Archive for August 7, 2008

Comic Books (Almost) Come To iPhone

August 7, 2008

I was just bleating the other day about the death of print and how comics should be going e (especially Warren Ellis, who I consider the Gold Standard of graphic novelists active on the Net).

I didn’t know one comics publisher in England is already moving that way: iPhone comics app arrives — Read 2000AD on your handset

From the App Store:

Clickwheel Comic ReaderFREE (link opens iTunes)

Warren Ellis, who first trumpted 2000AD being downloadable, might take some notice.

I’m not certain how good an experience these Clickwheel items will be on an iPhone. They are PDFs. Unless the PDFs have been customized to fit actual size on the screen, I suspect there will be a lot of pinching in/out and 4-way moving around in panels for reading.

But also of note is a Japanese company that it seems is offering, um, something. I’m not quite sure what. Manga or Manga-like cover over a text book?

Again from the App Store:

BBMFFREE (link opens iTunes)

BBMFFREE (link opens iTunes)

(Yes, they have the same name, but are two different items.)

Entire listing, click = big

Since the file I’m showing here is 5.5MB in size, I have to think this is an actual Manga. Unfortunately, they don’t show anything beyond the cover shown above!

I don’t have an iPhone yet. But I’ve just dragooned someone cross-country to try one of these Japanese ones and send me some screensnaps. I will post again tomorrow.

Meantime, if anyone has tried either of these, leave a Comment. If you’ve seen reviews, leave a Comment with a link!

Quote: Jeff Jarvis

August 7, 2008

The myth of the creative class

But internet triumphalists, like me, argue that the internet opens up creativity past one-size-fits-all mass measurements and priestly definitions and lets us not only find what we like but find people who like what we do.


I’d just read something like that the other day …

I’ve read hand-wringing by the pearl-clutchers and future-fearers, who try to hang onto their slim spot on the melting melting melting iceberg of print by positing the future will see the rise of “curators,” who will sift through and separate the Worthy from the Unworthy.

Guess what, you retarded eejits? There is no longer a notion of Unworthy! Everything gets on the Net. There is finally Something For Everybody. Your insipid snooty-nosed idea of what’s Worthy is dead.

Your mindset of gatekeeping is gone. The Berlin Wall fell. The Berlin Wall in your minds needs to fall too.

Oh wait!

(For the eejits out there who won’t understand what I’m doing here [and will such eejits please stop reading this blog?], I’m not implying that Jarvis is mimicking me. I’m showing how more than only one person believes this. And since Jarvis puts it in much more Suit-palatable terms than I do — or wish to! — the Suits had better start waking up from their puddles of mud.)

Microsoft: The American Nokia

August 7, 2008

Yep, that frames them perfectly.

Just as Nokia’s climb to the top of the cellphone pyramid was an historical fluke, so too with Microsoft.

And just as Apple is sending Nokia into its well-deserved death spiral, the same will happen to Microsoft.

People are fed up.

And a US$300M propaganda campaign isn’t go to keep that boat afloat. How did that big Zune intro campaign go, eh Microsoft?

Time is ripe for Windows-free initiatives

Still, IBM’s efforts are interesting to say the least. If nothing else they show how fed up a lot of people are with Windows—and show the door of opportunity that’s opened for Apple. As noted by Information Week, IBM, Canonical, Novell and Red Hat see Vista as opening the door for operating system rivals. Among the complaints of Vista is that it requires more powerful computers than those running XP, the previous version of Windows. As a result, many businesses have delayed upgrading to Vista until the end of their hardware life cycle. Now is the time for Apple to make its move.

Emphasis added by me.

What Microsoft still doesn’t see is the incredible extent of their fuck-up. Instead of bringing in dollars, they’ve been reduced to dredging for pennies from cheap subnotebook makers. A move they didn’t want to do except their sociopathic DNA won’t allow Linux even on throwaway devices.

Keep rattling that tin cup, Ballmer. You monkeyboy you.

