Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Test: How Amazon’s Algorithms Really Work – Myth and Reality (a controlled study I came across)


Below is a link to a controlled study (or as much as one can be 'controlled') that looks at how Amazon sales ranking appears to work.

I figured authors and some readers might find an interest in taking a look.

Link: Test: How Amazon’s algorithms really work – myth and reality

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Audiobook Blast for Audiobook Listeners

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http://www.audiobookblast.com/
Audiobook Blast, which will connect listeners with free and reduced price audiobooks, is something new.

Focused by your interests, opportunities to listen to books you'll enjoy at better prices is the purpose.

It's the creation of narrator Jeffrey Kafer. Click on over, sign up and give it a look.

Link: Audiobookblast.com
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Horror Movie Fans Must've Laughed

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This is one of the funniest commercials I've seen recently, spoofing the horror movie genre:


Monday, February 23, 2015

Shoes: Purchases for the Bullpen

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Sometimes when I find something that I like, and know I'll use again, I purchase extras ahead of time. Whenever possible, I wait for sales. Patience is one of my gifts--which is handy for writers, but that's another post.

Example: Shoes

These shoes are comfortable (the rubber helps while standing on cement floors at work), all-weather (after I put mink oil on them), durable with good traction, and not very expensive--especially when on sale.

Currently I have one pair that I'm wearing for work, two old pairs that are beaten up that I use for jobs around the house, mowing and such. As the picture indicates, I have three pairs in the bullpen, ready for use.

Now, when my wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I suggested she get me a pair of shoes She knew the type. Not long after that she informed me based on her online search (since she couldn't find them in the stores), that they appear to be a model slated to be discontinued.

Not good news for me, but I have a few years, which should be enough time to find a new brand/model that will make a good replacement.
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day Flowers and a Pink Dog

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One of the advantages of working at Upper Valley Career Center is having Landscape Management students working in the greenhouse and able to prepare some neat flowers, one each for my wife and daughters.



Also, I've been trying to teach myself a little more about Photoshop, so I figured I'd practice by turning our dog Penny into a Valentine's Day pooch.


And to everyone out there, I hope you enjoy Valentine's Day today!
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Soul Forge in OHIOana Quarterly

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Got a surprise when my copy of OHIOana Quarterly arrived the other day. Soul Forge was listed :)


On related news, I should hear back from the Book Festival Committee by February 20th to see if I'll be invited this year to attend the 2015 Ohioana Book Festival on Saturday, April 25th.
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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Babylon 5: It's Hard to Believe How Many of them are No Longer With Us

Babylon 5 remains one of my favorite shows. While wandering Youtube, when I should've been writing, I came across this from the Babylon5MusicVideos, titled:


"Babylon 5 - 20th Anniversary Convention Memorial"
 
Take a look.