watch people die, sociologically

Here. Click the now button for the most compelling version, especially if you just let it run while, say, being on the elliptical trainer.

Anyway, if you aren’t in the mood for tragedy, can you at least tell me if you have any opinion either about the Amazon Kindle or these new Flip Video cameras? Both have been recommended to me recently, and pre-ordering a Wii Fit this afternoon was apparently not enough to slake my gadgety thirst.

BTW, if I make it to 3.5 miles on the ET, this will be Day 62 in my pledge either to work out 200 days in 2008 or donate $25 to the George W. Bush Presidential Library for each day I fall short. I’m about four days short of where I need to be to be on pace for 200, but I’m maybe 50 days ahead of where I would be if I hadn’t made the pledge to begin with. I’m thinking about making some similar kind of pledge about writing.

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

7 thoughts on “watch people die, sociologically

  1. query: Is the abortion clock only measuring mothers who die from botched ones? This is not counting fetuses, right? Please god. also, why would you be here when you can read about giant bull testicles on my blog?

    I played with the Sony version of the kindle thing and became convinced this was genius. I did some research. if you want to have your own PDFs on the thing, you need the Sony version (I am pretty sure it is the Sony version — could be the Kindle, but it is one or the other and not both. for me this would be tremendously important for me.) There are on-line videos which go through the features which are very helpful. Also, the non-LED thing really does make it much easier on the eyes than reading on the laptop screen. I want one! I just can’t remeber which one.

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  2. LBN –the Kindle does not handle pdf files, not sure if Sony does. However, every side by side comparison I have read suggests that the Kindle is hands-down the better product. I bought a Kindle two weeks ago after reading consumer reviews on Amazon. I have read books and Word files on it and have been blown away by its resolution and ease of use. And, Kindle books sell for substantially less than their paper equivalent. This makes sense to me, but it is a nice feature. The device can hold up to 200 books and the battery lasts a week with the Wireless off or 2 days with it on. The wireless is similar to that used by cell phones, so there is no “plan” — just connect to Amazon from anywhere to get more books. And the ability to read Word files is great. I just loaded the thing up with student papers that I need to read so that I can take them on my next cross country flight. Word files fit on the page, so you do not have to scroll around as you do when reading on the laptop.

    Jeremy — the Flip is cool. I bought it the same day as the Kindle and have now used it. It takes pretty decent quality videos with so-so sound. It is super easy to use. The device connects via USB so that it is easy to get the videos on the laptop. Or, you can plug it in to your TV and play the videos in wide mode on your new TV. It really does a lot for $130 or so dollars.

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  3. Actually it sort of does PDF files:
    “PDF conversion is experimental. The experimental category represents the features we are working on to enhance the Kindle experience even further. You can email your PDFs wirelessly to your Kindle. Due to PDF’s fixed layout format, some complex PDF files might not format correctly on your Kindle.”

    Right now, the Sony Reader has a bit higher font “resolution,” but it’s also in it’s 2nd version. I’d go with the Kindle – and they’re even in stock now! I’m waiting on the next version of the Kindle before I buy.

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  4. I almost went for a Kindle — the reviews are quite good — but for me the key turn off is that it’s not back-lit. If you’re in a dark place, you need a book light, just like with a real book. Supposedly, this is a feature not a bug, because the lack of backlighting reduces eye strain, but it makes it much less useful for me. (I like to read to Mary and the kids on car trips.) Just so you know what you’re getting.

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  5. Not back lit, really? I wonder if I should wait for the next version, between that and the PDF.

    I think I’ll wait with the Flip camera until I have an idea of something I might possibly want to film.

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