Ah, Yes. That’s What I Was Looking For.

March 1st, 2007 | admin, Work

I got the cover design for CROOKED LITTLE VEIN last night.

I like this an awful lot. All of a sudden I feel like A Real Novelist. It’s simple, understated, stark, and you can see my name on the cover from eighteen fucking miles away.

The black background will be gloss, the white letters will be matte, and the snake will be silver foil. People will rub themselves against the cover, grope and stroke it. Which, thinking about it, will ruin the sales. Ah well.

(Note also that if you go to the Amazon.com page for CLV, you can currently pre-order it and William Gibson’s SPOOK COUNTRY together for a bigger discount.)


March 1st, 2007 | comics talk

The internet keeps telling me that an apparently rather good free magazine called ARTHUR has collapsed. The internet cannot, however, tell me why I have never ever seen one of these things during its reported four-year run, despite the occasional poke around for it in London. Was it an America-only thing?

MySpace: Not Quite Full Of The Whole Truth

February 28th, 2007 | researchmaterial

MySpace say “If a widget violates our TOS, we block them. Breaches would include any person, widget or software that violates copyright, poses security risks, distributes pornography or engages in commercial activity.” So they’re blocking widgets by the likes of Imeem and Revver. Goodness, why would the purveyors of MySpace Video, owned by News Corp, want to block a Revver widget? I can’t possibly imagine why they wouldn’t want people to use widgets from a company that allows people to get paid for their videos.

But if all this is true, why does MySpace allow page-customising sites like FVX to make people’s profiles completely bypass almost all internal MySpace links and direct clicks to them instead?

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February 28th, 2007 | Uncategorized

That’s It. I’m Going Back To Bed.

February 28th, 2007 | researchmaterial

Seriously. Cyborg pigeons. I give up for the day. Who’s coming? We can huddle together against the evil stomping onslaught of The Future.