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On Friday I figured out something pretty awesome. You know that I’ve been lusting after an e-book reader. Friday found me in a cafe waiting for the proper time to meet someone. As my office can be wherever I am, I decided to try to get some work done. The problem? I had to read several 70+ page reports. All were PDF’d, but Akepa, my lovely travel laptop runs only at 800×400 resolution. What does that mean in normal English? Basically that it’s only possible to view about a third of a page before I have to scroll. That does not make for productive reading if you are interrupted by the jarring movement of text jumping to the next viewable section. A woman a few tables away was contently reading from her kindle when it hit me.

Step one: Rotate the PDF (any PDF reader can do this).
Step two: Rotate the laptop.

I feel like an idiot that it took me so long to figure this out.

Proof: 365.071 ... 20090501F

I read all the reports I had with me and accomplished much more work than I thought I would. I’m also no longer lusting so deeply for a kindle. I can do quite well with what I have, especially since we bought an inverter for the car…

I expect an increase in reading later this week, but believe my nose might be caught deep in a book for me towrite about what I’ve read so we’ll see what next week brings.

The Expectant Knitter: 30 Designs for Baby and Your Growing Family Kaffe Knits Again: 24 Original Designs Updated for Today's Knitters Saturday Night Hat: Quick, Easy Hatmaking for the Downtown Girl Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies Programming Collective Intelligence: Building Smart Web 2.0 Applications

The Expectant Knitter: 30 Designs for Baby and Your Growing Family The Expectant Knitter: 30 Designs for Baby and Your Growing Family
by Marie Connolly
© 2008 by Potter Craft
Hardcover, 160 pages
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I’m an expectant knitter in that I expect every month or so that someone I know will have a baby. As such, I’m constantly on the look out for new references of sizes and different ways to put together baby items.

I’ve not yet had time to work through this book but know that I will turn to for inspiration.

Kaffe Knits Again: 24 Original Designs Updated for Today's KnittersKaffe Knits Again: 24 Original Designs Updated for Today’s Knitters
by Kaffe Fassett
© 2007 by Potter Craft
Hardcover, 144 pages
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Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social TechnologiesGroundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies
by Charlene Li
© 2008 by Harvard Business School Press
Hardcover, 286 pages
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Saturday Night Hat: Quick, Easy Hatmaking for the Downtown GirlSaturday Night Hat: Quick, Easy Hatmaking for the Downtown Girl
by Eugenia Kim
© 2006 by Potter Craft
Paperback, 144 pages
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Programming Collective Intelligence: Building Smart Web 2.0 ApplicationsProgramming Collective Intelligence: Building Smart Web 2.0 Applications
by Toby Segaran
© 2007 by O’Reilly Media, Inc.
Paperback, 358 pages
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This could probably be a gross overview of my undergraduate career in a nutshell. If you want to skip the code (it’s python) there’s a very readable introduction to machine learning.