Archive for June 26, 2008

Ralph Nader On ABC’s “This Week” Sunday

June 26, 2008

Holy cow!

Nader mentioned in his Democracy Now! interview that the late Tim Russert had the courage to put him on Meet the Press but that Stephanopoulos and the rest were shutting him out:

AMY GOODMAN: You don’t have much access to the corporate media. Why do you think that is?

RALPH NADER: Well, I think the blackout has been exceptional in the last three, four months. Stephanopoulos was heard to say that the Tim Russert show was about the most publicity I would get for the whole campaign. And, of course, he hasn’t had me on, and Wolf Blitzer hasn’t had me on, and Bob Schieffer hasn’t had me on. It’s rather sad to see, because they get higher ratings, there’s more excitement—Tim Russert said he heard from people all over the world after my announcement on his show. And the networks, of course, have almost blacked out all third party independent candidates, except maybe Ron Paul.

What changed?

Come on, this is the dinosaur “press.”

I know exactly what’s going here and so does Team Nader.

Nader will get called out for saying Obama was “talking white.”

He pre-emptively addresses that in the email that announces this ABC appearance:

By the way, there are many definitions of “talking white.”

Here’s our definition, from the Nader/Gonzalez dictionary:

Talking white means telling the white corporate power structure what they want to hear, rather than calling them out and telling them what they need to hear.

We must please the Smiley Nazis.

The hell with that!

Stephanopoulos will probably try to get all over Nader. It will be interesting to see if Nader will actually be able to develop his thoughts completely without repeated interruptions.

Click here for a PDF file that lists the ABC affiliates and the airtimes for This Week.

Vote Nader 2008 website
Vote Pact

Previously here:

Twelve Thousand Dollars An Hour
Obama-Nader 2008? Never, I Say!
Ralph Nader In NYC Tonight, June 18, 2008
Ralph Nader On Democracy Now!
Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #126
The People Have The Power
John McCain: Fascist For President
He’s Not Spoiled. Our Political System Is.
Jive-Ass Turkey
And People Are Going To Vote For This Eejit?
The Final President Of The United States
There’s Only One Choice For President
Meet, Support Ralph Nader For President!
The Deserved Fall Of General Motors
Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #112
Ralph Nader: Activist Presidential Candidate
Why Democrats Lose
Ralph Nader Now Has A Merch Store
Wordless
East Coast Corporate Liberal
A Civics Quiz
Vote For Ralph Nader To Take Back America!
Ralph Nader: The President We Need
Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #017
Another Reason To Vote For Ralph Nader
Lincoln, FDR, Nader
Ralph Nader Tomorrow, March 9 2008, In PA
Just Say Yes: To Ralph Nader!
Ralph Nader On The Daily Show Tonight
Nazicrats
Weasels, Part Three
Weasels, Part Two
Ralph Nader’s Big Birthday
Exxon Can’t Hide
Happy Birthday, Ralph Nader
To Name Three: McCain, Hillary, Obama
Now I Can Vote This Year: Nader Is IN!
The Presidential Candidate You Laughed At

Call It “Direct Publishing”

June 26, 2008

Oddly, when rock musicians offered their music on the Net, no one called what they were doing “self-publishing.”

Everyone saw it as a harbinger of the future. They were engaging in disintermediation. The Man was being cut out of the equation. Artists would reap the reward of their art.

But when it comes to writers of words, it’s called “self-publishing” and there’s a stigma attached to it.

Some of that stigma is justified.

I’ve seen such work and it’s been easy to see why it was rejected by commercial publishers. Too often, people think “anyone” could write a book, so why not try it? I’ve even seen work by people who were brilliant with words in a commercial sense — where they were paid large amounts of money to assemble collections of words to produce specific marketplace ends — produce utter crap when it came to fiction.

On the other hand, there’s the example of writer Philip K. Dick, whose non-SF work was rejected by publisher after publisher and is now being put in print posthumously. One could argue that Dick’s best work was his SF, but could anyone argue that Dick was any less of a writer because the mainstream refused him entry? Confessions of a Crap Artist is as close to mainstream as Dick’s work got during his lifetime. Would anyone argue it was amateurish or outright unpublishable?

There are also tales told in the mainstream publishing world of best-selling authors whose names everyone would immediately recognize handing in manuscripts that are, charitably, described as “a mess,” requiring editors to virtually rewrite them. This is done because the author has become a commercial brand name and the publishing house isn’t about to stop milking that cash cow until sales — or the author — drop dead.

