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Discovering the Real John Henry + a Review of the TwitterPeek


Ain't Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry Ain’t Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry by Scott Reynolds Nelson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Even though Ain’t Nothing But A Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry is a children’s book I had a real problem putting it down. That is certainly not to say the content will fly over the head of children. Rather, the content is so stellar it will keeps kids and adults alike riveted to the pages as the author recounts his quest to find the real John Henry. Read more after the jump.

TECH

On Christmas Eve I decided to take my TwitterPeek with me when I went shopping to see how it worked. I received the TwitterPeek to review and I wanted to take it out into the field, so to speak.

The TwitterPeek is a device that allows you to mobile tweet only. You can’t check your email and you cannot surf the Net. The only function of the TwitterPeek is to use Twitter.

Although I had some initial problems with it because apparently you can’t use the same email as the one that’s synched to your Peek ( if you have one), the TwitterPeek proved to be a great device, especially for those who can’t tweet from their phone.

The TwitterPeek allows you to see tweets come in, respond to tweets, write your own tweets and see your @ mentions. Additionally you can see images that people upload into their Twitter stream and read links.

The TwitterPeek is exceptional for people like me who refuse to pay for an iPhone or any other smart phone. I have an iPod Touch and Wi-Fi is not always available. The TwitterPeek does not need Wi-Fi in order to connect to Twitter and just like the Peek (its email-only counterpart), its range is very good. I never experience a spot where I cannot connect unless I’m in an underground subway or at baggage claim in an airport where it is way underground.

One of the things I don’t like about the TwitterPeek is it takes forever for tweets to load. I called customer service and they told me tweets update every 4-5 minutes, which is an eternity for people like me who are used to stellar Twitter apps like Tweetie 2 and TweetDeck.  And I also noticed that I didn’t receive all of my @ replies which is the most important feature to me. If someone @s me, I want to @ them back immediately.

In all, because the price and the service plan is very reasonable ($99.95 for the device and six months of service; $199.95 for the device and lifetime service) I recommend getting  the TwitterPeek especially if you’re the type who enjoys tweeting on the go and you don’t have or want a smart phone to do it with.

On the Net: www.twitterpeek.com

(book review continued) Even though Ain’t Nothing But A Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry is a children’s book I had a real problem putting it down. That is certainly not to say the content will fly over the head of children. Rather, the content is so stellar it will keeps kids and adults alike riveted to the pages as the author recounts his quest to find the real John Henry.

We’ve all heard of John Henry, most probably in a chapter sidebar in a US History textbook during our elementary years. Although John Henry is a mere footnote in history to most of us, John Henry was a person who deserved real recognition, not the hyperbolized remembrances of a made-up hero to Scott Nelson. If John Henry was indeed a true person as opposed to a fictional Americana character, Nelson was going to find out.

In Ain’t Nothing But A Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry, Nelson uses historic accounts to pinpoint who John Henry really was and he takes his readers along on the serendipitous journey.

One of Publishers Weekly 2008 Best Books of the Year, Ain’t Nothing But A Man is a must-read for children who love history and their parents who want to teach them the joy in discovering people in our nation’s past.

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