Goodbye, Oyster.

“Looking forward, we feel this is best seized by taking on new opportunities to fully realize our vision for ebooks. With that, we will be taking steps to sunset the existing Oyster service over the next several months. If you are an Oyster reader you will receive an email personally regarding your account.” Source: oysterbooks … Continue reading Goodbye, Oyster.

This is the perfect opening to a scifi novel…

“With the help of James Jubilee, a former American arms control officer and now a senior science and technology coordinator for health issues in Kazakhstan, Dr. LaPorte tracked down Mr. Dey through the State Department, and his images and documentation quickly convinced them of the earthworks’ authenticity and importance.” Source: NASA Adds to Evidence of … Continue reading This is the perfect opening to a scifi novel…

Charity has changed (listen up, churches).

“One thing is clear: Giving has changed, says JoAnn Turnquist, president and CEO of the Central Carolina Community Foundation. “People want to feel ownership of how their dollars are being used,” Turnquist says. Previous generations, Turnquist says, “were brought up to give to institutions, organizations that had secured the community’s trust,” she says. “The donors … Continue reading Charity has changed (listen up, churches).

Your phone’s homescreen is dead; or how native advertising wins in the post-mobile world

“Part of this will entail  a shift in advertising to permission-based advertising:  asking the consumer whether she wants to see an ad — which would be asking her if she wants to receive information — for a particular brand at the current time. The consumer will have the choice: yes, I’m in the supermarket and … Continue reading Your phone’s homescreen is dead; or how native advertising wins in the post-mobile world

What’s good (and bad) about Amanda Palmer’s style of marketing?

Amanda Palmer did an AMA on the /books subreddit yesterday on the topic of her book The Art of Asking, so the Thinking.FM hosts pulled a Superfriends on Friday night and recorded 90 minutes of thoughtful discussion about Palmer’s tactics and the nature of the artist in an age of self-promotion. I think it’s an … Continue reading What’s good (and bad) about Amanda Palmer’s style of marketing?

“Censorship that doesn’t look like censorship”

Remember, “free speech” doesn’t always align with the user policies on Facebook, Twitter etc. Own your content and your books or learn to live with the trade off of letting the algorithm decide how you vote… “Censorship that doesn’t look like censorship. It deliberately reduces the spread of information that might otherwise go viral. Vicious. … Continue reading “Censorship that doesn’t look like censorship”

Hey Bullfrog

The ability to change our minds is one of the greatest human blessings. To see an issue or a situation, take into account the data presented, be reminded of our past history of decisions, and ultimately come to a conclusion is a wonderful adaptation our mammalian brains have come up with to help us deal … Continue reading Hey Bullfrog