Rants

What stupid is

What stupid is

I was sitting on my couch hoarding a “Sharing Size” box of Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies and clicking and re-clicking “x new Tweets” this evening, when I was rescued by a friend who was having some technical difficulty with an e-book she was building. A few of our Twitter friends made suggestions on how to troubleshoot […]

Because I am mean and like to rain on parades…

Because I am mean and like to rain on parades…

All day I’ve been seeing tweets from @kobo and friends about their having the No. 1 e-reading app in the iTunes store—e.g., [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/KoboJason/status/71222166464643072″] I’m so happy for them. No, really. For several months now, Kobo’s iOS app has been, mainly because of the stats and the activity tracker, my e-reading application of choice. That […]

E-book Abomination Index

E-book Abomination Index

I’ve been reading a lot of e-books in the past ten days or so, and I have seen a lot of messy formatting. But the latest one takes the cake: a McGraw-Hill Professional book in which the first letter of every paragraph appears on a line by itself. Thus: T he quick brown fox jumps […]

Clarifications

Clarifications

Left: Eirik Newth. Right: Me. Easy mistake; could happen to anyone, we’re so alike. Except that, y’know, he’s a genius. Here (with some corrections), in case anybody else interpreted my posts from this weekend in similar ways, is a way-too-long comment I just posted in response to Doyce Testerman’s Publishing, Charlotte, and John. You should […]

What’s been gnawing at me lately

What’s been gnawing at me lately

One of the things that I find gets more difficult year after year—and I can’t tell if this is more because I’m getting older, or because I’m letting myself be pelted with information faster and harder than ever before, or because I don’t write as regularly as I used to—is synthesizing ideas. I spend hours […]

Please, Mister Postman

Please, Mister Postman

Oh, I think I need to make a field trip to the 11215 post office . . . Dear Postmaster Potter: I am writing to ask if you would please consider redecorating my local post office. Maybe you have heard of it: 11215. It’s the Park Slope Station in Brooklyn, New York, and I believe […]

Hitler’s subtitler gets a cheap font CD

One of dozens of Downfall parody videos. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, but if you haven’t been subjected to them yet, you may find this instance amusing. Update, 4/26/2010: Sigh. Well, the video’s been pulled, so in its stead, I give you the EFF‘s own Downfall parody:

Flattery Will Get You Nowhere

Flattery Will Get You Nowhere

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I should feel jazzed that a person I used to work with, who at that time did not know InDesign from Address Book, is still using my files as templates for new books today in his busy freelance design business. Being a spiteful, negative, […]

Job application tips

Job application tips

I’m in the process of hiring an assistant, someone who can toil away at the work thing while I’m at school making crafts, and I’ve finally dug down to the bottom of the pile of résumés that began pouring in thirty minutes after I posted the job. (And if you haven’t heard from me yet, […]

Camberwell Carrot

“If I spike you, you’ll know you’ve been spoken to.”

So, the other day, I was asked to set up HTML for an e-mail that someone else—let’s call them Agent B—is sending. Today Agent B sent us a preview of the e-mail, with the Agent B logo added at the top and the usual “Click here to unsubscribe, etc., etc.” at the bottom, but the […]