In a previous post I explained that you don’t need to buy a kindle reader device to enjoy reading kindle books. There are now Kindle reader apps for everything from PCs to tablets and phones that allow you to enjoy kindle books on almost any device going.
But what happens when you want to read something on your tablet or phone that you didn’t buy from the Kindle store? In my case, for example. I sometimes want to check a a preview copy of one of my own books, or there’s just a document that I’d like to have available on my tablet or phone.
There are various ways of doing this “manually,” but they do take some technical knowledge and aren’t the easiest to explain. However those excellent Kindle people have recognized the problem and have come up with a handy little helper to address just this issue.
The solution is a little app helpfully titled “Send To Kindle.” It can be downloaded and installed on Windows, Android and there’s even an Apple version. You can use it to send ebook files, word documents, images, PDF’s and others straight to your Kindle device so you can take them with you wherever you go.
Installation is extremely simple. Once installed simply enter your amazon email and password and that’s it! The software gives you an extra menu item when you click on something in Windows Explorer “Send To Kindle” (it only works for files that are safe to send) . When you select it the file gets sent accordingly with no fuss. There’s even an option to send web content to your kindle reader for later reading at your leisure or when you’re not connected.
A great little addition for people wanting to extend what they can read on the move!
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Forty-six years ago a six year old boy was given permission by his parents to stay up to watch the televised broadcast of a truly astounding event. The little boy was me; the event was Neil Armstrong stepping out of the lunar lander and becoming the first human to walk on the moon and the first person to walk on any celestial body other than the Earth.
It quite literally set the tone for my life. After that I dreamed, like so many, of becoming an astronaut, of flying into space, visiting other planets, being an explorer. Boldly going and all the rest of it.
It provided me with a lifelong fascination with science, and space especially.I follow science and space news with a voracity that often knows no distractions. It led me to the wonderful worlds of science-fiction cin books, movies and TV shows and (eventually) brought me to writing my own SF stories where I could dream even more vividly about the future. The six year old boy still lives inside, staring out at the universe with a sense of wonder (and sometimes frustration.)
Like so many people that shared my dream, I never got to live that life for real. Out of all of humanity, only twelve people have ever set foot on a planet beyond the Earth, all of them on our moon. Indeed, only around five-hundred people have ever reached space from a current population of around seven billion.
So, the events of July 21st, 1969 are pretty momentous to say the least, from both a personal and a human level. Which makes it so sad to hear that Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit from that that mission is slowly deteriorating, despite the fact that it is no longer on display and has been stored by the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum for many years in an attempt to better preserve it.
Four years from now will see the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing, which to me seems astonishing. It still feels like it was just “a few years back.” As part of the anniversary celebrations the Smithsonian is looking for help. They want to fully restore and preserve Neil Armstrong’s space suit and also return it to display so people can see the actual suit that protected Armstrong during his first “small steps”.
Naturally a project like that isn’t cheap and the Smithsonian hasn’t the funds to be able to take it on without some help. So they’re running a kickstarter campaign, “Reboot The Suit“, to raise money to do the work needed.
I’ve made a donation to the project and look forward to seeing “The Suit” at some day in the future when I revisit the Smithsonian.
I feel it deserves this for a lifetime of inspiration. For me and all the other children who looked up at the moon and stars and dreamed.
Set your alarm! It’s finally here! Or rather there… Nine years in the making! The flypast of a lifetime! Cue Also sprach Zarathustra! Get the popcorn ready!
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Closest Approach: 11:49:58 UTC
(7:49:58 am EDT)
7:30 – 8 am EDT
Program: Live from APL
Topic: “Arrival at Pluto” (7:49 am EDT.) Countdown using NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System (http://eyes.nasa.gov/pluto), and revealing image of Pluto from 13 July.
8 – 9 am EDT
Media Briefing: Live from APL
Topic: Inside the Pluto System and New Horizons’ Perilous Path
8:30 – 9:15 pm EDT
Program: Live NASA TV Broadcast – Mission Status, Hazard Brief, “Phone Home Signal”
Broadcast from Mission Operations Center at APL
Signal received approx. 9:02 pm EDT, video release
9:30 – 10 pm EDT
Media Briefing: Live NASA TV Broadcast “New Horizons Health and Mission Status”
Intertubes, cloning, rocketry and much more feature heavily in this month’s quirky round-up of events.
1926 – The first underwater color photographs appeared in “National Geographic” magazine. The pictures caused a great deal of controversy at the time as they featured several topless shots of Manatees frolicking in the water off the Florida Keys.
1950 – 2000
Today, is a special day for me. Incredibly special. Exactly ten years ago today my wife and I were abducted by aliens who took us up into space, conducted all kinds of experiments on us, gave us both superpowers and released us in Canada. [#1]
Our lives since that day have been very different from what they were before in England. We’ve spent our time fighting evil, protecting the world from invaders from the 11th dimension, enjoying long hot summers, and learning to cope with deeply cold winters. [#2]
In that time, I’ve never once regretted our move and have even grown to be thankful to the aliens for moving us here. (N’Krrja and Brrrku’l if you see this, say hi to the kids from us! [#3] ). Canada is an incredibly beautiful place; we’ve cruised around in my dream Corvette, spent lots of time hiking, swimming and camping, and it’s the perfect inspirational choice for a writer. There hasn’t been a moment when I’ve not felt I was finally in the right place and I’ve truly enjoyed every minute.
So, as you can imagine it’s a big day here in the Kelly household.
But this morning I woke to an incredible surprise. One so out of the blue that it might have been another event arranged by our alien abducting friends (or possibly a púca!).
The wickedly humorous Christina McMullen has included me in her latest “Write On!” round up of indie speculative fiction writers as one of the “smelly boys,” along with D.E. Morris, Dwayne Fry, Ryan Guy Riley Amos Westbrook, Charles Hash, V.M. Sawh and the uniquely inventive (and fragrant) Kat Cafee. It’s a real honor to be included in this list, especially by someone as talented as Ms. McMullen herself, and adds even more fantastic indie authors to my “to be read” list.
All I can say is a huge thank you to Ms. McMullen for making my already special day even more wonderful! And I hope that Jayden will play a special guitar solo in honor of such a fantastic celebration!
[#1] Not all of these statements are factually accurate.
[#2] May contain technical inaccuracies.
[#3] May not correspond to the reality being currently experienced by the reader.