It’s that time again, where I just start banging away on the keyboard without any set agenda. It’s a little of this and that, maybe a tiny bit of it related to your Kindles but some of you might question that statement in the first place.
If you would like to write to me, my email address is michael at fk books and tips dot com (I type it out that way in a small – and sometimes seemingly unsuccessful – effort to thwart the spammers).
Your Kindle Could Crash an Airplane
Although they have never provided any evidence, the US Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has always maintained having a Kindle, mp3 player, laptop, Game Boy, or any other electronic device – but not an electronic wristwatch or a pacemaker – could make an airplane crash during takeoff or landing, or at any altitude below 10,000 feet. Somehow, such said electronic devices operating on row 28 – excluding, of course, my wristwatch – interfere with the operation of a plane’s landing gear, throttle control, hydraulics, and the pilot’s ability to look out a clear glass window during flight conditions.
As someone who has traveled a lot during my career, I’ve always been amazed at a plane’s temperamental gadgetry as, in addition to the above examples of how a plane could blow up if my Kindle was on while taxiing during takeoff, but the plane’s equipment automagically becomes stronger during flight because the flight attendants always come over the PA system when we land – and are taxiing – that it’s ok to turn on my cell phone, Kindle, etc.
It’s hard to imagine how a Kindle could be just as, or more (if you are below 10,000 feet), dangerous as a regular-sized tube of Crest toothpaste or my Ban Roll-On antiperspirant airport security makes me throw away before entering the I’m-really-not-peeking-at-you-nekkid full-body screening machine. I, as well as my fellow passengers on the 27 flights I took this year with my day job, am very grateful when others forgot to turn off their Kindle during certain times of a flight, but the plane(s) somehow were able to maintain a steady and level flight despite the best efforts of the Kindle or iPad-toting terrorist sitting in the seat across the way from me.
I doubt the President turns off his electronic gadgets on Air Force One when the nice attendant addresses the passengers on Air Force One…
Obviously, I said a lot of things above in jest but I have always thought the rules of turning your stuff off for takeoff and landing to be a little silly: it always reminds me of a dorm RA in college I once knew who let a little power go to his head and strictly enforced every silly, nitpicky, rule and even made up a few because he could. If a $29 mp3 player could really make a plane crash at any point of a flight, why in the world would they have allowed them on a plane in the first place? They wouldn’t if they had evidence it was true.
And that’s been the problem. Someone made a rule a long time ago without any evidence and, when challenged, no one in a responsible role in government would change it because the rule is the rule or didn’t want to change it because the rule must have been appropriate at one time, and who really has the authority to change it now?
Based upon news reports over the last two days, it would appear the FAA saw the light and is about to change the rule again – hopefully, to no rule regarding Kindles and MP3 players. I still don’t want to hear someone yacking away on their cell phone about whatever is important to them, and I don’t think the other 184 passengers on the plane want to hear it, either. I can understand making people stow their laptops during takeoff and landing because they could become deadly objects in flight if there is a disturbance. I’ve never understood having to pack up my thin Kindle Keyboard in the middle of Chapter 13, and I’ve always resented the smug look of my fellow passenger while he / she continues to read their five pound (and thick) hardback book.
Fellow Road Warriors, maybe we can get some relief!
Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming and away from a little bit of a rant…
New Kindle Fires
A couple of days ago, I told you about Amazon’s upcoming release of several new models of the Kindle Fire; you can click here or type in http://smarturl.it/0925 into your web browser in case you missed it or want to read it again.
Yes, I’ve ordered mine and I am eager for them to arrive. Several people have emailed me asking about the different new features or can it do this or that. My consistent answer is “I don’t know” because I haven’t had one in my hands yet! In other words, you know as much or more than I do about the new models.
If anyone at Amazon is reading this (Vine program, Associates Program, Kindle blog department, KDP, etc.) I’d be more than happy to early review each and every one of them. You know where I am, and you can call me at any time to discuss it. Need me to call you? I would have prior to this post, but I didn’t want to be a bother as I know you have a lot on your plate right now and I’d bet you have a lot of friends and family offering to be beta testers, also.
Let me take away the pain and possible family ostracism of trying to choose Aunt Betty or your brother Joe…
Sand Dollar Autographed Copy Giveaway
On Monday, the time expired for you to enter to win a free autographed copy of Sebastian Cole’s book, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love . I drew the ten names and emailed the winners but, as of today, I’ve only heard back from six of you. Please go to the giveaway page (you can click here or point our web browser to http://smarturl.it/0918) and you can see the winners’ names just under the book cover graphic under the “AND THE WINNERS ARE…” text.
This giveaway was pretty popular, with just over 4,500 entries. I’d like to publicly thank Sebastian for graciously agreeing to do it, and I will see if I can get other authors to do something similar in the future.
I have a feeling there will be other giveaways of “something” fairly soon, so please stay tuned!
Email Delivery Option
In my last “rambling” blog post (you can click here or type in http://smarturl.it/0917 into your web browser to read all of the juicy details again or in case you missed it), I talked to you about the change in email service providers for those of you who receive the blog’s posts via email.
The response back has been overwhelmingly favorable (except for that one person in Philadelphia who was super-upset), especially with the posts coming in one summarized format right after lunch. My wife (hi, Honey!) also agrees it is much better receiving one daily digest email vs. 4 or so per day clogging up her email inbox, so I’m glad to see I’m keeping the home front happy.
If you would like to try the email option – it’s free, by the way – you can. A lot of people are signing up to complement, for example, relying on the Facebook screen to notify them of new posts; besides, if I paid Facebook for each post I had, I would go broke.
To signup for the free email delivery option just point your web browser to http://www.fkbooksandtips.com/subscribe/ and enter your email address in the space provided and click the “Subscribe” icon. You’ll then receive a confirmation email, and you must do what the email tells yo to do in order to confirm your subscription: I don’t want to be accused of spamming anyone. Once you confirm your subscription (that’s free, also), you should start receiving the daily digest of the blog’s posts via emails.
If you’ve signed up, and haven’t received the confirmation email or the day’s posts, please check your spam / junk email folder on your device as well as online with your email provider (Google, Yahoo, etc.).
With the giveaway with Sebastian’s book I mentioned above, someone pointed out I had every option to enter except for Pinterest and wanted to know if the blog had a Pinterest site.
Oops, I forgot to put that one in! I’ll remember it for the next one, but in the interim if you want to see / follow the blog’s Pinterest site, you can at http://pinterest.com/fkbooks
Time is running out on the Rangers this year…and I don’t want to wait around for another year!
That’s all I had for today. I hope you have a great weekend!