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Barnes and Noble Fail

While the digital book sales are steadily on the rise, and some traditional print mediums are switching to full digital, don’t kid yourself to believe that physical books don’t sell. According to recent articles from New York’s Times and The Guardian, ebook sales are actually taking a dip with physical copies outperforming.

With this framework in mind, let’s look at the fall of Barnes and Noble.

That’s mostly over now. On Monday the company laid off 1,800 people. This offered a cost savings of $40 million. But that’s particularly interesting. That means each of those people made an average of $22,000 or so per year and minimum wage workers – hourly folks who are usually hit hardest during post-holiday downturns – would be making $15,000. In fact, what B&N did was fire all full time employees at 781 stores.

the company laid off 1,800 people. This offered a cost savings of $40 million. But that’s particularly interesting. That means each of those people made an average of $22,000 or so per year and minimum wage workers – hourly folks who are usually hit hardest during post-holiday downturns – would be making $15,000. In fact, what B&N did was fire all full time employees at 781 stores.

Barnes and Noble reports struggles, which is odd since books are selling. Perhaps Barnes and Noble is too bloated for its own good. After all, the stores carry a electronic department thst sales CDs in a world where hardly anyone is buying a physical CD. The electronic department also sells movies, but who goes to Barnes and Noble to buy a movie? Barnes and Noble features hobby centric things, but who the fuck goes to Barnes and Noble to buy a model airplane?

Instead of firing ALL fulltime employees, sending them to the welfare office for food stamps and Medicaid, they could’ve axed whole departments, and perhaps leased the space. Odd suggestion? I though about this for a while, and even if Barnes and Noble closed down the electronic section, kicked out the hobby stuff for Hobby Lobby, and focused on why people shop there in the first place they would be left with huge overhead just from the size of the store alone!

Join me for a moment of pondering. Let’s pretend that we had the power to make the changes needed to bring Barnes and Noble back. What would we do?

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Real American Horror Top 10!

Critters Preditors & Editors ran a poll for best anthology, and Deadman’s Tome’s Real American Horror was selected to compete. Real American Horror went up against Full Moon Slaughter 2: Altered Beasts by J. Ellington Ashton Press (is that  a Sega Genesis reference?), Sex, Gore, & Millipedes by Dragon Roost Press, Depraved Desires by Hellbound Books, and many others.

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Though Real American Horror didn’t land first, the grim collection of gritty horror fought its way up and maintained ground long enough to secure placement in  the top 10! I still can’t believe it. This particular anthology has a rougher and darker tone than the The Ancient Ones and Monsters Exist. The idea was to select stories that capture the underlying horrors in America, the real struggles that mainstream news hardly covers. Let me put it this way:  torture in the name of Jesus, psychotic gun violence, and zika virus… and moonshine, plenty of moonshine.

 

 

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Woman Hit Four Times in a Row!

As dumb kid that thought he knew everything, I didn’t listen to my parents on many things, but I remember vividly to look both ways before crossing the road. Hell, my folks were so effective in teaching this little piece of advice that it’s practically ingrained in me. To this day, I still look both ways even at a one-way, which isn’t as dumb as looking both ways at a intersections with a dead-end.

This lady, however, missed that important lesson and crossed the road to get hit not once, not twice, but four fucking times! The first driver must’ve floored her so hard that the consecutive second, third, and forth thought she was a road bump. The universe wanted her dead. Horrible to say, right? Don’t blame the victim, right? But we’re talking about four fucking cars. There’s no coincidence with those odds. One car is an accident. Two cars is a brutal accident. Three cars is shit luck, but four cars is the universe giving you the finger. Maybe this was a hit job, I don’t know. Maybe the mob wanted her deader than dead because of she ratted someone out. Maybe this was all planned out because she’s the village homewrecker, or maybe she’s just too dumb to remember a lesson as simple as look both fucking ways!

