“I wish him well but there’s not good feeling between myself and Mark for many reasons, most of which are he destroyed my faith in human fucking nature.”—Grant Morrison on Mark Millar - via Bleeding Cool.
"I’ve always felt that really good prequels should be original movies… Show me something else which I can’t guess the possible outcome of. There is no suspense in inevitability. So a true prequel should essentially proceed the events of the original film, but be about something entirely different, feature different characters, have an entirely different theme, although it takes place in that same world. That was my fundamental feeling about what this movie wanted to be."
Jimmy Page cursed himself. He felt like he would never write anything that held up to Joni Mitchell’s work. Brahms was always beating himself up because he wasn’t Beethoven. John Cage, an avant-garde composer…his teacher, [Arnold] Schoenberg, said, “well, you have no sense of melody and you’re going to run up against a wall.” Well, John Cage just said, “I’ll just beat my head against that wall.”
Actually got some Likes and Reblogs from real actual people today. Makes a nice change. Tumblr still seems unable to inform me when I get a new Follower though, and the majority of recent Followers have been nonsense time wasters.
If you’re a new Follower and a real actual human person to boot - welcome!
Dr. Hal of The Ask Dr. Hal Show and Puzzling Evidence joins us live in the studios of WCSB Cleveland for one last farewell to the planet… although we did another 2 hours on Radio Synaesthesia, immediately following this hour, which will comrpise the next two Hour of Slack episodes, probably. Cast of this intense episode: Rev. Ivan Stang, Dr. Hal, Lonesome Cowboy Dave, Princess Wei, and Dr. Sinister. Frankly it is mostly Hal and Dave. Imagine trying to keep up with those two. Considering the deadline — leaving the the planet in a few days, or at worst overseeing two week-long festivals — this was by far the easiest show I, Stang, have ever done. Mainly I just watched the volumes and let the two masters have at it.
“If you are proposing an idea because it’s your idea, you’re proud of it, you want to see it succeed, if you’re doing that to the exclusion of other ideas, that’s not strictly speaking scientific. It is religious.”—Alan Moore on Richard Dawkins (from a Big Issue interview).
“You have to believe in God before you can say there are things that man was not meant to know. I don’t think there’s anything man wasn’t meant to know. There are just some stupid things that people shouldn’t do.”—David Cronenberg.
This episode is half-live (with a short half-life) with Stang/Doe and Lonesome Cowboy Dave covering many subjects, especially the weirder aspects of the upcoming SubGenius festivals (and of Dave). A quarter of it is new collages from Ministry of Slack, The Large and others; and the first quarter is Stang’s reading of the finale of “The Agent and Mr. Dobbs” by Rev. Teeters LeVerge. We somehow managed to fit in yet ANOTHER quarter of a show featuring ACTUAL RECORDINGS of Connie Dobbs herself, and some more rare Firesign Theatre, also from the olden days.
On March 1, 2011, I released a free eBook of the complete works of Lovecraft in EPUB and MOBI formats. On March 21, 2011, someone uploaded a copy of the MOBI file (with a different cover and missing the intro) started selling it on Amazon. I didn’t discover this until June 18th, 2011, by which time it had achieved a 5-star rating and a good sales rank. I am very disappointed and wish to a) outline proofs to back up my assertion that this is the eBook I created and b) clarify a few points regarding the eBook’s distribution (and c) talk about my feelings on the subject).
That’s the setup. After you’ve read this and seen my supporting evidence, I hope you’ll go over to Amazon and up-vote the negative reviews which people have already left for the book. There are plenty, so we probably don’t need more. I’m taking formal steps to have it taken down, but in the meantime those reviews may help others find the original eBook and keep them from being defrauded. The more up-votes, the better.
My goal in all of this is not to make money off of the eBook and despite my disappointment I will not be taking it down as a free download on my site (because it turns out we can have nice things). My only goal is to stop someone else from making money off of the countless hours I put into creating it. It’s an odd kind of reverse-piracy, like taking a free MP3 album an artist has uploaded to their website and selling it as one’s own.
I have this eBook, which I downloaded from Ruth’s site. It’s amazing, and brilliantly put together. I love that she made it.
Whoever took it and put it on Amazon for sale is a piece of shit. Sharing is one thing, but profiting from the hard work of others — especially when that hard work was done out of love and explicitly not for profit — makes me ten kinds of stabby.