A query from a self-published pundit.

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:44 pm
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My Bitcoin pundit career is going great guns! I got to go on BBC Newsnight and call cryptocurrency garbage. Don't ever buy into cryptos, btw, they're a car crash. Trust me, I'm an expert.

Soooo I just got a note inviting me to speak at a seminar, about why blokechain is pants, to a small number of people who have money. I'm gonna charge for my time of course, but I can sell books there. Which means physical paperbacks I bring in a box.

Now, one of the great things about this self-publishing racket in TYOOL 2017 is 0 capital expenditure. Has anyone here done this, or anything like it? Was it worth it? Did you end up with a box of books under your bed forever?

The books are $3.03 each to print, but all author copies come from America (because Createspace is dumb), at some ruinous shipping rate to the UK. Assuming Kindle and CreateSpace pay promptly I'll have a pile of money on September 30, but I sorta don't right now.

Does anyone have suggestions as to how to approach this? Doing a talk with a box of nonfiction books - good idea, bad idea, no idea?

(I'll no doubt do a pile of flyers for people who haven't got cash on them right there. Who carries cash in the UK these days? Less people than you might think.)

Departure

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:38 pm
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I've never left a job before. I spent my 20s as a contract researcher, and when my project came to an end, I just... didn't work in that lab any more. So I didn't know how to give notice, how to do the tax paperwork, it was all completely new to me. Also, the people I've been working closely with for the past eight years were all actually sad to see me go and wanted to mark the rite of passage. That was new to me too, in a mostly touching but slightly bittersweet way.

last days )

I started my new job the following Monday. I need to work out how much I should talk about that in detail here; for one thing it's looking to involve somewhat more blogging and social media presence as my professional persona than the old job did. Also I am still adjusting to living in Cambridge full time, which is probably another post, and I'm up to my eyes preparing for the High Holy Days beginning on Wednesday, so I am going to stick with posting about leaving rather than about arriving for now.

note that sting!

Sep. 18th, 2017 04:20 pm
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I met this one on a walk the other day.

caterpillar

Customers of today

Sep. 11th, 2017 09:20 pm
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So I work in a shop, btw. Today there were two customer interactions that stick with me most. Oddly enough both involve parenting.

Scenario 1:
Young woman, prob my age is walking around the store with her little girl. Little girl asks for sweets. Her mum tells her how they are terribly disgusting, covered in flies and they must tell the shop staff about it because it's so awful. As they go around girl keeps asking for sweets and variations on this are told to her. In one, mum says she has been warned by shop staff about how very disgusting they are already.

I totally get: a) we have chocolate at home, b) you don't like chocolate, c) you're lactose intolerant, d) we can't afford it, e) we have no time/ money right now, f) it's bad for you... Seriously, concocting a big lie like that gets to me. Also I know from experience that a total ban of certain foods is really unhealthy for people and can lead to a really awful eating disorder. Plus it's just impractical and time wasting.

Scenario 2:
A woman and her little girl are at the self checkouts and I come over to approve something. Daughter: "look mum, those are the kind of nails I want to have!"
Mum: "ooh, yes, different colours! And look at her hair! That's so lovely!"

I actually get way more compliments from customers than I do from colleagues, so that wasn't what struck me although very nice. This mum is actually encouraging her daughter to lead her own thought process about how she wants to look. Not only that but alternative looks are OK, even desirable. Nowhere was it said or even implied that she was too young.

Joy and gladness

Sep. 6th, 2017 10:54 pm
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I've known [personal profile] lethargic_man for half my life, and all that time he's talked about wanting to get married. Whereas I never had any interest in getting married, and assumed I probably wouldn't. I would never have believed you, if you'd told me back in the late 90s, that [personal profile] lethargic_man would get married five years after me. But this is in fact what happened, so many many congratulations to [personal profile] lethargic_man on finally achieving that ambition, and to [livejournal.com profile] aviva_m on celebrating your partnership by means of a fantastic wedding.

wedding details )

And then I had to dash back to Stoke to pack up and finish everything off in my last three days there; I wasn't able to go to any of the subsequent seven blessings meals. I wish I'd had more time to celebrate with them (and more time to spend with [personal profile] forestofglory and more time to help my parents with their party), but even so. I couldn't be more happy that [personal profile] lethargic_man got the wedding he's been dreaming of, though, and if the marriage is even a fraction as happy and successful as the ceremony they'll be doing really well.

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