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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-02-03 05:11
Subject: [links] Link salad pays more attention to Amazonfail
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Tags:amazonfail, books, escapement, links, personal, photos, politics, reviews, science
Review: Escapement by Jay Lake — An interesting take.

Next threat to Amazon's $9.99 books? Rupert Murdoch — HarperCollins edges closer to the fray.

The Washington Post on Amazon vs Macmillan — Not a bad summation, from a big business perspective, though some of the column's closing thoughts betray the author's ignorance of publishing.

Tor authors express worry over their careers because of Macmillan/Amazon dispute — In which sundry of us are quoted.

barbarienne speaks to the Kindle community — Much more bluntly than I, about ebooks and the direction of publishing. Funny, interesting and largely on target in the points she makes about where the industry is trying to go.

A former music industry exec's view of Amazon vs Macmillan — Fascinating, and well worth the read, whether or not you agree with her.

Pre-Islamic architecture of Iran — Some stunning photos of a place I'll probably never get to visit. (Nicked from flemco.)

Hubble captures picture of asteroid collision! — Wowzers. Either that the space invaders have arrived.

Why do people vote against their own interests? — A question I've often asked. The GOP would be an minor, irrelevant third party if Americans consistently voted for their own interests. Very little in their platform and policies is of economic or societal benefit to their voting base, and much of it is either lateral or directly harmful. If the GOP had any traction on the issues, they'd run on them. Hence the "God, guns and gays" routine. They don't have substance, if you're in the bottom 95% of wage earners. The Culture Wars keep the GOP alive.

Daily Kos with a poll of things Republicans believe — A live poll of 2,000 self-identified Republicans yielded some bizarre results. Consistent with the FOX News/GOP narratives, so not surprising or deep outliers. And yes, consider the source, but ask yourself how many of these extremely weird findings are repeated in the "liberal" media every day as if they were reasonable talking points.

?otD: Where does the Orinoco flow?

Writing time yesterday: 60 minutes
Body movement: n/a due to sleep issues, 30 minutes on stationary bike to come
Hours slept: 6.0
This morning's weigh-in: 226.4
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 7/10
Currently reading: [between books]

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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2010-02-03 15:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
In "Tor authors express worry...", I had the amusing experience of loading the page, scrolling down, and just as your picture came on screen, an ad for "AXE HAIR / shampoo /conditioner" popped up above your pic. If it hadn't done the same over Toby's pic, I'd think you'd started taking endorsement deals.
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CJ Marsicano (CJマルシカノ): Spin my child spin
User: cjmarsicano
Date: 2010-02-03 18:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Spin my child spin
Where does the Orinoco flow?

While we're on the subject, Who is Rob Dickens and why is he driving?
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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2010-06-30 05:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Daily Kos now says that the polling firm used for the "poll of things Republicans believe" (and many other polls) was not conducting proper polls:

(BTW, kudos to Daily Kos for being open about the problems with their polling.)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-30 12:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for the nudge. I need to post about that. Because, yeah, that's a big problem.
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