Friday, 30 June 2017

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Will Write E-Porn for $1 Million

Young adult paranormal romance writer Amanda Hocking stunned many in book publishing by selling a million young adult novels in ebook form and pocketing close to $2 million. Hocking signed a four-book series to St. Martin's Press for more than $2 million. Thriller author Joe Konrath was on track in March to earn $643,000 this year.

There's another category of literature that sells, as well: sex. Ask Selena Kitt. She makes a bundle selling erotica. Really hard-edged erotica. And she makes a lot of money at it: nearly $238,000 in the first three months of this year, and that was just from Barnes & Noble (BKS). Not bad for a 39-year-old stay-at-home mom who home schools two kids and doesn't read erotica. It all started five years ago with a contest.

Kitt -- who goes by her pen name bec ause "I have fundamentally religious people in my family who already think I'm going to hell, so it's not to protect me so much as to protect them" -- majored in English. Her entire exposure to erotica was Story of O and Lady Chatterly's Lover. But a family friend had written some short stories for an amateur erotica web site called and wanted her opinion. Kitt went to the site where a contest notice caught her eye: Write the most stories in a year and win $500.

Give me smut and nothing but

"I had two young children a t home," she says. "I figured, why not? It was only $500, but I'm very competitive." So she started writing 2500 to 5000 words a day ... and came in second. No $500, but a pile of material. "I thought, 'What if I could turn a tenth of these readers into paying readers?'" Kitt says.

That was 2008. At the time, e-book sellers wanted to deal with real publishers that had multiple authors and titles, not with individual writers. So Kitt worked with some of the other writers at and created Excessica Publishing. Authors received all income from their books. (Eventually she would charge 10 percent to cover business costs and help.) So long as characters were over 18, it would publish subject matter such as incest, non-consensual sex, and BDSM, which most e-book publishers wouldn't touch at the time:

You're writing about sex but you're really writing about the same thing everyone else is, which is emotion and people. If you're writing that she walked into the ro om and had Home Improvement in College Station 38DD breasts and looked like Barbie, you're not writing real erotica. The stuff that rose to the top had more of a story in it than just the sex.

By late 2009, Kitt was making $3,500 a month on her titles. One of the great attractions was that people could read erotica on a Kindle and not attract attention because there was no visible lurid book cover. Her volume was also a big help. If a reader liked one book, there were immediately others to buy. (She currently has 15 novels and 10 novellas.)

A dirty novel I can't shut

Then an online book club calling itself Kindle Smut, which used the readers' social network, chose one of her books. In January 2010, she Home Improvement in College Station received a $10,000 check from Amazon. "I looked at it and nearly had a heart attack," she says. "Is this real? Am I seeing things? [My husban d's] jaw dropped to the floor."

The numbers grew until, by July 2010, she made $22,000 for the month. Without a business background, she had stumbled her way into profitable self-branding. Her marketing includes a Yahoo fan group, Facebook page, commenting on various blogs, mentioning upcoming releases on the Kindle Smut group, and some free fiction to attract people.

But she doesn't count on any trend in e-publishing, because there have been too many surprises:

There's that feeling that it could all disappear tomorrow. I'm not counting on this income, are you insane? Konrath is saying ten years from now, I'll be selling [this much]. I say, "Dude, I hope you have a good investment banker."

She's already seen enormous and unpredictable changes. When Kitt started selling e-books, price was based on length. (Yes, size mattered.) Then Amazon offered authors a new system with a 70 percent cut of the sales price, which made lower sales prices and higher volumes possible.

If it's uncut...

But in the process of moving books to the new platform, Kitt lost all her old rankings and ratings and her sales dropped by more than a third. It took Amazon six months to figure out how to move the books without losing the information that was important to attracting readers.

Things began to pick up again, until Amazon began to censor certain erotica titles, including those with incest themes, which took out a big chunk of her income.

Luckily, sales through Barnes & Noble more than picked up the slack. Last December, she sold nearly 19,000 copies. In January, the number topped 61,000 (probably a result of the release of B&N's Nook Color e-reader).