All of these things come into play when “self-publishing” is mentioned.

I propose a new term: direct publishing.

I think that’s the term that will be used as professionals writers who have been published in print find their work no longer being welcomed by their publishers. They are good enough to be published — but their sales are disappointing to international conglomerates who are pimping books as if they were Hollywood hundred-million-dollar-plus blockbuster escapist movies.

Such writers won’t want to be seen as “self-publishers,” so I propose calling them direct publishers.

I bring up all this because of a post over at Teleread called Top ten self-publishing myths.

It’s a very good post overall. I do, however, disagree with:

#6 – Self-publishing is expensive, because you have to pay for professional services.

Since I proof and edit my manuscripts using checklists acquired from various books on grammar and usage, the proofing tools provided in my word processing program, and the usual rounds of peer review, by the time the manuscript landed on the editor’s desk it was pretty clean. The draft came back with so few corrections I decided not to pay for professional editing on any of my subsequent books.

People who have more money than time will still choose to pay for professional services, but for an author with basic computer and Internet skills (in other words, anyone reading this), along with the willingness to learn, it’s optional. If I can do it, how hard could it be?

Emphasis added by me.

Two important points:

1) It could be it came back with so few corrections because it was a poorly-done job. I’m still shocked by the number of typos I find in some books. Within the past two months I had to email a writer about his novel because words were missing from the book. He didn’t know that til my email — because the words had been there in the galleys. There have been some books I’ve read where entire freaking sentences didn’t make any sense. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of competency by one experience. It says nothing.

2) Pay for those professional services! How many typos and poor sentences have been thrown onto the Internet? Even with spellcheckers, typos still get through (hey, just look at this blog!). Poor sentences run riot (you need go no further than this blog for some hideous examples!). I don’t delude myself with this blog that what I am putting here is 1) something anyone would pay for, 2) indicative of my ability to write, and 3) anything even on the fringes of the neighborhood of good writing. This is mostly attack-first-think-later text. This would be an entirely different type of blog if the text first went through the mediation of other people. If you want to write as a profession, you need that professional support. This is non-negotiable for anyone who wants to do fiction.

I’ll keep trotting out this example until it sticks in everyone’s head: Self-Confidence Vs. Self-Delusion.

Now go to that Teleread post.

Who?

June 26, 2008

I’m listening to a BBC Radio program about H.P. Lovecraft (found via Warren Ellis) and at 4:54 into the first segment, I hear this:

Kelly Link is one of the most important new writers in American fiction. Her work crosses boundaries between science-fiction, horror, and mainstream.

That’s news to me.

So I went to wikipedia: Kelly Link.

And there I found a link to a free ebook (scroll down for the free part), Stranger Things Happen. (It also raised a question in my mind: Why the hell hasn’t anyone converted it to Sony Reader format?)

Anyway, I still don’t really know who she is. I guess that’s because she’s done mostly short stories and I tend to stick to novels.

But I’ve got her ebook. Well, the Endless Unarranged Backlog does.

Someday.

Today’s Oprah: Women And Money Is Repeating!

June 26, 2008

Previously: Today’s Oprah: Women And Money

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The free Suze Orman book offer is back again today.

If you missed it last time, go go go now.

Note: My screensnap is from the original airing. The free book download ends the evening of June 27, 2008.

Previously here:

Oprah Uses Skype
Memo To Steve Jobs: People DO Still Read!
Oprah, Get A Sony Reader!
Reminder: Free Suze Orman eBook
Today’s Oprah: Women And Money
Today’s Oprah Is Worth Watching

Trouble In P2PLand

June 26, 2008

This is not happiness.

The Limewire/Frostwire tubes are just about dead. At least 60% of the supposed files there are either fake or infectious. And the quantity of files have dropped by at least ninety-percent.

And I haven’t used eMule in months. I called it up for Leverage and was shocked at the server list I saw. Aside from the number being vastly decreased, I could also, um, sense (let me use that word) that it’s been infiltrated by the CopyNazis. I quit it and used a different set of tubes.

Refreshing the eMule server list has been an active search term for several days now. That’s very unusual.

I think it’s a very bad sign too.

I’m glad I’m not relying on it any longer.

TV Networks Are Using A Leaking Service?

June 26, 2008

Since the cat has been let out of the bag by NewTeeVee, I can now publish this:


Click = big

It’s interesting that these leaks are all coming from one source.