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-42310180

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Death to Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality has been overturned. What does that mean? The means that the regulations making sure that ISPs deliver the data you want fairly are gone. Now, Xfinity, Verizon, and AT&T can preferentially deliver some data faster than other data. The ISPs have been toying around with data caps and throttling when you exceed a certain amount, which is complete bullshit. Why is it that anyone has to pay extra just because more data is used? The whole stress on infrastructure is bullshit. The infrastructure that the ISPs use were built with the help of tax payer money, and now we have to pay the troll extra when we use it too much? Data caps are bullshit. I think we can all agree on that.

But now, with Net Neutrality overturned, companies can now give platforms and websites that partner with them special treatment. Imagine AT&T having faster Netflix streaming than any other platform, while customers using the competitors will have to deal with constant buffering. Some people are holding out on a law suit to challenge the ruling, but the cynic in me thinks the war is over. The new battlefield now will be what ISPs do with this new found power. Surely Netflix and YouTube could try to sue any ISP that throttles them just for the sake of it, and why would customers deal with that? Would customers really pay an extra premium to access what they used to access for not additional cost? I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t pay an extra ten bucks to have Facebook as an added feature for any ISP internet package.

With in the next few years, we’re going to see the platforms we once accessed willy-nilly bundled into packages tiered at multiple price points. There will be the social media package, the entertainment package, the blogging package, and etc. Think I’m hyperbolic? Maybe I am, but then again I predicted Trump would be president when the majority thought Hillary had it in the bag. But the real test for you affirmation that this is just hyperbolic fluff is are you willing to bet and by how much? How much are you willing to bet that IF Net Neutrality remains overturned that within five years ISPs will try to put the internet into bundled package offered at a tiered price points?


 

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Former Facebook exec Claims Facebook is ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.

Former executive of Facebook thinks he helped in creating tools that are destroying the social fabric of society. The short term dopamine driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works. He claims that Facebook is part of the reason why there’s no civil discourse, no cooperation, massive misinformation and mistruth.

As a contrarian, I want to counter his claims so bad. While I can come up with historic examples to show that people have always formed groups and competed with those in the other groups. We’re social animals and for the most part want to be with people that think, talk, and act like we do, and we also like to attack those on the other side of the field. This truth has been around since caveman days to the Victorian times, to even modern day. The difference is that we’re all connected in a way and communicate at a rate once thought only imaginable as science fiction. But we’re living in science fiction. We can face-time with people across the globe, broadcast to everyone world wide from a coffee shop, have selfdriving cars, explore virtual worlds, and even higher sex bots. This is the future!

With that said, I agree that tools like Facebook are changing and reshaping how society functions, but I don’t know about ripping the fabric apart. True, couples sometimes spend nights, days, even week’s without talking while getting a continual dopamine fix, but is that the fault of Facebook or relationship issues gone ignored? 

People still engage in conversation, but in conversations that interest them. Besides, to claim that people staring at their screens are antisocial ignores that they’re in fact likely socializing with others online. 

Divisions between this group and that group have become more intense in relation to the group a becoming more polarized and sometimes even fanatical. This development does seem to be related to the dominance of social media, and I’m not sure what it would lead to in the future. Perhaps society will group off into various social camps, form guilds, and what have you. Perhaps society will become so divided that society crumbles like a shit cookie.

Personally, I hate Facebook. I’m find the timeline a convoluted mess of virtue signaling. 

What do you think? What’s your MondayMusing on this? 
https://youtu.be/PMotykw0SIk?t=1282

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Save Net Neutrality 

Once again the battle for net neutrality rages on. The old media giants like Comcast and AT&T with Direct TV are hemorrhaging subscribers as more and more former cable users get woke and cut the cord. Stream in services like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube are in trouble. These services offer an alternative that utterly destroys the old subscription package. Why pay for cable when you can stream for cheaper, and pay for what you want?

That’s why just about every year the old giants come back to the battlefield for another go around! Don’t be fooled. The war against net neutrality is for money and control, protecting a dated business model. Do you want to pay a fee to Comcast or AT&T for use of Netflix or YouTube? Well, that day could come. It’s already here in the form of throttling excessive streaming, which is bullshit. 

