Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Special Panzerism

It takes practice.
Panzer on empathy:

You must open your heart to feel
As you open your eyes to see.

Usually ...

I just jump on anything that moves and rip it apart.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Stephen King On The Value of Productivity

Panzer was flying around in the Catosphere just enjoying himself when he made a little stop at The New York Times site.

Our big bad boy is doing The Happy Kitty Dance, because he found a post there by one of his favorite authors ... Stephan King.

Mr. King's post is an opinion piece on the value, or lack thereof, of productivity in writing. It appears that in his opinion how prolific a writer is does in some cases have an impact on the quality of the work. As examples, he compares Barbara Cartland (700 published novels) and Ursula Bloom (500 published works) with Agatha Christie (91 combined works) and John D. MacDonald (no exact total given) and then he adds to the comparison with Donna Tartt (3 novels) and John Franzen (5 novels).
Am I or aren't I?

Panzer says, "Hmmm ... Let's see ... I have one short story collection and one soon to be released collection of my Cat Intelligence Greatness ... Does that mean I'm a literary giant?"

Note: This is an e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y l-o-n-g post, so bring a l-a-r-g-e p-o-t of tea and a h-u-g-e muffin.

To read the post tootle over to Stephen King

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Amazon Ebooks Deal Cancelled

I'm feeling better now.
Panzer got behind in reporting the news last week because he wasn't feeling well, but today our big bad kitty boy is feeling much better. At the New York Daily News site he found a news item from last week that looks interesting.

According to a post by Lisa Colangelo and Ben Chapman, a $30 million contract between Amazon and the New York City Education Department has been postponed. The contract was to be to setup an ebook marketplace for the city's students. The contract was postponed because the Department received letters protesting that visually impaired students would have problems using the system. Amazon and the Department are in talks to alleviate the problem.

Panzer says, "Hmmm ... $30 million ebook store for students."

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon Ebooks

Monday, August 31, 2015

A New Panzerism

Panzer on climate change:

Mom says this climate change thing is all about the hot weather we're having.

So, she bought a small air conditioner ...

and it helps a lot.

You know ...

sit in front of it ...
Mom, It's MINE.  Get your own.

fur blowing back in the wind ...

ahhh ... yes ... I am one cool kitty!

I'm thinking, maybe Mom should have bought one for herself, too.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Stannis Baratheon Is Alive Says George R. R. Martin

Ugh. My head. My tummy.
Panzer is feeling a little better today, so he made a quick trip over to GalleyCAT. Our poor kitty boy found a post about Game of Thrones. You all know how much our kitty boy loves that show.

According to Maryann Yin, George R. R. Martin says bad guy Stannis Baratheon is alive and well in his books. The TV show may have killed him off, but he still lives in GRRM's book pages. There's a link in the post to GRRM's statement in his Not A Blog site Comments section where he confirms Baratheon is still alive.

Panzer says, "I hate it when the TV/movie people kill off characters without bothering to ask the author."

To read the post, tootle over to Stannis Baratheon

Friday, August 28, 2015

Little Kitten Copies Momma Cat Bathing

Panzer is taking the day off.
Enjoy this very short YouTube video.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Microsoft Windows 10 Privacy Settings

A little privacy please.
Panzer woke up from his afternoon nap to all kinds of crying and hissing and booing. Following all the noise, took our brave kitty boy to the New York Times site.

According to a post by J. D. Biersdorfer, Microsoft's new Windows 10 has taken a lot of your privacy away. It will be tracking your keystrokes on your computer keyboard, keeping track of your Contacts list, and keeping track of where your computer is. Why? Remember that little (actually huge) Privacy Terms document you agreed to when you installed Windows 10? Well, you gave Microsoft permission to do all that and more, because the privacy defaults allow this. To opt out now, you'll have to change all of your privacy settings.

Panzer says, "If you don't care that Microsoft knows everything you type in your emails, your work documents, and your private journal, don't change your privacy settings."

To read the post, tootle over to privacy

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

No Awards For Five Hugo Categories

Whew! After all that, I need a nap.
Panzer went to The Bookseller site today. Our big kitty boy was looking for followup information on his April post here at Cats and Crime about Puppygate and the Hugo Awards.

Digging around at The Bookseller, our brave kitty found a post by Charlotte Eyre about the Hugo Awards. According to Ms. Eyre, when the final votes were tallied, there were five categories which had "No Awards" presented.

Wanting more information, our inquisitive kitty decided to see what else he could find in the Catosphere. Traveling over to the Flavorwire site, he found a post by Alison Herman explaining the whole situation from before Puppygate to through the voting and after.  The post includes information about George R. R. Martin's awards ceremony for the "losers." 

Panzer says, "Hmmm ... Do you think the doggies learned anything?"

Note: To read all these posts, you will need a l-a-k-e of tea.

To read the Flavorwire post, tootle over to Hugo Awards battle

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Smashwords: Smashwords and Flipkart to End Distribution Relati...

Whew! Another one gone.
Panzer made a trip over to the Smashwords Blog today. Our telepathic kitty discovered a new post by Mark Coker.

According to Mr. Coker, India's FlipKart ebook sales site is ending their distribution agreement with Smashwords. It appears FlipKart doesn't have a large enough structure yet to accommodate Smashwords distribution needs.

Turns out, when authors joined Amazon's KDP Select program and cancelled their distribution to other e-tailers through Smashwords, FlipKart couldn't remove the ebooks fast enough for Amazon. Authors where finding their ebooks removed from KDP Select and threatened with losing their KDP accounts because their ebooks were still listed for sale on FlipKart in violation of the Amazon exclusivity clause.

This also means authors won't have ebook distribution in India through Smashwords and will have to use Amazon for that.

Panzer says, "Just shows the ripple effect Amazon has on the ebook world."

Note: This is a h-u-g-e post, so you'll need a r-i-v-e-r of tea and a m-o-u-n-t-a-i-n-sized muffin, while you read.

To read the post, tootle over to Smashwords: Smashwords and Flipkart to End Distribution Relati...:

Monday, August 24, 2015

A New Panzerism

Panzer on statistical analysis:

It's pretty easy to tell when information supplied as fact is incorrect.

Now take for example, Mom's statement, "The average cat sheds his body weight in loose hair each month."
Average? You maybe. Not me.

Obviously ...

This is not true.

There is no such thing as an average cat ...

All cats are way, way above average.