This Week in Rejection!: Other Voices

You know… I just really, really like the little typewriter.

That’s all.

Why I Hate Local News

Just watched the news and there was a report of a crash at an intersection — an SUV hit an ambulance. Very bad.

“According to residents,” quoth the reporter on the scene, “this is a dangerous intersection.”

Cut to a local resident, saying that it’s a dangerous intersection and there’s at least one crash a week.

Um… Why are we asking a resident about this? Why are we taking this person’s word for it? Is this person sitting out at the intersection all day, counting crashes and close-calls? How many accidents did she miss? Is there a chance she’s exaggerating? Isn’t there an agency out there that keeps track of such things? Shouldn’t we check with the local traffic cops or the highway administration and get an actual statistic? And then shouldn’t we report on the actual number of crashes, their levels of severity, and how this measures up to other intersections?

In other words: Shouldn’t the news present facts?

The fetish local TV news has for the opinions of the “man in the street” would be merely risible if it weren’t so misleading and factually dishonest.

Introducing…the Mobile Barrylyga.com

Those of you who visit the site on your smartphones know this already, but for the rest of you: There is now a mobile version of this site.

You don’t have to do anything special to get there. Just go to barrylyga.com as usual on your mobile device and you’ll see the stripped-down version. The home page is a list of the most recent BLog posts, but if you click on the “Menu” button in the upper right-hand corner, you can access specific sections/pages or BLog categories. There’s also a search feature (natch).

I’ll probably be tweaking the mobile version for a little while to come, but for now everything seems operational. If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to fire ’em off with the comment form.

Amazon Author Ranking

Today, I received an e-mail from Amazon.com that told me that authors can now see a list that ranks them among all of the authors on Amazon.

This strikes me as similar to offering a free home demonstration of trepanation. There’s technically nothing wrong with it and it’s certainly not illegal and in a few instances, it might actually be helpful, but for the most part it’s totally unnecessary and everyone who does it will get hurt.

Schedule Update: New York Comic-Con

Hey, all! I have a quick schedule update…

My panel is still scheduled for Saturday evening at 9pm (details on the calendar), but I’m happy to announce that I will also be signing books earlier that same day:

Saturday, October 13 (12:45-1:45pm) — NYCC Signing at Autograph Tables 2, 3, 4

Come find me and let me scribble in your book!