August 25, 2013
I've cracked contests!
Remember how before Steve Jobs died he exclaimed that he'd cracked TV?
Well, it'll be two years in October since he departed this mortal coil and apparently he took the code with him 'cause Tim Cook sure hasn't unveiled the solution to the ongoing nightmare of trying to watch TV.
Too bad 'cause a real Apple TV — big 60-inch Retina Display, voice and gesture control, the whole nine yards — would've saved the company.
As it is, Cook's looking more and more like Gilbert Amelio as he shucks and jives and doesn't produce any of the magic he keeps telling us is coming real soon now.
But I digress.
Readers have been beating on me for years to have contests on bookofjoe: I've tried but have found without exception that they're far more trouble than they're worth — at least from my perspective, where I have to create the contest, pick and notify a winner, then find a prize and ship it to the person.
Far too often the actual real world time, effort, and cost involved in choosing, packing, and shipping turns out to be a royal pain in the butt: I cannot tell you how many people do not seem to be able to give me a valid U.S. mailing address such that the package I painstakingly wrapped and took to the post office, standing in the obligatory line forever, is returned weeks later marked "Undeliverable."
You know who you are.
But I digress yet again.
Anyhoo, contests are about to resume.
This time around, though, the prize process is gonna be somewhat different.
From now on, when I have a contest the prize is going to be copy of my latest book, featured up top.
It costs 99 cents on Amazon but since nobody ever buys it I figure why not give it away?
And so I will.
It's an ebook so if you don't have a Kindle you'll have to download Amazon's free Kindle Reader to enjoy your winnings.
Second prize: two copies.
But wait — there's more!
Amazon had the genius to realize most people would much prefer other stuff than the drivel people like me are trying to cram down your throat.
Thus, they've enabled you to apply the 99 cents toward the purchase of anything else on the website.
Surely you can find something that appeals to you more than a collection of truisms and whatnot.
I sure could....
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I have your book Joe, it is so intense it has to be digested very slowly. Not a simple read by any means. I don't know how one individual could have possibly written the whole thing. I have never encountered a book like it in my 50+ years. Then again, not too book savvy. IDEA! !! How about posting a single clip onto every boj post at the top of the page. This is good I say... some us we be dumb out here ya know? Steven
Posted by: friskypainter | Aug 26, 2013 10:07:53 PM
I cannot contain my excitement!
Posted by: Sally-Lodge | Aug 25, 2013 8:17:14 PM
In Stephen Hero (1904), Irish author James Joyce used the term epiphany to describe the moment when the "soul of the commonest object . . . seems to us radiant. The object achieves it epiphany." Novelist Joseph Conrad described epiphany as "one of those rare moments of awakening" in which "everything [occurs] in a flash."
Posted by: Joe Peach | Aug 25, 2013 5:41:25 PM
You complain about not knowing a winner's address when Heisenberg (not Brian Cranston) already told you that uncertainty was inevitable.
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Aug 25, 2013 1:03:16 PM
Posted by: Scott | Aug 25, 2013 12:14:37 PM
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