Jump to content

richardmurray

Boycott Amazon
  • Posts

    1,329
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    53

Everything posted by richardmurray

  1. cool @Mel Hopkins if you are on writing life, let me know. I have placed books on overdrive, placed books overseas. you have to comprehend, kobo lists books based on the language in different geographies. Tell me what you think of my Nyotenda :) it is a screenplay, but that is a whole other multilog:)
  2. What fictional character will you vote for presidency of the USA? I thought about this. IT is a hard one. We as humans beings talk about who will be a leader, but the better question is, what do the people need? I ask you to list, what people need in the usa and then name a character who fits the ability to deliver the items in your list. ... I will not submit, but wait to see what others say. GO!!!:) source https://twitter.com/ThatEricAlper/status/1174518579091431424
  3. @Mel Hopkins books and audiobooks for reading or listening:) Music is something I am working on. To any who may see the following I have to go into storytime mode , talking about Kobo, with the advantage of hindsight. The ebook industry's problem began with the firm first to make an ereader, Amazon. Amazon knew, based on how they dominated the eretail market, that people online in the usa are loyal to websites. They do not leave them voluntarily, for the most part. I know this having been forced to leave two blog sites, and only after the second actually doing real searching into what is out there. amazon also knew the only danger to their plan is not having a large library and not having a growing new publications list. Amazon thus opened their writing program and converted as many books as possible into ebooks, using their system. The last piece of their statian domination , though most vital, was their machines. the Amazon kindle was the first ereader, but the amazon fire is the economy car tablet. Thus, amazon had the two devices most people in the usa will have to read ebooks. And the kindle doesn't accept epub and the fire doesn't allow every other app, like kobo's for example. The dominance Amazon has in the usa market is like facebooks. I know for certain other websites do better or equal to facebook or instagram in the esocial , but their audience is not based in the usa. Sequentially, people in the USA are hard to see the other firms. That last point connect to Kobo but I continue. ... Barnes and noble tried to mirror Amazon's strategy, thinking their book stores gave them a userbase that can wither amazon's in the reading world. But, barnes and noble was wrong. amazon's strategy depended on being first, the second your firm is not first, you can not duplicate amazon. Another bookstore called Borders had to do something. They were not a tech firm like amazon and didn't have the money like barnes and noble to invest in making a product. But, this canadian firm Kobo, had a product. Me side my blood relatives, love to read, and liked going to borders. Sequentially, when they sold the first Kobo's we were interested. The best thing about the original kobo was the purpose. This was not a multipurpose device, this was a straight forward read ebook device. I do not like to buy technology that overlaps purpose, so I was interested. Over time, borders went out of business as Kobo couldn't provide the uptake needed in the usa market. But, Kobo survived cause outside the usa, many liked the universal nature of kobo. Unlike barnes and noble or amazon, Kobo's objective is getting people to read. And, they developed a nice market share in europe especially, where the buying habits to technology are not like the usa. THis is why in Europe, the nintendo game systems market shares are much larger than sony playstation or microsoft xbox. PEople in europe do buy sony or microsoft, but many people in europe have an affordable quality mentality to buying technology. Nintendo fits that mold, Kobo as well, fitted that mold. But, to make more devices, Kobo needed investment and they couldn't get it on there own. So, here comes Rakuten, a japanese company, biggest publisher in japan. They owned Overdrive, which is a website that was started in the usa, but centers on ebook collections. Rakuten bought them too and combined was able to advance both companies projects. Overdrive like Kobo are not well known by the average usa ereader, but in certain sections in the usa and definitely outside of it, are more well known or more importantly used. Now, what does this have to do with being a member of Kobo writing life. You have to comprehend, being a member of Kobo in the usa, means few will ever know what you are talking about. My storytelling was meant to explain the international strength of Kobo is key. Kobo is not the biggest ebook firm in the usa, and will not be any time soon. Many, not necessarily most, of the biggest kobo writers also have amazon accounts. But, if you are expecting people in the usa, to have automatic recognition to kobo, you are wrong. Having said that, I considered joining amazon aside others writing programs. But I joined Kobo after trying to join amazon first, it was too complicated or messy. It seemed amazon wanted me to sign an affidavit on something and that bothered me. I conclude with the following. Do what you want, in terms of writing program. I am not a fan to amazon but in the end I am not one to tell others where to go or what to do. But Kobo is a stable or straightforward writing program, that gives you access to strong unfamiliar reading markets outside the usa,which are becoming more accustomed to the ebook at a faster growing rate, or overdrive. I can't give you a revenue sheet to guarantee financial success. But, I can tell you that Kobo's writing life , even part of Rakuten, maintains their original premise, which is an open format, for writers to dictate their prices and how their books are sold. Kobo is not going to beg anyone to come to them but the door is open, use at your own will. Now, I am off that silly pulpit.
