Daily Deals: How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer and Gravity Burst

How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an AnswerHow do you live a good, happy life? This question obsessed Renaissance writer Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, whose free-roaming style was unique at the time. Winner of the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, Sarah Bakewell explores Montaigne’s life through the questions he posed and answers he found. Amazon offers to get this book (How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer) just for $1.99 within Today Daily Deals  (compare to the original price $15.95)

In a wide-ranging intellectual career, Michel de Montaigne found no knowledge so hard to acquire as the knowledge of how to live this life well. By casting her biography of the writer as 20 chapters, each focused on a different answer to the question How to live? Bakewell limns Montaigne’s ceaseless pursuit of this most elusive knowledge. Embedded in the 20 life-knowledge responses, readers will find essential facts—when and where Montaigne was born, how and whom he married, how he became mayor of Bordeaux, how he managed a public life in a time of lethal religious and political passions. But Bakewell keeps the focus on the inner evolution of the acute mind informing Montaigne’s charmingly digressive and tolerantly skeptical essays. Flexible and curious, this was a mind at home contemplating the morality of cannibals, the meaning of his own near-death experience, and the puzzlingly human behavior of animals. And though Montaigne has identified his own personality as his overarching topic, Bakewell marvels at the way Montaigne’s prose has enchanted diverse readers—Hazlitt and Sterne, Woolf and Gide—with their own reflections. Because Montaigne’s capacious mirror still captivates many, this insightful life study will win high praise from both scholars and general readers. –Bryce Christensen


Gravity Burst

Also you can download Gravity Burst which is game for your Kindle Fire for free today only.

Gravity Burst is a 2D physics-based arcade game that requires you to shoot enemies from your orbital base, rather than chaotically flying thorough the cosmos firing at everything. Using the slingshot effect of other planets, carefully launch your missile to take out all enemies by pulling the trigger only once. This is a much more cautious and calculated approach.

Don’t Fight Harder; Shoot Smarter

The answer is physics. By aiming your missile strategically, the gravitational pull of the planet will keep your missile in orbit–unless, like Newton taught us, an external force is applied. In other words, don’t crash into something. Your enemy lingers somewhere among the planets. If you miscalculate, your missile may crash into the planet or other obstacles before taking out the enemy aircraft.

Carefully assess your environment when planning your attack. Determine what could get in the way of your missile’s orbit and try to navigate around it. All obstacles and enemy aircraft remain stagnant, so you are not aiming at a moving target.

Staying in Motion

With more than 90 unique levels, two game modes, and three exclusive bonus levels just for Amazon customers, you’ve got plenty of missiles to keep in motion. Additionally, as you progress through levels you’ll earn unlockable content and achievements.

Note: Not compatible with LG Optimus. BROADCAST_STICKY and INTERNET permissions are required for apps that leverage Adobe AIR. Click here to download this game.

To Match Kindle Fire, B&N Releases Cheaper $200 Nook Tablet

There has been some question about the importance of pricing in the Kindle Fire’s dominance over the seemingly superior Nook Tablet.  On paper the Barnes & Noble tablet is definitely the slightly better device with more storage, expandable memory, twice the RAM, and otherwise similar hardware, which means it makes sense to pick out the one aspect of the comparison (in this case the price) that goes against it when determining why the Nook Tablet hasn’t done better.  Barnes & Noble obviously thought so, and has decided to start offering a version of the Nook Tablet at $200 that sacrifices nothing but its superior onboard storage.  Surely they are hoping this will be enough to at least start to draw even with the Kindle Fire.

The big question we have to ask now is whether or not this is a reasonable expectation from such a small change.  Have people really been choosing the Kindle Fire just to get 20% off the competition’s price?  This is definitely a possibility for some buyers, but overall there are other factors that we have to consider.  What you buy when you get one of these tablets is more than just the physical device at this point; it’s an entire content ecosystem.

Many, myself included, are of the opinion that the real strength of the Kindle Fire stems from its deep integration with Amazon’s systems.  It is undoubtedly a mixed blessing thanks to the associated lack of access to the main Google App Marketplace among other things, but this integration does allow for some impressive features.  The on-device storage is practically irrelevant when a decent WiFi network is in range, for example, thanks to the streaming media options Amazon has made available.  There is also more than enough space at any given time for several dozen apps, a couple hundred eBooks, and assorted music and video files.  Will you be carrying around entire seasons of your favorite television show?  Probably not.  You can expect to have several hours worth of viewing on hand for when wireless connectivity is unavailable, though.

Barnes & Noble simply isn’t offering the same amount of service, which is why it makes sense for them to be trying to make up the difference with somewhat superior hardware at the same price as the Kindle Fire.  The new Nook Tablet is, if anything, an even better option than the 16GB model for those looking into the possibility of rooting their new tablet, but if you’re keeping the stock firmware then it is a decision that should be carefully considered.  Nothing has changed or improved here, when it comes right down to it, besides dropping the price.

If you are a fan of the Nook, or dislike the idea of Amazon’s having a hold on your tablet, this is a great deal.  If you really want a color LCD device for reading on, the Nook Tablet is also still your best option.  If these situations don’t apply to you, however, the $200 Kindle Fire vs $200 Nook Tablet competition is still pretty heavily weighted in favor of Amazon.