Archive for August 2009

E-Book Management, Kindle & Calibre

I’ve been enjoying my Kindle 2 for 6 months now, and have started to accumulate quite a number of e-books that will work on the Kindle.  (There are a lot of free ones available, especially if you like to read classic science fiction!) I can tell that I’m going to want to use some kind […]

P2P Lending

In an effort to further diversify my investments, I’ve been looking in to Peer to Peer Lending.  There are different risks than with stocks or bonds, which is important for diversification.  See Wikipedia article.  The article at is also very informative and persuasive.  And a Google search is always a good idea. After doing […]

“A Tramp Abroad” by Mark Twain

I’ve just finished listening to A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain, from LibriVox ( read by John Greenman.  Its quite interesting, the chronicle of a trip to southern Europe, which Twain intended to spend walking (i.e. “tramping”) although he kept finding reasons to take other forms of transportation, some of which are quite amusing. Mark […]

Viola da Gamba Beginner Classes

I spent the last week of July 2009 taking beginner classes at the Viola da Gamba Society of America ( annual conclave.  The conclave was hosted at St. Xavier University here in Chicago, and the beginner class was offered to community members at no charge, so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to learn something […]

Viola da Gamba Beginner Classes

I’ve finished a week of viola da gamba beginner lessons. They were given at the annual conclave of the Viola da Gamba Society of America, which was in Chicago this year. ( I learned quite a bit I think, and I’m going to see if I can rent an instrument for a while and learn […]