Kindle Battery Care

Here are ten rather obvious steps to maintain and extend your Kindle’s battery life.

  1. Turn off wi-fi and or 3G when not needed
  2. Turn down the back-light, if you have one
  3. Turn off automatic page refreshing
  4. Put your Kindle to sleep when not in use
  5. Ensure your Kindle firmware is up to date
  6. Keep your Kindle in moderate temperatures
  7. Lithium-ion polymer batteries like slow, regular charges
  8. Don’t fully discharge the battery as a matter of course, recharge at 30 – 60%
  9. Take the opportunity to add or sync your books while charging
  10. When the Kindle is nearly fully or fully charged, remove the charging cable

As a Kindle is essentially a Linux based computer, it’s a good idea, once in a while, to power off and or restart it. The IT two-step, “switch it off and on again” works for so many things, including Kindles, if they start misbehaving.

Here’s a view of a Kindle Voyage’s battery in the process of being replaced, courtesy of ifixit.com.

Kindle Voyage

I was preparing to write a long review of my newest and most favourite thing, my Kindle Voyage. However, having read Joe’e review I needn’t bother. He’s said it all and that was back at the end of 2014.

Simply put, if you want an excellent e-book reader, within the Amazon ecosphere and don’t mind paying £170 for it, then you will unlikely be disappointed.

 

When I Heard the Learned Astronomer

When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide,
and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with
much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

Walt Whitman, 1819 – 1892

Integrative Arts Psychotherapy

I was thinking that I should make use of two of my greatest attributes; a flaring artistic temperament and an empathetic, emotional intelligence in order to equip myself with an MA degree in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy.

The synopsis seems encouraging:
“Students will explore the fundamental interconnection between the artistic process and psychotherapy, in terms of their mutual concern with in-depth communication of emotional experience, and with transformation and change. The course focuses on the three-way process of psychotherapist, client and art object. Students therefore will be schooled in facilitating the richest possible relational and imaginal discourse between therapist and client.”

Sadly this demanding course is only available at the University of East London, formerly the Polytechnic of East London and before that the West Ham Technical Institute. Having spent many years in the East End, I do not relish having to live there once again.

However it, might just be worth it – to see the bright, happy faces of previously disturbed children as we resolve their issues re-enacting such calming works as Apocalypse Now, Blackhawk Down and King Lear. I could make a difference!