Frozen Fingers

Behold the Kodak S1100 XL, a repackaged Chinon 3001. I had one of these back in the early Nineties when they were still shiny and new and fairly expensive. Unlike cheaper point and shoots, the S1100XL has a fast 35mm f/2.8 lens and relatively sophisticated autofocus for the era. The way the flash pops up puts it far enough off the centerline of the lens to avoid the worst of red-eye and I used to put a piece of frosted Scotch tape over the flash itself to serve as a diffuser. This one cam...
Tags: Guns, Ebay, Kodak, Vermont, Tam, Roberts, Horton hears a Hoosier, Chinon, Pickcher Takin, Kodak Gold, Vermont Street

Places to See...

Huh. Apparently there's a small motorcycle museum up in Winnemac that has lots of very early motorcycles. That might make a pretty cool day trip! In the meantime, here's a picture of an old SOHC Honda CB750. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Bikes, Tam, Horton hears a Hoosier, Winnemac

Opening the Window

Smith & Wesson's current small frame size, the "J-frame", is best known in its 5-shot .38 Special variation, the Model 36 Chiefs Special. Originally, though, the small-framed hand ejectors were designed for...actually, developed hand-in-hand with...the .32 S&W Long cartridge. The .32 S&W Long wasn't actually all that long, unless you compared it with the original .32 S&W centerfire cartridge (now sometimes erroneously referred to as .32 S&W "Short".) When Colt's released a snub-nosed versio...
Tags: Guns, Smith, Collecting, Smith Wesson, Tam, Smith and Wesson, Boomsticks, Revolvers

Looking for an upgrade

Some of the things I want are: Pocket, Bluetooth audio, a headphone jack (not necessary), an inverted screen option, a web browser (this is a must for me!), OverDrive, and easy modding/hacking.
Tags: Books, Which one should I buy

Places to Go...

This looks like it might be an interesting creative nudge! . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Teh Intarw3bz, Geekery, Vidjo, Pickcher Takin

[Browser Viewer] Time to read -- > Calculating

Dear Kovid, This "time to read" item in the footer is awesome, which helps me to plan my reading: finish the chapter or leave it for now. Great. But it seems it's value/ status is not synced across the devices. And that means it has to calculate again. I hope it can technically be solved. PS: if anyone has issue with Chrome/browser remembering the login password, give the "fully kiosk browser" (play store) a try.
Tags: Books, Server

Calibre Companion cant download file

I have a comic file (about 100mb) and i've alredy uploaded it to calibre. But i cant download it to my phone using calibre companion. I'm using dropbox cloud server to do this. Does anyone know why ? :help:
Tags: Books, Calibre Companion

Is NOOk slow when it comes to updating their book selection?

I recently bought a bulk of digital comics for my nook app, but for some reason the latest issue wasn’t available. I checked the other book apps that I have and they got it. Is Barnes and Noble/NOOK generally late with adding new digital books to their store?
Tags: Books, Barnes & Noble NOOK, Barnes

Chapter Titles as Styles in docx-->epub Conversion

System: Calibre 5.10.1, Ubuntu 20.04, LibreOffice I've seen many suggestions to the effect that, if using Writer, a save as docx instead of odt before conversion to epub will give better results, so I have begun trying it. Yes, in general, there are no weird s and so on. But I find chapter titles, which were all plain "Heading 1" in Writer, come through as list styles. Example: Code:     Chapter 3   Is this normal? It seems a strange way to code chapter titles. And it m...
Tags: Books, Conversion, Ubuntu, LibreOffice

Lottie Animations can work in reflowable epubs

I thought this was pretty cool and wanted to share. https://lottiefiles.com/blog/working...ns-ebooks-epub I tested it myself and it does work on Apple Books and Kobo on my iphone.
Tags: Books, Workshop, Apple Books, Lottie Animations

Falkor and MOP

For a while now I have seen the code name "falkor" associated with some new kind of Kindle content. I am curious whether anyone else has heard of this and might know what it refers to. Unrelated, I have also seen mention that of MOP format is starting to be deprecated in favor of YJOP. MOP (aka azw4) is PDF encapsulated in a MOBI container and YJOP is PDF in a KFX container. These formats are typically used for fixed-layout Kindle textbooks.
Tags: Books, Kindle Formats, Mobi

POTD: Hille James – Winner of Combat Documentation Operational

Photo Of The Day is back after an extremely busy week of Press Releases and Product Announcements and what a photo! Hille James won the “Combat Documentation Operational” in the Military Visual Awards 2019 with this entry, and it’s easy to see why. A soldier with two of his best friends – the issued firearm […] Read More … The post POTD: Hille James – Winner of Combat Documentation Operational appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Photo of the Day, K9, Hk416, Hille James Combat Photographer, Hille Hillinga, Hille James, Hille James Winner

