The Immortal Writer Derek Raymond

December 20, 2009

The Cans Festival, originally uploaded by Born Sleepy.

The Rap Sheet continues its series of tribute posts about Derek Raymond.

The Book You Have to Read: “How the Dead Live,” by Derek Raymond

As a writer of noir, Raymond has very few equals. His atmosphere is unparalleled and his questioning of morals, both at a personal level and on a more global level, is something that many other writers since have seemed unable or unwilling to confront.

Previously here:

Derek Raymond Still Lives
Derek Raymond Is Your Year-End Reading

Carolyn Reidy: Too Little, Too Late, Too Clueless

December 18, 2009

Carolyn Reidy’s Two Worlds

“We must do everything in our power to uphold the value of our content against the downward pressures exerted by the marketplace and the perception that “digital” means “cheap.”

Um…. doesn’t “marketplace” equal your ultimate customers?

You know, these pesky beings called readers?

As for “digital” meaning “cheap,” hey, thank the ePub pushers for that!

And also developers for the iPhone spinning out 99-cent apps. You know, that’s “digital” stuff that can actually do things.

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When I Was A Kid …

December 8, 2009

… well, I wasn’t that much of as kid. I saw the movie of Fahrenheit 451 when I was still in my teens.

On a black and white TV.

And I thought this was so cool:

I wanted a TV that big sooooo much.

Now I live in a world in which they exist.

And I won’t buy one or even take one for free.

December 7th

December 7, 2009

Click = big

Historians can argue over whether it was a “sneak attack,” “surprise attack,” or finagling by Roosevelt to get us into the war.

That’s all besides the damned point.

Our men and women died there.

And they should not be forgotten.


Library of Congress American Memory Project: December 7th
U.S.S. Arizona Memorial
Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund

How It All Works

December 2, 2009

Alan Kay:

Quite a few people have to believe something is normal before it becomes normal – a sort of ‘voting’ situation. But once the threshold is reached, then everyone demands to do whatever it is.

From telegraph to telephone to cellphone.

From a smoking society to one that is primarily now non-smoking.

From three national TV networks to the fragmentation of TV via cable to the fragmentation of video viewing itself by the Internet.

And coming up next:

From primarily printed books to a flirtation with ePub eBooks to the mass adoption of digital books.

Supplemental reading:

Bellwether by Connie Willis

The Original Kindle — From 1968!

December 2, 2009

This is captioned Alan Kay’s Dynabook mockup, first shown in 1968 over at Tablet PC Technology: The Next Generation.

Source: Wikimedia Commons

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Alan Kay

Not much new under the sun, eh?


Wikipedpia: Dynabook entry
Wikipedpia: Alan Kay entry
Remembering the Dynabook

Happy Happy Turkey Day!

November 25, 2009

This blog will be closed tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day in America.

Not because I’ll be doing anything special — but all the rest of you will.

We cannot break bread with you. You have taken the land which is rightfully ours. Years from now, my people will be forced to live in mobile homes on reservations.Your people will wear cardigans and drink highballs. We will sell our bracelets by the roadsides. You will play golf and enjoy hot hors d’oeuvres. My people will have pain and degradation. Your people will have stick shifts. The gods of my tribe have spoken. They have said, “Do not trust the pilgrims.”

Con Artists, Sell-Outs, Whores

November 22, 2009

The Magic Christian, a movie from 1969, ended with a memorable scene. A giant tub of shit was filled with money to see who would throw away their dignity for cash.

And now this, forty years later …

A Friend’s Tweet Could Be an Ad

Mr. Chow is among a growing group of celebrities, bloggers and regular Internet users who are allowing advertisers to send commercial messages to their personal contacts on social networks. For the last month, he has used the services of, a start-up based in Los Angeles, and Izea, based in Orlando, Fla., to periodically surrender his Twitter stream to the likes of Charter Communications, the Make a Wish Foundation and an online seminar about working from home.

In October, Mr. Chow’s income from Twitter ads was around $3,000. “I get paid for pushing a button,” he said.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

And by pushing that button you blow your credibility to smithereens.

Previously here:

FTC Wants Bloggers To Disclose: My Disclosure

Previously at Mike Cane 2008:

The Ultimate Weapon Is Trust

Previously at Mike Cane’s Blog:

Like This Shit Is News?
My Response To “10 Things Your Blogger Won’t Tell You”
I’m Beginning To Think There Isn’t A Single Tech Site That Can Be Trusted

So Dese Two Yoots…

November 15, 2009

… called Russ Marshalek and Brett Sandusky do this Guantanamo-like interrogation …


… of people involved in the foul trade of print and eBooks.

It’s called Quit Being A Hooker, Hooker.

And this popped up on their last episode:


They’ve been waiting for my reply.

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Why We’re Not Biting — And You Do!

November 14, 2009


Don’t ask how it happened. I was searching for one thing, wound up at another thing, and then fell into a forum I couldn’t pull away from.

That I couldn’t pull away from it precisely explains why newspapers, magazines, television — well, everything mass — is in decline and dying.

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