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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Jumpmaster Jason

Went down to Canon City, slept in an airplane hangar, and watched my brother jump out an airplane.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Nobody Gives a Shit

This video cracked me up. I think this dude should be doing this for a living.

Put an act together, girl. Take that shit on the road.

Revolution Screams

I dedicate this song to Moamar Gaddafi.

It also happens to be my favorite track from the new Anthrax record.

"Revolution calls and empires fall."

Monday, October 17, 2011

Profanity

I'm a big believer in it.

And I think it's totally lame for Lions head coach Jim Schwartz to complain about the "profanity" on the field during his confrontation with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. Especially when my resident lip-reader swore he saw Schwartz say "What the fuck?"

Look at the tape again. Yeah, that's a fuck.

Bad Terms

It's been a long evolving process, but I've pretty much given up on my dream of becoming a pro writer. I'll be a writer till I die, but will I ever do it for money? Probably not.

Not because I'm not "good enough" or whatever, but mostly because I don't want to play the game. And if you want to make any money at it, you have to play the game.

And what is the game, you ask? It's called getting ripped off, a notion that's only reinforced when I read stuff like this guy's story about self-publishing. Here he explains his "self"-publishing arrangement with Amazon:
Like Paulie Cicero’s crew in Goodfellas, they’d get theirs first, off the top. The floor for the paperback edition of my book was $7.49; I set an introductory selling price of $7.99, yielding a profit to me of $0.30 per book. Then I priced the the Kindle edition and the iBooks edition at a cheap-as-possible $0.99 each, which yielded per-unit profits to me of $0.30 and $0.35 respectively.
Seriously, these are the terms? Thirty cents a book?

For a print-on-demand book, I can see it. There's paper costs, ink, glue, packaging, design, shipping, all the other stuff.

But why do the eBook publishers get to keep two-thirds of the take? They can't claim to be doing two-thirds of the work. And hey, I get the whole "proprietary network as a profit center" thing, but that doesn't mean I have to fall to bended knee and say, "Oh, Pwease, Amazon, pwease put my book on your hardware. I'll give you two-thirds of the profits. Pwetty pwease."

In a perfect world, the introduction of e-books into the publishing world should result in lower prices for books and higher profits for the people writing them. Maybe that's even the world Amazon wants, if only the old school publishers would let them. (Maybe. I mean, someone else dreams...and you get 70% of the proceeds? I wish I would have thought of it first.)

But I don't think that's the world we're going to get. Too many juiced in interests want to keep riding the gravy train.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Turn Off The Radio

So I left work early (wasn't even supposed to be there today) and hopped in the truck, tuned to 850 KOA, your home of the Denver Broncos, hoping to catch kick-off...

But it was some dude talking about racist President Obama is towards white people.

Then I remembered the Broncos have a bye this week, so there would be no more game. Just more right-wing kvetching.

Yesterday I had a dose of it when I was changing out a tape. Rush Limbaugh talking about Wall Street.

I'm sure it all makes more sense if you listen to it the entire time you're driving, but in little snatches it sounds dumb as shit.