When I say links of interest. I mean links of interest to me. They may or not be of interest to you. I may update this throughout the day and add more. Note: LJ’s time is time of creation, not of my posting.
Bad movies can make lots of money on opening weekend if you advertise them and build up the hype. Apparently Delgo didn’t. In fact it had the worst opening evar! They could have learned lessons from Snakes on a Plane or The Blair Witch Project. http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/delgo-worst-opening-ever.html
For the past two years, that I’ve been to Fencon, I’ve had the good fortune to record some podcasts. In fact, I still have some that I recorded from the previous year that I have not posted (sorry guys). I have posted a few and plan on posting a few more in the near future.
I started podcasting for Conestoga, another science fiction convention, and I’ve wrapped that podcast up since I’m moving to Tucson. I was inspired by Paul Fischer of the Balticon Podcast. He provided me a lot of good advice on getting started. To replace Conestoga I created Escape from Cubicle 17. Both Conestoga and EFC17 are fan podcasts. I have interviewed artists, authors, editors, publishers, fellow fans, and even an agent.
My biggest problem is putting podcasts out on a regular basis which is the key to building an audience. I’ve listened to and compared mine to other fan based podcasts and I do a decent job. So quality isn’t an issue, nor quantity. I’ve posted 40 Conestoga podcasts and 9 EFC17 though there is some overlap between the two. I enjoy doing them. It’s a little disheartening that I don’t have more listeners, but dem’s the breaks. Once I get settled in Tucson, I’ll see what my situation is and see if I can manage my time better to continue podcasting.
Since I no longer manage the Conestoga website (sftulsa.org) my podcasts will likely go away there. I’ve got copies of all of them and will re-upload them on the EFC17 website in a separate feed.
We are at the beginning of a severe recession, depending on what we do as a people and what our government does, it could become another Great Depression. So far the government is not putting the brakes on the recession. In fact they are making things worse. Whether this is by accident or design, I don’t know, but I’m leaning towards the latter, especially what led up to the current situation.
I watched Kevin Phillips on BookTV this morning. He’s the author of Bad Money and this evening I just learned that the bailout oversight people have a website. I’m not sure they have offices yet. I’ll start with my rough notes on one of the oversight people, Elizabeth Warren.
When I heard Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard law professor and author of the Two Income Trap, was appointed to the $700 billion oversight board I was very excited. She is quite capable of doing the job, but the real question is will she be really allowed to do her job. Elizabeth is honest enough and we’ll know whether or not she’ll be able to give real oversight with her cohorts.
Anyway, the oversight website is up, and she has a video report on Youtube. I learned she was from Tulsa when I read 2IT.
I saw Kevin Phillips on BookTV this morning. It was very depressing. He described Bernanke doing what is equivalent to what the French did after WWI, build the Maginot Line. We saw how well that stopped WWII. He was pimping his new article the Numbers racket over at Harper’s. He did not have kind words for the Democrats nor the Clintons. They were the ones who helped pass Phil Gramm’s deregulation of the futures markets. He had harsher words for the Republicans and that they deserved to be kicked off the bus, but he had the harshest words for the Bushes. Neither father nor son should have been President and that W. had done more damage to this country in his eight years than any other President.
He also said the unemployment numbers are really higher than reported. The reported number is over 6%. The real number is over 12%. In the 90’s the gov’t switched to a what is known as U3 criteria. They used to use U6 criteria. If they counted the number of unemployed by using 70’s standards we’d know the true number. They do not count those who’ve given up looking for work. Also, inflation is much higher than reported. It’s about 7%.
I’d highly recommend paying attention to both of these people and what they have to say.
I’d written a blog post about setting up my laptop as a Dual Boot with Vista and Ubuntu. I thought I’d written a blog post on how to get Vista to suck less by XP-ifiy it. Turn off UAC (User Account Control) and that’ll make it far less annoying. I chose not to remove Vista and install XP because I was afraid I’d have problems finding drivers for the laptop. On to installing SP1.
I installed Vista SP1 on my laptop tonight. Given Microsoft’s track record, I decided to hold off on it until I’d done some research. Basically, as long as I was careful I was OK. I couldn’t really get a sense if I really needed it not. What I read made me lean towards it. I did back up my important files first. I downloaded it and got ready to install it when I realized that my laptop was dual boot with Ubuntu. So I did a quick search to see if that was safe. It appeared to be. Some blogs and reviews said it broke programs, but these reviews and blog posts were shortly after SP1 was released.
I installed Hardy Heron and I’ve kept current with updates, so I’m currently running kernel 2.26.24-22. Although I’ve had problems with WiFi on Linux my experience with a dual boot laptop has been pretty trouble free. But as someone whose had headaches with Windows and Linux (mostly Windows), I am careful when I do upgrades. When I was a Mac user I was always on the bleeding edge and installing and upgrading to betas. I didn’t make the transition to Mac OS X. When I switched to the Windows universe I did the opposite. I waited until all the bugs and problems were worked out of Windows upgrades before following suit.
I’ve used Linux off and on over the years. My first distribution was Slackware then I switched to RedHat shortly thereafter. After a long absence I went back to using Red Hat which had become Fedora. When I went to Pycon 2007 I saw a lot of laptops running Ubuntu. I gave it a try but didn’t like it at first. I didn’t grok sudo and hated it. I do now, and I grok it.
I installed Vista SP1 on my laptop tonight. Given Microsoft’s track record, I decided to hold off on it until I’d done some research. Basically, as long as I was careful I was OK. I couldn’t really get a sense if I really needed it not. What I read made me lean towards it. I did back up my important files first. I downloaded it and got ready to install it when I realized that my laptop was dual boot with Ubuntu. So I did a quick search to see if that was safe. It was.
I haven’t checked to see if the Ubuntu side came out OK. That’s it for now.