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A Renaissance Soul blogging on traveling, books, work, miscellany, and enjoying life.

Custom-Made Books: The Latest in In-Flight Entertainment?

Looks like Qantas has come up with a novel idea for airline travel, literally. Coming soon to a Qantas flight near you is a collection of in-flight books deliberately designed to only take as long as the flight lasts to finish reading. No Kindle required. The idea actually came from the Australian airliner’s ad agency, Droga 5 Sydney. The agency partnered with publisher Hachette to create the books, each of […]

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Reading on Paper versus Screen: See What Science Says About What Your Brain Prefers

Do you ever find yourself printing something to read because you really need to focus on it or pay attention to the content? Have you read something on screen and then later had difficulty recalling the details of what you read? (here’s me, raising my hand) Turns out that it happens to most of us. Why is reading on screen instead of on page so much more difficult for some? […]

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What Causes Old Book Smell?

old books

Have you ever wondered what causes “old book smell” – you know, that slightly-musty-in-a-good-way smell? If so, you can thank volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Which is good because it’s much easier to say “volatile organic compounds” instead of acetic acid, benzaldehyde, butanol, furfural, octanal, and (I’ll take Multisyllabic Chemical Names for $500, Alex) methoxyphenyloxime and you can still sound almost as smart. Even more interesting (‘scuse me while I indulge in a book […]

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Is News Bad for Your Health?

face in the news

Maybe it’s just me, but every time I turn on the TV (OK, the computer) and check the news, it often makes the world look just a little bit bleaker. I think that with the 24/7 news cycle, we’re all bombarded with so much news, news, news (most of which is bad, bad, bad) that it skews our outlook on things. I knew I wasn’t alone when I came across […]

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So, Just How Long Does a Fast Food Hamburger Last?

hamburger with pickle

Based on the evidence at WORLDS OLDEST HAMBURGER: The Hamburger’s Story, the answer seems to be “forever.” The hamburger in this picture rolled out from under McDonald’s heat lamps back in 1999 (you know, back when Slick Willie was in the White House), making it now 13+ years old. Yet, the meat and bun (or maybe it should be “meat” and “bun”) somehow have no visible signs or smells of […]

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Are We All Doomed to Turn Into Chatheads?

So, I was watching TV over the weekend when this ad came on for the new HTC One smartphone (the phone’s apparent sole claim to fame is being the first smartphone to offer Facebook Home). Am I the only one who is disgusted by this commercial? Maybe that’s too strong of a word – maybe I’m more dismayed. I’m not sure what’s worse – the way that the woman in […]

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New Pizza Ordering App Gives Gamers One Less Reason to Get Off the Couch

The Jetsons

Great…this is all my son (and every other teenager) needs. Starting today, gamers can order pizza through their Xbox using the game controller, voice, or Kinect gestures. It’s one step closer to a Jetsons-like lifestyle. Now, if only I could get my own Rosie.   Related articles Pizza Hut app comes to Xbox 360, unstoppable force meets immovable gamer (engadget.com) Become the ulitmate sloth with Pizza Hut app for xbox […]

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Book Review: Stiltsville

Stiltsville by Susanna Daniel My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s hard for me to say whether I loved this book because of its many parallels to my life or because of the story itself or a combination of the two. Like the main character’s daughter Margo, I spent many weekends and summer days at the Red House in Stiltsville as a kid in the 1970s and a bit into […]

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