Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Linkee-poo is back to work but dreaming of eggnog

Writer Unboxed with just how bad is the publishing industry. Interesting take, along with some good links.

Jim Hines has a post up a the SFWA blog on his experiment with e-books. Pretty much bears out what I've seen elsewhere. For a flip side to this, my friend Ken McConnell has been self/e-publishing for a while now (including a recent short story collection). Ken has some success, but he's also poured a ton of work into his books. Even as a pro-graphic designer, it's more work that I would want to do for my own books (although I've been toying with doing a limited hard copy run of my early short stories, but only as an ego stroking gesture on my part). Just as a reminder, for the last numbers I could find from the recording industry, after a decade of e-sales of music, hard copy CDs still make up 60+% of unit sales. And listening to music is much different than reading a book (and easier to translate into e-sales).

Because who doesn't love a Rube Goldberg Machine and beer. Thanks, Vince.

And now, without preamble, DamnYouAutoCorrect. (sent from Dan)

Now that the cycle of the year is drawing to a close, there's plenty of looking back. TPM looks back at the year at Fox News. To reiterate, it's no wonder Fox News watchers are the most ill-informed viewers out there. "Won't hear this anywhere else," indeed. Because when you make shit up, you can't expect others to repeat it.

And, well, we knew this was coming. Didn't we? See, tax cuts are fine. No need to balance those in the budget, no matter how they explode the deficit. And it seems the conservatives want to make us like Greece, without really needing to. But hey, it's worked so well for Greece so far. Okay, not really. But since when has reality had anything to do with conservatives. They abandoned it long ago.

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