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Old 14th December 2007, 03:25 AM   #41
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I enjoyed this one more
Oh, I would like to read it as well, but I found my copy of Driving Over Lemons in the library. Very strange - just going down a random aisle and it caught my eye.

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Old 14th December 2007, 03:27 AM   #42
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Thanks for the remind, Gary. I have been intending to get it. I've just loaded on to my Sony e-reader and will read it this week while off from work.
What format does it come in? I have a Palm Z22 with mobipocket and the reader that it came with.
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Old 14th December 2007, 05:02 AM   #43
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What format does it come in? I have a Palm Z22 with mobipocket and the reader that it came with.
It's a PDF. But I have found out that this Sony e-reader that I have is displaying it in a rather small print. Maybe there's a way to enlarge it, but I'm not savvy enough to have discovered how as yet. I have the same problem with the podcast transcripts from Notes In Spanish which I sent to my e-reader, too.
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Old 14th December 2007, 09:48 AM   #44
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In the same vein, don´t forget Tim Parfitts wonderful memoir of his first decade in Madrid called "A Load Of Bull". A great read, full of interesting tit bits and very funny.
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Old 22nd December 2007, 10:57 PM   #45
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I now have it on my PDA. I'll try to read it over Christmas break.

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Old 2nd January 2008, 02:37 AM   #46
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Default I recommend Geocaching-an international game requiring a hand held GPS Unit

Not related to learning Spanish, but if you have a gps (I recommend the Garmin Map 60 CSX) and enjoy discovering new places-sometimes in your own town-I recommend giving geocaching a try. Geocaching is an international phenomenon that originated in the Pacific Northwest area of the US. There are over 500,000 caches in over 200 countries in the world. For more detailed information on Geocaching, visit: www.geocaching.com I've been caching for a handful of years now and have personally found over 2,200 caches. Along the way, I've had a lot of fun, met lots of great people, and discovered some beautiful places in my area and throughout the USA--interesting places of scenic and/or historic value.

Spain has at least 1900 geocaches and many are around the Madrid area. To find out which caches (waypoints) are in your area, go to the link provided and type in your zip code (if in the USA) or country. You will get a list of cache pages with descriptions and clues. I know folks who cache alone or with their pets, families who cache with young kids, couples, and folks in their 70's so its a great "hobby" for folks of all ages. Each cache is rated for terrain and difficulty so start with the 1:1- 2:2 rated caches first. Some are as easy as finding a film container in a light pole or a plastic container under a pile of sticks in a park and other involve long hikes or solving complicated puzzles to get the required info for the coordinates. Each caches has a log book inside-where you record your caching "nickname" and you can exchange trinkets if you chose to. You chose how to play the "game". When you come home, you log your find on the geocaching webpage for that particular cache. The website automatically updates the number and type of finds for you. Its a great hobby, but I warn you, it can be very addictive.

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Old 2nd January 2008, 11:21 AM   #47
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Feliz ano nuevo a todos!

Ben - thanks for recommending those podcasts on the blog a while back. I really enjoy WNYC's Radio Lab. Since then I have gone a little podcast crazy. People keep laughing at me because I frequently quote facts I've discovered in podcasts

Anyway, I would like to put forward a few of my favourites which can be found searching ITunes;

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo's Film Reviews
TPN : The Digital Photography Show
The Observer Film Weekly on Guardian Unlimited
Movies You Should See (Warning: This has frequent, quite bad language but is really funny)
And of course 'Notes from Spain' (Ben and Marina, we often amaze our spanish friends with the things we've learnt from you guys, they are brilliant, muchas gracias).

For websites I found this one recently - www.iberianature.com, with a quite active forum.

Saludos,

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Old 2nd January 2008, 12:04 PM   #48
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Not related to learning Spanish, but if you have a gps (I recommend the Garmin Map 60 CSX) and enjoy discovering new places-sometimes in your own town-I recommend giving geocaching a try.
Marilyn
In a similar vein, I find that having a quick virtual explore on Google Earth before actually going to somewhere new throws up useful information. In Madrid, for instance, GE will show the nearest metro or cercanias station. Useful in saving a long, unintended walk.
On the other side of the coin, the poorish definition of the free GE makes me curious as to what I am actually seeing and encourages me to go see. This was how I "discovered" the wonderful Parque Juan Carlos a week ago because I just had to see exactly what was that strange landscape GE was showing me.

