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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-05-25 05:29
Subject: [links] Link salad for a spring hump day
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Tags:books, cool, culture, ebooks, gender, green, iraq, language, links, media, personal, photos, politics, publishing, religion, reviews, tech, weird
A reader reacts to Green — Generally favorable. I wonder that they'll think of Endurance.

Think Like A Publisher #11... Electronic Sales to Bookstores — Dean Wesley Smith is really, really smart about distributing ebooks.

Female Magazine Fans Flock to Nook Color — Gender bias in ebook readers? (Via my Dad.)

A Rejection of the Power Semantic — A little bit of language neepery on pronouns, privilege and power, from Language Log. (Which reminds me some blog commentors who criticized me during the 2010 primary election season for referring to "Hillary, Edwards and Obama", saying I was disrespecting Ms. Clinton by using only her first name. I had to point out that 'Hillary' was her own campaign's branding, presumably to distinguish candidate Clinton from former President Clinton.)

How to spot a psychopath — Weird article.

Exclusive Area 51 Pictures: Secret Plane Crash RevealedNational Geographic with some fascinating photos and commentary on a highly secret 1963 aircraft crash out of Area 51. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Blohm & Voss BV 138 Seedrache (Sea Dragon) — Speaking of flying boats...

Egyptian pyramids found by infra-red satellite imagesSeventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey of Egypt.

What Bitcoin Is, and Why It MattersCan a booming "crypto-currency" really compete with conventional cash?

The dying of the light — Roger Ebert on projection problems in cinemas, thanks to proliferating Sony 3D technology.

Nasa picks deep-space astronaut shipNasa has confirmed that the vehicle it will use to send astronauts to places like asteroids will be based on its Orion capsule concept. "Orion", your first name in design sanity since 1946. Really, they could have called it something else.

Apocalypse believers shocked after appointed hour passes — It's hard to know what to say to this. I'm torn between deep mockery and sympathy for the deceived.

Older bin Laden widows think younger wife tipped off US

The Elephant in the Green RoomThe circus Roger Ailes created at Fox News made his network $900 million last year. But it may have lost him something more important: the next election. Your liberal media. I was especially struck by the bizarrely ironic statement that Ailes "doesn't want Fox to be seen as a front of the Republican Party". The pretense in this article that Fox has ever been a real news organization as opposed to a political operation is both charmingly naive and deeply disingenuous. And if you think that's just my bias talking, see the part about Ailes' belief that Obama wants to create a national police force. (Via [info]shsilver.)

?otD: How's work?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (non-fiction project, plus more time on technical stuff as well)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 232.0
Currently (re)reading: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

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Jim Hetley
User: jhetley
Date: 2011-05-25 12:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, that bit on pronouns and branding. I pointed out to some people, back in the campaign, that "Hillary" and "Obama" were the brand names on the signs . . .
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Steve: Hal 9000 (2001)
User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2011-05-25 13:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Hal 9000 (2001)
"Orion", your first name in design sanity since 1946.

Yeah, I too tend to associate "Orion" with Freeman Dyson's outboard motor. (Which drives me to distraction; it's a political and environmental nightmare, but it would work and it'd overcome a lot of obstacles to space development. I saw the test footage, and was astonished at how well the scale model flew.)

-- Steve's kinda stuck on which mythological figure would serve as a good alternative for this version of Orion... is there a Greek god of claustrophobia? (9m^3 of living space for a couple months would drive him squirelly.)

PS: AotD, work is a bit of a grind while digging out from our (Canadian) long weekend, but it's getting there.
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Jay Lake: writing-retro_spaceship
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-05-25 13:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
:: laughing ::

I never thought of it as an "outboard motor", but of course it is. Hahahah.
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Bruce E. Durocher II
User: bedii
Date: 2011-05-25 14:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I remember seeing the videos of the test models flying (very well, as anton_p_nym said, followed by the videos of other test models disintegrating, in a darkened theater. After the second or third disintegration I heard the voice of Jon Singer echo through the auditorium: "These folks are fucking nuts!"
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2011-05-25 17:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Right with you on the reactions of apocalypse believers. My sister has a friend who was, in her words, "a bit of a slut" when he (yes, male; also, hetero) was young. Big on the drinking, drugs, sex, generally a party hound of the oh-so-tiresome sort. Then he went into rehab and went completely the other way, including buying into the 5/21/11 rapture nonsense.

She and another friend were keeping death watch to make sure he didn't hurt himself on the 22nd.


The older bin Laden widows turning on the younger (and foreign) one doesn't surprise me in the slightest. That is one of the more subtle side effects of sexism (and racism, and other bigotry): it causes women to tear down each other. When people have limited power and don't think they'll be able to wrest more from the folks in charge, they start fighting amongst themselves. It's easier to hate your immediate competition than to recognize that none of you should have to be in the arena in the first place.

"I don't have to run faster than the lion; I just have to run faster than you."


?otD: pretty decent. I've been stressed out with the workload, but I just got my performance review, and my boss noted significant improvement in an area I've been actively working to improve. It's nice to have one's efforts recognized.
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User: biomekanic
Date: 2011-05-25 19:25 (UTC)
Subject: re the Rapture
Many followers said the delay was a further test from God to persevere in their faith.

I think this has been the rallying cry since right after the Crucifixion.

(heh, I originally spelled it Crucifiction, now there's a slip)
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User: msagara
Date: 2011-05-26 01:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Dean Wesley Smith is a smart man, yes.


One of the advantages of ebooks - for the publisher/authors involved - is a sale *is a sale*. In this case, the cards aren't on consignment; they're sold *to the store*, where they sit in inventory and can't be returned if the e-versions don't sell. The reader might buy the card (or not), but if they already *have* an e-reader, it's vastly more convenient for them to go straight to the various e-sellers, because those e-sellers don't *have* to buy the books to stock them.

i.e. the booksellers would be the only people who would be out money if the cards don't sell, and if they do, the people who are probably going to benefit from the sale...are the publisher/authors because the ease of purchase & inventory still resides, in ebooks, with on-line venues.

So pretending that your customer is a bookseller, and that you're asking them to buy outright and hold inventory in the traditional way, what would your incentive to them be?
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2011-05-26 01:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You are so right.

What will save bookstores (and publishers) from Death By Ebook is to have the sales happen in the stores.

People like to browse. They go to a bookstore and look around. And then they pull out their iPad or Kindle or whatever, use wifi to go to Amazon.com, and order the ebook.

While standing in the indy bookstore.

What needs to happen is for the store's wifi to bring the customer to an in-house ebook distribution center where they can download ePub/PDF/Mobi format (Amazon will likely not get on board; they like locking people into their proprietary system). Customer in store downloads book. Store gets percentage, publisher gets percentage, and everyone is happy.

The trick is setting up the system to drive the customers to the bookstore's purchase site. B&N could do it easily. Indy stores would have to collectivize and create a central repository they all link to.
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User: msagara
Date: 2011-05-26 02:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

What I'd like to see is something along those lines because with the agency pricing, in theory any store should be able to carry the book for the same price.

The gateway and the commission on that sale would go to the Indie store, so the time & recommendations, etc., would be supported. Also? We're technogeeks. I think a lot of readers would be happy to support the stores they once bought all their books in by making a purchase through the *store* gateway, not amazon gateway, if it existed.

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