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Octopus vs jar

Posted by Tony Padegimas on May 12, 2014

On occasions, this blog monitors the antics of our future replacement species: the octopi.

 

 

 

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My weird book contract dillema

Posted by Tony Padegimas on April 11, 2014

So I entered my space opera novel (one of 64) in a contest and placed – I guess. Anyway, I “won” a publishing contract with the publisher, a small outfit that does mostly e-books (that I will decline to name at the moment). It is a surprisingly hard decision whether to sign t or not. So if you have a moment, follow me while I puzzle out the problem.

There’s no out of pocket for me. The Publisher covers or provides editing, cover art, printing and the like.

They are not asking for all rights, just license to publish.

There is zero advance.

The royalty rates are at the low end of acceptable, but acceptable.

I am required to complete their 3 month marketing academy (In lieu of an advance, they claim).

I would be required to establish a website that they approve, at my expense.

They want me to cut down from 130k to 110k words.

These guys are small, but they are not a vanity press. The money flows (or at least trickles)  in the right direction. I am resigned that no matter where I go with this, I will not see a sizable advance, and I will be called upon to do the bulk if not the entirety of the marketing work.

PRO’s

  • I could have a book out by this time next year.
  • It would be from an actual publisher that is not myself.
  • This offer is in my hands, right now. All other opportunities currently exist only in my mind.
  • I might actually learn something in their class.

CON’s

  • I’ve never heard of these guys, and likely, neither have you.
  • The contract is not as clear as I would prefer about which rights I am granting.
  • 20k words is about four full chapters, or all references to a major character. The plot has a lot of moving, interlocking parts.
  • I don’t mind putting together a website. I  mind getting someone to sign off on it that isn’t paying for it.
  • No sensible adult mistakes a required class for payment.
  • This is a small pond when I honestly think I could make it in the open ocean.
  • I could write a lot of fun books using this universe, unless I somehow lose control of it all right here.

There are logistical benefits to having a decision by Monday. I will update as thoughts occur.

UPDATE: This thread continues in my other blog “One of 64″ (who would have seen that coming?)

 

http://the64.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/winning-a-contest-brings-up-red-flags/

 

Now you know.

 

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Physicists speculate on making a space-time crystal

Posted by Tony Padegimas on March 31, 2014

Physicists speculate on making a space-time crystal

From Physics.org, via Popular Science

Nobody knows what this thing could do or lead to, and it requires a “better ion trap” thatn we can devise right now, but the point is coming home and saying, “Today, we crystallized space-time” and NOT be quoting Dr. Who.

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Ancient toilets

Posted by Tony Padegimas on February 11, 2014

This guy also has some great vids on the use and abuse of ancient weapons.
Oh – and this blog is not dead.

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The problem with Facebook

Posted by Tony Padegimas on January 21, 2014

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Octopus & coconut shell

Posted by Tony Padegimas on December 9, 2013

Along with the geopgraphic distribution of toilets, another odd interest of this blog is the antics of octopi.

And in the end, as often happens, it finds the camera and fucks with it.

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Some Facts about Fishing with my Father

Posted by Tony Padegimas on November 21, 2013

My Father died late last week. He had been bed-ridden and miserable for months. Below is the poem I wrote and read at his Memorial service.

This is mostly for those present who wanted a copy.

 

Some Facts about Fishing with my Father

 

(As read at his memorial service – 20 November, 2013)

 

 

My earliest memories of my father

are watching football with him,

meaning he sat on the couch trying

to watch the game while his son

Orbited that couch like a tiny hurricane.

 

As I grew older he tried

to teach me how to fish,

meaning he sat on the shore demonstrating

whatever he did with lines and hooks while his son

Bounced around the rocks like a hyperactive frog.

 

I am hyperactive;

a fact like the color of my eyes.

So my father, a problem-solver by trade, adapted to this fact.

We would go hiking,

meaning he would huff up the trail while his son

Orbited around him through the wilderness.

 

One of my last boyhood memories

of my father

is the backpacking expedition

I talked him into.

There was no orbiting.

I packed a bag nearly as heavy as I was

I picked the route

and got us lost

(foreshadowing much of my future)

but we laughed together

that night in the wilderness

Shortly before he disappeared from my life.

My father was a workaholic;

a fact like the color of his hair.

Unemployment led to depression led

to a running vehicle in a closed garage.

 

I was one step into manhood when

his letter reached me

with the story of how he came out

from that dark room full of poison.

“I realized,” he wrote, “that the problem

had been myself all along.

I was the problem.

And that was a problem I could solve.”

The man who found his way

out of that garage

is the one most of us here remember.

It is a fact that I did not grow up

with my father

and observed his life as much as a

cautionary tale than as a

model to emulate.

Yet

the man had his moments;

more than I give him credit for.

He told me once

perhaps to stop my whining

as he picked the fishing hook oout of my jacket:

“It’s all hard.

All of it.

But when you realize that,

It starts to get easier.”

In later years, I would realize his secret

about that backpacking trip:

we were never lost.

He let me think we were lost

to see if I could figure it out

like fathers do.

Now, a good preacher

could teach a lesson here

about how Our Father lets us

lose our way in the wilderness

To see if we can figure it out.

 

My father was such a preacher,

once upon a time,

but his son is a poet.

poets just blurt out secrets

Trying to set up the punch-line.

 

So…

 

I am an outdoorsman

who never learned to fish.

A stigma in some circles

and totally my fault.

 

I am also a Cowboys fan

who does not live in Dallas

A stigma in many circles

and that ….

 

That I can blame totally

on my father.

Totally.

By Tony Padegimas

http://www.turrentinejacksonmorrow.com/obituaries/wayne-padegimas-48928

 

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The Future of Toilets

Posted by Tony Padegimas on November 12, 2013

Long time followers may remember that we have had an occasional fascination with toilets.
That condition persists.
Here’s this:

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Sixty four dot com

Posted by Tony Padegimas on November 11, 2013

I just bought The-sixty-four.com. Don’t have a domain host or any sort of website yet, but I have the domain name. Step i.

But I started a WordPress blog in advance of the formal blog. It can be found here:

http://the64.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/first-things-first/

More updates in this space.

Now you know.

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A Few Quick Links

Posted by Tony Padegimas on August 15, 2013

Hey there, you can follow either of my Tumblr blogs (separate from this one)

Notes from the Meeting

and/or

Travels with Bongo

Both are mostly about images, which WORDpress doesn’t handle without drama (as in storage space).

The origin of Geeks infographic.

I think they fail to differentiate between Geeks, Nerds and Wonks. You could make an argument that Nerds and Wonks are sub-categories of geeks, but I’d disagree.  I think they’re separate.

Inventor James Dyson is definitely a nerd, but since he recently told Time magazine, “I hated fantasy as a child and I still hate it. I don’t like science fiction either” – he is disqualified as a geek.

From the same publication, Fareed Zakaria personifies wonk (I could literally define it as anything FZ would talk about on his CNN show or website), but I really doubt he could tell you the difference between Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner.

Maybe he can.

On  a more weighty subject that FZ would approve of,  the Washington Post has collected 40 Maps that Explain the world

Related: Bored Panda’s 40 Maps they didn’t teach in school. Less educational- more weird.

Now you know.

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