I now think there is a company — if not a division of an ad agency — that’s putting all of these up on the Net.

As a network-approved professional service.

I’ve also caught and seen Raising the BarSteven Bochco‘s new lawyer drama — which was also placed outside of BitTorrent access. (Which really is the best way to go; it’s faster than P2P.)

(No, I won’t be posting about that. Leverage is special. Raising the Bar is … good, just not special. It has great music, though.)

How long do the networks think they can count on this leaking to inspire Net chatter?

See this post about how war is being declared on BitTorrent.

You Suits had better all get together and decide just what the hell is more important: a Net that can generate buzz or one that’s locked down and works against your best interests?

ICANN, You Eejits!!!

June 26, 2008

Internet overhaul wins approval

A second proposal, to introduce domain names written in scripts, such as Asian and Arabic, was also approved.

Hey, thanks there, you dimwits.

Everyone will just love encountering links that look like http://www.??????.???

You’ve taken something that worked and was universal and broken it into pieces.

Bastards!

Previously here:

ICANN Gets Stupid

Sony’s Strange Strategy

June 26, 2008

Sony Group Corporate Strategy Update FY2008 – FY2010
“To be the leading global provider of networked consumer electronics and entertainment”

That link leads to a page that contains a three-page PDF statement issued by Sony.

One item stands out:

Ensure that 90% of our electronics product categories are network-enabled and wireless-capable by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011 (“FY2010”).

How did they arrive at that 90% figure? Did they do a census of their “electronics product categories” and determine that only nine out of ten devices can be made “network-enabled and wireless-capable”?

Another point:

Sony intends to maintain a leading position in its “trillion yen businesses” (LCD TVs, digital imaging, game and mobile phones) and will focus on expanding its PC, Blu-ray Disc-related products, and component/semiconductor businesses into “trillion yen businesses” by the end of FY2010.

Where does that leave ebooks? Where does that leave the Sony Reader?

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There is no mention of the Reader or ebooks at all in this statement.

What exactly does that mean?

It’s nearly the middle of 2008. Is the Reader going to be updated this year and be “network-enabled and wireless-capable”?

And why doesn’t Sony consider ebooks an area that can become a “trillion yen business”?

Why hasn’t the PlayStation 3 platform been seen as an additional outlet for ebooks? Why can’t every PS3 come pre-loaded with Sony’s eBook Library software to entice people into ebooks? Why can’t PS3’s act as Sony Reader hosts for ebook storage and syncing? Has anyone over there even considered that?

Yes, I’ve declared e-Ink ebook readers dead, but there’s still some good Sony can do while it’s still in the game.

Is Sony still in the game?

Or is the invisibility of the Sony Reader in Sony statements an indication they already plan to shut down that business, as they did with the Sony CLIE PalmOS PDA business?

Previously here:

A Gadget Too Far
eInk eBook Readers: They’re All Dead, Jim!
More Bad For Sony Reader: Kindles Coming
Borders Catches Cold, Sony Reader Gets Pneumonia?
Sony Reader Can Be Bought In Spain!
Oprah, Get A Sony Reader!
Ken Kutaragi: Your Vindication Nears!
Oh, NOW He Believes Me!
Macbook Air Vs Everex Cloudbook Vs Sony Reader
Does Borders Know The Sony Reader Exists?
What’s Going On With Sony And Its Reader?
Sony’s Got Something Big For Their Reader
Will New eBook Readers Finally Change The World?
Has Sony Just Lost Its eBook Battle?

The Internet Of Bullshit

June 26, 2008

CNet — which really should embrace Open ID because why the hell would anyone really want to set up a separate account for them just to Comment — reveals that the Corporate Grab of the Internet continues:

Inventor of the Internet takes aim at BitTorrent

Roberts claims that the Anagran devices also ensure that high-priority traffic, like VOIP and video streams, can be guaranteed better performance.

Emphasis added by me.

WTF?

Since when has VOIP been deemed “high-priority” — and by whom?

You’re going to tell me that two nitwits chattering about utter bullshit over Skype is more important than other traffic on the Net?

And what’s this about streaming video being “high-priority” too?

You mean some mouth-breather catching last night’s repeat of Deal or No Deal is more important than data traffic on the Net?

Who the hell says so?

It’s this kind of raping of the Net for corporate interests that’s going to keep the pirates and the hackers and the system subversionists around for decades and decades.

And I say good!

The sooner the Anagran devices are deployed, the sooner they can be busted.