And unsubt... le

Then B&N pulled from erotica titles a preview button and suddenly dropped their rankings, which had a heavy impact on sales. The logic is hard t o understand; a reader has to be as logged in to preview a story as to buy it, so it can't reasonably be about under-aged youth getting access. It's also not as though B&N is making money to burn.

By March, sales dropped to about $44,000. Amazon has been selling between $10,000 and $15,000 a month. Even that combined monthly rate would put her near $680,000 for largely passive income. As she put it in an email, "And yes, I know... when I say sales sucked in March in comparison... I'm aware my diamond shoes are too tight. :)"


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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Landscape winner - 2016 Sony World Photography Awards - Pictures

The world's largest photography competition, the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards announced its Grand Prize winners.

Iranian photographer Asghar Khamseh, who works for the Mehr News Agency, won the "Iris d'Or Photographer of the Year and the $25,000 prize for a powerful series of portraits of acid attack victims, "Fire of Hatred."

Here are the winners and finalists, chosen from a record-breaking 230,103 entries, in 14 documentary and fine art professional categories -- each judged on a body of work. They winners were selected from a shortlist, announced in February 2016. Winners and shortlisted work will be on exhibit at Somerset House, London from April 22-May 8, 2016.

Landscape winner - "Land of Nothingness"

Maroesjka Lavigne, Belgium

A country named after a desert. One of the least densely populated places on earth, Namibia's landscape draws you in, through a vast brown plain of scorched earth, and steers you over the white surface of a salt pan to finally arrive in the gold tones of the sand dunes.


Friday, 16 June 2017

Facebook IPO Turns Graffiti Artist David Choe Into Multi-Millionaire

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The decision seven years ago by a Korean-American muralist and graffiti artist to turn down thousands of dollars in cash for his work painting murals on the walls of Facebook's first office in Palo Alto, Calif., has made him a very, very, rich man.

The artist, 35-year-old David Choe, gambled and instead took an equal value of shares of Facebook's stock.

The social network, in one of the world's most widely anticipated IPOs, or initial public offerings of stock, filed papers Wednesday to raise at least $5 billion.

As a result, Choe's shares could be worth upward of $200 million when Facebook stock trades publicly later this year, the New York Times reported.

The story of Facebook was yet to be told back in 2005 when Choe was invited by the social network's then-president, Sean Parker, to decorate the new corporate hea dquarters with his signature murals.

Choe, who now lives in Los Angeles, said he thought at the time that the idea of Facebook, famously founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg in his Harvard University dorm room, was "ridiculous and pointless," according to the Times.

Still, he accepted the job, and the stock.

Today, Facebook has more than 800 million active userswho, Zuckerberg said, have made more than 100 billion connections with each other. In 2011, the site had profits of $1 billion on sales of $3.7 billion.

The Times calculated Choe's estimated stock fallout based on the word of a former Facebook employee who said "advisers" to the company at that time, such as Choe, would have received about 0.1 to 0.25 percent of the company. That stake would be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, based on a market value of $100 billion.

While Facebook became a success, so did Choe, who has declined interview requests since the filing.

His work is sold for thousands of dollars, featured in gallery shows and exhibited in major museums.

In 2010, he released a self-titled book of his work, described as "funny, frantic and daredevil" in nature, and capturing, "the frenetic raw energy and gorgeous, intense work of gallery and street artist David Choe."

Choe also created /improvements/stage1 his own Facebook page that, today, has more than 6,000 subscribers, and a wall full of congratulations from his Facebook friends.

ABC News' Susanna Kim and Ned Potter contributed reporting.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

'Water cops' seek sprinkler scofflaws in drought-parched California| Reuters

By Sharon Bernstein


SACRAMENTO Calif. It was still dark on Kokomo Drive in Sacramento's Natomas district as Paul Brown edged his city-issued Honda Civic past a row of beige stucco houses with tiny front lawns, looking for water wasters.

He heard the scofflaws before he saw their lush green lawns amid the otherwise parched turf. The buzz of a sprinkler system gave them away on a day that the city, desperate to save water amid California's ongoing drought, had forbidden watering.

"If I can get a good picture - if the re's a lot of water - I'll cite them," he said.

California is in the third year of a devastating drought that has led farmers to fallow nearly half a million acres of cropland, threatened fish hatcheries and shrunk drinking water supplies for some communities.

