Archive for August 18, 2008

Quote: Gekko

August 18, 2008

First they came

First they came for the Developers, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Developer. Then they came for the News Sites, and I did not speak out – because I was not a News Site. Then they came for the Bloggers, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Blogger. Then they came for Mike Cane – and I said, “please, take him.”

Blog Notes: Oh Dear God! 2,501

August 18, 2008

Been doing some research for a post. A post I hadn’t planned. Research I hadn’t foreseen ever wanting to do.

I have a feeling I’ve been pulled into a whirlpool of a sub-rosa zeitgeist that’s building with this one.

Anyway, I was out of the blog, came back in, and happened to look at the WordPress Dashboard posting statistics.

This is post number two-thousand five-hundred and one!

The horror.

No, really!

At the old blog, I did a total of 2,558 posts in a year.

This blog is just about eight-and-half months old and I’m closing in fast.

Come, December 31, come!

Orgy Of 133 Smart Cars On One Street!

August 18, 2008

133 Smarts pack San Francisco’s Lombard Street!

Largest small car gathering…

Lombard Street Pics Thread

S.F. Smart Car Rally

A big photo album!

A Photobucket slide show!

And hundreds of pictures! Look at this Merlot-colored Smart! And this Partridge Family bus like one! Ad-skinned. Ad-skinned Cabriolet. Moo-skinned Smart! Another ad skin. Tattooed Smart! Red with gray Tridion. White with gray Tridion. Yet another ad skin.

Wow!

Previously here:

Smart Car Gets American Love
The Newest Smart Car Pr0n
Technolicious: iPhone + Smart Car!
Photo Album: Smart Car Pr0n Yes!!
Smart Car: Panel Swapping
Badder Badass Batman Smart Car
The Obligatory Smart Car Pr0n
Reference: Smart Car Tips
Your Weekend Smart Car Pr0n
NOW Do You Believe In My Persecution?!!?
Smart Car Stuff
Photo Album: Smart Car In Manhattan #3!
More Smart Car Videos
This Is Why It’s Called The Smart Car!
Fugly MINI Cooper Vs. Cutie Smart Fortwo
Smart Car: Coast-To-Coast Possible
The Smart Car Cult
Badass Batman Smart Car!
Video: Smart Car
Photo Album: Smart Car In Manhattan Again!
Photo Album: Smart Car In Manhattan
Cars Of The Future: Lose Weight Or You’ll Walk!

Another Day, Another New Four Asus EeePCs

August 18, 2008

UMPC Fever has the details: Eee PC 1000HD XP、904HD XP、901 XP、900 XP (16G)

Cut to the chase: All but one use the Celeron, not the Atom! (Despite my earlier disgust at the Atom, once it was out in the wild and demoed on various videos, I’ve seen changed my mind and think it preferable to the Celeron.)

I’m really breaking out in some tech lust for this red baby:

(Shut up about the snowflakes, flowers, wetf… it’s a nice shade of red.)

Not A Bad eBook Post From Suits

August 18, 2008

10 Reasons Not To Write Off Reading From A Screen

Seeing number one as number one made me read the rest.

They get it.

The Emma Peel Of Small Press

August 18, 2008

My post about Christopher Fowler not getting his deserved byline prompted two Comments.

One Comment came from some madman named Ian Alexander Martin, whose URL leads to a small press called Humdrumming.

Humdrumming is a lunatic publisher of books working predominantly in the fields of horror and fantasy. Originally juggling our working lives with an expensive ‘hobby’, we now are a company consisting of a freelancer designer, a Canadian, and a freelancer writer. And all three of us can read, having been to school and all.

But what prompted this post was this absolutely killer tagline on their website:

Someone needs a raise or a gold medal for that!

But I still lodge a complaint: Where are the eBooks?!

Quote: Michelle Gagnon

August 18, 2008

Losing the Lottery (or: Publishing the Hard Way)

A few years ago, when I had just begun my search for a literary agent, I attended one of Michael Chabon’s readings. During the Q & A session afterward, I asked how he had gone about getting published. He responded, “Gee, it was really easy. My grad school professor passed my manuscript along to an agent, there was a bidding war, then a year later it was on the shelves.”

And at that moment right there, I experienced my first murderous impulse. Michael is a very nice man and an amazing writer, but that’s the publishing equivalent of winning the lottery.

Go and read the rest.

It’s a great post about writing and publishing.

If you haven’t paid attention, this is the second post today featuring Michelle. The first: Sony Reader Gets Truth And Love

Quote: James O. Born

August 18, 2008

He gets two in one post, because they’re both from the same post.

