Making an Iron Throne Phone Charger || DIY

I’m always looking for something to serve as a holder for my Kindle. My last Kindle died when I plugged it in to recharge ( shortly after the warranty had expired — of course ) and I’m always a little concerned when I plug in this Kindle. Sometimes I use a holder for displaying plates but that’s an accident waiting to happen.

I’m interested in this little project. The build looks inexpensive and it appeals to my nerdy side.

Old Kindle E-Readers Must Be Updated By March 22 To Stay Connected

That’s right, go to your old junk drawer and pull out your old Kindle and update it — or else.

Owners of Kindle e-readers can do this the easy way or the hard way. Either way, they’ll need to update their Kindles with an emergency patch from Amazon if they ever want to see new books downloaded to their e-readers again.

Without the update, owners of Kindle e-readers will no longer have access to the Kindle store and other Kindle services. They’ll also be unable to download books from the cloud to their e-readers.

March 22 is the last day to get the update without having to go through added hassle.


This week with the Kindle Fire

kindlefire010816It’s hard to believe that I have had a Kindle Fire for over 2 weeks. I don’t know if it will be something that I will continue to use in the future, maybe it’s just that it is so new, but I am really hooked on it so far. I am even getting used to playing Angry Birds, something that was a source of frustration and profanity, and I’m actually enjoying the experience.

I have devoured several ebooks. Titles as diverse as cooking, Christian, Mysteries, Sci-Fi, comic books, — well you get the idea. Expect to see a list of my weekly ebooks in the future, along with some of my Kindle discoveries, successes, and major screw-ups.

The case for my Kindle looks like an old map and it has a world traveler/steampunk vibe to it. I wanted to link it but I couldn’t find it on Amazon — go figure. Oh well, let’s see how long I stick with the Kindle before returning to book books.

Giving away an old Kindle

Amazon Kindle Fire HD
Amazon Kindle Fire HD (Photo credit: TipsForComputer.Com)

Many of you have that old kindle collecting dust on a shelf and have thought about giving it to someone or some organization that could use it.  A simple search can pull up organizations like E-Books for troops ( or the Kindle Classroom Project ( just to name a couple that distribute used kindles.

Basically, what you want to do is send your information (bookmarks, etc.) to the cloud. You will then perform a factory reset. On some older kindles, the sequence is Home > Menu > Settings > Menu> Reset to Factory Defaults. On the Kindle Fire, the sequence is Settings > Device > Reset to Factory Defaults.  If you are having trouble finding the reset, go to for another method.

Give the old unused kindle a new life. Wipe away your data with a factory reset and pass the kindle to a friend or family member. It would make a nice gift for someone when bundled with an Amazon gift card.


Free ebook: Lady of Devices, a steampunk adventure novel

Lady of Devices, a steampunk adventure novel *Hat tip* to Debby Reagan.

Free ebook, as of this morning, Lady of Devices (link) can be downloaded from Amazon. You need to act quickly because Amazon can change their price at any time. Take a moment to confirm that the price is still $0.00 before making your purchase.

If you like steampunk stories by Cherie Priest and Gail Carriger, you’ll love Shelley Adina’s Lady of Devices!

London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world.

At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It’s not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices.

When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his . . . if they can both stay alive long enough to see that sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals . . .

Review: Zombie Housewives of the 1960’s

Zombie Housewives of the 1960’s
by Julie Ferguson and Sharon Day
Paperback: 130 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN-10: 1479370606
ISBN-13: 978-1479370603

(Barry’s score 5 stars out of 5)

My thoughts:

First let me admit my bias, I am a major fan of Ferguson (link) and Day (link). I absolutely adore both of them. I am also hidden in the book, if you have a sharp eye, you might be able to find me.

Our “delightful duo of demented undead fiction”, authors Day and Ferguson, return with another installment of Zombie Housewives. This time with a new set of housewives and a new decade, the 1960’s.

Just in time to be a great stocking stuffer for the zombie fan in your life, Zombie Housewives gives us a comedic look at zombies, the decade of the 1960’s, and ourselves. Cullan Hudson’s cover art (link) is fantastic and really sets the mood. Ferguson’s art is as eye-popping as usual; she is a true talent.

Unlike so many other sequels, “Zombie Housewives of the 1960’s” is actually better than the first Zombie Housewives book and that took some doing. I think most people will enjoy “Zombie Housewives of the 1960’s”, and I give it 5 stars out of 5.

Thumbing through the book…

Product description:

Zombie Housewives of the 1960s, the second in the Zombie Housewives series, takes the reader into the decade of the 1960s where segregation, Vietnam War and interactional relationships are played out in a zombie population. Join Blossom and Colleen on their venture into a tumultuous decade as newly turned zombie women. Enjoy this urban fantasy, social satire, tongue-in-cheek book in Kindle format and this full-color collectible version.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from one of the authors, Sharon Day. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”