Stellar Author – Brandon Sanderson

Maybe you do not like Zombie and Horror, as I do.  Something evident in previous posts.


I was first exposed to the work of Brandon Sanderson through his Mistborn series on


He comes up with extremely interesting structures of power systems that provide the magic like component to his stories.  Always amazingly structured.  Somethings you can catch enough hints to guess what else is possible.  Only to get a flush of pride if you guessed right.


Now I am absolutely enamored with the start of another series.  The Way of Kings.  As with Mistborn he establishes a new twist on good vs evil.  One explored and tied to the unique power systems Brandon comes up with.  The other thing I love about this story is the strong sense of ethics, honor and leadership principles he puts into the story.  This gives it the real substance.


And surely if you are a Wheel of Time fan you recognize his name.  It was Brandon’s Mistborn series that landed him the honor and burden of bringing the Wheel of Time home.  With The Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight you can little doubt his skill as a story teller.  


So if you want some extremely rich and detailed listening or reading for your holiday.  Check out Brandon’s Mistborn then Way of Kings stories.  You can also follow his progress over on twitter,BrandonSandrson  And don’t worry if you get hooked by Mistborn.  Brandon said in his twitter stream recently that a new story set in that world is coming out in 2011.

Undying Entertainment

We all know everyone is talking about the success of the new TV series “Walking Dead.”


But here are my favorite new media authors of the Undead.  Complete with links to their audio books over on   if you like the stories, be sure to use the donation button to give back what you feel is fair for such quality undying entertainment.


  1. Jake Bible – Dead Mech
  2. James Meltzer – The Zombie Chronicles – Escape 
  3. J.P. Moore – Toothless


I want to give a nod to Phil Rossi’s “Harvey.”  It is not quite zombie, but the story is very close in some respects.  Plus all of Phil Rossi’s work is just so darn good.  He even writes and performs his own music for his audio books.


One more author to be watching is Benjamin Rogers.  I know he is working on his audio to move his stories like “Faith & The Undead” to

An author who really gets it.

I have been a fan of for years. His horror/scifi stories are excellent entertainment. He and his team (Dark 0verlord Media) have a boundless enthusiasm for Scott’s fans.


The most recent developments in how Dark 0verlord Media puts together books, eBooks and audio books just shows a real grip on how media is moving. I think it signals a shift back in favor of the content creators as well. The ability to make such quality content then still deliver it in any format the fan could want is something Hollywood can learn from.

Terms of Service – Other Services

Just to further make my point. You can find the same “assumption of ownership” (this being my personal term for it) of your content sections in other popular sites. Remember, I am NOT a lawyer.


Interestingly the Twitter TOS adds some markup that tried to give you a sense of how they interpret what the wording of the terms means to them. I did not see that elsewhere.


Facebook actually seems to currently have the most user friendly wording. I know at one time it was really bad, but typical to Facebook a public backlash was required to humiliate them into changing it. They seem to actually say the license to them ends if you successfully delete your content from their site.


“You grant the Company and its affiliates a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and publicly display your User Content (in whole or in part) and/or to incorporate such your User Content in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed.”


“…however, by submitting material to Posterous you grant Posterous the irrevocable, fully transferable rights to use, reproduce, distribute, modify, transmit, prepare derivative works of, display and produce the material in connection with Posterous and Posterous’s business, but solely in accordance with these Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy. ”


“By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Services, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed).”


“For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (“IP content”), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to yourprivacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (“IP License”). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.”


Terms of Service –

On a lark I decided to re-read the TOS for
You can see them here.


I am NOT a lawyer. BUT I find it funny they say “You own your User Content, not us.” and “We claim no intellectual property rights over the material you provide to the Site. Your profile and the materials you upload remain yours.”


YET they say this “You grant the Company and its affiliates a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and publicly display your User Content (in whole or in part) and/or to incorporate such your User Content in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed. ”


Now again, I am not a lawyer. To me that sure sounds like they are nullifying your ownership if they can do anything they want in any way in perpetuity. That sure sounds like ownership to me.


This is just a reminder. There are no free rides. Be aware of what you are uploading to sites that are “free” such as audioboo, facebook etc. Even if you pay for an account you should review the terms in case even a paid account is surrendering your rights.


drive defrag

So who says Mac hard drives don’t need to be defragmented for performance at least once in a while? This is my 1TB external raid I use for audio/video projects Note the big red region it has yet to defrag.


Breaking News – #hoffcon Keynote Speech Leaked

Warning: This is aimed at securitytwits for humor purposes.  You might not get it.

An anonymous source that is not approved to speak on behalf of #hoffcon shared @Beaker‘s keynote speech. Of course it could have just been a spy chipmunk disguised as a squirrel.

Securitytwits know @Beaker to be Chris Hoff our beloved Cloud Security Guru.  In his preparations last night for the upcoming #hoffcon @Beaker was testing Mojito recipes.  We have evidence from his own twitter feed:

Now’d be a particularly unfortunate time to write a blog. I’ve been testing Mojito recipes all night long. It’d be a frankenpost of a blog

about 9 hours ago via Tweetie for Mac

Our anonymous source suspects a strange reaction of Mojito recipes on the scale of accidents that give birth to heroes in comic books caused @Beaker to want to watch Independence Day during the early morning hours. Or maybe it’s just because it’s July 4th weekend. This lead to his inspiration for his speech.  There is also a rumored super secret ninja squirrel badge for 4Square checkins at #hoffcon.

Good morning. We are joined by our security ninja squirrel brothers and sisters from around the cloud. And you will be launching the largest hoffcon ever.

cloud — that word should have new meaning for all of us today.

It’s not just the smoke from over the grill. Its the way things are going on the Intertubes.

We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore.

We will be united in public to private cloud relationships.  We need well developed options for all sides.

Perhaps its fate that hoffcon is on the 4th of July weekend, or maybe its just a great time to party.  And oh yes, my birthday!

You will once again be fighting for our freedom, not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution — but from annihilation.

We’re fighting for our right to have Private Cloud not just AWS Public Cloud only.

And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice:

“We will not go quietly into the night!

We will not vanish without a fight!

We’re going to properly design our cloud!

Our systems will survive!”

Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!

Now PaaS the Pork!