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Vanity Fair on Judge Denise Cote

Judge Cote is the judge in the DOJ’s case against Apple and various publishers; this is an interesting background piece. Since introducing the Kindle in 2007—and setting e-book prices at, or more often substantially below, its own costs—Amazon has wreaked havoc, and panic, among publishers. Beyond devaluing lucrative hardcover books,…

Editor Jill Abramson Fired by The New York Times

Keep in mind that the NYT lost a lawsuit regarding pay inequality and female staffers. I was also told by another friend of Abramson’s that the pay gap with Keller was only closed after she complained. But, to women at an institution that was once sued by its female employees for…

William Baldwyn

Presented without comment, for all those who love Dorothy Dunnett’s fabulous Lymond Chronicles. OK, maybe a comment; these are lovely, beautifully executed, but there’s Luttrell in there . . .

Hummingbird in Flight

This is from Imgur; I can’t tell who created it, but I think it’s a female Anna’s hummingbird:

Heidi Roizen on “What I Learned Negotiating With Steve Jobs”

Heidi Rozen, Standord MBA and faculty member, co-founder of classic Mac developer T/Maker, former Apple Vice President of World-Wide Developer Relations, reminisces about negotiating with Steve Jobs, and what she learned: On the appointed day, after waiting in the lobby for 45 minutes (this, I would come to learn, was…

Scott Lobdell, sexism, stupidity etc.

Long story short: A few days ago, cartoonist MariNaomi wrote an op-ed about being harassed by professional comic-book writer Scott Lobdell on a panel at a convention. MariNaomi was very careful to avoid identifying information, but Lobdell apparently read the piece recognized himself—maybe because the shit he had pulled was extreme even…

Bart van Es Shakespeare in Company

Cover of Bart van Es's Shakespeare in Company

The Times Literary Supplement has an interesting review by Charles S. Nicholl of a new book by Bart van Es from OUP. Van Es’s Shakespeare in Company places Shakespeare in the context of the theater of the sixteenth and early seventeenth century. Here’s what Nicholl has to say:   The idea…

Charles Stross, The Hidden Family

Cover of Charles Stross The Hidden Family

The second novel in a projected trilogy by Charles Stross, The Hidden Family picks up right where the first one ends, with Miriam fleeing an assassination attempt and an attempt to frame her in an attack on another member of The Clan. While she attempts to discover who most wants…

James Whittaker, Google and Innovating Evil

James Whittaker was a director of engineering at Google. He wrote a nifty book about How Google Tests Software. I briefly was a consultant on a short-term part of a project, and met him, while I was still a grad student. He was smart, funny, and completely understood my objections…

Bat Orphans: Dangerously Cute

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