December 2011

11 articles in December 2011

I've been using the Instagram app all year. Here was my year, as captured by Instagram. The Robert Burns Dinner. I tried haggis for the first time, and am–amazingly–still smiling. A visit to Carleton College in Minnesota in early April. They get very excited about spring there. Two photos from …

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When I did a year-end post last year, I focused on what I’d “shipped.” This was based on a blog post by Seth Godin, and it reminds me of a quote I read in the Steve Jobs biography–“Real artists ship.” Essentially: you have to finish and deliver something. And looking …

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I'm in St. Louis with Mary's family for Christmas and New Year's. I've always liked Christmas Eve, maybe even more than Christmas Day.¬†Have some eggnog, sing a carol, a watch Elf, or whatever Christmas movie is your annual tradition. I'll post some photos and a year-end review at some point …

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Self-publishing is all about experimentation. What works, what doesn't. So far I've tried many many different drivers to spur sales. Pay-per-click advertising Display advertising Social networking "Loyalty transferring" blog posts Targeting other books to piggy-back sales on … That list goes on and on. Some have been modestly successful. Some …

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Mary and I saw Hugo last night, Martin Scorcese's new 3D family movie. He hits all the right notes. The 3D is used well, the family movie vibe is right on. And it's fundamentally about movies. Makes me want to pick up a camera and direct something again. Making movies …

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One of the books I started and finished over the weekend in Portland was Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson. It is a massive read, and I found it at times very good.There are a lot of stories I hadn't known, but the stories of most of the products–the iPad, the …

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Powell’s is always central to any trip I take to Portland. I think I was there three times this weekend. It’s so big that they now have an app on the iPhone that will help you navigate to a specific book. But of course, a bookstore as big as Powell’s …

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I wanted all of these books at Powells, but the total cover price of the seven hardcover books (before any discounts) was $211. I ended up with Steve Jobs, 1Q84, and The Night Circus, which I felt pretty good about.

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