April 2012

OK. I’m in the backyard, on the deck whistling with an acorn. Olivia (3) covers her ears. Then without saying anything walks over to me and puts her hand out. I put the acorn in her hand. She tosses it and walks away. ‘nuf said.

Charlie Stross (author) has an excellent blog entry about Amazon’s ebook strategy. Great article: I love it when I read something interesting, and learn something – such as Amazon as a “monopsony“.

While I knew what a monopoly was (there is only one seller to many buyers), the term “monopsony” (where one buyer has many sellers) was new to me. It also appears to be new to my spellchecker, which keeps trying to change it to “monopoly”. Right. Amazon has made itself both a monopoly and monopsony. Go read Charlie’s blog.

And he’s with me regarding DRM (which must die if publishers are to live; again, read his blog):

I won’t actually advocate violating license terms and conditions, but I’ll cop to doing so myself (insofar as if I buy a DRM’d ebook, I think I’d be mad not to strip the DRM and make an archival copy strictly for my own future use).
-Charlie Stross, from What Amazon’s ebook strategy means

What he said!!


Apple, the world’s most valuable company, hit the $600 billion level for the first time Tuesday.

-Washington Post

*sigh*. I can remember when the stock price was ~$5.00 back around 1996 or so, and I’m fairly certain it hit a low around $2.00 prior to that. Now it’s over 100x higher (at $600/share)! Hindsight…

Alleluia!  Christ is Risen!

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! Happy Easter everyone.

The little kids had an Easter Egg Hunt this morning. 1000 eggs gone in < 10 minutes. :) [gallery link="file" order="ASC"]