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Comment Re:Synesthesia (Score 1) 134

I get that, too. Loud noise = white flash. I always assumed it was just my brain being so startled by the noise it stopped paying attention to visual input for a second. That's gotta be a poor survival instinct.

I've noticed at art museums, as I stand and look at a paining, I often hear a kind of mild background hum, that seems to change depending on what work I'm looking at. I can tell it's in my head and don't think I'm intentionally doing it. Possibly it's something I notice there because art museums are kind of quiet places.

Comment Re:Yahoo brand (Score 1) 401

There was a time when my personal home page from college was the #1 entry for duct tape ... for taping myself to a wall and making a bunch of jokes about it. Man, those were heady days.

How long has it been since they had their slogan, "Do you, uh ... YaHOOOOOO-OOOO?" Feels like just yesterday, but it's probably been more than a decade.

Comment Re:Why purge? (Score 1) 258

As Tepples notes, it's easier than ever for people to publish their own books. I've done two, myself. The *real* trick is in advertising, or whatever you want to call it to get the book you wrote into the hands of the people who would enjoy it. An improved search/recommendation service might be the most important next step, particularly for niche products. For example, there might be a lot of people out there who would enjoy a humorous fantasy novel that weaves in nods and winks to scores of classic computer RPGs, but how many of those people are out actively looking for that? How will they know that some indie author has just published an enjoyable bit of nostalgia, especially if Amazon thinks it ought to get lumped in with video game guidebooks, rather than original fiction that's got some reference and parody?

I mean, yeah, some self-serving schlub could go on Slashdot and talk up his own product (The Eight-Bit Bard, by Aaron Rath .... don't shoot me!) but that still only catches the rare Slashdot reader digging deep in comments on a minor article, and don't cater at all to a guy sitting bored, who doesn't even know that what he's really in the mood to read is something like 'Ready Player One' except with less overall pop culture and more focus on RPGs, say.

Comment Re:Why purge? (Score 1) 258

The value of a library's shelf space is measurable. The old books should not be rendered inaccessible, but their marginal value continues to decline and shelf space needs to be made available for the new stuff that people want to read more. The obvious and rational response is to retire old paper books in favor of electronic versions. Personally I hate ebooks and think Amazon is aggressively creating an ebook monopoly that will destroy the publishing industry, but... It would make much more sense to make the old, long-tail books available instantly in electronic forms.

If copyright wasn't so ridiculously long, "old" books after only a decade or two could end up on public domain sites like Project Gutenberg, to be available to anyone with a computer, which is just about everyone these days. I'd think it would ease a librarian's conscience to know that material was still being provided somewhere, even if it couldn't be at the library.

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