nonelvis: (SIMPSONS unpossible)
I was buying myself a copy of Game Change today, and after reading the glowing review the book got from Entertainment Weekly, I was shocked to see the book had only two stars on Amazon. Turns out this is due to people giving it one-star reviews to protest the one-month delay of a Kindle edition -- presumably a delay made at the publisher's request, because this new-fangled Internet doohickey is kind of scary, you know. And I can certainly understand why that would piss off potential readers, but some of them might want to back away from the computer and check out this fresh air thingy I've heard so much about:



Yes, not being able to buy a copy of a book for the Kindle when you want it is exactly like living in a totalitarian society.
nonelvis: (DW punch)
I know several people on my flist are scientists, researchers, or generally interested in science research, and since a few of you may not have heard yet about the fan fiction survey, consider this an object lesson in Doing It Wrong. Seriously, how do you get to the point of having a PhD in a scientific field and not realize that you can't change the questions in the middle of the survey without affecting your data? (And that's the least of the problems with this little project – it's just one of the most obvious points of Science Fail.)

The survey is finally down while the researchers "digest all this great feedback." Personally, I agree with the anonmeme theory that this is subtle code for "BRB, BU IRB SMACKING OUR ASSES, AND NOT IN THE GOOD WAY YOU FOLKS WRITE ABOUT."
nonelvis: (SIMPSONS unpossible)
Eleven years after the first Harry Potter book was released, io9.com* discovers there is Dumbledore slashfic.

*Admittedly, io9 hasn't been around more than a year, but COME ON.

Holy crap.

Sep. 25th, 2008 05:20 pm
nonelvis: (DW dalek)
It's not like I have any faith at all in the current administration, but this is just astonishing:

In fact, some of the most basic details [of the Wall Street bailout plan], including the $700 billion figure Treasury would use to buy up bad debt, are fuzzy.

"It's not based on any particular data point," a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. "We just wanted to choose a really large number."


Apparently there is no one in the entire U.S. Treasury Department qualified to even make a guess at how much this bailout could cost. After all, it's not like anyone over there is responsible for "[Serving] the American people and strengthen[ing] national security by managing the U.S. Government's finances effectively, promoting economic growth and stability, and ensuring the safety, soundness, and security of the U.S. and international financial systems."

We are so screwed.

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