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The Analects of Mudcat: Competition

February 11, 2019 Leave a comment

“Did Google change its name to Alphabet to be listed before Amazon and Apple in the Yellow Pages?”

~M.T. Bass


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My Interview with Linda Thompson on The Authors Show to Discuss The Invisible Mind

January 18, 2019 Leave a comment

Clear and Present Dangers……Nikola Tesla

July 10, 2018 Leave a comment

“When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole.”

~Nikola Tesla

The Analects of Mudcat: Roughing It

June 11, 2018 Leave a comment

“There once was a time in America when “roughing it” meant something way different than leaving home without your iPhone.”

~M.T. Bass

Man on horse - Wild West - Monument Valley Arizona - Utah

Hmmm……Coincidence or Kharma?

May 18, 2018 Leave a comment

May 18, 1998 — The U.S. federal government and 20 states filed a sweeping antitrust case against Microsoft Corp., saying the computer software company had a “choke hold” on competitors which denied consumer choices by controlling 90% of the software market.

May 18, 2012 — Facebook Inc. held its initial public offering and began trading on the NASDAQ. The company was valued at $104 billion making it the largest valuation to date for a newly listed public company.

E-Readers I Have Known

August 11, 2014 2 comments

In the past six years or so, I’ve migrated through four devices: Sony PRS-600, Nook Color, Nook HD and now an iPad mini with Retina display (my late entrance into the ecosystem of Apple products is a whole other story). On the iPad I have the Nook, Kindle, Kobo (for my Sony library), Scribd and, of course, iBooks aps.

Although I’m a something of a technology slut, I still do love the fruits of Johannes Gutenberg. Nothing can replace the experience of holding a real book in your hands, flipping its pages, reading a handwritten note in the margin, finding an airline boarding pass stub (which I habitually used for bookmarkers) from a long forgotten journey, or browsing the spines of a bookshop’s wares, like a calming walk through the woods — which, I guess, is an apt simile, since books are made of tree pulp.

But the sad truth of the matter is that technology has a way of forcing us forward. Jihadist audiophiles love their vinyl, but it’s hard to listen to a Clapton 33 1/3 LP record album blasting at excessive sound pressure levels in the car while speeding down the highway weaving through traffic with the windows rolled down. So too with books.

I have to confess that from the very start, e-Readers have allowed me to read more and more often than I had fallen into the habit of doing. All too often my wish list books remained on the shelves at home, waiting in vain to be read. Technology allows me to carry my entire library with me in a back-breaking 12 ounce package and, like in my college days, I’m usually hip deep in three or four books simultaneously. Right now, I’m reading The Lonesome Dove Series, Driftless, Warren G. Harding, a how-to book on e-publisher marketing and the manuscript of a novel I’m working on —

Seriously, I’d have to do a weight-and-balance calculation before I took off in a Cessna Skyhawk with that much tome tonnage in my briefcase.

Like Dirk Rangley. a character from my novel, In the Black: 1965 – 1969, asks: “After all, which would you rather do, pal, screw Bridget Bardot’s brains out or read reviews of her movies?”

Books are great, but reading is the real joy.

 

Originally posted on my goodreads.com blog here.

The Analects of Mudcat: Technology

December 13, 2010 Leave a comment

“It is becoming easier to believe in evil spirits than to endure the capricious reliability of modern technology.”

~M.T. Bass

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