Posts Tagged: technobabble

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Things we’re loving today: ‘Cable labels’.

Stay organized. Stay cute. 

Too cute! Want.

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When the web started, I used to get really grumpy with people because they put my poems up. They put my stories up. They put my stuff up on the web. I had this belief, which was completely erroneous, that if people put your stuff up on the web and you didn’t tell them to take it down, you would lose your copyright, which actually, is simply not true.

And I also got very grumpy because I felt like they were pirating my stuff, that it was bad. And then I started to notice that two things seemed much more significant. One of which was… places where I was being pirated, particularly Russia where people were translating my stuff into Russian and spreading around into the world, I was selling more and more books. People were discovering me through being pirated. Then they were going out and buying the real books, and when a new book would come out in Russia, it would sell more and more copies. I thought this was fascinating, and I tried a few experiments. Some of them are quite hard, you know, persuading my publisher for example to take one of my books and put it out for free. We took “American Gods,” a book that was still selling and selling very well, and for a month they put it up completely free on their website. You could read it and you could download it. What happened was sales of my books, through independent bookstores, because that’s all we were measuring it through, went up the following month three hundred percent

I started to realize that actually, you’re not losing books. You’re not losing sales by having stuff out there. When I give a big talk now on these kinds of subjects and people say, “Well, what about the sales that I’m losing through having stuff copied, through having stuff floating out there?” I started asking audiences to just raise their hands for one question. Which is, I’d say, “Okay, do you have a favorite author?” They’d say, “Yes.” and I’d say, “Good. What I want is for everybody who discovered their favorite author by being lent a book, put up your hands.” And then, “Anybody who discovered your favorite author by walking into a bookstore and buying a book raise your hands.” And it’s probably about five, ten percent of the people who actually discovered an author who’s their favorite author, who is the person who they buy everything of. They buy the hardbacks and they treasure the fact that they got this author. Very few of them bought the book. They were lent it. They were given it. They did not pay for it, and that’s how they found their favorite author. And I thought, “You know, that’s really all this is. It’s people lending books. And you can’t look on that as a loss of sale. It’s not a lost sale, nobody who would have bought your book is not buying it because they can find it for free.”

What you’re actually doing is advertising. You’re reaching more people, you’re raising awareness. Understanding that gave me a whole new idea of the shape of copyright and of what the web was doing. Because the biggest thing the web is doing is allowing people to hear things. Allowing people to read things. Allowing people to see things that they would never have otherwise seen. And I think, basically, that’s an incredibly good thing.

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- Neil Gaiman on Copyright, Piracy, and the Commercial Value of the Web (X)

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The Momentum Theorem: Twitter gets into Sundance Film Festival Buzz

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The buzz is already starting to swirl around the Sundance Film Festival, and we’re only two days in. As a means of promoting the festival’s growing social media presence, Twitter has created a special list called Sundance2012filmmakers that includes a host of filmmakers, actors, and films for…

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Top 100 Marvel Characters by Ilias Kyriazis

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This is very neat! Also subjective, hah.

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PRECIOUS. Genius. And disturbing.

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Why thank you, Yahoo! Mail, for some holiday Mustafa to bring me Christmas cheer. :D  Santa, I’ve been awfully good, I know one present you could bring me…

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szymon:

pig speaker by I.D.E.A.

LOVE. If it was an owl or bird of some type I would own like five.

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oliphillips:

Handyshell iPad 2 Case

By Andrew Liszewski

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tobedoit:

Mac Repair Service

This is genius 

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