Friday, April 28, 2006

"Those who cannot cope with mathematics are at best, tolerable sub-humans who have learned to bathe, wear shoes and not make messes in the house."


So I'm visiting Salt Lake City next weekend, which will probably be the last time I'll be in town for a while, since Crystal will be here after that for some months. I'm going to try to see people, but my schedule always seems to be mussed.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

J. Steven York's Multiplex of the Mind: Writers and other delusional people

A good article about writers and writing.

A little background is required for those of your who never wanted to be writers. What he's specifically railing against here are agents who promise to get you published, if you pay them a fee, and publishers who do that same thing. Many justify it, saying that the financial risk needs to be offset, and you will in any case, quickly recoup the fees in royalty.

As he points out, this sort of thing continues to be popular because those fees are NOT recouped in royalty, and in fact end up just being fat to a publisher or agent who does little or nothing on your behalf. It amounts to very expensive vanity publishing.

Once I thought I would primarily be a writer, and still have some plans to write, although other things have interceded. What I will end up writing may not be a book, but it will be something.

Monday, April 03, 2006

gizmag Article: Borders to Sell Digital Reading Device

I hope this works out. I've been waiting for digital books for a while now. I grab digital copies online when I can, and used to read on my PDA, but the momentum and selection just hasn't been there. If this is cheap, and has a large library, I really think the time may have come.

It's not flying cars, but I've been really waiting for this.