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    Name notwithstanding (yes, understand the publishing term slush pile but it is just too easy to misread as Pubs Lush), Pubslush is Kickstarter (crowdfunding) for aspiring authors.

    Given the state of the publishing industry these days, venturing out into the world of the printed word can be daunting. There was a time not long ago when self-publishing wasn’t respectable (perhaps it still not by some) but the Web and Web-based companies like Amazon (along with technologies like the iPad, Kindle, and Nook) have changed things.

    On Pubslush, authors upload the best 10 pages and a summary of their book, plus a video, and members “support” the ones they like. Once a book reaches 1,000 supporters, Pubslush will edit, design, print, market, and distribute the book. In addition, authors are given tools to spread the word via social media as well as monitor their book’s activity. And for ever book sold a book is donated to kids in need around the world (part of Pubslush Press’s world-wide literacy initiative).

    So, instead of submitting a manuscript to individual publishers or hiring an agent, you can let the masses (your potential readers) decide if you have what it takes… even before you finish the book just to see if your idea is worth the effort (that’s how Piers Anthony does it).

    Is this the future of publishing? Could be. The idea certainly has legs and the timing seems right.

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    And She Came to Me in a Dream

    (Molly) Anne Coogan came to me in a dream.

    It is not what you think.

    Actually, only her name was in my dream, printed on the back of an old LP album cover (LPs were how your parents used to listen to music).

    Let me state for the record, I have very vivid dreams. It is not unusual I will remember a very specific detail like this.

    I usually can figure out the connection to my waking life but, in this case, I never heard of or have ever known an Anne Coogan (full disclosure, the name Molly was not in the dream).

    So, of course, I googled it and discovered this upcoming singer/songwriter attached to this lovely little song appropriately titled It Could Be. I say “appropriate” because the dream took place in the future, even though I was looking at an old LP cover (it made sense in the context of the dream).

    According to Ms. Coogan’s website, this video was filmed in one take on June 6th, 2011, in New York City. You can hear more of her music on Bandcamp.

    As for my dream, it actually had nothing to do with music or anything related to Anne Coogan. It was a small, seemingly irrelevant detail in a much broader dream sequence about rebuilding society after a cataclysmic event. I don’t know what it really means but I’m, nevertheless, thankful for the inspiration.

    It has been an obvious feature long time coming: Scheduled Posts. Finally, you can do inside Facebook what third-party tools like HootSuite and TweetDeck have done for years. That is, if you can find the feature.

    Rolled out along with page security (admins can now assign roles), Facebook decided to make the scheduler a little hard to find.

    Maybe it is Facebook’s aggressive development cycle but I always get the feeling that half the features are afterthoughts, retrofitted into an architecture designed for something else.

    Now that Facebook is a public company, I imagine the pressure to appeal to advertisers and businesses is going to be greater. A good example is the new Promoted Post which allow brands to set a nominal budget for “sponsored” posts to appear within news feeds (kinda like Twitter’s Promoted Tweet feature).

    Not to worry, I’m sure the design team at Menlo Park will get around to fixing the usability issues… if the marketing team could stop telling the development team to skip the QA team.

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    Happy Memorial Day 2012

    Memorial Day History

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    SpaceX Falcon 9 Dragon Makes History

    The historic first commercial spacecraft Falcon 9/Dragon launched today, May 22th, 2012, It will dock with the International Space Station on May 25th and return home on May 31st.

    With NASA officially closing down the Space Shuttle program (a.k.a. Space Transportation System or STS) in 2011, the mantle of responsibility for US interest in space has been passed to private companies like SpaceX. SpaceX, of course, was established in 2002 by inventor and engineer Elon Musk, founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors.

    Keep up to date with the space mission at the official SpaceX website.

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