Tyler Perry On 60 Minutes: Illustrated Transcript

October 28, 2009


On Sunday, October 25, 2009, the American television newsmagazine 60 Minutes profiled writer Tyler Perry.


Byron Pitts was the correspondent.

I’ve posted twice before about this:

Writer Tyler Perry On CBS’s 60 Minutes
Writer Tyler Perry: The Official Video

Now I’m providing a hand-made transcript with screensnaps for posterity.

Click for transcript and many screensnaps

The Coming Android Mini-Tablet Flood

October 27, 2009

I predict that by this time next year we’ll be wading in Android mini-tablets up to our knees.

It’s going to be the next Netbook Flood.

Why I say this is due to two things.

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Writer Tyler Perry: The Official Video

October 26, 2009

Even when television wakes up and gets on the Internet, they do it wrong.

Last night’s 60 Minutes is available officially here, but only as an all-or-nothing proposition. Start at the start and go through to the end. At least that was my experience. I could not hop to the third segment, which was the one featuring writer Tyler Perry.

So, I turn to the kindness of people who do give people what they want: the pirates.

Here it is via YouTube. Expect it to be DMCAed away at one point.

So watch it now.

UPDATE: Even this pirate did it wrong! This is not the entire segment. Stand by as I look for the full one.

UPDATE 2: CBS has put up the entire segment itself over at Veoh.

You have to watch a pre-roll and embedded ad (each fifteen seconds long), but it’s worth it.

Previously here:

Writer Tyler Perry On CBS’s 60 Minutes

Writer Tyler Perry On CBS’s 60 Minutes

October 25, 2009


If you haven’t seen this (exceptions made at the time of posting this for people on the West Coast, where it has yet to air), you have really missed something.

It will probably be available tomorrow at the CBS 60 Minutes site. Watch it!

He owns a movie studio.

He. Himself. One writer.

He finances his own movies.

He. Himself. One writer.

An incredible, inspiring story for all writers.

While there are embarrassments currently scurrying about trying to vacuum up every possible nickel, this guy is busy creating, confident that the money will come to him.

That is one hallmark that separates the amateur from the professional.

Which are you?

The Secret Weapon Of Barnes & Noble

October 25, 2009

There has been plenty of coverage about the Barnes & Noble Nook eBook reader.

All of it has overlooked something that’s very important.

Barnes & Noble is also a publisher.

And I don’t mean some cheap little public domain reprint POD house (such as, say, Google).

These guys have a true appreciation for books and writers.

Most people don’t know this.

But I do and here’s what most people don’t know…

See more about Barnes & Noble

Archos 5 Internet Tablet Notes For Sunday October 25, 2009

October 25, 2009

We kick off with some news I tripped over on Twitter:

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This is the link, and here is that photo:

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iSilo is just about ancient software. People used it back in the days of the original Palm Pilot. I think many people will be surprised to find that it’s still being used — and has been ported to Android. Talk about staying power!

Myself, I could never get into using it. I can’t recall why now. Perhaps it’s worth another shot when/if I get an Android OS device. If you are using iSilo, leave a Comment with the hows and whys.

Next up, I hypnotized Judie Lipsett of Gear Diary to do my evil bidding and fondle an Archos 5 Internet Tablet while she was at B&H Photo helping to pimp Windows 7. She sent me some photos:

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Wait. What?

Click to see Archos shoot itself in its foot

Read Adobe DRMed ePub On iPhone Via Germany?

October 24, 2009


The answer to that question is a big maybe.

I’ve spent all day tracking down an enthusiastic Comment at another site about a German company imminently releasing an iPhone app that will permit Adobe DRMed ePub reading.

The best I could come up with is that it’s a planned feature for the future.

The company is called Libreka.


It’s a consortium set up between many German publishers and select bookstores as a defense against Google Book Search and Amazon. It’s really a screwy system in that — if the translations I’ve read are correct — in order to buy an eBook, a buyer has to input some data about a local brick-and-mortar bookstore so they get a cut of the sale.

