August 29th, 2008

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Hours And Hours... Of Nothing

I'm Not Alleging A Conspiracy Here Folks, But...

All evening we've tried to switch away from the chattering heads ignoring most of the Democratic Convention on MSNBC, etc., and go to C-SPAN. Alas, C-SPAN and C-SPAN2 have been framelocked since at least 6pm. The local cable company has failed to notice that their digital signal isn't working on those, and only those, two channels. Funny that, here in conservative West Michigan, and just on the last night of this convention, the night of Obama's Big Speech. (grin)

Actually, most nights we'll watch Keith Olbermann's Countdown for news and humor. But their wall-to-wall coverage has ended up been endless interviews and analysis, and very little of all the convention, to the point where the convention looks fragmented. Another blogger, don't remember who, commented that switching to C-SPAN makes it all coherent because they just cover events. Dammit, I keep forgetting about C-SPAN. Alas, that route is blocked for us tonight. (evil grin)

However, I'm hoping C-SPAN is back online when the RNC convention comes, because the convention coverage I remember in days of yore showed a LOT of the procedural stuff and the parade of speakers who organize and keep the energy in the hall up.

I think it's a lot like my comments about the Olympics coverage. Too much focus on the few, too much side stories and too little concentration on the hugeness of the Olympics.

There, I've had my complaint for the night.

Dr. Phil
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Hey -- It's Books!

Author Copies

UPS dropped a box on our porch today -- Thanks, Jason at Galaxy Press! It's my dozen author's copies of L. Ron Hubbard Presents: Writers of the Future Volume XXIV. I had enough stuff to ship back from L.A., so I didn't try to grab my dozen from the Event and then have to ship them myself. The contract specifies WOTF had to give me a dozen copies and they were happy to ship them to me. (grin)


In case you're counting, there are only eleven in this pile. One went to Mrs. Dr. Phil already, and I didn't want to ask for it back. (special-grin)

Don't Ask

As for meting out the dozen books, I've got a lot of family, friends and first readers out there, so sorry if you thought you might write and beg me for a copy. On the bright side, the book comes out on September 8th and at US$7.99 list, it's a steal with all the quality writing in it. No, really. I read the book starting on the flights home from L.A. and there's not a dud in the book. And I'm not saying that because I love all these people. It's that good.

Of course next year you could go to the 25th Anniversary WOTF event and get your own launch copy. (grin) Or better yet, submit a winning story and get your own pile of author's copies.

Dr. Phil
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