If you thought the last way to save newspapers was stupid

| June 30, 2009

You will love this.  And I quote: Expanding copyright law to bar online access to copyrighted materials without the copyright holder’s consent, or to bar linking to or paraphrasing copyrighted materials without the copyright holder’s consent, might be necessary to keep free riding on content financed by online newspapers from so impairing the incentive to […]

Just because it’s Wikipedia don’t mean it’s not plagiarism

| June 29, 2009

A new plagiarism story is afoot on the web seeing light in many places. Author Chris Anderson writes about the web, and web marketing. He is one who you expect to be savvy about things like social networking, open source, creative commons, and all that other Web 2.0 stuff that’s all the hot shite on […]

I don’t know, he might make a comeback

| June 26, 2009

So I need to explain why this is a bad idea

| June 25, 2009

The Dutch government wants to tax the internet to fund print media. To put a finer point on it, the Dutch have come up with the swell idea that the way to save print journalism is to tax another, different, sector of the economy. Now as a friend said on Facebook: “It’s nice to talk […]

Publishing is not a Zero-Sum game

| June 24, 2009

But an asshat named Robert Stanek seems to think otherwise.  This gentleman appears to think that anyone’s success comes at the expense of his own career.  I’ve heard of misguided authors trying to game Amazon to pump up their own work, but this has got to be the most vindictive wrinkle I’ve yet heard about.  […]

A new era for conspiracy, take II

| June 23, 2009

So on June 3rd, a couple of unidentified men who were allegedly Japanese nationals were arrested by the Italian police crossing into Switzerland with what appeared to be $134.5 billion dollars in U.S. Treasury Bonds.  The men were subsequently released and the US Treasury says the bonds are crude fakes. I mean bad fakes like: […]

Question to my Liberal friends.

| June 22, 2009

I’m not going to rant about this, because it was pretty damn obvious what was going on as it happened. However, as a little bit a hypothetical I want to ask you the following: Let’s just say our last president made some policy announcement about a cornerstone of his administration’s agenda in a wildly publicized […]

The children did not eat me

| June 19, 2009

All in all the class yesterday was a success, I manged to avoid choking, and I actually interacted with human beings who did not exist when I started writing professionally. More important, I think I did manage to get a few things across. It helps that we had a smart group that really seemed to […]

Off to class

| June 18, 2009

Running off to try and teach a bunch of 14-year-olds about action scenes. Wish me luck.

Somehow this all feels topical again

| June 17, 2009