Links of Interest (August 16th 2007 Through August 22nd 2007)

Launch: Google Earth Adds Sky
Google Earth adds a “Switch between Sky and Earth” button. The Sky view is made up of over 1 million photographs. Nice!
Sigler v. Hendrix Webscab Smackdown
On September 19th 2007 Terry Bison will moderate a debate between Scott Sigler and Howard Hendrix revolving around releasing works of fiction online for free (you know, webscabs).
That Yawn After Lunch Is Perfectly Normal
Feel sleepy after lunch? Here’s why. I agree with the suggestion of a short nap. Around 2pm on weekends I usually hit a wall, after which I’m not productive. A 10 minute nap is enough to stave that off for me.
Where you fall in poll of U.S. reading habits
Apparently one in four Americans read no books last year. Those who did, read four on average. I wonder if the poll took audiobooks into account.
Warner Bros. Follows the Yellow Brick Road
Warner wants to create a new Oz film. Todd McFarlane is involved. I love the Oz books. I do not have high hopes for this movie.
Sucking it up with the new Roomba
C|NET looks at the new Roomba 500 series from iRobot. We’re pretty happy with our existing Roomba. My kids talk to it sometimes.
The Best Software for Mac OS X
I’m new to Mac OS X, but this looks like an worthwhile list of applications.
Author King ‘mistaken for vandal’
Stephen King was mistaken for a vandal when he started signing books in an Australian book shop. I admit I’ve imagined having books on the shelves and just going in and signing them. Never really thought it through though.

2 Comments

  1. Scott Sigler says:

    Die-hard WebScab here. I’m looking forward to debating Mr. Hendrix. We can’t simply ignore his stance – the writers who came before us have fought many trials in the publishing world, and to write off their opinion is stupid. Should be a good conversation.

  2. Jay says:

    Hey Scott. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I’ve heard some really interesting thoughts on both sides since the initial comments were made. Sounds like it should be a very interesting event. Is it being recorded? If so, will it be available for free, or will we have to pay for it (or does that depend who wins the debate)?

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