Archive for August 14, 2008

Rare Behind The Scenes Of Major Book

August 14, 2008

The Lace Reader’s Dirty Linen

This is something that’s not often seen: A semi-detailed account of how nOObs — I mean nOObs as in absolute Know-Nothing Waifs — with a book manuscript are given a big hand by someone with expert knowledge, end up with an over two million dollar plus book advance, and then go on to basically shun the one who was the linchpin of their success.

It makes me really, really wonder now how many of those “self-published” to monstah advances books had an invisible publicist behind them.

It also makes me wonder how Advance Reader Copies can be handled with eBooks.

When we suggested that we send out 500 galleys to independent bookstores, Gary thought we were out of our minds… a far cry from the 20,000 galleys that were sent out by William Morrow.

Ah, well. By that time, bookstores will basically be selling souvenirs. Most likely Printed On Demand. (Oh wait. FedEx-Kinko’s could do that!)

Kindle, Schmindle II

August 14, 2008

EIC Squared: Amazon’s Kindle, iPhone and Dell laptop news

In addition, all the talk about Kindle skyrocketing sales doesn’t ring true. If the Kindle were on such a hot streak, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos would be talking up the sales number.

Emphasis added by me.

Yep, just what I said too.

Bezos’ penchant for manically proclaiming success is known to all.

If Bezos = quiet Then Kindle = FAIL!

Previously here:

Kindle, Schmindle
The Kindle Revolution Ain’t Happening

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #188

August 14, 2008

Consumer prices rise at double the expected rate

Consumer prices shot up in July at twice the expected rate, pushed higher by surging energy and food costs. The latest surge left inflation running at the fastest pace in 17 years.

The Labor Department reported Thursday that consumer prices rose by 0.8 percent last month, twice the 0.4 percent gain that economists had been expecting.

It marked the third straight month of oversized inflation increases following jumps of 0.6 percent in May and 1.1 percent in June. And it leaves inflation rising by 5.6 percent over the past year, the biggest 12-month gain since January 1991.

Emphasis added by me.

And:

The 0.8 percent rise in consumer prices reflected big increases for energy and food, a pattern that has been happening for months.

Energy prices jumped by 4 percent last month, driven upward by a 4.1 percent rise in gasoline prices. In July prices at the pump were 37.9 percent above where they were a year ago.

Emphasis added by me.

Wait, what did they just say in Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #179? Let’s see:

An inflation gauge tied to the GDP report showed all prices galloping ahead at a rate of 4.2 percent in the second quarter, the fastest pace since the end of last year.

However, when energy and food costs are stripped out, all other — or “core” — prices rose at a pace of 2.1 percent, down from a 2.3 percent rise in the first quarter. Still, the second-quarter’s core inflation reading is outside the Fed’s comfort zone.

Emphasis added by me.

So which is it? Up or down?

Ask anyone who has to buy food!

Previously here:

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #179
Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #157
Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #129
Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #128
The REAL Rate Of Inflation
Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #038
Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #031

100,000 Times Faster Than Light!

August 14, 2008

Physicists spooked by faster-than-light information transfer

But the new experiment shows that direct communication between the photons (at least as we know it) is simply impossible. The team simultaneously measured several properties of both photons, such as phase, when they arrived at their villages and found that they did indeed have a spooky awareness of each other’s behaviour. On the basis of their measurements, the team concluded that if the photons had communicated, they must have done so at least 100,000 times faster than the speed of light — something nearly all physicists thought would be impossible. In other words, these photons cannot know about each other through any sort of normal exchange of information.

Emphasis added by me.

I get a real kick out of things like this.

Just when we think we have Everything Figured Out, we find we’re Not Even Close.

It allows for great loopholes in fiction!

Now just try to wrap your head around the idea of retrocausalityhere and here.

I am full of glee!

(Now I must go back to looking at old photos to see if I’m in them, to prove that time travel exists!)

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