Reference: Free/Low-Cost OS X Apps

August 7, 2008

Mac Gems

Editor’s note: The following review is part of Macworld’s Summer of Mac Gems series. Each business day until the middle of August 2008, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a favorite free or low-cost program. Visit the Mac Gems homepage for a list of past Mac Gems.

Coming: American Revolution 2.0

August 7, 2008

Oh the saboteurs. The saboteurs are right in front of us.

Thomas Frank’s Indictment Of Conservatism

Hang around with grassroots conservative voters in Kansas, and in the main you will find them to be honest, hardworking people.

But put conservatism in charge of the state, and it behaves very differently. Now the “values” that rightist politicians eulogize on the stump disappear, and in their place we can discern an entirely different set of priorities—priorities that reveal more about the unchanging historical essence of American conservatism than do its fleeting campaigns against gay marriage or secular humanism. Conservative’s leaders laugh off the idea of the public interest as airy-fairy nonsense; they caution against bringing top-notch talent into government service; they declare war on public workers. They have made a cult of outsourcing and privatizing, they have wrecked established federal operations because they disagree with them, and they have deliberately piled up an Everest of debt in order to force the government into crisis. The ruination they have wrought has been thorough; it has been a professional job.

Emphasis added by me.

How much more evidence needs to be piled up?

The voters in this country are like the Germans who lived next to the death camps and claimed ignorance of what was happening behind the barbed wire and gun towers.

When it all falls — and it will, because it is inevitable, because they have sabotaged it to fall! — how many morons will go on killing sprees murdering the scapegoats they’ve been taught to blame over the past three decades?

While the saboteurs laugh behind their gates and Blackwater guards!

Writer 2.0: This Might Be 3.0!

August 7, 2008

Dial 428 for Suspense
Sega and Chunsoft discuss their new “sound novel” adventure for the Wii.

Games. Novels as games.

This is the point where I feel verrrry old.

It hasn’t, however, stopped Patterson or Clancy.

The Dark Future Of The Print Publishers

August 7, 2008

Via Warren Ellis who has Bruce Sterling in his movable feast sidebar.

This is Just So Damned Great.

Sterling’s take:

Gosh. How cute. That’s great.

There really is a native digital generation now, and these hearty youngsters have only the vaguest notions about that confusing analog nonsense.

I’m taking the YouTube video too:

Dead Media Project: Polaroid Camera Company

The Kill Quote:

“You’ll soon be a dead medium selling your name brand to pay off your debts!”

I await the day Random House appears as the publishing brand on some crappy pamphlets in, oh, Albania. And as for New American Library: on toilet paper. For dog’s asses!

Reference: Mac OS X Screensnap

August 7, 2008

The Secret Screen Capture Shortcut

Okay, you probably already know the ol’ Command-Shift-3 shortcut for taking a screen capture of your entire screen, and you may even know about Command-Shift-4, which gives you a crosshair cursor so you can choose which area of the screen you want to capture. But perhaps the coolest, most-secret hidden capture shortcut is Control-Command-Shift-3 (or 4), which, instead of creating a file on your desktop, copies the capture into your Clipboard memory, so you can paste it where you want. (I use this to paste screen captures right into Photoshop.)

Yahoo’s Robots Are Stupid

August 7, 2008

I email them about my emails getting bounced from valid accounts and I’m replied to with this lunacy:


Thank you for contacting Yahoo! Customer Care.

I appreciate the opportunity to address your report regarding Account Security. My goal is to provide you the best service possible, especially when it comes to safeguarding your account. I’ve sent you this auto-generated response as confirmation that my team has received your report and also to provide you with information dealing with the most common Account Security questions.

If you are unable to login to your Yahoo! account due to an invalid
password error please visit:

Writer 2.0

August 7, 2008

It’s an idea I’ve been percolating in my head.

Writers and the Internet and the coming collapse of the print pearl-clutching future-fearing publishers.

I’ll have to do some posts about it.