The Boy got diagnosed with chickenpox, so he’s been going without bath or shower since Saturday (doctor’s orders). Apparently, he’s had enough because he got up and tried to sneak into the shower last night at 2am. I stopped him in time, and didn’t think much of it. This morning, I left him alone with(…)
The Boy got diagnosed with chickenpox, so he’s been going without bath or shower since Saturday (doctor’s orders). Apparently, he’s had enough because he got up and tried to sneak into the shower last night at 2am. I stopped him in time, and didn’t think much of it.
This morning, I left him alone with Hero Material and went grocery shopping. He pretended to go to his room to grab some toys or something, but then he detoured and snuck into the shower and started the hot water*.
The Boy neglected to take off his clothes, so of course he got soaked through instantly. So Hero Material had no choice but to wash him, and he was thrilled to be finally squeaky clean again.
Thankfully, he’s gotten over the chickenpox, so he can go back to daycare and hang out with his chibi (= very small) friends. Yay us.
* Japanese bathrooms have shower controls at around most adult’s shin level because people here like to shower while sitting down. Also the water wasn’t super hot or anything because it takes a while to warm up, and the shower temperature is set for 41C / 106F.
Most things in publishing contracts are just about common sense and guarding against unlikely problems – most of the clauses are never enacted even in situations where a legalistic pedant could argue they could be. So maybe the best plan is to not take competition clauses too seriously?
Is this person serious? Yes, I know she’s a publisher, and I guess she wants authors to just sign whatever’s being offered, but this is gross.
A person familiar with the matter said that deal values the network at about $3 billion. YES’s key asset is the right to broadcast New York Yankees games, considered more valuable than those of any other baseball team in the U.S.
The publishing talks come at a tense moment in the publishing world. A recent Justice Department settlement with a few publishers, including HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, will allow discounting on e-books. Publishers view this as a threat and worry that Amazon could gain even more leverage over them.
What’s more, publishers face a host of new competitors, including self-published writers, new digital imprints from literary agents and startups by industry outsiders such as media mogul Barry Diller.
A combination of HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster could create the second-largest publisher in the U.S. market. Random House and Penguin have a combined 28% to 30% of the market, while HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster together account for 18% to 20% of it, according to Albert N. Greco Institute for Publishing Research Inc.
And then I debated whether or not to put it on Tumblr…but I decided it was important. Because in my own way, I can (unfortunately) point out exactly what is wrong with men when they don’t realize how hard it is to be a woman. How we do not have equal opportunities and freedoms in everyday life….
I cancelled my order from Toshiba. I won’t be getting their custom made laptop due to their ridiculous phone order verification process for all orders. Even if I CALL to order, they have to do the phone verification “due to fraudulent orders.”
Firstly, why even have an online order page in that case? The whole point of buying stuff online is that I DON’T HAVE TO GO TO A PHYSICAL STORE OR TALK TO YOU ON THE PHONE.
Secondly, why have the phone order option available if you have to do the phone verification for phone orders too? I don’t know anybody who wants to talk AGAIN to verify their order. It’s beyond silly.
Thirdly, insisting that the phone verification system’s purpose is to fight fraud is insulting. This assumes that people who order are fraudsters. Besides, I can name several reputable online retailers who do NOT do this and still make money. (cough-Amazon-cough-MegaEggs-cough-Victoria’s-Secret-cough-Sephora-cough-wine.com-cough-Godiva-cough)
Finally, Toshiba’s lack of customer service lost my loyalty and business forever. When I emailed their support center for the update on my order status (because it was still set to “shipping status to follow”), nobody responded for over 2 business days, despite the fact that their website CLEARLY STATES that they respond all order-related inquiries in 24 hours. When I asked the service rep why the order status wasn’t set to “waiting for phone verification” she said, “I don’t know.” When I said the custom-made laptop wouldn’t arrive on time, she said, “We can expedite the shipping IF YOU PAY EXTRA.”
Their rep insisted that their phone verification system is not only normal but standard for all orders, and that they did nothing wrong by not disclosing that on their website or explaining such an outlandish and cumbersome system (so that people who don’t want to be bothered w/ such BS can go elsewhere and not waste their time), and that it was just too bad that they never responded to my email inquiry.
So I told the rep to cancel my order, and not even bother trying to sell me anything else on their website since they don’t have anything I want to buy, not with their ridiculous “phone verification system.”
After hanging up with Toshiba’s so-called customer support, I went to a company that truly values my business (and money) — Amazon — and bought a Samsung laptop for $120 less than what Toshiba wanted for theirs.
“Publishing has only two indispensable participants: authors and readers. As with music, any technology that brings these two groups closer makes the whole industry more efficient — but hurts those who benefit from the distance between them.”—THE ECONOMIST (June 5, 2008)
Curt Matthews, IPG’s chief executive, said publishers who dealt with Amazon “will have to insist on keeping their fair share. It is obviously true that producing good content is the hard part of making a good book, no matter how that content is captured. Why should publishers cede all of their power to this new player in the book business?”
(My response: Dear Mr. Mathews, who do you think CREATES “good content”?