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Month: May, 2013

Alternative Jobs for English Majors

Alternative jobs for English majors and people with an English degree. Are there jobs for English majors in this economy? Jobs for English majors are everywhere and I don’t mean waiting tables. An English degree is a general degree. English degree jobs are, indeed, everywhere, but, if you have an English degree, why would you want an English degree job when you have the skills to work independently, earn far more money and enjoy greater freedom?

Info Product System

Information Product System appears to be to be a product to streamline the process of creating digital information products like those sold on ClickBank or through Amazon Kindle and similar online outlets.

Revenge of the Affiliates Ripoff

This Revenge of the Affiliates review will show that Revenge of the Affiliates is a con. Revenge of the Affiliates is yet another IM product launch designed to take people’s money while eluding to make them money. Revenge of the Affiliates costs nearly $500 and proposes to teach a novice how to make money with digital products. This is expensive. Revenge of the Affiliates is a scam.

Revenge Test

Memphis! Come See Me at The Booksellers at Laurel Wood TUESDAY 6pm!

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Once again the headline says it all — I’m coming to Memphis, perchance to amuse you with my reading, signing and q&a skills. Here are all the details about my appearance. This will be my first ever visit to Memphis, so, one, I’m very excited to visit andalso very excited that Dyer’s Burgers is apparently walkable from my hotel, and two, I have no idea if anyone is going to show up to my event. So, Memphis folks, please come. And please bring a friend. Or two! OR SEVEN. Yes, definitely bring seven friends.

Please also note that the appearance begins at 6pm, not 7pm as many of my weekday events so often do. So don’t be late (but if you are I will still happily sign your books).

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Troll, Scalzi, Mallet, Gamma Rabbit

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Man, this sketch from Howard Taylerhas it all.

Also: that poor troll. I almost feel sorry for it. Almost.

Phoenix Comic Con continues to be awesome. That is all.

 

 

 

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Hello From Phoenix Comic Con

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Having a fabulous time so far. Yesterday’s fun included embarrassing the heck out of author Kevin Hearne, having a limo ride with Grant Imahara, and sharing a dessert with Jewel Staite. You know, as you do. Plus hanging around with some of my favorite writer people and otherwise getting into all sorts of mischief. I plan to do similarly today.

Those of you in Phoenix and the surrounding area not at the Comic Con, please remember I’ll be at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale at 5pm today to chat and sign books. Come on down, it’ll be great to see you.

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TED Weekends breaks the silence for suicide survivors

TED Blog

JD-Schramm-at-TEDActiveAt TEDActive 2011, JD Schramm shares the story of his friend, John, who, after surviving a suicide attempt, [ted_talkteaser id=1167]found that there were few resources available for someone in his position to be able to communicate the hardship he experienced and the depression he continued to battle. And there are others in this position, too – as Schramm points out, 19 out of 20 people who attempt suicide live but feel extreme isolation from others. This can lead to second, sometimes successful, attempt.

This week’s TED Weekends on the Huffington Post emphasizes the importance of having an honest conversation about the taboo of suicide in order to help people in this at-risk situation. Below, find open and thoughtful essays on the subject.

JD Schramm: Revealing a Heartbreaking Secret on the TED Stage

My sharing of John’s story was my first attempt to spark a conversation about the taboo subject of…

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Second opinion – Spec Ops the Line

A Most Agreeable Pastime

Spec Ops The Line Xbox PALSpec Ops: the Line (Xbox 360)This is actually the first time that Lucius and I have written something on the same game and honestly I couldn’t think of a better game to have two separate pieces about so if you haven’t already check out his.  excellent and comprehensive review of Spec Ops: The Line from late last year.  

Spec Ops: the Line is a brilliant piece of narrative driven game design that in my opinion rivals some of the best in the genre.  And the best thing is it doesn’t collapse in a heap under the weight of its lofty goals at the end unlike other stalwarts, with Bioshock specifically coming to mind.    From start to finish Spec Ops delivers a thoroughly thought provoking narrative while still managing to keep the shutters on your eyes as to what is really going on.

I want to remain firmly…

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Chris Anderson shares his tips for giving a killer presentation

TED Blog

Chris-Anderson-speaksWatching curator Chris Anderson in speaker rehearsals before a TED conference feels like witnessing the zen of a longtime coach who knows his sport both inside out and backwards. Whenever a trial run of a talk feels just a little askew, a few simple sentences are whispered. Magically, the next time the talk is given publicly, it is mesmerizing — and without a hint that it was ever anything but.

In a new essay in The Harvard Business Review’s June issue, Anderson shares his fine-tuned advice for delivering a powerful talk. A few choice tidbits:

“We all know that humans are wired to listen to stories, and metaphors abound for the narrative structures that work best to engage people. When I think about compelling presentations, I think about taking an audience on a journey.”

“Many of our best and most popular TED Talks have been memorized word for…

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