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msb-0385 The Glass is Half Full

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Episode Name: msb-0385 The Glass is Half Full

 

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YouTube Video(s):

 

Geek NASA by: "Rocket Propelled Geeks"

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Intro

 


Disclaimer! Disclaimer! Disclaimer!

 


Survey

 


FeedBack comes first, so...

 

Holy smokes, promotion is a face time intensive business. I've got meetings and phone calls scheduled from here to eternity.

 

I'm having some problems with setting/changing the pricing on the books.

 

We'll figure something out.

 

Until then, at $6.25 the ebook is definitely acceptably priced.

 

The paperback "should" be around $12.95+S&H. Its $19.36.+S&H I know I'm a charity case, but nobody's going to go for it at that price.

 

I can only hope that book stores are able to buy the book wholesale for about $9.80 and that the book retailer is able to buy enough to sell it for about $12.95. Alright, maybe I don't make any money but at least it out there.

 

The hardcover should be around $25.+S&H. Its $32.10+S&H.

 

Luckily, the hardcover is a lot better looking. But its still not going to sell unless its competitively priced.

 

Dang, they look pretty good, but not that good. Somebody would have to really like me and, lets be honest here, I'm not that likable.

 

I know that there are other authors out there selling their books through Lulu for a lot cheaper than those prices.

 

Well, I learned a lesson.

 

You have to get in touch with a real live human being FIRST. No human, no desire to do business with you.

 

The options the systems opens to you won't necessarily get you where you want to go and they won't stop you for getting somewhere you didn't want to go.

 

I'll shop around for somebody else to publish my next book about "The Disability Show."

 

That one will probably appeal to 15% of the population instead of .0833%. That's a market with almost 200 times the number of people.

 

I want it to be affordable by handicapped people.

---- "Glass of Tea feat Dan Leeds, Erin Leigh Schmoyer, Victoria Lavington" by: "1918 A House Divided Original Cast Recording" http://myspace.com/1918themusical

 


FeedForward

 

This rightfully belongs in the Feed Forward segment.

 

I am starting to expand msbpodcast.com into an actual web radio station.

 

Starting in January 2010, msbpodcast will have an interactive component which will be called MS Web Radio [ http;//www.MSWebRadio.com ]

 

Right now its not operative and its only a repeater to bring people to the msbpodcast.com site but I'm going to retool the web site to handle the web radio component.

 

It will also be podcast so if you don't get to it, it will still be available after the airing.

 

MS Web Radio will be held for a half an hour every Sunday afternoon at 3PM (15:00) my time.

 

I will be taking my definitely, uh, unusual show and opening it up to everybody.

 

I'll keep you posted on my progress as it happens.

 

---- "Stained Glass Hammers" by: "3jane" http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/3jane

 

 


FeedMe 

 

I now have THREE sponsors. Success breeds success.

 

It you're listening on this podcast through iTunes or through a web browser, just click on the image for the sponsor and I'll take you right to the appropriate web page.

 

If you're on an iPhone or an iPod touch, you should be good to go too.

 

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The first sponsor, you should be all familiar with and maybe even have bought some t-shirts.[ http://www.artoshirt.net/servlet/the-MS-Artists/Categories ] (whispers) That's the whole idea.

 

I'm a big T-Shirt wearer since losing my job and giving up on the monkey suits.

 

I'm wearing one of the many shirts right now. The one that says: "Guitarded". I've even got a compliment on it on the b oulevard around the corner from my apartment.

 

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The second sponsor is the CADDi by BARBCO. [ http://barbco.biz ]

 

The picture of the CADDi in use sort of says it all.

 

BarbCo is very generously giving a dollar of  from every order they process to a bunch of causes and YOU select the cause.

[ http://barbco.biz/MultipleSclerosis.htm ]

 

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The third sponsor is someone by the name of Rudy Sims who has a web site for people who are disabled in some way or other to exchange their information and other resources. [ http://www.disabilityresourceexchange.com/ ]

 

Join him in making friends among the disabled community and in sharing the resources and information we all need to live better.

 

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I'm angling after a fourth sponsor.

 

That's all I'm going to say for now.

 

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Well except for this...

 

I woiked like a dawg a couple of weeks ago.

 

Whew...

 

But...

 

My Book is out!

 

Its got:

• a frontispiece

• a Dedication.

• a Table of Contents

• Some History,

• Some Biography,

• Some Technology,

• Some Evolution,

• Some Episodes, (40 choice ones,)

• Some Parting Thoughts,

• URLs & references, a list of

• Books and one heck of an

• Index

 

Its awesome.

 

It comes as a

 

• 240 pages, 6" x 9", jacket-hardcover binding, cream interior paper (50# weight), black and white interior ink, white exterior paper (100# weight), full-color exterior ink, (ISBN 978-0-557-09127-0 )

 

or as a

 

• 274 pages, 4.25" x 6.88", perfect binding, white interior paper (60# weight), black and white interior ink, white exterior paper (100# weight), full-color exterior ink, ISBN 978-0-557-09052-5)

 

Its even got nice covers, pictures, a blurb on the jacket and I'm getting some people to write little reviews and things.

 

If you'd like to support me in my various nefarious endeavors you'll head to Lulu.com and purchase a copy of "Episodes: The story of an MSer and of MSB's Podcast".

 

The link is "live" on the podcast. [ http://www.lulu.com/category/books/biographies_memoirs/2?fSearchFamily=0&fSearch=podcasting&fSubmitSearch=Go&showingSubPanels=&fSort=relevance_desc ]

 

Lulu.com is a victim of its own success.