I Just Don’t Get It

I just finished The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I know the guy is a great writer. Oprah loved him and The Road. I think it won the National Book Award. I didn’t get it. Future, bleak, love of a father and son. Blah, blah, blah, cannibals, bad people, hungry. It made Angela’s Ashes look like a whacky comedy. I love futuristic, speculative fiction. I love stories of fathers and sons. I just thought it was the same beat for two hundred and fifty pages. Holy crap I’m depressed even telling you about it.

And:

Last I tried to slog through Atlas Shrugged. Wow, I don’t have the words. Who is John Galt? Who freakin’ cares? I made to page 50 and felt like I had climbed Everest. Life’s too short. Atlas Shrugged is too long. Communists bad, capitalists good. Government has no role in regulation. There, that’s Jim’s cliff notes of Atlas Shrugged.

Mine was the reverse: Got through Atlas, wanted to pound my head with a ballpeen hammer with McCarthy and abandoned it just about fifty pages in.

Sony Reader Gets Truth And Love

August 18, 2008

GUEST BLOGGER: MICHELLE GAGNON: The New Beta Wars: Amazon Kindle vs. Sony Reader

Worse yet, we had a hell of a time downloading the software to use the damn thing. And Sony customer service, in a word, sucks: there’s no live chat, no phone number to call, just an email that will reply to you within a day or so. But despite the very specific questions that you ask, the powers that be at Sony will only send you the same set of instructions from page one of their manual over and over again (until you start threatening their children, after which they stop responding at all). It literally took us four months of fits and starts to register the damn thing, get the store software on my computer, and transfer a single book to the Reader. Nightmarish. And mind you, my husband is much better at these things, and he was stymied as well. We were on the verge of making the Reader an extraordinarily expensive paperweight, or venting our frustration on it with a baseball bat (à la the fax machine scene in “Office Space”). And then one day, I had an epiphany. I clicked a tiny box in the upper left hand window and voilà: we were in business, no thanks to customer service.

And now someone at Sony should be fired, as a symbolic sacrifice:

In other words, we’ll be buying another one soon. Probably the Kindle this time around, because I suspect that with Amazon’s access to titles and download features, my little Reader will go the way of eight track cassettes and BETA video players.

Emphasis added by me.

Maybe that someone needs to be Steve Haber, who is only “open” to the idea of wireless eBook downloading.

The post is a delightful read. Go click!

Previously here:

Sony Fumbles Its eBook Reader
Sony Tries To Do Right To Reader Pioneers
Sony Still Shoots Itself In Foot
Sony Reader Gets Some Love
Sony To Kindle: Up Yours!
Sony’s Strange Strategy
A Gadget Too Far
Sony, The New Titanic?
eInk eBook Readers: They’re All Dead, Jim!
Amazon: Already Toast
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!
Sony’s In Worse Shape Than I Thought
Sony Has Big eBook News Today
Oh, NOW He Believes Me!
Macbook Air Vs Everex Cloudbook Vs Sony Reader
Does Borders Know The Sony Reader Exists?
Sony: I’m Not Alone
What’s Going On With Sony And Its Reader?
Sony’s Got Something Big For Their Reader
Has Sony Just Lost Its eBook Battle?

Smart Car Gets American Love

August 18, 2008

Daimler’s Smart Car Hits Cruising Speed

Suddenly, Smart sales are soaring, even in the U.S., where the brand has been available since January. Smart USA has sold more than 14,000 cars in the U.S.—about double what Daimler expected—and there is a yearlong waiting list. Worldwide, Smart sales are up 57% this year, to 81,300 vehicles, and Daimler has added shifts at its factory in Hambach, France.

And:

Status-conscious buyers now fear that an SUV brands them as contributors to global warming who help prop up petro-dictators. Drivers these days ask themselves, “Do you need to consume two liters of gas to buy one liter of milk?” says Anders Sundt Jensen, head of the Smart brand at Daimler.

Emphasis added by me.

Die, SUV, die!!

Previously here:

The Newest Smart Car Pr0n
Technolicious: iPhone + Smart Car!
Photo Album: Smart Car Pr0n Yes!!
Smart Car: Panel Swapping
Badder Badass Batman Smart Car
The Obligatory Smart Car Pr0n
Reference: Smart Car Tips
Your Weekend Smart Car Pr0n
NOW Do You Believe In My Persecution?!!?
Smart Car Stuff
Photo Album: Smart Car In Manhattan #3!
More Smart Car Videos
This Is Why It’s Called The Smart Car!
Fugly MINI Cooper Vs. Cutie Smart Fortwo
Smart Car: Coast-To-Coast Possible
The Smart Car Cult
Badass Batman Smart Car!
Video: Smart Car
Photo Album: Smart Car In Manhattan Again!
Photo Album: Smart Car In Manhattan
Cars Of The Future: Lose Weight Or You’ll Walk!