Music equipment for dorm rooms

November 3, 2015

My cousin lives in a typically tiny dorm room on campus (even though his parents’ house is only about 45 minutes away), and as a result, is in the process of ordering smaller versions of all his stuff. For example, instead of the big desktop computer he used all through high school, he went and […]


LED Lights and Reading

October 12, 2015

I’ve been thinking about converting all the standard lightbulbs in my house to LEDs because of the environmental impact and long-term cost savings. I’m fairly certain it’s the right thing to do, and after browsing the MyLEDlightingguide led lighting canopy style options, I know I can get products that will look good in my house. […]


Book holder/stand

August 10, 2015

I spend most of my day at a standing workstation. This is great for my computer, but doesn’t translate so well for reading books. So now I’m in search of a separate stand to prop up my books. The stand doesn’t have to be anything fancy. I just want something basic, preferably in all black […]


New bookcase for home

March 9, 2015

I have been buying ebooks almost exclusively for the past few years, but I still have a bunch of physical books leftover from my school days that I’m not ready to part with. They’re basically just shoved in a closet right now, which is obviously not a permanent solution. That’s why I’m currently looking for […]


Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

December 4, 2014

Summary (from the publisher): David Sedaris’s beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy’s elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris’s tales of tardy trick-or-treaters (“Us and Them”); the difficulties of explaining the […]


Pre-Christmas Sales

October 18, 2014

I swear, the holiday shopping season is getting longer and longer every year! Before, retailers were pushing it if they put up any Christmas-related stuff the day after Halloween. Now, it seems acceptable to start mentioning sales and so forth at any time in October. Every time I go to the mall or check out […]


Listening to Audiobooks

July 14, 2014

I find that the busier I get, the more I turn to audiobooks instead of paperbacks or e-books. Obviously, hands-free listening has its advantages, particularly when it comes to commuting or exercising. But the problem is that I hate the standard earbuds that come with Apple products. They don’t fit well and are thus very […]


NYT Bestsellers 72713

July 27, 2013

Here are the current New York Times bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories: Combined Print & E-Book Fiction: THE CUCKOO’S CALLING, by Robert Galbraith THE ENGLISH GIRL, by Daniel Silva FIRST SIGHT, by Danielle Steel INFERNO, by Dan Brown HUNTING EVE, by Iris Johansen Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction: THIS TOWN, by […]


New glass barrier at Oscar Wilde’s tomb

December 6, 2011

Oscar Wilde’s tomb (which I have seen at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris) had been starting to degrade because of kisses! Apparently, it’s some kind of tradition to leave lipstick marks on the tomb, and that’s precisely what many tourists do when they arrive. But it turns out that grease from the thousands of lipstick […]


Christmas is coming

November 6, 2011

I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to queue up any reviews for publishing, so I thought I’d take a moment here to talk about gift ideas. Since the holidays are only about 6 or 7 weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about what to get for the important people in your […]