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September 30th, 2009

Money Skipper

Skipper

Poll #1464452 If you could choose

If you could choose, would you pick:

going to a sports concert which costs 250 dollars for two tickets?
0(0.0%)
taking a weekend in the country which costs 250 dollars?
8(28.6%)
buying a 7 dollar CD on sale and opening a credit union account for 243 dollars?
7(25.0%)
walking in a park, giving away 50 dollars one dollar at a time, and putting 200 dollars in a coffee can?
2(7.1%)
buying 250 dollars in lottery scratcher tickets and then scratching them all with a coin for instant gratification?
1(3.6%)
buying a treasured and desired 250 dollar electronic gadget?
1(3.6%)
buying an original sketch by an artist for 250 dollars?
3(10.7%)
buying a dinner for two at a pleasant place for 100 dollars, and 2 concert tickets for 150 dollars?
4(14.3%)
buying 250 dollars worth of long-overdue birthday gifts for young relatives?
1(3.6%)
buy 2 weeks' worth of rides on a mule for 250 dollars?
1(3.6%)

on the brink of failure, forever

flower sketch

Today at lunch I ate slices of cheese pizza at a CiCi's pizza buffet. I read a 1977 anthology of top science fiction stories. The editor wrote a preface in which he lamented the failure of many magazines. He also held forth on the positive and negative qualities of publications, using words like "crud" extensively. I am always in awe of people so willing to dismiss other peoples' work, but perhaps the Simon Cowell instinct can have its healthy uses.

He told of many new ventures doomed to failure, but that he had high hopes for a new one called Asimov's. He admitted he was an assistant editor there, but hoped it servived nonetheless, despite what he saw as dingy initial packaging.

I remembered, not for the first time, that long before the internet actually threatened to end newspaper and magazine publishing as we know it, other forces already did a perfectly capable job of endangering many publishing ventures.

Tonight I am fond of cheese pizza, media alarmists over media foibles, and a snippet of "peter and the wolf".