I love my ereader; there has never been a better solution for the person who wants to take five books on a weekend trip, or a better tool for reading fanfic in public. I had three Kindles, two of which died* and one of which I left on the train, and now I have a Kobo ereader.
There are things I love about it---for one, I almost never buy
ebooks, and when I do it's from Kobo, so it just makes sense to have a reader that works within the Kobo ecosystem. I love that it reads ePubs, so that I don't have to convert every damn thing to .mobi. I love that you can turn the backlight ALL THE WAY OFF, which Amazon for some ludicrous reason does not allow. And I generally like the way the software works.
On the downside, the Kobo reader is noticeably slower and more buggy. Anything touching the screen will turn the page, not just conductive things like fingers---if your bedsheet brushes the screen, all bets are off. Also, you can't put it in a plastic bag to read in the rain like you can with the Kindle; the plastic will turn pages. In addition, if a long ebook isn't properly broken up into separate HTML files, the book will eventually get so bogged down that it will freeze and you have to start over. Similarly, when you change the font size or other display settings, the time it takes to process depends on how large the HTML file you're currently reading is---it can be an extremely
long time. The workaround is to download an ePub editor such as Sigil and format your ePubs to your own specs, which is fine for me and my obsessive brain but might not be worth it for others.
And oh man, the Kobo dictionary is shit. One thing I got really addicted to with my Kindles was looking up the etymology of words I already knew. Kobo's dictionary doesn't provide etymologies at all. I would probably pay up to $20 or $30 to purchase a better dictionary with etymologies included, but it's not an option
I've been reading a lot of news about Charlottesville, because I was there and about fifteen feet away from the car crash and I'm probably somewhat traumatized (therapy appt this weekend yaaaay) and also I am in general kind of bad at self care. So, back on topic, I found this sentence in an article about how utterly shit the orange menace is at governing
For one thing, Caligula did not, as far as we know, foment ethnic violence within the empire.
Foment is a word I know from past reading context---phrases like "fomenting revolt" or "foment dissent," seeming to imply encouraging the thing in question. I had a vague idea that it might be related to "ferment," which to me implies (among other things) taking some kind of organic matter and doing things (like adding sugar, or bottling) to encourage a community/ecosystem of bacteria to grow in it. It makes sense in parallel, too: it seems plausible to say that someone's "fermenting ethnic violence" by adding encouragement like sugar to the substrate.
Trusty Google has a good etymology dictionary!
foment: late Middle English: from French fomenter, from late Latin fomentare, from Latin fomentum ‘poultice, lotion,’ from fovere ‘to heat, cherish.’
Ah, to heat---that makes a lot
of sense. And now that I think of it, doesn't the process of fermentation also generate heat in some cases?
ferment: late Middle English: from Old French ferment (noun), fermenter (verb), based on Latin fermentum ‘yeast,’ from fervere ‘to boil.’
Yup! And this is probably also related to fervor and fever. It turns out that "fermenting violence" is also a legit use of the word, too.
This has been etymology funtimes with your host, @wolby. Welcome to my brain.
* mostly by being dropped... I am a huge klutz, but in my defense, only one of those drops was my fault.