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embarrassingly late review of the original nexus 7

I’ve been promising to write up my thoughts on the original Google Nexus 7 tablet since it was released last July, but it always took a backseat to blogging about other things. With the Nexus 7 Mark II coming out this week, this post is as outdated as it could be, but I like to finish what I start (this post has been in draft form for at least six months). And if you’re considering getting the new Nexus 7, some of this may still be relevant.

The Nexus… From Star Trek VII

So when the original Nexus 7 was announced, I had been considering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 as a birthday present to myself, primarily for use as a non-proprietary eReader. The prices and specifications were roughly equal for a picky but not-obsessive media consumer like me, but the Nexus 7 had a few other things going for it:

  • It was a Google device running the latest version of Google’s Android OS, with the promise of superior support and not needing to wait long for future updates.
  • The Nexus 7 was designed in partnership with Asus, which had produced my very first netbook (and perhaps the first true netbook), the Asus 7, which I was very happy with. I think I wrote a couple of novels on little Zim. (What? Don’t you name your devices?)
  • The Nexus 7 uses a standard micro-USB port for charging and connecting to a computer vs. a proprietary port for the Samsung.
  • The Nexus 7 had a slightly higher screen resolution, which was important since I intended to read on it.

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Quantum Coin: The Book Trailer!

There have been several big trailer reveals in the last couple of weeks: Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel, Pacific Rim. And now, Quantum Coin.

Of course, it’s a wee bit late for a trailer since the book came out in October, but I didn’t have time to finish it until now. So I pretty much made it just because I could and I wanted to, but I’m proud of it and I hope you’ll check it out. (I resisted the urge to include some Inception horn sound effects; they’re expensive to license.) In fact, the timing may not be that bad after all, because you may enjoy it more if you’ve already read Quantum Coin. You have read it, right?

So please watch, and in the spirit of the holidays, please share. :)


 

And if you missed it, here’s the trailer for Fair Coin!

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tribbles talking star wars

I should have mentioned this sooner, but I think the weeks around the holidays are caught up in some kind of time warp:

Tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST, I will be a guest on the wonderfully geeky Black Tribbles on G-Town Radio. Rasheeda Phillips, Jared Axelrod, Stephen Segal, and I will be plotting the next three chapters of Star Wars! You can listen to the program live online. And I hope you will.

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talk about pirates day!

My idea of talking like a pirate is saying "As you wish" all day. (Image from The Princess Bride, © 1987 Twentieth Century Fox)

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!

This year, in recognition of the tenth anniversary of this international tradition, I’m going to discuss eBook piracy, a subject I’ve been meaning to blog/vlog about for a while.

Standard disclaimer: These are just the opinions of one author, who had his first book published (and pirated) this year–two significant milestones in any writer’s career. The content of this video also does not represent the opinions of my agency, publisher, or cat. Please share your own thoughts on eBook piracy as readers, writers, editors, publishers, or Cylons in the comments below!

It’s also apparent that I need a better camera to record these videos. If you vlog, let me know what camera you’ve been using and what you think of it. Thanks!

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teamTEENauthor DARE DAY

It’s DARE DAY! It’s DARE DAY!

If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry, I’m about to tell you. Even better, I’m about to show you.

I recently signed up with teamTEENauthor, which was founded by Julie Cross (the author of the fantastic book, Tempest) in order to connect authors for teens with their readers. Great idea, no? One of the requirements of membership is to undergo periodic public humiliation, just like my entire young adult life. It’s like Truth or Dare without the truth option.

For the first DARE DAY challenge, a panel of teens granted us the following choices:

1) Get 5 complete strangers to sign your arm with a pen or marker in a public place and have someone take pictures of  a couple people signing and of the finished product

2) Create and perform 60 seconds of choreography to a Justin Beiber or One Direction song and upload a video of it. You will be allowed background dancers (limit of 2). Does NOT have to be in public. The internet will be public enough.

3) Memorize one complete verse and the chorus to Nicki Manaj’s Super Bass and make a video of you singing it. Does NOT have to be in a public place.

For various reasons, but mostly for time, I chose the second dare. I apologize in advance for what you’re about to see. I have very little dance skill, and I have a difficult time hearing rhythm. When you’re done witnessing my documented shame, visit the links below to see the other authors who are participating in this DARE DAY challenge.

For more DARE DAY fun, visit:

Julie Cross

Adam Leonard

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