My New Favorite Service: Fulfillment By Amazon

One of the biggest challenges for college students such as myself is finding affordable (haha) textbooks at the beginning of the term… and then getting at least some of that money back at the end of the term when you don’t need the book anymore. I use Amazon to find textbooks (they’re almost always cheaper there than at the college bookstore), but selling them back is a bit of a hassle. Sure, I can just take them to the campus bookstore and sell them, but the one time I did that I got $20 for a $60 book and swore never to make that mistake again. Instead, I list the book as a used seller on Amazon, but there’s all sorts of trouble there, too. Continue reading “My New Favorite Service: Fulfillment By Amazon”

My Resolutions for 2015

Every year I make resolutions about what I’m going to do for the new year, and every year I fall off the wagon sometime in mid-January, maybe February. However, despite all of these failures, I keep trying, because I have learned that eventually things seem to arbitrarily click into place. My best example of this in the realm of reading. For years I had a horrible habit of starting a book and not finishing it, not because the book was bad, or boring, but because I was distracted by the Internet. In an effort to break this habit, I started compiling a list of the books I successfully finished, but my lack of dedication to books created a lack of dedication to that list… until the summer of 2013, at which point I redesigned the list and tried again. This time, for some reason, it worked: in 2013 I completed thirteen books (eleven of which during the six months after the list redesign), and in 2014 I completed forty-three. There are no signs of me slowing down for 2015, either.

So here are my 2015 resolutions, and let’s see what sticks. Continue reading “My Resolutions for 2015”

Things of Interest: 01/02/15

I read and watch a lot of stuff on the Internet that I find interesting. In these posts, I share a few of the highlights I’ve come across.

  1. The Virtual Politician posted about a political-alignment quiz you can take to see where you fall. I think I fall in the Social Democracy area, if I’m reading the coordinates right.

  2. David Guaghran has a post about muckracking reporter Jessica Mitford and her work in exposing the financial scam of The Famous Writers School back in the early 1970s.

  3. I wrote on Christmas about the Humble Doctor Who Audiobook Bundle. This week they’ve added three more titles to the bundle, all of which are based on Doctor Who stage-plays performed for brief periods during the classic era. I didn’t know those were even a thing until now. Colin Baker is featured as the 6th Doctor. You still have four more days left to get this set!

  4. I know Christmas is over, and this video is a year old, but if you want one of your iconic childhood Christmas movies to be ruined for you, check out Screen Junkies’ analysis of Home Alone, answering the question: How many lives would it take for the Wet Bandits to make it through the first two movies? The brick scene makes me cringe.

Geeking Out: Doctor Who audio dramas deal!

Humble Bundle announced yesterday that they have a new bundle pack ready for you to purchase at any price with the proceeds going to charity, and instead of games, today it’s Doctor Who audio dramas, produced by Big Finish (plus the mobile game Doctor Who: Legacy for good measure). If you’re looking for some Doctor Who media to tide you over after tonight’s Christmas special while waiting for series nine next year, this is a great deal, and it’s available for two more weeks!

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The In-Between by Jeff Goins

This book review was made possible by the christianaudio Reviewers Program.

The In-Between by Jeff Goins takes the reader on a journey through the author’s own life experiences that taught him the importance of those moments that are slow, mundane, and  seemingly insignificant, and how crucial they are actually in shaping us for the next big thing.

At least, that’s the idea. Personally, I found the book’s structure to work against itself, resulting in a listening experience with some lows and some highs that left me shrugging after it was over.

And that shrug has made this review really difficult to write.
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