Sunday, June 17, 2012

Thank God for modern technology

Lisa's cousin bought a Kindle a month or two back and brought it over to Lisa to show her how to do all the neat stuff Lisa enjoys and had been telling her about. Well, she gets over her and finds out that she doesn't have the right model, she needs the Fire. So she runs down and buys the Fire and leaves the other one here where it's been sitting ever since. I have no idea why she didn't return it.
To make a long story short, I bought it off her. That can be fucking dangerous - an online bookstore, don't even need to leave my Bass Pro Camouflaged Easy Chair and it's instantly there.
So, knowing how I am when it comes to books, I put some limits on it. Just history books, no more than 10 bucks a week, no more than 1 purchase a day, blah blah blah. Lots of rules, just like a fucking democrat, I know. Not that I'm going to stick by those rules anyways.
But the first thing I did was download a whole shitload of free books, stuff like Thomas Payne, Benjamin Franklin, Robert E Lee, The Constitution and BoR, stuff like that.
So what was going to be the very first thing I read on my brand new (to me) Kindle? That was easy:

Patrick Henry's famous speech.
I swear, every time I read that speech it sends shivers down my back. I can hear his voice starting out slowly and rising with each major point, pausing for a moment and then continuing on until finally finishing with his famous line "Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death!"
What a great orator. I wish I could've heard it in person.

8 comments:

Oldfart said...

Over the years a lot of people have performed that speech but the best by far was Ann Barnhart. For a woman to do that speech takes a lot of guts but she did it and better than a great many male actors have managed.

Besides, she looks good too.

MissK said...

Wow, Wirecutter, this is a different side of you. Had no idea you where such an intellectual ;-)

You will both love it, it's an awesome little tool.

And your last bit makes me wanna look up that speech. I almost feel like I have to appologize for not knowing more then that line from it.. like I said before, they dont teach us American History in Canadian schools. But if gives you shivers... hmmmm

Oldfart, that's very interesting, I shall look her up too :)

Deb said...

Ken, you can download free e-books for Kindle from your library as well. They have a time limit, but it's great if you just want to read a book rather than own it.

The great thing too, is you can set the font to Helen Keller and ditch the reading glasses.

timbo said...

That's alright MissK, they don't teach Canadian history in U.S. schools either!

hiswiserangel said...

Oh my God! I love my Kindle! But I dont have anything anywhere near that intellectual on mine. Bunch of trashy romance novels and the Fifty Shades of Grey series. I feel like such a slacker. Maybe I need to take notes from Professor Wirecutter.

Richard Koch said...

Kenny;

I had to get it too. Click- just did. I will not buy a Kindle, but have the app on my Droid. Bet you never knew you were such a powerful man- make people do shit just by sayin it.
LOOOOOve milfy mondays- loooove milfs.
Rick

PS- FUCK O'bummer!

Robert Fowler said...

I bought my wife a fire for her birthday. She absolutely loves it. I use the kindle for PC on my notebook. Don't forget to check out the Matt Bracken enemies trilogy. The first one is free. I just finished the stories of fire and ice. If you are watching Game of Thrones, this is a great read.

WRENCH said...

The kindle is a great device and I love mine, however I find a printed version of a book easier to re-reference pages. Also graphs are not as easy to study. Just my opinion.
On Patrick Henry's "Give me Liberty" quote, I found the event that inspired the sermon in which he gave his famous quote was a powerful event in his life and a lesser piece of history that is not taught... Probably because it deals with religion.