Friday, July 29, 2016

Donald Trump and the GOP are the big losers this week

Night 1

Compared to 23,000,000 viewers for the GOP.

Night 2

24,700,000 viewers for the Dems compared to 19,800,000 for the GOP.

Night 3

24,000,000 viewers for the Dems vs. 23,400,000 for GOP.

Apparently, night 4 is still being tabulated.

Year-to-date book sales comparison

February AAP’s StatShot Data shows eBook sales by big member publishers continues to tank.  (Talking New Media, 7/26/2016)
The standard caveat.  Every month these reports come out and the basic story is the same: print books are fine, but digital sucks. Of course, the same follow-up story is the same, too: the AAP report only says what is happening with one part of the market.

Related posts:
Snapshot of 2014/2015 comparable book sales by general format.  (4/28/2016)
Overall, sales of print books are up for 2nd year in a row.  (2/22/2016)
The fact of the matter is that net sales of hardback and paperback books have held relatively steady for the past 5 years.  (1/28/2016)
Print continues to hold its own.  (1/21/2015)
Is this the future of e-books?  (8/27/2014)
Who's reading ebooks (by household income). (7/20/2014)
Ebook digital subscription services: Is it a bjargain? (7/20/2014)
Which is what you would have predicted after reading "In So Many Words" in March 1997.  (5/28/2014)
Amazon delivers the "Lesley Gore" ultimatum.  (4/25/2014)
The boom is over for ebooks.  (4/2/2014)
Ebooks and the hype of emerging technology: Have we finally reached the slope of enlightenment?  (3/11/2014) 
Pew Research report on e-reading.  (1/16/2014)
Book sales update as of October 2013.  (1/10/2014)
The 24-hour news recycle: Mein Kampf edition.  (1/7/2014) 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

FOX News racist? They omit, you decide

Reported at Guess which network refused to air the DNC speeches by mothers of children killed by police.  (DeadState, 7/27/2016)

Source:  imdb

Raymond Smith (1920-2016) Warren High School Class of 1938

1938 Dragon yearbook

Raymond's high-school activities:
Football (3); German Club (3); A Capella Choir (4); Boys' Glee Club (4); Noon Hi-Y (2, 3); Basketball (3); Mixed Chorus (4).

1967 Warren City Directory

  • Smith Cecelia (wid Frank J) h1919 Pennsylvania av W
  • Smith Raymond (Phyllis) emp Bell Tel h904 Hillcrest dr (NW/North Warren)
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Smith Raymond E & Phyllis E; retd h55 Highland Dr

'Raymond' is graphed here, but we have yet to look at 'Phyllis'.

'Phyllis' enjoyed an impressive run of popularity from the 1920s into the 1950s, but after 1960 she quickly went out of fashion.

Other class of '38 grads:
Elsie Larson Johnson.  (7/23/2016)
Joseph Suppa.  (2/28/2016)
Doris Knapp Gnage.  (10/14/2014)
Harry Kershaw.  (9/1/2014)
Frank Flood.  (6/30/2014)
Wayne Mahaffy.  (2/22/2014)

With Trump endorsement, Paul Ryan steps into pile of deep shit

Reported at In break from Trump, Paul Ryan defends NATO, trade deals.  (, 7/26/2016)

Because there are sure to be many more 'breaks' between now and Election Day, I'd like to dedicate this song to the beleagued Speaker.

Their third single spent a mere 8 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #39 in the late spring of 1964.  Sad!