To get people to conserve, many municipalities and regional water agencies have hired "water cops" like Brown to enforce state conservation rules.

Cities have even asked people to turn their neighbors in, and some have created smartphone apps to make the process easier.

Brown, 46, a father of four who was hired by the city as a meter reader, said he picked this area because he has fielded numerous complaints from neighbors about water wasters.

Camera and citation book in hand, he parked the car a few houses down and got out, w alking swiftly to the house where the sprinklers were on. A flash illuminated the building's facade, then all was dark again.

Brown headed back to the car and wrote up the citation. A check of his laptop showed that the residents had not been cited before, so instead of a fine of up to $500, they would get a warning. On a second offense, they would have to attend a meeting on how to save water. Third time, a fine.

The city of Sacramento has about a half-dozen employees enforcing conservation rules. Like Brown, they go out on Friday mornings before dawn, patrolling neighborhoods. When they're not patrolling, they field phone calls from residents turning in their neighbors, hopping in their cars to check out serious reports on the spot.

Water use in the city dropped 25 percent in August over the same month in 2013, the most recent month for which information is available, state data showed.

Statewide, residents and businesses cut water use by 11.5 percent i n August over the comparable 2013 period, enough to fill nearly 40,000 Olympic-size swimming pools.

Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the State Water Resources Control Board, credits new rules and tougher enforcement with much of the change.

"Regulations make better results than voluntary exhortations," she said. "People want to know that everybody else is doing it."

In August, the water resources board implemented statewide rules that prohibit watering gardens enough to cause visible runoff, hosing down driveways or asphalt, and operating non-recirculating fountains.

Regulators also allowed municipalities to set mandatory cutbacks and levy fines against those who do not comply.

In Los Angeles, the city has received 4,400 reports of water wasters this year, resulting in 2,200 warning citations, said Michelle Vargas, a spokeswoman with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

L.A. has kept one water cop on the beat full-time since the state's last big drought in 2009, but it added three more this summer after the new statewide regulations went into effect.

The Southern California city of Long Beach is offering residents a water-waster app for their smartphones, making snitching quick and easy by allowing users to report neighbors and businesses for hosing down sidewalks, watering during the heat of the day or having a break or leak in their water lines.

Sometimes, Brown says, reports from vindictive neighbors lead him to visit a property only to find that no violation has taken place.

"I tell them I'm not going to cite you just because they call on you," said Brown, who carefully documents every case with photographs and a brief report. "There has to be evidence."

(Editing by Douglas Royalty)

Bio-electricity, Qi, and the Human Body

by Don E. Brown II, MSIS

Certified Instructor; Chi Energy Heals

Qi is the electric energy associated with living organisms. Electricity, defined by Merriam-Webster, is as follows: a fundamental form of energy observable in positive and negative forms that occurs naturally (as in lightning) or is produced (as in a generator) and that is expressed in terms of the movement and interaction of electrons.

Generally speaking, when thinking of electricity, we think of it as something external to our human bodies: the naturally occurring lightning and human created technology being two said instances. There is, however, a form of electricity that is prevalent in every living creature: bioelectricity.

Bioelectricity is the electric phenomena related to living organisms It is bioelectricity that enables a shark to map the ocean floor. It is bio-electromagnetic phenomena that enable migratory birds to travel great distances at the same time each year with the accuracy we have only been able to reproduce with maps and GPS. It is bioelectricity that enables the electric eel to generate large fields of current outside their bodies.

The difference of electricity vs. bioelectricity is in degree, not in kind. Whereas a lightning bolt can exceed temperatures of 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit (30,000 degrees Celsius), that same current runs through the human body, just on a smaller scale. In fact, the human body runs largely off of [bio] electricity and has organs dedicated to sensing electromagnetic impulses, both inside and outside the human body. The pineal and pituitary glands are both directly tied to the human body's ability to sense and actively experience electromagnetic phenomenon.