 

If the page is a bit slow to load, wait, its worth it. :-)

 

If the page only shows one book, try reloading the page and wait some more.

 

The hardcover is beautiful but it IS a bit expensive for a single copy; they're cheaper if you buy lots of them; its eBook is $6.25.

 

The paperback is a pocketable version and better looking than most but it IS still a bit expensive for a single copy; they're cheaper if you buy lots of them; its eBook is $6.25.

 

I need the money to live. Have some pity folks.

 

Buy which ever you want. (But wouldn't you have a nice hard cover? [Or, are you sure I couldn't talk you into a paperback edition? {I really "need" the dough... :-}])

 

Oh all right.

 

Its the eBook then? [ sigh ]

 

---- "Glass Elevator" by: "The Coloured Lights" http://www.thecolouredlights.com/

 


Thesis:

 

This week, "the glass is half-full" and my plate is definitely full. 

 

I'm hunting down school books (Finally! The shipment came into the book store,) paper and pens which I no longer have the coordination to use legibly, a new power converter for my old PowerBook G4 (its an old Mac but it was built like a tank,) and starting to ramp up for my shows for WSPC.

 

Like a boy scout, I believe in "being prepared." 

 

---- "Empty Glass" by: "Manny" http://sideshowmanny.com/ 

 


Synthesis:

 

Preparation is what makes the difference between success and failure in everything in life.

 

Failing to plan is planning to fail, at anything and everything.

 

Life hits you with things from all sides and its never what you expect.

 

As we are definitely aware, life consists of the crap that happens to you while you were waiting for something else.

 

In the case of this show's intended audience, that crap was MS.

 

Now I've talked about my cane, which is how I manage to get around and its about all I use. The rest of me is relatively unaffected.

 

My sensory nerves are blessedly not giving me any real, or "phantom" pain.

 

My effector nerves aren't too shaky with spasticity either, (though I occasionally suffer from a kind of "physical Tourettes" which makes picking up a glass or a cup a real bitch sometimes.)

 

I am just real slow to get moving and grooving. (I live my life like I was in a "AquaFit" class, walking around the bottom of a pool with the weight of the water resisting my every motion, but without the cooling effect of a pool. [As you can imagine, that makes getting around in the summertime heat and sunshine a really sweaty bit of work.])

 

Man, I could use a heat vest or  some of that hurricane that's hanging 'round offshore just south of here.

 

Well, I've done enough editorializing, (or is that pontificating?), for one day.

 

---- "Under The Glass" by: "The Rhodes" http://www.myspace.com/therhodeseddierhodes

 

Noise or the utter absence of noise (like living in the neurological equivalent of an anechoic chamber,) can really mess you up, disorient you and in general make you a miserable person.

 

Well, at least, my glasses aren't too thick.

 

---- "(My Glasses Are) Too Thick" by: "Rocket Propelled Geeks" http://www.rocketpropelledgeeks.com/

 


Conclusion:

 

Its not so much a question of planning as it is one of readiness. You should be in a position to recover quickly when life swings that shovel at your face.

 

With apologies to the "Firesign Theatre" for providing me with the next meme, "When life slips you a mickey, you should be prepared to upend your life, head down the freeway of your choice to ..." Somewhere you didn't plan on being. Nobody does man."

 

Like Tom Lehrer sang: "Be prepared. That's a boy scout sacred creed."

 

---- "Be Prepared" by: "Tom Lehrer" http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=305884605&s=143441

 

Outro

 

The next show will be on a topic dear to my heart and olfactory sense: "Personal Hygiene".

 

The one after that concerns some feed back and feed forward I recently received.

 

After that, I'll review (quite favorably,) "The Chaos Scenario" by "Bob Garfiel" of "On The Media" fame. [ http://thechaosscenario.net/blog/ ].

 

(And I'm going to find out how he published his book. At $13.95 its priced for success.)

 

Theme and 'incidental music' from:

"msb_theme",

 by: "Guy David",

 http://www.guydavid.com/

 no album,

 via personal contract

 

YouTube video list:

 

"Geek NASA" by: "Rocket Propelled Geeks"

 

Song list:

 "Glass of Tea feat Dan Leeds, Erin Leigh Schmoyer, Victoria Lavington"

 by: "1918 A House Divided Original Cast Recording"

 http://myspace.com/1918themusical

 album: "none"

 via: music.podshow.com

 

"Stained Glass Hammers"

 by: "3jane"

 http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/3jane

 album: "none"

 via: music.podshow.com"

 

"Glass Elevator"

 by: "The Coloured Lights"

 http://www.thecolouredlights.com/

 album: "none"

 via: music.podshow.com

 

"Empty Glass"

 by: "Manny"

 http://sideshowmanny.com/

 album: "none"

 via: music.podshow.com

 

"Under The Glass"

 by: "The Rhodes"

 http://www.myspace.com/therhodeseddierhodes

 album: "none"

 via: music.podshow.com

 

"(My Glasses Are) Too Thick"

 by: "Rocket Propelled Geeks"

 http://www.rocketpropelledgeeks.com/

 album: "none"

 via: music.podshow.com

 

"Be Prepared"

 by: "Tom Lehrer"

 http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=305884605&s=143441

 album: "none"

 via: music.podshow.com

 


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 All images, synchronized with the songs, are of the artists and come via music.podshow.com except when they aren't. :-)

 


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