Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I need some online marketing advice about my book, please

I need some online marketing advice, please.

My Alaska journalism memoir (“Write Hard, Die Free”) is to be released in the spring. I plan to supplement and support it extensively online, and it's time to establish the website for that.

I can’t afford the domain writehard.com, which is being offered for $1,400 by some reseller, and the domain writeharddiefree.com (which I do own) seems too clumsy.

Although pretty much any writehard.[otherdomain] is available, in general I’ve found anything other than .com domains far less useful. (I sometimes use howard.weaver.org and even I can’t remember to type .org instead of .com). I did buy writehard.info because it was so cheap.

So: what should I do?

I have a Write Hard, Die Free Facebook page. I have howardweaver.com and could host something there, like howardweaver.com/writehard. As I mentioned, I also havewriteharddiefree.com and writehard.info.

Possibilities I’ve considered: writehard.org or .me or .us. Maybe writehardbook.com ornewspaperwar.com?

What seems best? If you have information about best practices or simply ideas/opinions, it would help to hear from you. Easiest for me is howard.weaver(at)gmail.com.


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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Yep, ATT'a proposed purchase of TMobile is as scummy as you thought

This report from freepress.net on Huffington Post has all the pointers you need to come to the right conclusion.

The $39 Billion purchase sucks up money that ought to go to improving conditions for phone users, not AT&T executives and shareholders.


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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Seven ways Rick Perry wants to change the constitution, None are good, some are horrible.

Find a central metaphor that's so good everything aligns to it. Design meetings are no longer necessary...


Alan Kay is one of the genuinely seminal thinkers behind everything we know today as personal computing, starting with the work at Xerox Parc that inspired the desktop metaphor, mouse as input device, and etc.

I just came across this page where Andy Hertzfeld (a Macintosh programming legend) shares the notes he took at an Alan Kay talk in 1982. I think they're still deeply insightful and almost universally applicable.

This was my favorite: 

"Find a central metaphor that's so good that everything aligns to it. Design meetings are no longer necessary, it designs itself. The metaphor should be crisp and fun.:

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Twilight in the West; goodbye to another day


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Great day in the Sierras

Spent part of yesterday hiking cross-country through the granite at about 8,000 feet off Hwy 88 toward Carson Pass. Were field-testing the new pup Betty, who did great.


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McClatchy commentary: only one side refuses to compromise

"The truth is that only one side is refusing to compromise during our national financial crisis, and that is the Republican side. That is not a partisan conclusion; it is a demonstrable fact"

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

1964-65: Beatles once, Rolling Stones twice. Jealous? Yeah, a little.


While going through old photos looking for material for my journalism memoir we came across this scrapbook from Barb's girlhood in Southern California. Two Rolling Stones concerts (including their first-ever in the U.S.) for a total ticket price of $8. She recalls the Beatles weren't much more.

In Alaska, we got the Turtles. Once. After they were famous.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry "revels in a muscular brand of ignorance"

"Perry revels in a muscular brand of ignorance (Rush Limbaugh is a personal hero), one that extends to the ever-fascinating history of the Lone Star State.  Twice in the last two years he’s broached the subject of Texas seceding from the union.

“When we came into the nation in 1845 we were a republic, we were a stand-alone nation,” says Perry in a 2009 video that has just surfaced.  “And one of the deals was, we can leave any time we want. So we’re kind of thinking about that again.”

He can dream all he wants about the good old days when Texas left the nation to fight for the slave-holding states of the breakaway confederacy. But the law will not get him there. There is no such language in the Texas or United States’ constitutions allowing Texas to unilaterally “leave any time we want.”

But Texas is special.  By many measures, it is the nation’s most polluted state.  Dirty air and water do not seem to bother Perry.  He is, however,  extremely perturbed by the Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement of laws designed to clean the world around him.  In a recent interview,  he wished for the president to pray away the E.P.A."

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

On Writing

I highly recommend this Slate article by Michael Agger on how to become a faster writer. It's here: http://www.slate.com/id/2301243?onswipe_redirect=no

And then there's this much more realistic portrait of the craft:


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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Message from Anonymous: Operation Facebook, Nov 5 2011

I have no direct knowledge of the authenticity of this video or about the claims that it makes. i don't know if it really is from Anonymous, and I don't know if what it says about Facebook is accurate.

But I do sense a deep truth in this regardless of the specifics. This feels to me like one of those moments of insight in great cyberpunk where you are sure you have just glimpsed the future.

This is worth contemplating, citizens of the world.


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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Can the U.S. Government pay its debts? Well, who prints dollars?

"Many economists argue, essentially, that the United States isn't going to fail to pay its debts. "The debt is issued in dollars. That means it is payable in dollars. The U.S. government prints dollars," wrote Dean Baker of the liberal Center for Economic and Policy Research Saturday. "This means that if for some reason the government was unable to tax or borrow to raise the money to pay its debt then it could always print it. This may carry a risk of inflation, but S&P is not in the business of making inflation predictions, they are in the business of assessing the likelihood that debt will be repaid."



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Friday, August 05, 2011

Wikipedia Says It's Losing Contributors : NPR

We are not replenishing our ranks," said Wales. "It is not a crisis, but I consider it to be important.

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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Seeing is believing? Not so much: check these special effects from Game of Thrones

I loved reading the Game of Thrones series but haven’t had a chance to see the show yet (seeing as I don’t have HBO). I wondered how they’d manage the blend of commonplace with fantastic.

Very well, it turns out, and here’s a short video showing some of the visual effects done by BlueBolt. 

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