Daily Archives: October 19, 2010

Sony Reader Special: $50 Of Free eBooks

Details are still sketchy as I post this. Sony’s own site is no help.

Buy a new Sony Reader through October 30th and get $50 in free eBooks.

Since the illustration shows Gift Cards, I imagine these have to be eBooks you can choose.

What’s unclear right now is if this purchase is limited to Internet orders via SonyStyle, or includes SonyStyle stores, and also includes all other brick & mortar stores.

If the promotion is univeral — Internet and all brick and mortar, so everyone can have this — my recommendation: JUMP ON THIS SUCKER!

You’re going to want to buy books anyway, but this is like getting the new Pocket Touch for $129(!!!) and the Touch for $179.

Previously here:

Nano Fondle: Sony Reader Pocket Touch
Sony Made The New Pocket Reader PRS-350 Muscular
Photos: Sony Reader Pocket 300 Vs. 350
Sony Reader Pocket: “A Porche”
Best Video Of New Sony Reader So Far
Why The Sony Reader Pocket Edition Just Might Save Sony

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Hello Again, AMC. Now Renew Rubicon!

I don’t mince words.

Now renew Rubicon.

Previously here:

Hello, AMC! Now Renew Rubicon!
More Of Rubicon’s API Joins Twitter
In Search Of … Rubicon’s Tanya Pill
In Search Of … Rubicon’s Katherine Rhumor’s Home
AMC-TV’s Rubicon Messes With My Head!
In Search Of … Rubicon Locations #2
In Search Of … Rubicon’s Conference Room
Rubicon’s API Gets On Twitter
In Search Of … Rubicon Locations
In Search Of … Rubicon’s Episode 9 Book
In Search Of … Rubicon’s Episode 8 Meeting Places
In Search Of … Spangler’s Rubicon Office Side Window
In Search Of … Spangler’s Rubicon Office, Sequel
In Search Of … Spangler’s Rubicon Office
In Search Of … Kale’s Rubicon Office
Yeah, Baby! I Start At API Tomorrow!
In Search Of … The Rubicon Entrance
In Search Of … The Rubicon Roof

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The Internet Death Star

Money vs. Cool

Facebook was cool. It didn’t launch everywhere in a day. You wanted it and couldn’t get it. And when you finally got it, it worked flawlessly. The interface was seamless and page refreshes were fast and connecting with everybody you once knew was thrilling. Where’s the money in that equation? NOWHERE!

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

The Do Not Press was cool. Hard Case Crime is cool.

Is any Big 6 publisher cool?


And they can’t even fake it.

So while they clutch their pearls and restrain trade via price-fixing, the floor they’re standing on is being eaten away by independent writers — who they once had under contract! — lowballing them with $2.99 eBooks.


For all their alleged smarts, the Big 6 could have swooped in, made $4.99 the floor for fiction, $9.99 the floor for non-fiction, seen sales go the moon and kept that price point for years.

Now it’s too late.

If they try to grab an advantage, it’ll stink of desperation.

The Internet Death Star will kill you, Big 6.

Previously here:

Corporatetoons Take Over TV
On Not Being Bought And Not Being For Sale

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C-I-L-L The Rents

He gets my vote:

And something I’ve looked for, for years, after the break.

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On Not Being Bought And Not Being For Sale

From Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand:

The camera moved to Galt. He remained still for a moment. Then, with so swift and expert a movement that his secretary’s hand was unable to match it, he rose to his feet, leaning sidewise, leaving the pointed gun momentarily exposed to the sight of the world — then, standing straight, facing the cameras, looking at all his invisible viewers, he said: “Get the hell out of my way!”

As reflected from my prior post.

I don’t give a damn how much you pay an employee — especially one who can create.

They will always — always! — hold something back.

Because they’ve been hired.

What they’re doing isn’t their thing.

For the dim Suitwads out there: the gun you think you hold against all of us is the structure of the world you’ve created.

Which we spit on.

And why we will continue to destroy you with our world: The Internet.


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Corporatetoons Take Over TV

The End of the Creator-Driven Era in TV Animation

The reason that creators like John Kricfalusi, Matt Groening, Mike Judge, John Dilworth, Craig McCracken, Genndy Tartakovsky, Danny Antonucci, Bruce Timm, Trey Parker, and Matt Stone stepped up to the plate originally wasn’t because animation was performing poorly. It was because these artists had a vision for the art form that was more inspired, more vital and more consistently creative than those of executives like Loesch; they aspired to create BETTER cartoons instead of simply acquiescing to committee-driven mandates that underutilized their skill and talent.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

You can hire someone, but you can’t buy them.

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The Fall Of America Is Complete

O’Donnell questions separation of church, state

Coons said private and parochial schools are free to teach creationism but that “religious doctrine doesn’t belong in our public schools.”

“Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” O’Donnell asked him.

When Coons responded that the First Amendment bars Congress from making laws respecting the establishment of religion, O’Donnell asked: “You’re telling me that’s in the First Amendment?”

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Some other things this moron might not know:

1) Wash your hands after using the bathroom
2) Cover your mouth when sneezing
3) Red lights mean to stop and wait
4) The earth revolves around the sun
5) Brush your teeth at least before bedtime

This is what our nation has sunk to? Someone utterly ignorant of its ideological foundations daring to stand on her two hind legs in front of people asking them for their votes?

This is absolute madness. This is insanity.

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We Need A Killer HTML Editor For iPad

The State of Web Development on the iPad

Bits of all of those sound great, but as the writer points out, every single one of them has crippling limitations.

I don’t know how much of this might be due to iOS — but I asked about similar apps for Android and it seems there is no killer HTML editor for that OS either.

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China Miéville Is Not On Facebook

China Miéville wants you to know that he does not have a Facebook account.

Go read his letter.

I wonder how fast fake Mark Zuckerberg Facebook pages are shut down?

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A 2007 Quote To Make You Laugh

Kindle – Reasons for Failure

This device might work for the very affluent crowd but it doesn’t have mainstream appeal.

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