Uh, I think those Zdenek Burian drawings are public domain…

A while ago, I got an email request asking for permission to use a Zdenek Burian painting I had posted on my blog for a presentation.I told the requester that permission wasn’t mine to give, but that I thought the work, having been made in a country that at the time was under Communist rule …

Dear everyone on the Internet and quite a few people in book publishing who really ought to know better

That introductory bit in the front of a book that an author or publisher typically invites someone else to write is called a "foreword" not a "forward". If you get a book in the mail and then send the package on to someone else, that’s a forward, from the verb "to forward". A foreword, by …

Bloggers the new punk movement?

My arse. Political bloggers are the new hippies. They think they’re going to change everything, stick it to the man, put the world right. In twenty years, they’ll be playing golf and boasting about all the dope they smoked even though they’ll know by then that it was all oregano anyway. *spits*