Our World Grows Smaller
If you are reading in bed or dim lighting it lights up so it makes it easier to read, and automatically bookmarks pages for you, so you can pick right up where you left off, there's a function that will allow audio reading, and another function that will train you to read faster if that's one of your goals. All in all it's a pretty diverse and handy device, and it's one of those devices that as time goes on, I suspect will upgrade itself and get better and better. That would be great as well. One of the small cons right now is the battery life, which if you do much on it the battery only last about a day and needs recharging, but like I said, give it a few more years, and they'll probably find ways to extend that as well.
One of the other advantages to an eReader is that you can find a lot of books for free, granted not everything, but there's plenty. Plus Amazon has a lot of cheap deals as well for a buck or not much money. Also many libraries will allow you to read their ebooks if you are a member. I wish there was a web library for things of that nature. I don't know why there isn't one. Why would I have to be a member of a specific local library, when they give you two or three weeks to read an ebook, and then you can re-check it out, or it disappears off the device? Doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I don't know how that type thing works, but my guess is the local library doesn't physically do anything to make the books appear or vanish. So I don't know.
Anyway even if you don't have an ebook, you can read a lot of stuff online with just a computer connection. Openculture.com has a lot of free books, movies, and other things. Here's a link to one of them that has free art books. And here's another one that has some classic literature.
They also got some audio books here. Some of those links on those sites may turn up dead or don't work, but if you search about a bit you can probably find what you're looking for.
If you like jazz, check out AccuRadio.com.
If you like progressive rock, check out AuralMoon.com
If you like a mixture of different type thing, but particularly electronic, space music, New Age, jazz, and that type thing, check out SomaFM.com.
If none of that appeals to you there's always Spotify, Pandora, etc.
I expected it to be some sort of criticism on how the US always seems to be stirring up the pot by waging war all the time, but it was not. Rather what Moore does here is visit or invade other countries to see what he considers good ideas or ways of life that might be brought back to America and considered. He's not saying we can or should do everything that he at or America sucks or even whether or not that they would work, as he says in the film, "I'm picking flowers here, not weeds."
One of the first places he visits is Italy. He investigates how their people get way more time off than Americans, unbelievably more. Also how their companies don't mind sharing more of their profits to the workers because let's face it, they would not be in the position they are in without them. He goes to France, Germany, Sweden, and a few other places, and within each little segment he reveals a little eye opener, at least for me. I think a lot of people see Moore as a gadfly or left wing commie, but I enjoy his films because at least they make you think, and he sides with the middle class. Perhaps there are better ways to do things than the status quo, and if you can change things to benefit everyone's lives, why not do it? Does that mean that change will create nirvana, no not likely. Life will always have its ups and downs. Does it mean with change, you might have to sacrifice something else somewhere else, probably... more than likely. But if you change something, and it doesn't work out that doesn't mean you can't change it back or change it another way to improve it.
I also liked that he included a bit more humor in this film, which seemed to go back to his first film, Roger & Me. All in all it was good documentary, one of his better ones, and offered food for thought.