The pineal gland is the evolutionary descendant of our ancestors' ability to perceive light. It also "regulates the circadian rhythms of the body, biological rhythms that are attuned to the day-night cycle," (Celtoslavica, "Electricity and Human Consciousnes s); these "rhythms" can be and have been disrupted by electromagnetic fields, both naturally occurring as well as man-made. The pituitary gland "controls and influences all other hormonal organs which report back to the pituitary gland" (Celtoslavica, "Electricity and Human Consciousness); in fact, the pituitary gland is largely responsible for the overall functioning and efficiency of the human nervous system.

The nervous system in human beings is based entirely off of the ability to transmit electric pulses. Every cell within the human body pumps ions (e.g. that which makes up the quantum field), in and out of the cell for energy purposes; this is called the Sodium-Potassium pump, and can be found in all animal life. Said energy, in the biological animal, is called "adenosine triphosphate" (ATP); biologists and biochemist alike have noted that ATP can be neutral, or carry a charg e (plus or minus), and is, infact, a charged particle which the cells use for energy. ATP is the final product of the digestive cycle and further exemplifies the human being's connection (and ability) to experience and manipulate the electromagnetic fields that permeate the Universe.

"Bio-magnetism: An Awesome Force in Our Lives", an article published by Reader's Digest (January 1983), highlights some of the [still] cutting edge concepts the scientific community is, and has been, practicing: "When a patient with a broken leg that is not healing properly comes to Dr. Basset (Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, NY), he is likely to go home with two heavy pads connected by wires to a box that Electrician Service College Station can plug into an electrical wall socket. The patient puts one pad on each side of his broken bone and turns on the device. Coils of wire in the pad induce a pulsing electromagnet ic field into his flesh and bone -- a field of qi energy that somehow commands the bone to heal itself."

As postulated by the scientists interviewed in the article, it makes sense that human beings have the innate ability to sense electromagnetic phenomena: "We live on a sun-lit planet, and most living things have acquired some means to use the light. We live in a world filled with sounds, and most living things have developed a means to sense vibrations. Since our planet is also a giant magnet, it should not surprise us to discover that we and many other living things have a sensitivity to Earth's magnetic-force field."

As we look from large-scale physics, e.g., the lightning bolt and the sodium-potassium pump, to smaller scale electromagnetic phenomenon, we find ourselves in the realm of quantum mechanics. Light is an electromagnetic phenomenon. Light is both a wave and a particle. In terms of quantum mechanics, electricity and light are the same. The oscillations of the impulses create the divergent effects. Microwaves, radio waves, even the non-lethal weapons of the US Army (such as the Active Denial System) are based out of electromagnetic fields.

Qi, too, is an electromagnetic phenomenon. Qi is energy; light energy; bio-electromagnetic energy; electricity. The degree of strength in an electromagnetic impulse is the difference between the heart pumping vs. a heart attack. When building qi, it is important to und erstand, important to know, that the electricity you are both introducing to your body as well as augmenting within your body, can be controlled/manipulated by your mind.

The design of the human body features many organs attuned to electromagnetic phenomena: the eyes register individual photon packets; the tympanic membrane vibrates the mechanical wave of sound; the brain creates an electromagnetic field that is both separate and different from that which the heart generates. All this is to say that not only do human beings interact with electricity, we are fully capable of cultivating and controlling the bioelectricity we generate via our own bodies.

Understanding that qi is our natural form of electricity, and that this energy comprises the very building blocks of spacetime, it is easy for us to see with the eyes of the enlightened - the interconnectedness we have with the Universe, and our abilities to move past the mundane.

Author's Bio:

Director of Research & Development

Certified Chi Energy Instructor

Sifu Don Brown II, MSIS

Don Brown began his training with Sifu Jones in 1997. His background is an amalgam of intellectual curiosity, stemming from his introduction to the concept of chi in traditional martial arts [tai chi and kenjutsu] and similarities between the two. Don's scientific curiosity, background in Engineering (Masters of Science in Information Sciences) and [admitted] skeptical nature make him a perfect research assistant for the Sifus.

Don's interviews focus on quantum physics and how the latest scientific data correlate to chi, and more specifically, for the School of Chi Energy. The information conveyed therein is backed with hours upon hours of research, and is explained in layman terms; Don takes great strides in not "dumbing it down", but more importantly, step by step, educating you on the nuances of each topic, so that a complete and thorough understanding of the information can be shared by the practitioners, and incorporated into our daily lives.