2017 Kobo ereader lineup

2017 Kobo ereader lineup

Kobo Aura Edition 2

Kobo Aura

There was a previous version the Kobo Aura 2013, Kobo Aura original edition,
which was a very nice mode, flat bezel and screen, could be an issue when putting it face down. But it was a small form factor which was really popular with customers.

The Kobo Aura Edition 2, has 212ppi (pixels per inch), a step back from the Kobo Glo HD that it replaced with 300ppi. and the edition 2 has no microsd card.

This is a good entry level ereader, and portability is good. With 4 gigabytes of space able to hold around 3000 books. And the old estimate of two months of battery life with half hour usage a day. On their site it says weeks, so I’m guessing with regular usage.

The new Kobo Aura H20

Kobo Aura H20

It is an upgraded version of the Kobo Aura H20, which was a great selling ereader off the start. The new Kobo Aura H20 doubles the waterproof up to 60 minutes, and depth of 2 meters, IPX8. The addition of the blue light feature, and comfort light pro.

This is a great midrange ereader with the waterproof and comfort light pro feature.

Kobo Aura One

Kobo Aura One

The Kobo Aura One Is the flagship of the Kobo ereaders. It has the biggest screen at 7.8”, and 300ppi also the IPX8 certification and comfort light pro. The design is the flat front, the Kobo Aura, and some customers noted that when holding the ereader something the thumbs moves the pages forward, and hence why some may prefer the raised bezel. About half the battery life compared to the entry and midrange models, the old estimate was at one month. The storage capacity at 8 gigabytes to hold around 6000 books.
An overdrive app is featured in the software to borrow books from the library.

Some tips:

The recent models do not have a microsd expansion slot, and the power button is on the back. It is always suggested to buy the official Kobo branded cases to guarantee the functionality of the sleep wake feature, some third party cases could work also.

If you buy through the website, you can always add several books in the cart and process the checkout, rather than one by one through the ereader.

Logging into the Kobo website, you can view your purchase transaction for any troubleshooting with Kobo support. It is also good to share this, it has always been for the customers needing advice on ereader purchases and help.

If you have added a credit card to the Kobo device and pass it to your child, let’s say you have an old ereader or want to get them started there is the Kid’s account option
Kobo Kids account information

Kobo Audiobooks

This month Kobo has gotten into the business of Audiobooks, for a monthly fee or individual purchases.

Kobo Audiobooks

But you’ll need to run this on a smartphone either Android or Apple.

Kobo Audiobooks Google Play Store App

Itunes Audiobooks Store App

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The September Blanket II

The September Blanket II
By Rajinder B.

I dedicate The September Blanket and this piece to Cagney and family

Their baby crawls around on the red, white and black patterned blanket
while her father barely musters a smile and then his body dissipates to dust
she falls softly with the blanket onto the bed unaware of what happened
her mom cries a thousand endless tears drenching her blanket and pillow
while watching his heart rate monitor flat lines

she sees their daughter
lying on the bed as she reaches out with cold trembling hands
still bearing the pain of loss with every heartbeat
the blanket wraps itself around their daughter
that will keep her warm and away from the strange scalpels of the world
she picks up her daughter with a feeling that he is still here
watching over in a guiding silence

she holds her close and whispers her name
daddy loves you forever with big tears streaming down her face
the nurses smile as they wheel away his cold steel bed with a chilling heart
preparing it in haste for another patient
while sending out the dust across the room obstructing her sight

she kisses her little one’s forehead and holds onto her
As a part of her and him merged there in her arms
with a beating heart to create the joyous memories of tomorrow
Then the night takes over like a blanket covering a bed
and the dust settles softly clearing the view

She looks out the hospital window and sees the early morning sunrays
Shining in another day of hope, her heart still reeling from the pain
in her veil of tears she smiles knowing that they will all meet again
Sometime and someday at the edge of the world

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eHarmony rejection

eHarmony rejection
By Rajinder B.


Source: eHarmony

This was back in 2010, and then I tried a second time and same result, just like in person. It happens to a bunch of people. Supposedly their matching system is pretty comprehensive, but I wonder how well it is for people that are able to use it.

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Mio and Garmin activity trackers

Mio and Garmin activity trackers
By Rajinder B.
Fitbits are really good trackers, but from what I heard when its low to medium activity its precise, but when its medium to high activity it can be less precise.
I haven’t heard if anyone’s tried it but have a look at Pure Pulse Guidelines.
Fitbit suggets wearing it 2-3 fingers width from the wrist bone may help.



Mio Slice, source

I was informed about the Mio brand of trackers, Mio’s website.
Their heart rate monitor is very accurate, they compare it to chest straps. The recent model is the Mio Slice. If someone is looking mainly for heart measurement this would be a recommended one to check out. Its water resistant to 30m, 3 ATM.