  4. Do you know of a positive book about a child bride, positive defined as a child bride who is happy being married to an adult <child being circa 12 adult being circa or over 30>? The following video made me consider that concept. I am against forced marriage in general, or marriages arranged between strangers, in general. But, I realize I never read or heard of a positive child bride story? WARNING: the following video may disturb you alot in some moments https://twitter.com/dwnews/status/1172717858863878144
  5. silent sundays , check it out on Turner Classic Movies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2DdMaUVHLo&feature=youtu.be article https://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/1528691|0/Silent-Sunday-Nights-in-September.html The first movie is : Two Arabian Knights- a comedy, it is interesting how a woman fully veiled was in the film as the lead female. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q655f5UT2is The second is the Racket: No blood but love the blunt shooting. And the cop in this movie actually aimed downward for the gun The movie is clearly displaying the the italian mob take over from the irish mob in nyc aside the italian mob fights. I love how the female lead used a cone to sing through and they had a violin with a horned resonator, for a member in her band. I love how the lounge singer burned the mob bosses brother's hand when he tried to press her near him. The reporter who fell in love with the singer was classic. I love when she asked him, what if you get a baby pregnant and find out about storks. The condition of the womens cell was atrocious while honest. I will not blow the ending but it is very honest in a way few if any films are today. In the end of street drama usually, the end for folks is not a thing of justice but more eventuality. The system wins and the pieces fall where they may. The freedom of the strong woman is very present in the end, enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NJLH5EXI_w
  6. Gazette Fragments 71/72/73/74/75/76 Edition 71 The Ocean - a film from Seye Isikalu (2016) paule marshall - may her spirit fly free, I am not familiar to her, but if any of you know her work, please tell me what you link. https://aalbc.com/authors/author.php?author_name=Paule+Marshall Edition 72 Mandalorian - It is not from disney's involvement, but to see Esposito side weathers, two black travelers , one a great actor and the other, a student of the craft. I... will still not get disney streaming in the same way michelle yeoh or patrick stewart will not get me to buy cbs streaming, but i bet this show will be good, like i hear the star trek content on cbs streaming is. And I love that theme riff, and because he played one of my favorite characters in the game of thrones books, the man who played the red viper is playing the mandalorian https://shadowandact.com/the-mandalorian-teaser-trailer-the-first-ever-live-action-star-wars-series-stars-giancarlo-esposit-and-carl-weathers Trailer Edition 73 Journey of an audiobook - A very nice article displaying how a woman went from traveling mom to author and then audiobook maker:) enjoy https://kobowritinglife.com/2019/08/15/creating-your-own-audiobook-with-sarah-williams/ Edition 74 What kind of heroine are you - I am a male but i thought to play the game to see what will come out. It is just a game so have fun. I did. I admit, I actually write letters in general. Istill and i write love letters. That was a clue to what I chose but I will leave it at that, give it a go and have fun:) https://kobowritinglife.com/2019/08/16/which-type-of-romance-heroine-of-the-past-are-you/ Edition 75 October spooky writing challenge - more in september 20th, I will try to keep all posted , tell me if you have any ideas or suggestions. https://thewhalehastalestoo.tumblr.com/post/187388249315 Edition 76 Just Mercy - This is close to me.The trailer is masterful. Enjoy. https://relevantmagazine.com/culture/film/the-beautiful-trailer-for-just-mercy-starring-michael-b-jordan-and-brielarson-is-finally-here/ Trailer
  7. An Evening with Nicole Dennis-Benn, Author of “Patsy” John Oliver Killens Reading Series Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Medgar Evers College, CUNY Edison O. Jackson Auditorium 1638 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11225 Free and open to the public. Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Patsy, will be in conversation with Jamia Wilson, Executive Director and Publisher, Feminist Press at City University of New York. In Dennis-Benn’s novel Patsy, she explores the demands on one woman who immigrates from Jamaica to New York and leaves her young daughter behind. http://centerforblackliterature.com/jok_patsy_2019/ “Bold New Voices Explore Race and Relationships” Presented by the Center for Black Literature, Medgar Evers College CUNY, in Partnership with RestorationART Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Restoration Plaza 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216 Free and Open to the Public. THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2019 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, in partnership with RestorationArt, will present a literary salon featuring writers of courageous new works. During this program, writers examine the complexities of race and relationships in today’s society through the interior lives of their characters and discuss experiences and situations that were the driving force behind their decision to write poignant and touching stories. Panelists include Nafissa Thompson-Spires, author of Heads of the Colored People, long-listed for the 2018 National Book Award and winner of the 2019 PEN Open Book Award; Simeon Marsalis, author of As Lie Is to Grin, shortlisted for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Anakwa Dwamena, a staff writer at The New Yorker, to moderate the discussion. Nafissa Thompson-Spires holds a PhD in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review Daily, Dissent, Buzzfeed Books, The White Review, and other publications. Her first book, Heads of the Colored People, was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award, the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Award, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize; was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize; and won the PEN Open Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. She is also the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award and works as an assistant professor of Creative Writing at Cornell University. Photograph by Beowulf Sheehan Simeon Marsalis is a writer from New Rochelle, New York. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Rutgers University Newark, where he was awarded the Henry Rutgers Fellowship. His first novel, As Lie Is to Grin, was published by Catapult Books. It was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. He is currently at work on his second novel. Learn more about him at www simeonmarsalis.com. Anakwa Dwamena is a books editor at Africa Is a Country, and a member of The New Yorker magazine’s editorial staff. Originally from Ghana, his reporting and cultural criticism work focuses on African politics, the lives of Black immigrants around the world, and soccer. Learn more about him at https://africasacountry.com/author/anakwa-dwamena. Join Us Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Brooklyn Borough Hall for the main Brooklyn Book Festival Events. 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Rain or shine. http://centerforblackliterature.com/bkbf2019_bold_new_voices/
  8. Calligraphy Mirror - Angelique Noire I placed the two images below but Here is my calligraphy https://www.deviantart.com/hddeviant/art/Calligraphy-Mirror-Angelique-Noire-812616098?ga_submit_new=10%3A1567983274 This is her original- she is on instagram here https://www.instagram.com/the_angelique_noire/ https://thepinupnoire.tumblr.com/post/183195910761/lolita-part-3-littlebootysmatter-photo
  9. black anti immigrant- The following article made me ponder a question, do you know of a anti immigration book, fiction or positioned in a nonfiction, from a black person? https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-09-08-foreigners-must-go-chant-protesters-as-they-wait-for-mangosuthu-buthelezi/
  10. if you know any artists that have manga style comics, please have them submit to saturday am https://saturdayam.tumblr.com/post/187473586763/september-submit-your-chance-to-bring-your
  11. #LAborday a nice article on labor day https://www.amny.com/opinion/columnists/mike-vogel/labor-day-weekend-mike-vogel-unions-holiday-1.35563625
  12. Diverse voices workshop- from lee daniels- he is working on a black male homofornicating superhero project, so he is looking for all types, no bounds multiverse voices workshop https://shadowandact.com/attention-writers-lee-daniels-announces-workshop-for-diverse-voices in amendment https://shadowandact.com/lee-daniels-says-he-plans-to-helm-the-first-black-gay-superhero-movie-starring-this-viral-sensation
  13. Acting- Lawrence Olivier once said to Dustin Hoffman on the set of The Marathon Man, I paraphrase : "my dear boy, why don't you try acting, it is far much easier" His point is correct. From the 1970s to today, so many actors are using the method, which simply means, instead of acting as someone, try inspiriting them in oneself. The concept is simple, if you live fiscally poor you will be able to act poor. If you live fiscally wealthy, you can not act fiscally poor as well as someone who has chosen to live fiscally poor. I agree to Olivier, the best acting doesn't require a lifestyle change of an actor, the inspiration comes from the soul absent the need to manipulate the body from the actor. What say you?
