Archive for May, 2009

IPPY Awards

Friday, May 29th, 2009

I couldn't understand it, as soon as I started to thank my third grade teacher, I was applauded off the stage... It was a fun event, replete with interesting anthropological studies of authors, publicists and various posses and hangers-on. The food and drinks were actually top rate, and the diversity of authors' ...

Fuso Update

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Our Fuso is still in South America. We've had some issues with the American shipping company we contracted to ship the truck from Guayaquil, Ecuador to Long Beach, California. It has been a very challenging and stressful experience so far, and it's not over yet. We are making some headway, but it ...

How The World Works wins 2009 IPPY Silver Medal

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

How The World Works, one of the books I wrote last year, won a 2009 IPPY silver medal. There were 4,090 entrants for all categories in the awards. How The World Works tied for second place in its category, Juvenile-Teen-Young Adult (Y/A) Non-Fiction. The awards ceremony is in New York City on ...

How Not To Do It

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Check out this home page: http://www.lijit.com/ Tell me if you have a friggin' clue what they do. So, since it's a huge mystery, you click on "about" http://www.lijit.com/about I don't know that I've ever read anything that said so much but yielded so little. This is called the "Valley Effect," where people spend ...

Kindle 2 Update

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Here's an update on My Life With Kindle After a little less than one month of use, my Kindle 2 died. It was a horrible, distorted death, manifested by the unfortunate Lewis Carroll as illustrated here:   For those of you who are not familiar with how a Kindle 2 is supposed to ...

Meeting the Lumabyte

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

"In the next 12 months there will be a zettabyte of information on the Internet." - Dr. James Baty, VP and chief technology officer (CTO) of Sun Microsystems. A zettabyte is the equivalent of 1 billion terabytes. Just a few years ago, it cost my clients millions of dollars to buy and ...

The King is Dead

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Someday, we will all look back and reflect on how significant it was that we lived through the death of the American newspaper industry. Right now, however, it is pretty traumatic for those of us who grew up with a lifelong love/hate relationship with our various local and metro newspapers. On ...