Daily Archives: January 1, 2013

Writer M. Dylan Raskin Update

Today his name led people to this blog.

Whenever that happens, it sets me off on my own new Google search to see what’s generated the interest in him.

All I’ve found is an old article from December 2011: Author basks in his Plattsburgh digs

His editor warned against happiness, and Raskin doesn’t know if he’ll ever publish again. But the author, whose first memoir garnered comparisons to “Catcher in the Rye” and was picked up by a few universities, is fine with that.

“There is a wonderful pleasure with not publishing,” said the author of “Little New York Bastard” and “Bandanas & October Supplies.”

“I can write for myself.”

Today, he mixes mochas and other coffee beverages at a local coffee shop and on the road. He’s content, no longer gripped by anger, and enjoys the life he’s carved out for himself in Plattsburgh.

“I think if you spend a lot of time in a place, you are that place,” he said. “I was that cynical city for 28 years, and now I am here and mellow.”

I see Dylan has gotten a mistaken idea into his head.

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1922: The Disruptive Technology Of Radio

This is a wonderful article that is still relevant today:

1) It was the beginning of a disruptive technology

2) Patents were an issue

3) Today we essentially use radio instead of wired telephones

4) It showed that mutual cooperation over single-minded competition is better for everyone, especially for business

5) It deliberately made room for radio “hackers”

6) Innovation being produced by the “young” was noted then, as it is today

7) Radio was cited for its educational possibilities, shades of iTunes U

8) “Freemium” is not a new idea (see Blank Theater Orchestra and newspapers)

9) The timeliness of radio mirrors today’s Internet/Twitter

10) It predicts Roosevelt’s Fireside Chats

11) It predicts people will hate radio ads

12) There were few trolls back then

This post, minus this preface and the original page images — but with the illustrations — is available as an ePub eBook at Google Docs for those who wish to read it on a tablet or store for later.

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NPR’s Bizarre Non-Story About eBooks

E-Books Destroying Traditional Publishing? The Story’s Not That Simple

“We’ve had an incredible year,” says Sourcebooks President Dominique Raccah. “Last year was the best year in the company’s history. This year we beat that, which I didn’t think was even possible.” Raccah adds that her company is doing well because of digital publishing, not in spite of it. “It’s been an amazing ride,” she says.

First, quoting Dominique Raccah is like quoting Steve Jobs when it comes to the MP3 player business. Of course the person who is best at something is going to be having a good year. But how was that year in MP3 players for, say, Creative, Microsoft, Archos, Samsung? Get my meaning?

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New Year, New Header


I don’t know who did either the sculpture or the photograph.

I found it via Google Image Search attached to this Tumblr URL that apparently has no Tumblr attached to it.


Unlike other depictions, I believe that is the first true representation of Diogenes.

Hebrews 11

And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

And thanks to Moriah Jovan for the header assist.

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