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April 25, 2012
The thing I was thinking about last night: I want to see the episode of GI Joe where a Congressional oversight committee reviews the team’s massive equipment expenditures.
The announcement went out yesterday that Tor/Forge Books — the company that publishes my current non-YA science fiction and fantasy novels — is going to start releasing all their e-books DRM free. (Link goes to discussion on John Scalzi’s blog.) I haven’t talked much about e-books and all the back and forth that’s been going on with them over the last few years, because frankly lots of other people know more about it than I do and are talking more intelligently about it than I could. I do know the idea of DRM free e-books makes a lot of people really happy. My feeling about e-commerce in general is that if you make it easy for people to buy and use your stuff, they’ll be happy to pay.
And hey, how about this: A company called Planetary Resources has announced long-term plans to mine asteroids.
My friends and I are developing our Avengers plan. That is, exactly which of the Marvel movies leading up to the Avengers are we going to watch, and when. Right now, we’re considering Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, the Avengers easter egg at the end of the Ed Norton Hulk (apparently, none of us can quite bring ourselves to watch the whole thing, Tim Roth not withstanding), and the Agent Coulson shorts. Then, head straight to the movie theater for the Avengers. Assuming any of us can see straight to drive by that point…