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Old 2nd January 2008, 01:50 PM   #49
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I now have it on my PDA. I'll try to read it over Christmas break.

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Must speak to Ben re commission!
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Old 2nd January 2008, 04:01 PM   #50
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Gary, I am sure you don't need recommissioning!!
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Old 2nd January 2008, 04:09 PM   #51
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hmmm, ok:

TV Show: Dexter - it is about a serial killer, it is gruesome at times, but is also quite deep and raises some thought provoking questions. Gets better with each episode as well.

Music: Black Holes and Revelations by Muse. An amazing live band, and if you are into more rock based music then this is a great album.

Employment: Working online for a living. Me and Ben both work online, and we strongly recommend it. You can start by aiming to make some spare cash each month, then perhaps a side income, and eventually a full income from the comfort of your own home. PM me if you have any questions on this matter.

Food: I know of a great Indian Restaurant in Madrid. It is a well kept secret, but if you are in Madrid then let me know and I will send you the details.

Web: Digg.com - a great source of daily news and nonsense.
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Old 2nd January 2008, 07:32 PM   #52
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Have you ever heard of bookcrossing?

It is a great way to say good-bye to your books no longer needed. It frees up space on your bookshelf and some diligent hunters out there are grateful as well.

It is free and easy to sign up. Then you print out labels, put it on the virtual bookshelf by getting an ID number for it, paste the label with ID onto the book you want to release and then you drop it off in a shopping cart at the super market (will usually end up at the customer service desk...) or the local bus shelter or wherever.

Then you log in your release location (some drop-off locations might have been set up, but you can also add your own), so people can go hunting for it.

I only release books "into the wild", but have not gone searching for any yet. I am just happy to know some people appreciate these free books.
I can't throw books out with the trash and so it is the perfect solution for me.

Click here for more information:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/home

Go hunting in Spain:
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Old 2nd January 2008, 10:38 PM   #53
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Maria.

I used to use Bookmooch.com

You basically swap books with people, thus never having to pay for books again.

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Old 2nd January 2008, 11:57 PM   #54
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Here's a recommendation:

Put on headphones, sit down somewhere comfortable, and listen to either of the following two albums (or both, if you have time), all the way through from start to finish, with no interruptions.

The Soft Bulletin, by The Flaming Lips
I Can Hear The Heart Beating as One, by Yo La Tengo
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Old 3rd January 2008, 10:16 AM   #55
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Liam, I second The Soft Bulletin, by The Flaming Lips but actually prefer another of their albums, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
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Old 3rd January 2008, 10:34 AM   #56
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[quote=Liam;39621.

The Soft Bulletin, by The Flaming Lips
I Can Hear The Heart Beating as One, by Yo La Tengo[/quote]

I'll try anything once, but never got past a minute or two with either of the bands, thought they were frankly unbelievably amateur. With the first band, I thought the singer was about as good as I am, and that's bad! Listened to a different track by the second group, sounded like they were singing on helium.
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I'll try anything once, but never got past a minute or two with either of the bands, thought they were frankly unbelievably amateur. With the first band, I thought the singer was about as good as I am, and that's bad! Listened to a different track by the second group, sounded like they were singing on helium.
I have this problem with half of the bands that get onto Jules Holland's Later!

As Ali G says - "Is it cos I is old?"
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Old 3rd January 2008, 01:48 PM   #58
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I recommend going to the Newport Jazz Festival at least once, whether you're into jazz or not. The talent is exceptional and the setting in Newport Rhode Island by the water is fantastic!
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You'll probably know this one (and I'm not sure if it works on a mac sorry). I've also been told it doesn't work on IE7 too.

You know that little wheel on the top of your computer mouse? Whilst your cursor is hovered over a link on a web page... click the button in just once. It will open the link in a new tab. It's great for when you are doing Google Searches, or wading through forum posts.

It sounds such a silly little thing - but it has revolutionised the way I surf the web. It doesn't take much to please me really. Glass of vino collapso, and a clicking mouse wheel... and all is well in the world of Elle

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Old 3rd January 2008, 05:45 PM   #60
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Yes, that works best in firefox. The way I do it is to hold down ctrl and left click a link, thus opening a new tab. it is very useful.
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