Cover creation gone weird

This seems appropriate after yesterday’s Isaac Asimov quote since Asimov cut his teeth writing for pulp magazines with covers like this … OK, maybe not exactly like that … I…

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Quote: Isaac Asimov

“From my close observation of writers … they fall into two groups: those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and those who bleed copiously and secretly at…

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Why do people buy books?

Back in 2010, a survey of book buying behaviour in the US returned the following figures: Author reputation 52% Personal recommendation 49% Price 45% Book Reviews 37% Cover/Blurb 22% Advertising…

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Browsing with a Badger

Just like fingerprints at a crime scene, your browser leaves its fingerprints on every website you visit …

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The Dark Side of Facebook

“The biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind.” In a hugely popular post titled The Ultimate Retaliation: Pranking my Roommate with Targeted Facebook Ads, Brian Swichkow details how he…

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The 8 longest words in English

The longest word in the English language is a whisker under 190,000 letters long and would take over an hour to say out loud. Excuse me if I don’t reproduce…

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Smartphones: The Abuser in Your Pocket

The first three questions in the Am I In An Abusive Relationship questionnaire take on a whole new meaning if you replace the word “partner” with the word “phone”: Has…

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Real words: anatidaephobia

“Anatidaephobia: the fear that somewhere in the world, a duck or a goose is watching you. Not attacking or touching, just watching you …” The word first appeared in a…

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The Spyingest Windows Ever

Windows 10 is without doubt the “spyingest” Windows ever. Visit Settings > Privacy and you’ll find 25 separate privacy settings, (27 in version 1903), many with multiple sub-settings. Below, you’ll…

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J K Rowling: On failure

Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. So I…

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