I agree completely, Amazon!

Today I added “redo the layout of all my books (ModCon, Opening Up, etc.) so that they can be easily read on ebook readers” to my welcomingly engorged to-do list. After seeing how dismally the (thankfully free) ModCon PDF renders on the Kindle (and the gigantic Opening Up is only marginally better), to say nothing of the lack of indexing and so on, I felt committed to porting that material for the latest media… And perhaps it will give me the energy to put the final touches on my latest book of interviews on genital mods — a massive tome that’s all done other than a little editing — as well as my biography, which is closer to half done. I don’t know a thing about ebook publishing, having done all my past books in Quark XPress, so I’ll have to do a little research first.

Anyway, I decided it was time to add some content to my currently lonely electronic library, which this morning held only Pill Head (which has been a great read so far). A nice thing about the Kindle is that you can get free samples of books (the first chapter or something), so I was just browsing Amazon for books to check out, and I noticed the oddest thing in the “Biographies and Memoirs” section… specifically the “Criminals” subsection:


Now, I’m very much and very aggressively in the “God is NOT Great” camp — enough so as to get me banned from the surprisingly pro-superstition and Muslim-fearing BoingBoing, maybe the first time I’ve been dumped by an online girlblogfriend — so I totally support the way Amazon filed the Bible, but I had to click through to see it in more detail. After first chuckling that the most-likely fictional authors are actually listed with the same hot-linked “what else has Moses written” validity as Stephen King might be, then yes, after scrolling down I saw that, indeed, that God’s memoir has been filed along with the other criminal masterminds that this world has produced.


…and yes, this world produced God, not the other way around!

[Note: Full screen caps of the above here; 1, 2, 3]

Anyway, today is a great day. I spent most of the day learning how to do better multi-channel sound output for a game I’m working on, and scratching my head over the trig and geometry (and the various shortcuts to avoid as much of it as possible) involved in calculating the motion vector changes that happen when two billiard balls collide in various ways — which also made me think that after I finish the couple programming projects that I’m fiddling with that I might like to create a zero-gravity 3D pool game, with the pockets placed at the corners of the big cube that the game is played inside… I think it might be fun, and not particularly hard to write with my new skills. Of course, now that Caitlin has an iPhone, I’m also wondering whether that might be fun to do some development for…

Not just a great day for me: Nefarious’s school went skating today at a nearby rink, and right now she’s off at her gymnastics class (I’ve got to keep my eye out on Craigslist for some mats for here I think), and then we’re going to order a pizza, and stay up late watching movies and reading another chapter or two of The Goblet of Fire… The whole weekend should actually be pretty good. I’ve promised Nefarious and a friend that I’d take them to see the Tooth Fairy movie tomorrow (I will of course be reading in the lobby!), and on Sunday Caitlin’s parents are going to visit and I think we’re going to all go and see some Egyptian exhibit at the art gallery. Even with this wretched, torturous hell that I struggle with as my musculature breaks painfully down and I contemplate my demise, life is good and I feel so lucky.


  1. Nygaard wrote:

    “what else has Moses written” best laugh today – thank you!
    But what happens if you actually click the link?

    Friday, January 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Permalink
  2. tim wrote:

    that is hilarious.

    Friday, January 22, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Permalink
  3. Indigo wrote:

    Thanks for the chuckle lol…

    Friday, January 22, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Permalink
  4. DON wrote:

    Ah.. I was wondering only the other day how the autobiography was coming along. Can’t wait to read it!

    Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Permalink
  5. Alliston wrote:


    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Modcon has been on my Xmas wishlist for nearing 3 years now. I am thoroughly enjoying the read!

    Monday, January 25, 2010 at 10:15 am | Permalink
  6. h3llc4t wrote:

    Oy, the BB debacle…I remember posting comments on one of those threads and having them mysteriously vanish. Not to open a closed can of worms, but the posts around that time were the beginning of the end of my love affair with that blog.

    I hope you had a wonderful time at the Egypt exhibit, it sounds like so much fun! I’m just a longtime lurker surfacing to say how happy reading Zentastic makes me. It’s hard to describe, but even when you post about upsetting or difficult things you always find something happy or comforting to counter them, and that’s pretty awesome. Thank you.

    Monday, January 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Permalink
  7. Lili wrote:


    Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 8:14 am | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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