Random Thursday

Doing my part to ensure that you get your full daily 34-gigabyte serving of "information" (and in the process, setting a record for the loosest use of that term):

  • Good Luck With This, Guys - The Wall Street Journal reports that two book publishers are planning to withhold digital versions of some of their upcoming titles for four months so as not to "cannibalize" sales of the [vastly more expensive] hardcover editions. This is yet another example of dinosaurs railing against the impending meteor strike/ice age/mammalian ascendance. There are many reasons this strategy is doomed to failure, but the one question I'd like to pose is this: who decided in the first place (and on what basis) that a hard cover book is worth $27 or more?

  • Stumped for Christmas shopping hints for the family geek? Look no further than the Star Wars® Light Saber chop sticks from ThinkGeek.

  • While they don't disclose this, I'm pretty sure that by using the aforementioned chop sticks, you will be able - with the resulting channeling of The Force™ - to negate the alleged ill effects of The 7 foods experts won't eat.

  • Here's the next bicycle I'd like to have: the Surly Pugsley. I'd own one simply for the name, but it also has the most excellent feature of accommodating 4" wide tires.
Photo of a Surly Pugsley

According to the review in the current issue of Mountain Bike Magazine (said review not available online), the tires - which, incidentally, cost more than $100 each - can be run at pressures as low as 6 psi, which makes them ideal for floating over the sandy conditions we have around here. The report doesn't say, however, how they'll stand up against mesquite thorns. The bike is described as being surprisingly nimble, despite its hefty appearance (think Warren Sapp on Dancing With The Stars).
  • We're all about the marriage of science and culture here at the Gazette, and in this regard we present you with the Evolution of the Hipster (2000-2009). This will be helpful to social scientists working in the field (think Audubon's field guide for a birder's Big Day).

  • Finally, I have a bone to pick with the City of Midland's Transportation Department. Sure, the traffic light synchronization project has finally - finally - started to effect some improvements in traffic flow, notably along Big Spring Street (Garfield continues to be a mess, though). But it's now causing a new problem for me: I tend to arrive too early for appointments. After years of making schedule adjustments to account for the inevitable delays from stopping at multiple consecutive traffic lights, it's not easy to take that allowance out of my driving plans. I really think the City should be doing more to help drivers with this transition.


So, where's the Gazette slice in that graphic? I wish I had photoshop. Then I would wish I knew how to use it. Then I would edit that pic.

The hard cover thing annoys me. Though I haven't yet succumbed to digital...I'm thisclose. If Tim asks me one more time what I want for Christmas I may just reply "A Kindle" and be done with it. Still, I wish they'd get over it and just put paperbacks out at the same time as hard covers. Honestly I would probably end up buying more because the longer I have to wait on a title, the higher the likelihood that I'll forget that I wanted to read it altogether.

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