The lobbyist have the FCC and FTC going in their favor, and if they have their way, the internet will packaged and sold in bundles. 

The FCC just announced its plan to slash net neutrality rules, allowing ISPs like Verizon to block apps, slow websites, and charge fees to control what you see & do online. They vote December 14th.But if Congress gets enough calls, *they* can stop the FCC.

You can help make a difference. Contact your representative, which is made easy by following this link

https://www.battleforthenet.com/ 

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Cthulhu Christmas Special

Deadman’s Tome is calling for submissions for a Cthulhu Christmas Special. We’re looking for original short stories and flash fiction pieces (2-5k words) that blend Cthulhu and Christmas with a dash of Lovecraftian prose. If you have something that would meet this criteria, then please send to jessecdedman@gmail.com. What do you get in return? Well, you get the that warm feeling that comes with being a part of something special. More importantly, though, you’ll earn royalties from paperback and ebook purchases of the finish product.

Hurry as we’re approaching the deadline: November 15, 2017.

 

 

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New Special! Name Your Price!

Just about every weekend I run a special or giveaway on select titles. I really don’t care about the money. I’m not in this business to make bank. What I want is to create a platform where authors can reach readers like you, and that means I’m willing to make some very persuasive offers from time to time. I present Name Your Price.

I have a small inventory of paperback for Book of Horrors I, Book of Horrors II, Monsters Exist, and The Ancient Ones. You name your price, anywhere from a dollar to a million dollars, and that’ll be the price for the selected book. You could technically ask for zero and get a free book + shipping ($3). It’s stupid simple. Use the form below to make a request.

Shipping: While I don’t care about the money, shipping gets expensive fast. Any offer of $5 or more gets FREE SHIPPING as long as US domestic. International shipping gets really expensive, especially to certain regions. I will offer free shipping to the UK for orders $10  or more.

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Rise of the Machines!

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A group of 116 artificial intelligence and robotics specialists, including Tesla’s Elon Musk and Mustafa Suleyman of Google Deepmind, have addressed an open letter to the United Nations, calling for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons. But is this ban too little, too late?

The UN is shortly to begin discussions on the prohibition of autonomous weapons such as drones, tanks and automated machine guns, with 19 countries already in support of an outright ban. While there is support for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons (LAW), they are currently being used. South Korea has sentry guns that are designed to open fire on humans and vehicles.

The letter, published at the opening of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in Melbourne, reads: “Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare. Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend”.

And that future is the present.

I admire the gesture, the united push for a ban on killer robots, but countries that agree to ban aren’t going to actually honor it. Autonomous weapons and AI is the future of warfare, so any nation not developing in the area will be left behind and at risk to those that do. What we will see is an arms race. Now, this arms race might be behind the facade of an all out ban, but let’s not kid ourselves. Nations will design terminators and T-1000s if they believe their enemy is already doing so.

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Disney sued for spying on your kids!

Mr. Deadman and Marchese joked about Disney spying on kids on the Deadman’s Tome podcast a few months back, and while words were said in jest, a nerve was struck. Mr. Deadman made it clear that he finds the very idea of Disney spying on little Timmy and Sally with out parental consent appalling. 

As a parent, how do you feel about the giant media company gathering data on your kids and then selling that data to advertisers? This data could be anything from name, date of birth, photographs, patterns of interests, and even video! Are you okay with That? 

Imagine strange people watching your children from a remote location as they played at the park. Your children don’t know they’re being studied, and neither do you. Yet, they’re being observed like lab rats. Watched by people with all sorts of motive. God forbid these creepers start getting perverted thoughts when they see your kids in compromising positions.

As you can imagine, parents are pissed. These parents have grounds to file for a class action lawsuit against Disney and they’re bot playing. Disney claims it’ll defend, but this is not the first time they got trouble and lost for violating privacy laws! 

Not fake news, folks. 

https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/9/16115352/disney-sued-spying-children-gaming-apps-disney-princess-palace-pets