Can anyone point me to a reputable source (that I, as someone without institutional affiliations or much spare money, can access) of numbers for U.S. book titles published 2000 through 2012 (that is, yearly totals, U.S. only, broken down by type of book even better)?
I wonder what the most widely *misquoted* line from a movie actually is? Field of Dreams is certainly one candidate (the line is singular "he will come," not "they will come") but Casablanca is also right in there. Other candidates?
I know I shouldn't be snarky, but when I read that Coby Electronics shut down this summer, making its warranties worthless, my reaction was "Geez, people actually bought $400 million a year worth of Coby's junk?" http://consumerist.com/2013...
Some group is really anxious to offer me professional content as a guest post, presumably to improve on my amateur content--as long as they get a link out of it. Here's what makes their effort so super-professional: The offer isn't for Walt at Random or Cites & Insights, it's for waltcrawford.name. Maybe not.
As I read bits of the SciAm blogging situation, I find one thing surprises me a lot (Not, unfortunately, that an internet jackass could call a black female PhD a whore and temporarily get away with it): The "lawyers" defenses for Lee's post getting pulled down seem to suggest that she's actually writing *for Scientific American.*
Unexpected pleasure yesterday: We went to the annual Gathering of the Nuts (family reunion of my mother's side of the family, called that because it was originally an almond-gleaning party at the end of harvest) in Hughson. On the way back, crossing the Altamont, six classic cars in magnificent condition passed us.
Another Bingphoto too good not to mention: Today's is inside the Bund sightseeing tunnel under the Huangpu River in Shanghai. Make sure to click on the first hotlink! [And the fourth: a four-minute video of the whole, um, trip.]
I never thought I'd discuss eggplants in the context of ebooks, but in commenting on a comment on a remarkably dumb NPR piece (from 2011) about the horror of seeing other people's highlights on your Kindle--the comment saying that seeing such highlights *should not even be an option*--I found myself writing this:
Lazyweb request: Can somebody tell me what the cover story and/or lead editorial for *last week's* Economist was? (My copy never arrived.) By last week I mean the issue bridging end of September/beginning of October. Thanks in advance. (DJF?)
Tiny personal technology triumph today. Forced to switch to VDSL last week (I posted about that earlier), and the shipped equipment is a modem/wifi combo. Since we already have a reasonably secure wifi net set up with our owned router, didn't want the combo to be working as a router. AT&T guy said "just don't connect to it."
Good part of "smart" phones: I now assume wrong words on Twitter, Facebook, FF are just stupid autocorrects, so neither correct nor mention them. Bad part: Although I'm at a real keyboard with no autocorrect, I'm getting sloppier... (which I just spelled "slopper" but corrected).
Curious morning. We were *supposed* to lose AT&T DSL service between 1 and 3 p.m., then get AT&T Uverse DSL (same speed--a forced switch) "by 8 p.m." We set the 1-3 slot to be minimally disruptive of online activities. And then, at 8 a.m., the internet goes bye-bye.