SILENCER SATURDAY #161: Innovative Arms GRUNT Mini Vs. YHM Turbo K

Good evening quiet friends and welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM R9 multi-caliber suppressor. Last week we brought out the Innovative Arms DECEPTION 7.62 for a bit of a show and tell. This week we are going smaller with the Innovative […] Read More … The post SILENCER SATURDAY #161: Innovative Arms GRUNT Mini Vs. YHM Turbo K appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, TFB, Ar-15, Rifles, NFA / Suppressors / Class III, YHM, Yankee Hill Machine, 5.56, Innovative Arms, Silencer Saturday, AR Patterned, Grunt Mini

Building Calibre on Fedora 33

Hi all, I'm trying to build Calibre on Raspberry Pi on Fedora 33 and getting error below. If anyone knows how to solve problem. python setup.py install * * Running build * Building 23 extensions SIPing 3 files... /usr/bin/python -c import os; os.chdir('/home/igor/src2/calibre/calibre/build/pyqt/pictureflow'); from sipbuild.tools.build import main; main(); --verbose --no-make --qmake /usr/bin/qmake-qt5 Querying qmake about your Qt installation... /usr/bin/qmake-qt5 -query These binding...
Tags: Books, Development

Where to download firmware 5.19.1055 for PB Touch HD 3?

I recently purchased a PB Touch HD 3 and noticed that it came with Software version: U632. 5.19.1055 , Release date: 20191219_020134 ... I see that https://www.pocketbook-int.com/int/s...ook-touch-hd-3 only has versions 5.19.832, 6.0.926, and 6.1.900 available for download. Does anyone know where I could get 5.19.1055, in case I wanted to reload my original firmware on my device after trying out the newer versions?
Tags: Books, PocketBook

Unable to upgrade Calibre Portable

Please help with following issue. Current version is Calibre POrtable 5.8.1. I am not able to upgrade it to 5.9 or 5.10.1. The installer recognizes it is an upgrade and unpacks files and then reports that ebook-viewer-portable.exe cannot be moved because it is not existing (Error Code 2). Indeed, until I dismiss error message I can see a folder "_unpack_calibre_portable" in the current Calibre location. It has same folder tree as current Calibre but is missing three .exe files in main dir...
Tags: Books, Calibre

How to show series metadata calibre

Moon reader pro shows series metadata that I can't find in the metadata in Calibre. Alfa ebook manager shows the series data right away but somehow I can't find a way to make the series metadata visible. I hope someone can help. Thanks in advance:blink:
Tags: Books, Library Management, Calibre Alfa

Forma How to "navigate" an epub with notes?

I recently read a book on my Kobo Forma. The text often had links to notes that were shown not at the bottom of the page but at the end of the book. I could easily click on the link and reach the page that contained the note, but I didn't know how to go back to the page I started from. Is there a way to do this easily? Does it depend on how the epub is made? Is there any suitable feature in the Kobo Forma firmware?
Tags: Books, Kobo Reader, Kobo Forma

Double-sided embroidery with different images

In this remarkable double-sided embroidery, one artisan embroiders a dog on one side, the other artisan creates a monkey on the other. This art form originated in Suzhou province about 2000 years ago, according to People's Daily. Image: YouTube / People's Daily, China 人民日报
Tags: Crafts, Video, News, China, Embroidery, Suzhou, Embroidery art

Error Adding Books

Hello everyone, I have installed Calibre and am trying to add many .epub files. 99% of them gave me an error message, please see example below. The metadata.db file is in place and my Mac user have read and right access to it... I am not an expert user, so I humbly ask for help in case someone knows what might be wrong. Thank you very much :) Failed to add the file /Users/julianoteixeira/Desktop/books/The God of Small Things.epub to the book: /Users/julianoteixeira/Desktop/books/The God of...
Tags: Books, Library Management

Why this new examination of trees is worth its weight in gold

24 karat gold. It is the measure designated for pure gold. But where does it come from? Ironically, it is derived from the seeds of a carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua), an arboreal species that you could hardly call glittery or glitzy. Carob tree flowers are drab and barely noticeable, and since the carob is an evergreen species, its leaves do not change color. As noted by Max Adams, author of “Trees of Life” (Princeton University Press, 2021), “Twenty-four carob seeds came to be the standard weigh...
Tags: Gardening, Japan, China, India, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Egypt, Malaysia, Morocco, Princeton University Press, Van Gogh, Southern California, Walnut, Adams

Tactical Deals: 5.11 Tactical Norris Sneaker in Multicam 30% OFF $69.49 FREE Shipping

Check out our Daily Gun Deals page for more savings! U.S. & Texas LawShield is America’s original legal defense for self-defense program. 5.11 Tactical Norris Sneaker Multicam Deal USA – -(Ammoland.com)- 5.11 Tactical has a sale with a good size selection on the puncture resistant 5.11 Norris Sneaker in Multicam camo for $69.49 with FREE shipping. 5.11 Tactical Norris Sneaker Multicam It may look like a casual, high-top sneaker, and it is, but the Norris is stacked even higher with...
Tags: Guns, America, Gear, Footwear, Norris, ASTM, 5.11 Tactical, Daily Gun Deals, AmmoLand INC, U S Texas LawShield, Tactical Norris Sneaker Multicam Deal USA Ammoland, Norris Sneaker

Deepening Winter.

