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Amazon, Books, And Publishing, Read All About It

If you love books, please do not read “CHEAP WORDS: Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books?” Don’t read it, because it will break your heart. If you love economic competition or American culture, the article about Amazon.com will also break your heart. If you’re an aspiring author, writing your e-book…

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You Know This Winter Is Getting Old

JUXTAPOSITION:   The East Coast is taking a snow day on Thursday. Also, baseball pitchers and catchers are reporting for Spring training in Florida and Arizona, unless their flight is cancelled. Parts of the South were sheathed in ice on Wednesday. By the weekend, all the ice in Georgia will melt to water. Schoolchildren enjoy…

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Worldwide Blog Readership

It’s fascinating to know that a WordPress blog can be viewed by people all over this wide world. My blog is in fact visited by people from many faraway places. Maybe they should call it WorldPress. I wonder if that URL is available? Most days, my readers are mostly from the U.S. and Canada, followed…

Freshly Pressed AND Mauled By A Polar Bear On The Same Day

Has anything in the blogosphere ever created as much angst and envy as “Freshly Pressed?” Folks, we’ve got to stop obsessing about Freshly Pressed. Consider the following from WordPress.com News: WordPress.com bloggers published 39,705,625 posts in January . . . “and we featured 190 of them on Freshly Pressed.” Think of it. McDonald’s hamburgers, billions sold!…

PARKING LOT, LATE AFTERNOON, WINTER STORM JANUS

Winter Weather Fatigue

Talked to my 85-year-old uncle in Rhode Island on Sunday: “This is the worst winter I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of winters.” He didn’t even mention the word “snow.” The snow in New England hasn’t been unusual. He talked about the cold.

Selfie Culture vs. Reality

“Here’s the irony: Selfie culture doesn’t enhance the self but degrades it. When we turn the lens of life on ourselves, we create the illusion that we should focus only on what’s best for us.” – That quote from Rev. Galen Guengerich, All Souls Unitarian Church, NYC. And this: “The image of a self-made, self-reliant…

Winter Storms Put A Curse On Tuesdays

Someone has put a curse on Tuesdays. This week, we had Winter Storm Leon attacking the South on Tuesday. Last week, it was Winter Storm Janus on Tuesday, attacking the MidAtlantic and Northeast. Both storms included extreme cold temps, snow and wind, a concoction of conditions that combine to create weather ranging from miserable to…

Future of San Francisco Bay Area

Originally posted on Om Malik:
In a conversation with Connie Loizos, well known futurist Paul Saffo had this to say Well, in the very long run, we’re going to have to have a national conversation about wealth redistribution. I’m not a Marxist but [Oxfam] just reported that the world’s 85 richest people own as much…

A Dose Of Dystopia In Atlanta

The scene in Atlanta last night and today is worth talking about. Thousands of children stranded overnight in schools. Or worse, stranded for hours on schoolbuses! Thousands of adults (and children too) stranded for hours, or all night, in traffic that’s frozen in place on icy highways. No food, no restrooms. When the car runs…

Russian Toilets

Originally posted on Clarissa's Blog:
Everybody is shocked by the pictures of shared toilets for the Olympics in Sochi that are making the rounds. Putin’s government has reacted to the international outrage by issuing really funny disclaimers. However, these toilets are well in keeping with an old Soviet tradition of not using separate stalls…