They rely more on the Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI) score, as seen here. It looks like a very good activity tracker.


Garmin has activity trackers.


Garmin Vivosmart 3, source

One of which is the Vivosmart 3, seen here, and it works with all three major devices iPhone®, Android™, and Windows®.

It uses similar technology like the Fitbit green LED’s to estimate heart rate. And the usual the tracker being worn off the wrist bone.

And a lot more specialized ones, if you’re into specific sports, like golfing, cycling, swimming and lots of other sports, seen here.

I heard good things about Garmin activity trackers.

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Where they found her – Kimberly McCreight

Where they found her – Kimberly McCreight
By Rajinder B.

Where they found her – Harper Collins

The synopsis of this story is bleak; the main character suffers a personal loss and has to work an assignment that is close to it. It takes place in a suburban town, university and lots of tragedy.
Kimberly’s character development is really good, as each perspective is different, her ability to write it was well executed. The pacing of the story was really good, the back and forward, even the twist was really interesting. If you liked The Girl on the Train, I highly recommend reading this one.

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A New Model – Ashley Graham

A New Model – Ashley Graham
by Rajinder B


Source A New Model – Ashley Graham

Available from Harper Collins

Available from Amazon.ca

Ashley Graham appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. For a while she’s appeared in the media as a proponent of curvy models.


Source Hailey Clauson, Ashley Graham and Ronda Rousey.

Her book A New Model, is a really good read. She goes right from the beginning of her model career, the ups and downs and says it in a really good uplifting way. There’s a lot involved with being a model, as she details, setting up preparing for shoots, then going on the walkway. She even goes through how being a curvy girl, plus size, being bullied by designers, stylists even by salespersons. I could only imagine being a curvy girl in a group of mean bullies, queen bees, and so on. She also mentions how it still goes on today. She makes a lot of good points how some high end designer clothing still do not have plus sizes, making it more challenging for woman to pick out outfits, but she does give tips on how one can mix and match different outfits. She’s featured in several line of clothing.

Swimsuits for all

Addition Elle

Ashley Graham’s Official Shop

Ashley Graham’s page


Source Ashley’s first magazine cover as mentioned in her book

In her book she really gives good all around advice, to modeling, relationships with Justin (her husband), and many areas of life. It was a really good read, highly recommend, as she says: “Beauty beyond size.”

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Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train review

Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train review
By Rajinder B

I read this one and really enjoyed the lead character Rachel, around page 41, you have one of her famous rants. Which are along the lines of female jealously. Her rants are great.
The story is told from three different perspectives. Rachel. Megan and Anna. Each character has their issues, but someone it crosses.
It starts off with Rachel on her daily commute seeing the ideal couple from the train window and from there the story starts.
I found it to be a really good thriller with female leads, I couldn’t put it down. If you like thrillers, highly recommended read.

Paula Hawkins page

There is also a movie, which I have not seen yet, but heard it was good.

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Stephen King’s The Shining review

Stephen King’s The Shining review
By Rajinder B

I read The Shining quite a while ago and really liked it. I saw the movie too, obviously the book goes a lot more into detail, you get a lot more slow psychological trouble that Jack goes through. How Danny shine’s comes about too. It’s really set in the 1970s, with references to products, media, of that time. Clever use of ‘redrum’ and I find the book really well written, and really well done.
If you’re into horror, definitely a must read.

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Hayley Atwell

Agent Carter

I found Agent Carter, spy, a really good show to watch, I liked Hayley’s Atwell portrayal of Peggy Carter, an agent fighting the typical female stereotypes in the 1940s. I find the banter and exchange between her and the bosses entertaining, but its true at that time she had to fight that and do her work on top of it. It’s like getting tossed under the bus while she’s doing her job.

Jarvis, her stiff ally, Stark’s butler, banter between Peggy and him is fun to watch.

It ran for one season, then it was renewed, and cancelled due to ratings. I was disappointed to see that, because I really got into the show.

I find it great how Agent Coulson in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. made mention that Peggy Carter built their base up and lots of history to go with it. There was even a crossover episode too.

It’s a really good 1940s spy show to watch.




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Hayley portrayed Hayes Morrison, as head of the Conviction Integrity Unit.
Again she challenges minor stereotypes, obstacles again, but on a different level, not as straightforward as Agent Carter.

The same banter like with Jarvis happens with Wallace, portrayed by Eddie Cahill. Its best described by them:

Not giving too much away I really enjoyed watching this show, the dynamics and the story developed more as shows progressed. There is a lot more going on in the show with other characters, espically between Connor Wallace and Hayes Morrison, as they deepen their relationship. It’s almost like a mix of CSI involved, with some differences, but this show got cancelled too.

I really like the character she gets to do, and she does it really well.

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