Month: May 2009

Comparing ebooks: Classics, Stanza, and Eucalyptus on iPhone

Reading books on little mobile devices has never been very pleasant. I first started reading ebooks ten years ago, on the black and green screen of my PalmPilot. I packed it with Shakespeare to avoid bringing a bag full of books to class. Later in university, I would do the same to get around bringing a suitcase of books back and forth every summer. I used my computer then, and much better looking PDF files. On every new phone I’ve bought in the last ten years, I would try and find ways to read books on it, but in that era, it was like hoping your phone could tell you where you were on a map and how to get someplace else. Up until my last Nokia phone, which DID have GPS, the dream of comfortably reading books was still a distant one. Apps were clunky and coded in Java, could only access ugly system fonts, and were no better than opening up a text file in notepad. Proper formatting was secondary to getting words …

Advancements in sandwich technology

Science is ready to build a robotic girlfriend. We have the technology. Believe it or not, the sandwiches from vending machines like this aren’t half bad. I found this in the carpark of Mount Elizabeth Hospital tonight. The only other time I’ve seen a similar machine was in the lobby of Thomson Medical Center. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. It’s only attractive in the presence of bad hospital food? But no, not half bad. Two choices are available, and I’m told these are cycled every few days. The new sandwiches are delivered fresh daily, so with any luck, you’ll eat something newer than what’s on the shelf of your local 7-Eleven. I had a Sichuan Pepper Chicken Sandwich ($2.80), but the other choice was Chicken & Cheese ($2.30). You can also buy both for $4.50, but I was out of change. Once ordered, it takes about 90 seconds to toast the sandwich (which stays wrapped in a paper bag), and then you toss it around from hand to hand for a minute. It seems …