Kindle Fire Tablet and Why It Will be Wildly Successful

The Kindle Fire Color Tablet is going to sell like hotcakes.

The Amazon Fire Tablet is going to be this year’s Zhu Zhu Pet and Past year’s Cabbage Patch Doll.   The thing where everyone will be killing themselves to get and there won’t be enough to go around creating a frenzy to get them.  you heard it here.  Sepember 28th, 2011.  Write it down.

It’s brilliantly priced for people who don’t have to do everything an iPad can do or as seamlessly.  Also there are more pixels than the already fantastic iPad screen?
This will sell well, really well for all those folks who can’t justify an iPad at the same price of a decently spec’d laptop.

You can and should pre-order one for Christmas presents if you don’t want to spring ALL the money for an iPad.

get on the list here


Technical Details:

7″ multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.

Size (in inches)
7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).

14.6 ounces (413 grams).

System Requirements
None, because it’s wireless and doesn’t require a computer.

On-device Storage
8GB internal. That’s enough for 80 apps, plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.

Cloud Storage
Free cloud storage for all Amazon content

Battery Life
Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content.

Charge Time
Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via USB.

Wi-Fi Connectivity
Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.1X standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.

USB Port
USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)

3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.

Content Formats Supported
Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.

Quick Start Guide(included in box); Kindle User’s Guide (pre-installed on device)

Warranty and Service
1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the Kindle License Agreement and Terms of Use.

Included in the Box
Kindle Fire tablet, U.S. power adapter (supports 100-240V), and Quick Start Guide.

$199.00 Free Super Saver Shipping

Pre-order now to reserve your place in line

Our all-new Kindle Fire will be released on November 15, 2011. Orders are prioritized on a first come, first served basis.

Ships from and sold by Amazon Digital Services. U.S. only.

Movies, apps, games, music, reading and more, plus Amazon’s revolutionary, cloud-accelerated web browser

  • 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books
  • Amazon Appstore – thousands of popular apps and games
  • Ultra-fast web browsing – Amazon Silk
  • Free cloud storage for all your Amazon content
  • Vibrant color touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle
  • Fast, powerful dual-core processor
  • Amazon Prime members enjoy unlimited, instant streaming of over 10,000 popular movies and TV shows

This thing has more pixels than the iPad at less than half the price?  If anyone has seen the iPads gorgeous screen you know that’s a big deal.   The thing will play windows videos as well as mac videos and best of all it supports Flash, so all those flash based sites you can’t access on an iPad, you can on the kindle Fire.

If they were both the same price I’d buy the iPad all day long but when you take that $200 price into account it’s tough to beat for value.

My prediction, when you want to buy one, for Christmas present’s they will be so backordered you probably won’t be able to get one.

Best move is to put in a pre-order for one ASAP and even if you change your mind you can cancel the order before November but best case scenario is you sell it for double on eBay to someone who desperately needs one to give as a Christmas present.

There’s no way they produce enough for the demand at that price point.

A laptop and/or pc replacement for $200 and will do everything that 90% of people need it to do.

Is it a replacement for a power user?   Obviously not, but power users only make up 10% or less of the marketplace IMO and the  Kindle Fire will capture the other 90% of the marketplace’s needs.  This would be PERFECT for my mom, my wife, my nephew or niece, my sister, just about anyone whose computing use is 90% Facebook and 10% web browsing.

No-Brainer as my boy Patrick Ryan said to me earlier.

Fishin’ Panorama Taken at The State Fish Pier

Loving the panorama feature on my new Sony HX9V.  Click pic for larger view.


Easy at putting it on panorama mode, pressing the button and sweeping in the direction you would like to take the panorama.  Even a dope like me can do it.

You Meet The Nicest People

. . . at Long Wharf on Jones Creek.

 Chris and Barb from Pittsfield, Ma. spent a delightful 6 hours cruising Jones Creek, the Annisquam and Lobster Cove in their kayaks. They visited the Annisquam Light and Wingaersheek Beach. Chris and Barb experienced the full range of the tide, leaving at morning high and returning near dead low. See below.


DSC_1372The Teen Artist Guild (TAG) fall gallery opening at Cape Ann Art Haven isn’t going to be your typical wine and cheese gallery opening. Instead, on October 1 at 6pm, you can join these local young artists to see them revealing new series’ and creating new works on the spot.
“We’re not just going to be selling artwork,” says 18-year-old artist Jason Burroughs. “We’re doing some cool new stuff and we want everyone to come be a part of the process.”
The TAG program was started by Cape Ann Art Haven in 2010 as a summer program. In its initial installment, a group of local student artists began learning how to market their artwork and sold work at the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market. Each student sold their original creations throughout the summer and donated 10% of their proceeds to a local non-profit of their choice.
Throughout the past two months, the program has expanded to include a small gallery at Art Haven’s 180B Main Street studio space and visits to Amy’s Coffee and Cones on Rocky Neck. The TAG students spent four Thursday nights with their work on display at the ice cream shop as a part of Nights on the Neck, a summer celebration of the historic art colony.
As fall approaches, some of these students are starting classes at local art schools while others go back to middle and high school. They’re all continuing to exercise their creative minds and get some real world experience of what it’s like to be a working artist in today’s world.
For more information about the Teen Artist Guild or Cape Ann Art Haven, you can visit or call (978) 283-3888.


Cape Ann – a Farming Town

Goose Cove, circa 1890 Charle E. Dennison/ ©Fredrik D. Bodin
Gloucester and Rockport have historically produced nearly everything they needed: Ships, anchors, tools, rope, lumber, granite, fish, produce, and milk. Our first farm was established in 1658 by James Babson, and was located at the Babson Cooperage property in Rockport. Gallery visitor Laura Kerr told me that she and her husband counted eighteen working dairies on Cape Ann. In my shop, I display bottles from Bass Rocks Farm (George C. Nugent),  D.J. Spittle Dairy, Doctor Babson Farm (Washington Street in Riverdale), Kerr Farm (Riverdale), Lanes Dairy (The Best Milk – From Our Dairy to You), Lanes Farms, and O’Neil & Newman (West Gloucester). I wish I had more information and bottles.
 F. Maynard Tucker’s Vegetable Truck, 1930 Alice M. Curtis/ ©Fredrik D. Bodin
Photographs printed from the original 5×7 inch glass negative in my darkroom. Images # JW-001 (Cow) and A8457-037 (Vegetable Truck)
Dr. Babson’s milk bottle, from Fred’s collection.
Fredrik D. Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Joe Scamardella Twin Lights Photo


Attached is my photo of the Twin Lights … perhaps you and your readers
may be interested other local photos on my site at
I’ve been photographing Gloucester/Rockport area for about 5 years; I
live west of Boston but I do manage to get to Gloucester quite often.
I like the way GMG ties together the spirit and creativity of the
community, and I appreciate all the hard work of you and your
Joe Scamardella

Miss Fern On The Rocks At Eastern Point Panoramas

Click photos for full sized panoramas.  Have I told y’all yet how much I love the new camera?  The Sony HX9V, 16 times zoom, killer video, panoramas in camera HDR processing and it slips right in my pocket!  The thing is the nuts!  I highly highly recommend it.  Here’s a link to reviews and the Amazon store, mine came in two days.