  14. Gazette Fragments 67/68/69/70 Edition 67 excerpts high life - a film by claire denis- a review by jon carlos evans https://blacknerdproblems.com/claire-denis-sends-inmates-to-space-in-high-life-a-review/ Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtOwfo1ypOw interview claire denis side robert pattinson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD3N9ZsvU-A claire denis on sex as an escape rumiko takahashi - a nice interview with her when she started creating inuyasha, the brilliance of it is that she didn't have the story all at once, she had a little and had to literally grow it over time which goes against the way people see many stories in the usa. https://web.archive.org/web/19980214184327/http://j-pop.com/archive/manga/7/rumic/rumic.html Edition 68 excerpt 2019 spirit first poetry accepted- enjoy https://files.constantcontact.com/d5160a22101/5367ffff-3c8a-4a1b-b246-b79a5867d0ee.pdf Edition 69 excerpt Did you submit your teen movie? -Issa Rae And Paul Feig Are Seeking Pitches For The Next Great Teen Movie https://colorcreative-teenmoviecontest.submittable.com/submit Edition 70 excerpt First day of school-Fly tie chronicles a first day of school, through a mom's lens. http://www.mamaamma.com/2019/08/fall-for-anything.html?m=1
  15. Gazette Fragments 62/63/64/65/66 Edition 62 excerpt The mouth - a tragedy, enjoy the trailer Edition 63 excerpt Alien the play - This was quite enjoyable, the special effects:) , the video is embedded in the article, but the link is below Edition 64 excerpt Perler - A cosplayer makes outfits using perler beads. as a samus fan I like it https://makezine.com/2019/04/26/constructing-cosplay-armor-from-perler-beads-with-cosplamy/ Edition 65 excerpt Mickey - yes that mickey mouse, love the cover viewed in this excerpt of a new bande. https://www.glenat.com/sites/default/files/liseuse/9782344034972/index.html Edition 66 excerpt Much Ado about nothing - what first comes to your mind? italy, spring, shakespearean speech? This version says it is an all black version but I think the creator missed a trick, that lays that claim false. HE made an all black cast but kept the context, italians side spaniards. … He could had made it an ethiopian Ras, maybe Ras Pero, ala Duke PEter, or Don PEdro and his military retinue can come in for a visit to Agordat, the setting is after the first ethiopian-italo war, which was won by Ethiopia. Then the rest is the same, he missed a trick. https://shadowandact.com/nycs-shakespeare-in-the-park-to-include-all-black-production-of-much-ado-about-nothing-ledby-danielle-brooks
  16. Title: Calligraphy Mirror- Kiss of a dagger Artist: me https://richardmurrayhumblr.tumblr.com/post/186271367166/calligraphymirror-kissofadagger
  17. The earth will be/is/was 94,513,221 miles from the sun, and will only be going closer to the sun from a linear distance in its elliptical orbit after that distance is reached. Happy Aphelion! July 4, 2019 6:10 pm The photo is from Gee Double You https://www.flickr.com/photos/glauryphotography/27482484544/in/dateposted/
  18. I see @Troy I thought a film like legend would be known enough for people to comprehend the context. The idea for the collage was to make stories around the films story, same thing with the first power, a movie I admit is less known. The goal of the collage is for people to click on the images and see what story they get. the images are placed layered so they are not always comprehended. IT is meant to mysterious outside general comprehension of the film. In your opinion, how can I gain better attention with this idea?
