My Google Appearance, Live and On YouTube

Here you go. In it I talk about the online world, copyright, eBooks and regular books, and, of course, about that whole BaconCat incident. It’s about an hour long. You can tell I’m caffeinated.

Also, here’s the YouTube page itself. Enjoy!

Somebody Answer Me This

What the hell is it with hotels and pillows these days? My hotel bed came with eight pillows on it, including one tubular thing that stretches across the whole bed, which means that it’s actually taller than I am. I mean, that’s just freakish. And then I have to throw the majority of them off the bed to sleep, so then it looks like my room was the scene of a kicky slumber party. Which, as a 37-year-old man, I’m not entirely sure I want.

Somebody explain to me the pillow thing. I’m finding it more annoying the further along I get on my tour. Really, I want to know.

Berkeley Says Hi


Since you asked, I’ll tell you what was so cool about the Berkeley stop of the tour: It had the highest proportion of people who are actually my friends in it. In the middle of this picture you see three examples: Susan, Jen and Mo, all of whom I have known for years and who I was thrilled to be able to see and spend a little time chatting with, because they are much, much more awesome than I (also in this picture: Whatever reader/commenter Madeleine F, SF Chron science fiction reviewer Mike Berry, and a lovely young lady whose name escapes me at the moment). It was also notable because Dark Carnival is without a doubt the most delightfully chaotic bookstore I’ve ever been to: between the screaming flying monkeys and the piles of books strewn about, it was what you’d expect a bookstore to be if you caught it mid-explosion, and I personally find that wildly appealing.

I also went to Google, but I signed a non-disclosure going in, so I can’t tell you about all the cool things there, including the time machine (in beta). Whoops. Forget I said that. Suffice to say Google was as wildly Google-tastic as you’ve heard rumors about it being, and also a video of my talk there should be available on the Web sometime next week. I’ll let you know when it goes up, of course.

Now I’m in LA, at a hotel that’s clearly too good for me; As I checked in Jim Lehrer was hanging around in the lobby with some pals, talking about, you know, important stuff. All I want to do is go to sleep. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do now.