This is, after all, Germany, where it is illegal to discount the cover price of a book.

Here are the reports:

libreka! Design with new features in new design [Original German]

Also new is the libreka! Application for the iPhone from Apple. It can be used in the contents of libreka! reading and researching. Moreover, it is possible to buy e-books on the application for reading on the iPhone. From the beginning of November, the application via the App Store can be downloaded.

Boersenblatt: libreka! with changes [Original German]

The libreka! Application for the iPhone allows users of smartphones with the content of libreka! reading and researching. “Our goal is to enable the widest possible range of devices to access libreka!” Says Ronald Schild. In future, it is also possible to buy e-books on the application for reading on the iPhone. The application can be downloaded from Apple in early November on the App Store.

Boldface emphasis added by me.

That sounds like there isn’t going to be any Adobe DRMed ePub reading capability in version 1.0. Plus, not only haven’t they posted a press release of this software on their own site, there is no press release regarding any licensing agreement with Adobe for such an iPhone application.

Libreka has also had some recent scandal, with a disaffected insider distributing a four-page PDF to the press blowing the whistle on the venture.

[Update] Libreka: Only 32 eBook sales in 09/09?
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How bad it is actually ordered to Libreka, now an employee shall be open from the inner circle of the project. In a four-page letter to themenaffine media (songs: “Libreka unvarnished” does not hold back) the insider with delicate details. According to the platform in its current form is Libreka 1 million per year to swallow – a sum, which is currently virtually no revenues are facing.

Sun had been less test purchases throughout the month of September, just only 32 eBooks sold at retail, says the letter. Even with the recent download-Days, the response was rather mau who had been free eBooks per heruntergelanden just 1000x.

Since that Google translation is just about hallucinogenic, this is the link to the PDF itself (do Save As…).

So while some other sites have reported Adobe DRMed ePub capability for iPhone is coming real soon now, I tend to believe we’ll still be waiting for it.

Who Needs Newsstands?

October 24, 2009


Via Google English of the original German:

Sci-Fi to the Book Fair: Smart posters send wirelessly to your mobile phone

In the context of the book fair interactive posters will be tested: the illustrated advertising space on the bestsellers list in the mirror can download an extract of the passers-by Bluetooth mobile phone – for two thirds of all mobile phones that will work to date. Behind the pilot project are the Journal of Book Report and outdoor advertising specialist Ströer. The so-called City Light posters are mainly well-attended mass transit stations.

Back in the 1990s, Palm did something like this in New York City. I could point my PDA at an advertisement and have something — demo software or a brochure — beamed over via infrared.

I’ve also seen ads that used Bluetooth for phones too.

This experiment is brilliant.

Think about this: Would you rather point your device (phone, minitablet, reader) at a poster and have instant gratification or deal with a crowded newsstand and having to wade through shelves?

Bookstores aren’t the only endangered species.

Oh, I can see the objections out there: But we can just browse the Internet! This is about getting your attention. That’s what advertising is for. There will always be advertising.

Archos 5 Internet Tablet Notes

October 23, 2009

It interests me as a current alternative to eInk devices (albeit for the, ahem, technically savvy), so from time to time I will plop a post in here with links to posts and stuff about it.

My current enchantment will most likely end once Dell releases the Streak — certainly in January when Apple announces the iTablet.

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eBook Notes For Friday October 23, 2009

October 23, 2009

Authors experiment with Twitterfiction

For Neil Gaiman, it began with a disconcerting image of a girl spoken to by her reflection in a mirror. For Melvin Burgess, it was a mother told by a passing elderly woman that her babies weren’t human. The two award-winning children’s authors have both begun to dabble in storytelling via Twitter, with Gaiman’s experiment on the micro-blogging site concluding today, but Burgess set to carry on tweeting.

Let’s not all forget writer Charlie Huston.

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