It's cold, we've gone Polar. Looks like below freezing for a week or so. And maybe some snow. The big unstacked wood pile is frozen. An excuse to continue with other things.  Life became really confusing this last year. Maybe actually just confusing.  In any case, The Deep Pool of Thought... posts here and here ... has become a larger cloth still, simply by giving it a different use. And it could be a blanket too if I keep going.  And I probably will, what else is there? And it's...
Tags: Crafts, Winter, Identity, Handwriting, Form, How It Might Happen, Becoming more or less, continuing aka Just Going, Placekeeping, Cloth is like a world, Story Fragments, Large Cloth, The Real Journal Project- Loose Pages, Patience/Eventually, Context/frames Of Mind

50% Off Select School & Office Supplies at Target | Tape, Post-Its, Craft Sets & More

Holy Moley grab this deal at Target Stock up for the 2nd half of the school year! 50% Off Select School & Office Supplies at Target | Tape, Post-Its, Glue & More Don’t forget to use your REDcard for 5% off Some great deals such as these:   Don’t forget to use your REDcard too for... Read More
Tags: Deals, Toys, Coupons, Target, Online Deals, Don, Moley, Office Supplies at Target

How things work.

At this link, you can find a neat site that explains how camera sensors and lens optics work together to make pictures. It's very informative, starting from first principles, and there are lots of sliders to manipulate for a very hands-on learning experience. Like a quality children's museum except for grownups and you don't have to worry about snotty little fingers having been all over everything. Definitely some first rate edutainment. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Science, Guns, Tam, Neat-o, Pickcher Takin

Multiple Presidentiality Disorder...

In what looks to be evolving into a tradition, the period following the inauguration of a new president is turning into a festival of wish fulfillment via Executive Order. International agreements will be left or re-entered, massive projects canceled or inaugurated, via Oval Office fiat. Any group of foreign powers who thinks they can count on the US to stay the course for more than four-eight years is looking increasingly delusional. Any large corporation that wants to engage in a big infrast...
Tags: Politics, News, Guns, US, Bad Ideas, Tam, Oval Office, Life In The Monkey House, Executive Order International

[TFB GUNFEST] New “G.M.T.” Sling from Blue Force Gear

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves talks with the guys at Blue Force Gear about their newest sling, the G.M.T. This is a type of sling that Blue Force has never done before, but Blue Force has responded to overwhelming customer demand and released a tail sling. The Blue Force crew talks about their […] Read More … The post [TFB GUNFEST] New “G.M.T.” Sling from Blue Force Gear appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Sling, Rifles, Shooting Accessories, TFBTV, Blue Force Gear, James Reeves, Gun Fest 2021, G.M.T, Blue Force


Hardy banana seed can be sown at anytime of year so long as you can break its seed dormancy. To achieve this, soak the seeds for 24 hours in warm water before planting. Using either a seed tray of modular tray, fill with a good quality seed compost such as John Innes ‘Seed and Potting’. Then using a dibber – or an old pencil as in my case - sow the hardy banana seed ¼in deep. Backfill the hole with a little more compost then water thoroughly. Allow the excess water to drain then seal the tray ...
Tags: Gardening, Celsius, John Innes, Simon Eade, Musa Helen, Sikkimensis, Formosana, E Glaucum, Musa Formosa

50% Off Select Our Generation Dolls and Accessories

Holy Moley grab this deal at Target Waaaay cheaper than American Girl! 50% Off Select Our Generation Dolls and Accessories Don’t forget to use your REDcard for 5% off Some great deals such as these:   Don’t forget to use your REDcard too for 5% off.   For Even More Awesome Online Deals
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Ammo In Stock: Current 9mm Ammunition Buy Opportunities, But the Prices $uck

Check out our Daily Gun Deals page for more savings! U.S. & Texas LawShield is America’s original legal defense for self-defense program. 9mm Pistol Bullet Ammo Ammunition Rounds USA – -(Ammoland.com)- 9mm Ammunition? As you know at AmmoLand News we follow 9mm inventory availability every day. Currently, the options for low price or plinking 9mm ammo are nonexistent and it looks to remain that way for the foreseeable future. But there are options if you need some high-quality self-...
Tags: Guns, America, Ammunition News, 9mm, USA Ammoland, Daily Gun Deals, AmmoLand INC, U S Texas LawShield, Federal Premium Personal Defense Ammo 9Mm Luger

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