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Apr. 13th, 2012

I went to the writing group at CWC today for the first time in almost 3 months, and it was great. Everyone wrote really interesting pieces, and we talked about them, and I enjoyed writing and sharing my stuff again. I'm tentatively planning to go more often.

In the evening, Shannon and I biked to El Cerrito Plaza to have dinner at Rubio's and do our grocery shopping at Lucky's for a change, just to see what their prices and selection were like. In anticipation of this, I was all excited at CWC, but people looked at me like I was strange when I said I was excited about going to a new grocery store. Hmm. I like new stuff. It was like an adventure! Okay, maybe a mundane adventure, but still an adventure! They had unfamiliar juices! And unfamiliar cookies! And all kinds of random crap like huge pots for plants and light sabers and a bank and a pharmacy. Shannon called it the Lucky's Mothership. Some of the stuff was more expensive than our usual stores (Safeway, Target, Trader Joe's), but some of the stuff on sale was drastically cheaper. I thought it was a very successful adventure.

Biking home, however, was a bit less enjoyable. I am a woman currently lacking in bicycling stamina (but working on it). So there was a lot of huffing and puffing and sweating (despite the chilly evening) and gasping and suchlike. I admitted to Shannon that much of the time I'm bicycling right now, I'm not really enjoying myself. But I'm patient and determined, and with practice, I know I'll improve. In the meantime, though, I'm trying to be realistic about my limitations so that I don't try to do too much and end up getting discouraged. Slow and steady wins the race, as they say.

I'm still debating in my mind whether to buy an iPad (used, of course) or an iPod Touch to replace my soon-to-vanish iPhone.

+ would still be able to use all my apps
+ would let me easily read extensive amounts of text
- wouldn't fit in my pocket for everyday carrying
- would be "refurbished" (used)
- would cost about $100 more

iPod Touch
+ would still be able to use all my apps
+ would still fit in my pocket for everyday carrying
+ would be new
+ would cost about $100 less
- would not give me the new, exciting, added ability to read long text files

Hmm. Maybe I only really want an iPad to read fic. Maybe the Touch is really a better choice. Spending large amounts of money like this makes me nervous. I don't want to decide later that I made a hasty decision. But it leaves me stewing and stewing and stewing.


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Apr. 16th, 2012 04:01 am (UTC)
You know... you might want to check out some more reading apps on the iPhone/iPad. Some of them are quite usable. You can play with the type and the backlighting. I've read long books on the iPhone. The only things that really don't work are ones with fixed typesetting, like PDFs and magazines. Books work fine.
Apr. 16th, 2012 04:40 am (UTC)
Lisa recommended GoodReader, and I've been testing it out today. I can definitely read text on it -- and GoodReader can deal with almost any kind of text file -- but I don't think it allows for manipulating the type or background colors. It's made my tentative decision to get a Touch instead of an iPad pretty definite, though.
Apr. 16th, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
It also occurs to me that you could download a free program called Calibre to your Mac. This would allow you to convert text files to the ePub format - which you could then read in apps that let you adjust font, background color, etc. I'm very fond of Blio at the moment because I think the default formatting and the options are the most attractive and easiest on the eyes.
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