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January 11, 2013

Blast from the past: Affirmation Ball

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This item first appeared here on November 27, 2007 and now more than ever you could stand to hear something positive while you're quietly drowning in the surrounding Sea of Loserville.

A snip at $8.85.

Cheap at twice that if you're having the kind of day you just had.

January 11, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Erica Kennedy — "The champion of low expectations"

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Below, what Edith Zimmerman wrote about Ms. Kennedy in the December 30, 2012 issue of the New York Times Magazine.

"I just want to be home in sweats and glasses, writing," the author Erica Kennedy once told The Philadelphia Inquirer. While at home in sweats, she wrote a best-selling novel, and then a follow-up, but you wouldn't necessarily know it from her Twitter bio, which reads, "Harpy in trousers," with no mention of her books "Bling" or "Feminista." "I don't blame anyone for having high expectations of me," she once said, "but it goes back to what does 'having it all' mean? Does it mean having some fancy title, executive perks, making a lot of money, having your book on The New York Times' best-seller list? Or does it mean waking up and looking forward to your day, whatever you make of it?" For me, as for her, a good day involves writing at home in sweats, sending funny e-mails and maybe Twitter. Everything else is a bonus.


Erica Kennedy was found dead at her home in Miami Beach in June of last year.

She was 42.

January 11, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Berg Little Printer — How do you spell "kawaii?"

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From Wired:

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"For those who miss the tactile experience of reading on paper, this Lilliputian printer connects to your wireless network and spits out all the news and notes that fit — say, your Twitter or Foursquare feed — on a receipt-sized scroll. Cute overload."

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"Foursquare feed" — what year was that that written?

January 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Out of print eBook jackets


From Well Done Stuff!



It's past time to put the "book" back into eBooks.


Made by the oldest book bindery in the U.S. to look, feel, and wear like an actual book.


Features horrorshow 1972 Penguin softcover by David Pelham.

Hardcover book board wrapped with heavyweight cloth using traditional bookbinding techniques.

UV-coated for added protection and water resistance.

Soft interior rubber cradle specifically designed to safely hold and protect your eBook or tablet.

Kobo Glo cradle design uses four-corner holder.

Four versions to fit iPad 2/3/4, Kindle Fire 7" (1st/2nd Gen), Nexus 7, and Kobo Glo.

Made with recycled materials.



January 11, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

When paper trumps pixels: On being invited to the VQR publisher's reception


As a rule my default setting is right here at home where I belong, riding shotgun alongside Gray Cat.

So last week when I received via U.S. mail the card pictured up top, I looked at it with a bit of interest, placed it on my desk to study for a day or two, then tossed it in the trash.

I mean, why would I go to the Colonnade Club on the West Lawn of the University of Virginia at 5 p.m. on a Thursday, guaranteeing I'd miss "Pardon The Interruption," my favorite TV show, which airs at 5:30 p.m.?

Crazy, right?

A day or two after the card arrived, I noticed an invitation on Facebook to the event from the formidable Jane Friedman, web editor of the VQR.

I put two and two together and figured she must've been behind my receiving the classy cardboard invitation.

Full disclosure: I know Jane Friedman.

I first bumped into her online last year, back when she was still in Cincinnati, and we went back and forth about this and that (she's a world-class expert on epublishing and related topics).

Then she happened to mention that she was moving to Charlottesville to become web editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, which got me all excited since I figured I might actually get to meet her in person and talk with her and learn helpful stuff to make boj better and bigger.

Long story short: We met, and then we met up a second time, and then a third time, each encounter for me a breath of fresh air and serious mojo — she has a knack for making you feel more competent and capable and smarter than you really are.

Yeah, yeah, I know, plenty of upside for you joe, ha ha ha.


I fished the invitation out of the trash and put it back on my desk to look at over the upcoming days, thinking I just might go for the heck of it.

But here's the point of this post: If I had only received the online Facebook invite, there is ZERO chance I'd ever have gone.

It was only the concrete, tangible, minimalist invitation itself, that I could hold in my hand and look at and feel, that made me want to move my wetware self from my hearth and home to the great world outside last evening.

And I did go and it was fun, seeing and chatting with Jane and meeting a number of the good and the great in the VQR orbit.

Paper trumps pixels.

Now, you could argue that it's only because I'm a geezer that the physical invitation swayed me to attend, but I think that just the opposite is true: I'm betting that the younger the person, the more of an impression a physical, atom-based invitation will make.

You know my old motto, coined last century: BNA — bits not atoms.

But in this case, atoms carry more gravitas than bits.

As the world becomes increasingly transparent and virtual, the value and meaning of actual things that you can touch and feel and save and look at whenever you like will increase.

In the race for the exit door as far as dead tree media is concerned, opportunity will be overlooked by those who think it's a zero-sum, all-or-nothing, one or the other equation.

It's not. 

Two things can exist in a superposition of sorts, one in the real world and one in the ethereal mist of possibilities we call cyberspace.

After all, once your last breath escapes, you won't disappear from the universe even though your awareness might well vanish.

As long as you exist in the minds and memories of those who knew you, you're as alive to them as you ever were before you began your transit to stardust.

January 11, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

iPad mini 12x Telephoto Lens


From the website:



Are you an enthusiast keen on taking pictures?

Now we sincerely offer an amazing gadget — zoom magnifier telephoto lens. 

Specially designed for your iPad mini, this telephoto lens can magnify the objects 12X times, delivering high-quality photography. 

The optical telescope overcomes the shortcoming of the iPad mini's camera that's only near-sighted to make a distant view for you at the moment. 

Adopting a novel optical design, the telescope avoids contortion of images effectively.



• 100% brand new, high quality.

• Make your short-sighted camera into a telephoto. 

• Smart design for focusing longer distance when taking photo or video.

• Telephoto lens that adds 12X optical magnification to your iPad mini built-in camera.

• Overcome the short coming of the iPad mini's camera that's only near-sighted.

• With its high quality of photography, you can watch sports events and concerts in close up through your iPad mini zoom telescope.

• Hard cover snaps on to your iPad mini for normal protection.

• Compact design, which is portable and easy to use.



• Minimum focus distance: 3m

• Size: 33mm x 75mm

• Magnification: 12X

• Angle of View: 70°


Black or White.

$27 (iPad mini not included).

January 11, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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