Monday, August 31, 2009

Good News for eBook Guys (Me)

You know how much it costs to print a hundred+ books? Well, it depends on a few things, but generally you can't get it done for much less than $2400. So, you can see why eBooks are so attractive to writers who want to market their stories on their nickel. eBooks are cheaper to produce, way cheaper. Of course, traditional publishers don't like it at all. Here's the latest on the changing book media.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Am I the Only One Concerned?

Man, I've got a short list of friends but I have to say none seem terribly concerned about the state of the economy. When I tell them it appears things are going to get much, much worse, they pooh-pooh and tell me how negative I am. "You're giving off bad vibes," they say. Well, maybe I am, but it's the way I see it. Employment figures are awful, lots of folks saying bad stuff about the government, no money to go around, and no end in sight. Why should I believe otherwise? And lots of end-of-the-world stuff at the movies too. Anybody else notice? Hey, how about that trailer for 2012? Surfin' over the Himalayas. The Beach Boys would be proud.

Saw District-9. Two thumbs up.
Watched Surveillance last night. Grisly, but still two thumbs up. It's from the same folks who brought us The Last House On The Left (David and Jessica Lynch).
Now waiting for Avatar (Dec 18) which they say is going to change they way we watch media altogether. But what the heck, I just want to see a good sci-fi story.

I think I've got the PayPal stuff working on my website (www.thomascstone.com) finally. Please go there and buy a book or two or three so I can eat next week.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Healthcare

Hey, I'm for universal healthcare. It's a great idea to alleviate suffering, help the poor and rich alike, and teach people how to live happier, healthier lives. With that said, I do not want to see a corrupt political system administer such a system especially during a worldwide economic depression. Why do we have to do it now? Just another example of the power elite using a crisis to further their agenda. The politics of crowd-control. Everybody line up and take a number. It's a power grab that will severely limit our freedom with far-reaching consequences.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Random Thoughts


  • Read a news article predicting the next collapse at the end of August. More likely in October.
  • Another news item saying the latest unemployment figures were wrong and numbers are still rising. I wish they'd get it right.
  • District-9 comes out tomorrow. Kind of excited about that. Hope to catch a matinee.
  • Haven't had a TV for three years and not really missing it except for MMA. Of course, I rent more movies now. Speaking of which, saw Frost/Nixon last weekend and thought it was very good no matter which side of the aisle you're from.
  • By 2011, most Americans will be upside-down in their houses. That is, their mortgages will greatly exceed the value of their houses. Still, people gotta live somewhere.
  • I wonder who the most evil person in our government is?
  • If we discovered another habitable planet, would you endorse an exploratory mission?
  • I think kids have way too much freedom these days. Ah, but what you gonna do with only one parent around?
  • I think kids and grown-ups are way spoiled these days. Looks like all that may be coming to an end.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Explain My Problems

OK, after jacking around with forum stuff for months and never getting it to work properly (hey, thanks a lot GoDaddy), I decided to link up to my little-used blog. It won't have quite the same effect, but it sure will be easier for me. I'm going to assume you webophiles know how to post a response to blog. If not, it's fairly self-evident.

OK, let the posting begin.