  19. hmm question @Troy I thought people who love images will be inspired to click on images and then to the wee tales. Are you saying I have it backwards? ....I thought I had figured out how to make the font larger while allowing for scrolling, the scrolling still is too fast, and I will have to make a script more than likely but I realize the font being appropriate for all the images is better.
  20. LEGEND COLLAGE v2 What do you think?
  21. Gazette Fragments 55/56/57/58/59/60/61 Edition 55 excerpt Hoot and Chief - Hoot and Chief go to Epcot center horizons, hilarious https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rfh7A0lH1ac&feature=youtu.be Edition 56 excerpt Honor the bicycle - I never saw a display stand for a bicycle like this. It makes common sense but I never saw, well done, shared by Caleb Kraft, i advise you follow him wherever he is online for good craft shares https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exF-RBaq32M&feature=youtu.be Edition 57 excerpt Rungano Nyoni - interview with the filmmaker to "I am not a witch" Rungano Nyoni https://youtu.be/LE8eUU7SkWo Edition 58 excerpt Papunya Tula - aboriginal art. they applied their traditional form on a flat surface. https://papunyatula.com.au/ Edition 59 excerpt Saturday AM - if you know an anime shonen jump style comic creator consider submitting to this https://www.saturday-am.com/submit Edition 60 excerpt auto design - Nice designs selected by fiat chrysler, this makes me think to the toy car project which i have not forgotten folks:) I wanted to have designs by now, still only drafts https://www.autoblog.com/2019/05/07/fca-design-students-contest/ Edition 61 excerpt Abandy Faith - makes collages from Fabric, lovely style, lovely, check it out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_XjzKHHy-0 Colors on the runway - Vienna Fashion Week , Models from Gold Carvier Crew wearegcc, Theme Colors of Africa , music is KHONA by MAFIKIZOLO https://youtu.be/gumxJgqvok0
  22. A Blackwood: water - a river that is cerlean blue,cypress tree, two bird sitting on opposite side of the tree at the top- left side raven- right side dove, background color lavender peach at dawn. https://photos.app.goo.gl/R78rPzpMzYr3vE1X7
  23. These are the members I have guided into this website, an eternal pledge drive https://aalbc.com/tc/profile/9365-sabine-ziya/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRUL_JY2-Oj3tVRtnPUugvg https://aalbc.com/tc/profile/9251-maame-dede/ https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=53502809&ref=br_rs https://aalbc.com/tc/profile/9366-rosa/ http://melaninmoney.tumblr.com/ https://aalbc.com/tc/profile/9384-uniquelymade7/ https://www.facebook.com/uniquesolidfoundation https://aalbc.com/tc/profile/9407-angel-alita/ https://www.facebook.com/AngelAlita77
  24. In modernity many Black people speak to finding roots or gaining reparations or many other thing offline that require a collective power that does not exist or an individual power that does not exist. I am not suggesting said power will not become to a black group or black individual offline. But, I am certain it is easier for a black collective or individual task online to be successful. To that end, I cognize a nice way to show who black people are today, that can have value tomorrow , collectively or individually, is through individual sigils. The data storage for the sigils will be linked at the postend to this article. The comments to this post will be links to each sigil made, which is composed of the graphic, name, and url to main place online. https://photos.app.goo.gl/HXbBwMv3DtSogJnh7
×
×
  • Create New...