Archive for August 12, 2008

Sometimes Free Doesn’t Even Tempt Me

August 12, 2008

This is a site and umbrella link to other sites that offer free sneak peeks and free excerpts from upcoming (print) books.

What I saw at the main link didn’t interest me. And the other sites linked from it didn’t offer any idea of what I’d get.

See how bad book marketing can be? They make it so they can’t even give it away!

– via Twitter from top_book

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #187

August 12, 2008

Banks’ Subprime Losses Exceed $500 Billion as Writedowns Spread

Aug. 12 (Bloomberg) — Banks’ losses from the U.S. subprime crisis and the ensuing credit crunch crossed the $500 billion mark as writedowns spread to more asset types.

The writedowns and credit losses at more than 100 of the world’s biggest banks and securities firms exceeded $501 billion after UBS AG reported second-quarter earnings today, which included $6 billion of marks on subprime-related assets.

The International Monetary Fund in an April report estimated banks’ losses at $510 billion, about half the total for all companies. Predictions have crept up since then, with New York University economist Nouriel Roubini forecasting losses to reach $2 trillion.

“It just keeps spreading from one asset to another, so it’s hard to know when these writedowns will stop,” said Makeem Asif, an analyst at KBC Financial Products in London. “The U.S. economy needs to stabilize first. But even then, Europe could lag and recover later. There’s still a lot more downside.”

Emphasis added by me.

Whoa! The ante has been upped to two trillion dollars!

Regular readers will recall trillion-dollar-plus totals here and here and here and here and here and here.

Expect more.

Citizens, go back to sleep.

Where is your money today?

Educate yourself!

Reference: Twenty Free eBook Sites

August 12, 2008

20 Best Websites To Download Free EBooks

— via Twitter from top_book

Book Screening: All Book Trailers!

August 12, 2008

Book Screening

I wonder how these are chosen?

In these next-to-no-ethics Internet Days, I always suspect the worst: paid placements.

— via galleycat

Videos: Mac OS X On MSI Video, Acer Aspire One

August 12, 2008

No, I haven’t gotten tired of seeing these.

This one shows a variety of things others haven’t: Full boot-up time, Photo Booth, video, QuickTime video, Cover Flow, and more.

Mac OS X Leopard on Mivvy m310 (aka MSI Wind)

This next one is rather painful to sit through. Just too slow!

Osx Leopard can run on Acer Aspire One A110

This is the Acer Aspire One website.

Previously here:

Lust Cramp Alert: New Mac OS X On MSI Wind Video!
MSI Wind & Mac OS X: I Ask The Stupid Questions
Jaw Drop Drool Alert: Mac OS X On Asus EeePC 1000H!
Reference: Mac OS X Leopard On Asus EeePC 901
Reference: MSI Wind Upgrades Video
Is Intel’s Atom CPU Shortage Due To Apple? — videos of Mac OS X on MSI Wind
MSI Wind = Ten-Inch Screen MacBook?

The effPhone

August 12, 2008

Limited-Time Free iPhone eBook

August 12, 2008

Free as in Free Beer for the next two weeks

Sawdays Pubs & Inns of England & Wales will be free to access for a couple of weeks. That means you can browse it and search it as much as you like, just as though you had bought it, until August 24th.

This is one of the easiest and cheapest ways of getting the full flavour of Exact Editions on the iPhone. And The Fox and Hounds at Christmas Commons has my personal recommendation.

If you have telephone access from your browser (perhaps through SkypeOut on your laptop or from the iPhone) you will be able to call the pubs directly by clicking on their phone numbers.

Here’s a glimpse of how superior an eBook can be to a p-book:

iPhone Pub Guide

Also how superior an iPhone as eBook reader can be. You can’t do that on a Kindle or Sony Reader.

Focus On The Family: Busted!

August 12, 2008

Focus on the Family pulls video seeking prayers for rain at Obama speech

Focus on the Family Action pulled a video from its Web site today that asked people to pray for “rain of biblical proportions” during Barack Obama’s Aug. 28 appearance at Invesco Field at Mile High to accept the Democratic nomination for president.

Stuart Shepard, director of digital media at Focus Action, the political arm of Focus on the Family, said the video he wrote and starred in was meant to be “mildly humorous.”

Emphasis added by me.

This is the Internet. You can pull whatever you want off it, but once it’s been on, it stays on forever.

This is the video they don’t want you to see:

Man asks people to pray for rain during Obama’s DNC speech

Since when do televised “Christians” think they’re doing Saturday Night Live?

Show me the jokes Christ told during the sermon on the mount! Show me his flippancy towards Pontius Pilate! Show me the witty lines he used on the cross!

Focus on the Family is not “Christian” in any way other than as a brand name.

I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation.
Jeremiah 15:17

Note: I have downloaded this video. If it does disappear from the Net, feel free to email me for your very own copy so you can propagate it!

Cato’s Corporate Tools Spin The Lies

August 12, 2008

A big surprise on gas
You may not believe it, but fuel is more affordable than it was during the early ’60s.

I didn’t even read the story. The subhead alone aroused my suspicions and they were confirmed in the tagline at the end:

Indur Goklany is the author of “The Improving State of the World: Why We’re Living Longer, Healthier, More Comfortable Lives on a Cleaner Planet.” Jerry Taylor is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

In other words: it’s all total bullshit everyone should ignore.


Two Tax Tales

August 12, 2008

Most companies in US avoid federal income taxes

Two-thirds of U.S. corporations paid no federal income taxes between 1998 and 2005, according to a new report from Congress.

The study by the Government Accountability Office, expected to be released Tuesday, said about 68 percent of foreign companies doing business in the U.S. avoided corporate taxes over the same period.

Collectively, the companies reported trillions of dollars in sales, according to GAO’s estimate.


States may tax iTunes, other digital downloads

If you enjoy buying music from iTunes, movies from’s Unbox, or computer software from anywhere, be warned: the halcyon days of tax-free digital purchases may be over.

With retail e-commerce sales now estimated to exceed $130 billion a year, and iTunes song purchases topping 5 billion, state politicians and tax collectors have begun to levy new fees on digital downloads.

Call it the iTax. In 2008 alone, at least nine states have considered digital download taxes, and at least five of those states have enacted them into law. Nebraska’s governor signed a digital download tax bill into law in April, and a similar measure was adopted in Tennessee in June. As CNET News reported a few months ago, Indiana, South Dakota, and Utah also enacted digital download taxes this year.

All because we let this happen.