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Also gah. Unprofessional small presses FTL
I read this yesterday. Ideally, you should avoid publications that don't even pay in copies, but the situation is still crap.
There was another blog post which I'm too lazy to dig around for right now where some other person submitted a story to this guy and he actually called her back and shouted at her. He's a typical fellow who starts up his own "small press" essentially to publish his own work because no one would buy it (there's quite a few of these, as you might guess). Which is fine, if you don't try to cover it up by opening for submissions from others and acting like you, the author, are in no way associated with your vanity press.
I do wonder if it would have its name changed for copyright violation reasons, but then a friend of mine made a joke guild called 'Necronomnomnomicon' and that's not been hit yet, so maybe it would be okay... *schemes*
She'd better also be providing spectral speeds to gallop around on...
I'm heartened by how much of that 801-comment thread is actually people engaging with each other, though there are certainly comments and commenters who (as usual) make me despair of the human race. Not least, there's an MRA/PUA guy in there who is clearly completely unaware of how awful he sounds.
And I love the analogy. I would love to make a guild called "Feminazis", but I think my friends would refuse to join and the GMs would probably change the name almost instantly anyway.
Even MRA/foreveralone Redditors should be able to grasp that one. It's speaking their language. Though I suspect they'd blame the Feminazi Guild for all their woes.
i agreed with ian ironwoods point about “straight white males” getting the same random start in life and it just turning up in the better end of the scale, i dont see why we should be victimized for taking advantage of a good deal, lets face it most people regardless of their “difficulty setting” would jump at a fast track or free bonuses, the game is the way its is and we all just play the best we can, some with better odds
Unfortunately, I don't remember the title or author. I was thinking of buying it just for the lulz but there were something like seven typographical errors on the first page and I just couldn't do it. The cover art was terrifically bad, though.
I'm sure it'll still be there the next time I visit Well Read Books, I'll note it down then.
Robinson: does it work by analyzing lyrics or melody?
Well, the source of my frustration was "Children" by Robert Miles, which has a fairly nondescript one-word title, a fairly obscure composer with a nondescript name, and is entirely instrumental. At this point you might see why I was flummoxed. So I can safely say that it handles melody, whether it cares about lyrics I dunno. I'm at least a competent singer so how good it is I can't say.
Going off on a brief tangent: it's entirely possible it analyses the lyrics, since I know spectrographic phonetic analysis can pull apart speech into component sounds, so you could match for phonetic patterns. On the other hand I suspect interpersonal deviation might make this really ineffective, especially as they're going for a global audience. GW Bush vs. QE2 vs. Angela Merkel singing "Penny Lane" will sound pretty different, and none of them will sound like the Beatles. So harmonic patterns are more likely to work, even if people sing at different pitches. But I'm really not an expert.
Shimmin: Midomi which lets you sing into a mike and compares it to crowdsourced renditions. To my surprise it actually worked
Interesting. I don't really use my mic - probably just as well - but for curiosity's sake, does it work by analyzing lyrics or melody? Because I can remember several occasions where I've been trying to recall a song, and only gotten memorable orchestral flourishes. On the other hand, I couldn't carry a tune in a barrel of wet cement, so trying to recognize a melody from my vocalizations is likely to be a losing prospect.
Michal: A science fiction novel about evil environmentalists who have taken over the world and our oil-guzzling heroes must rise against them.
That sounds hilarious.
Only venture outside between the hours of 9 AM and 4 PM. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Right now, I'm thinking it's gonna turn out that the monster is a bloodsucker and it tears all their faces off. Either that or a controller.
I'm hoping for a chimera.