Weekend Reading: The Circle by Dave Eggers

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It’s a world not-so-different from our own. One company dominates the social sphere. The Circle and its ideas of radical transparency pervade private life, communications, and the world at large. Privacy is theft. Sharing is caring. Secrets are lies. Long story short, I liked The Circle. The writing isn’t exactly Lord-of-the-Rings-calibre beauty, but it was… Read more »

Copy-me: A Webseries About Copying!

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“Copying, “piracy”, and open culture is about “a lot more than just copyright infringement and other mischief. They also concern freedom, equality, human rights and human nature.” So says Alex, the filmmaker of a new webseries about copying: We’re all familiar with Nina Paley’s cute “Copying is not theft” video that explains copying in song and cartoon. It’s a… Read more »

Take Ownership of Your Ebooks – Help Ownshelf!

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Guys, Ownshelf needs your help! Ownshelf – the site that lets you share your ebooks across devices and with your friends on Facebook? I’ve written about them here before. Not only are they supportive of readers reading their own damn books freely, they’re incredibly supportive of writers (like yours truly! :-)) who make their books available for… Read more »

Hey TUEBL-ers, I am sorry!

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Hey again TUEBL-ers! Aelius here again. Remember me, you know, the one who lives here? Breaking news: I’m still here!  I really hate any kind of “sorry I haven’t been around” posts. But, TUEBL-ers, I owe you one. So here it is: I am sorry. Writers are supposed to be impervious. We’re supposed to be tireless, disciplined… Read more »

PayPal Blockades Kopimist Church

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Shocker of the year, people: PayPal has blocked the Kopimist Church of Idaho! Ok. It’s not the jaw-dropping scoop of the century. With their (admitted) politically-motivated blocking of WikiLeaks, PayPal made it crystal clear a long time ago that they are not exactly an equal-opportunity service provider. We can’t be surprised when they make life difficult. But… Read more »

Get Ready for November: Best Month of the Year!

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It is October 16th! What does that mean? It is OFFICIALLY halfway through October (Ok, technically, that’s like noon today, and I’m a bit early. Whatever. I’m excited.) And what does that mean? It is OFFICIALLY (totally) NaNoWriMo Countdown season.   If you don’t know about NaNoWriMo (and WHY the f–ok never mind, I’ll give you… Read more »

SMILE – We have a winner!

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Thank you all for the ton of smiles you submitted for Smile Month! And as promised we randomly selected a winner. Behold, Adeel and A Short History of Nearly Everything: A GREAT reading choice, by the way. I love Bill Bryson. Or….. his books, at least. (Though I’m sure the guy himself is quite the charmer too! ) The… Read more »