Trying out the dreaded mobile blogging, scourge of the waiting room and balm of the bored. I’m at the place where I get my hair cut (I’m too manly to have a stylist). See?
John Scalzi is a great writer. Better yet, he’s a great businessman. Take a gander at his financial advice for writers, then follow it no matter what you do for a living.
Oh, and while you’re over there, take a peek at the rest of his blog if you’re one of the last ten people on the internet who isn’t a regular reader.
This isn’t a political blog, but damn it, sometimes things get so unreal out there that I feel the need to point it out, just in case it’s me that’s crazy instead of the world. Today I have two unrelated news items that separately give me the willies. Together they’re downright surreal.
Item One: Unreasonable search and seizure laws permit checkpoints on the border that would be illegal anywhere else in the US. That sounds okay, until you realize that the border definition here has a width of 100 miles, which happens to cover two-thirds of the entire US population.
Item Two: Yesterday the Supreme Court said that evidence obtained through illegal searches is okey-dokie to be used in your trial.
Hell, why not just chuck the whole 4th Amendment? There’s really nothing left of it now but the box it came in anyway.
If you’re an iPhone user, I have good news for you. You can now access the Random House Free Library directly from inside the Stanza application (which is a free ebook reader).
Rumor has it that this trilogy will stop being free at the end of January, so just in case that turns out to be true, I’d snag it now. Speaking of Charlie Huston, go pick up his Joe Pitt series as well, it’s even better.
One more thing about Stanza, both the iPhone and the Desktop versions have access to several free libraries, so I highly recommend checking it out. Getting free books is great, but even better is being exposed to new authors that you might otherwise not want to take a chance on.