Old Media kills self by autoerotic asphyxiation

| July 31, 2009

So the AP still doesn’t “get” fair use.  Or they don’t want to get it.  According to Tom Curley, AP’s chief executive: The company’s position was that even minimal use of a news article online required a licensing agreement with the news organization that produced it. … He specifically cited references that include a headline […]

Guess what I got

| July 30, 2009

Came in the mail yesterday, on the heels of the following praise from Booklist: Swann’s exquisite werewolf historical brings the era vividly to life as the perfect setting for his conflicted, multidimensional characters. This may be the werewolf book of the year, for, filled with action, romance, gore, and political intrigue, it’s a fresh, page-turning […]

Ghost of Obama past

| July 29, 2009

Feelings, nothing more than feelings.

| July 28, 2009

One of the hardest things I’ve had to figure out as a writer is how, exactly, do I manage to get a specific emotional response from the reader?  To a certain extent, it’s the core of what this whole game is about, but rarely do you get anyone talking about it directly.  You’ll see a […]

Blog posting randomness

| July 27, 2009

The world is now safe for Nazi garden gnomes. (via) Apparently opposition to Obamacare by Democrats is racist. CNN’s Rick Sanchez is no sellout, but he is an asshat. We all know that the MSM never runs with a non-story with little or no info.  That’s what the internet does.

Various & Sundry

| July 24, 2009

I shall be at Confluence in Pittsburgh this weekend, here is my schedule: Sat 12:00 PM Autographing S Andrew Swann Sat 4:00 PM CyberWar Sat 7:00 PM Reading Sun 10:00 AM SF/F and H — Are our trends affected by Political and Economic Trends? Sun 11:00 AM Iconic Tropes of SF Fantasy and Horror If […]

The Blogger is Ill

| July 23, 2009

I am not feeling too great, so we shouldn’t expect many perls of ill-advised wisom coming from these here electrons for a bit.  I’ve turned on comment moderation, and i think I’m going to go take a nap.

On the nature of astroturf. . .

| July 22, 2009

A friend has called me out as a dupe because (gasp) a conservative foundation has launched an anti-Obamacare patient advocacy group and has been called out (oh noes) by some progressive leftist public interest organizations and blogs.  Wow, one set of highly organized partisans deeply invested in the outcome of a political issue are dismissive […]

The fools laughed at my army of cannibal robots

| July 21, 2009

I bet you thought I was kidding. I bet you thought such things would never see any practical use. I bet you believe them when they say that their mission is not to build “futuristic robots” to “feed on the human population” Will you feel that way when they start building themselves? (Props to Elizabeth […]

I have found the sucessor to Andy Kaufman

| July 20, 2009

And her name is Janeane Garofalo. Hear me out here. Kaufman’s genius, or his insanity, was to blur the line between performance and reality to the point where the audience’s reaction (is this really happening? Is this guy serious?) becomes part of the act. Unlike some latter-day acts (can you say, Borat?) he managed to […]