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Sent from my iPad!

My iPad arrived about 2 hours ago! I've got it synced with a selection of my music and the apps I bought on Thursday, and I'm putting it through its paces right now. Typing in landscape is remarkably comfortable - and that's coming from someone with no previous iPhone training. There will doubtless be a more thorough review later this evening, but for the moment I've got a zillion things I want to try out!
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Preorder! and related items

I laid in electronic wait until Apple's online store reopened at 8:30 this morning and placed my preorder for a 64GB WiFi iPad, to be delivered to our house on Sat 4/3. My personal mobile computing revolution begins!

I also placed a preorder for a Cloak this week, which not only has all of the features that I want in an iPad case, but a pretty neat business model to boot. Go check it out.

I'm also really excited to have a go at Flourish on the iPad (I have no idea if they're planning an iPad version, but the iPhone app should work just fine in 2x mode). It's the most interesting music creation app I've seen yet, and I'm utterly unable to explain how it works. There are a couple of short demo videos on the site that should give you an idea, though.
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The Secret of Kells

This year's nominees for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature: Up, The Princess and the Frog, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox...and The Secret of Kells. Wait, what?

How did I not hear anything about this film until today? (By way of a lovely interview with director Tomm Moore in Salon, BTW.) This looks absolutely stunning, and I will be first in line to see it when it gets a wider American release.
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Book production costs

...or, how to reply to the "authors should sell ebooks directly to readers" or "why are ebooks so expensive?" arguments. This post by Charles Stross lays out the details. Read some of the comments if you've got time - they're very informative, and involve a lot of back-and-forth between Stross and his readers.