Why You’re Jeep’s Not Cold Pt. 2

Technically this isn’t a part 2 as it is a follow on to It’s a Jeep thing, but, be that as it may we are calling it part 2 because it is part of the same journey. in that post you learned I picked up a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland which I believed had the infamous blend door problem. It did, but it also had many other HVAC issues, all of which were inside of the housing. Some yutz had been trying to “fix” this with “no money down”…

Chasing Sound

This post is a boiled down version of my side of an email exchange which was had recently. Sorry if it is difficult to follow without all the other players. It should be entertaining enough though. Enjoy! I was in junior college and an IT geek when digital first came out. Myself and friends were _always_ trying to get the same sound from cassette tape as we could from our vynyl. We tried everything. There was a time when the only currency we recognized was a Maxell UDXL-II 90. Gospel…

Return to Paper?

I was recently exposed to an article on declining eBook sales. I skimmed through the article and kicked off a discussion with my fellow authors which I’m sure will invite comment on here <Grin> but, I feel compelled to both support and debunk this article. Yes, I believe people are returning to paper for many reasons, not the least of which has to do with theft. I have said it many times in many places so I will say it again here. Until ebook readers cost less than a single…

Surround Sound Sucks

Quite some time ago I picked up a 2006 Toyota Avalon which I just love to drive. Quite possibly the best built car on the market. Strong reputation for last past 300,000 miles if you keep up with the oil changes and minor maintenance. One thing which has annoyed me since day one is the stereo sucked. It had decent reception and seems otherwise capable, but the sound sucked. This isn’t a huge problem for me because I normally listen to NPR. Not the kind of NPR enamored with finding…

The New New New Retail Model for Books

Retail locations which do not supply a niche have a physical problem. Space physically limits inventory. For a while some of the chains were promising next day from the warehouse and they stocked titles in the central/Web warehouse which could be sent out to any store location with their next daily stock order, but, I do not know if any still offer that. Impulse buyers aren’t willing to wait until tomorrow. There are currently multiple attempts to solve this physical problem. One of the more established solutions is the Espresso…

It’s a Jeep Thing

It was a sad day a couple of weeks ago. I finally bit the bullet and got rid of my 1990 Jeep Wagoneer Ltd. Sad day indeed. The Wagoneer wasn’t my daily driver. Actually, it was a really nice Jeep when I bought it in 2001. Sight unseen off eBay no less. Yes, I had it shipped cross country from some dealer lot in New Hampshire after I had them do a bit of work on it. Then both I and others did a bit more work on it once…

I Want to See My Title in Book Stores

You know, unless you are going to go the “traditional” publishing route with Hollywood Accounting which could bury 90+% of your royalties so it can line the pockets of upper management and their families . . . it’s the worst dream anyone can have. Here is a bit of math from self publishing side that does its own print runs. Let us take a mythical book selling chain or super market with exactly 1000 retail locations to make math easy. According to this link  BN has 700 stores and 600…

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