Friday Links: Strange Alliances, CDC study on sex, Kobo problems
Hope you’re doing well!I am working with S—V—n, the anti-aging expert in skin care, around the launch of the first ever Virtual Book Club on Facebook! Partnering at the launch with HarperCollins, S—V—n is offering a new way for readers to come together socially and take part in discussions around great books. The S—V—n Book Club not only allows users to create profiles, share reading lists, and join in discussions with other readers but also participate in live question and answer sessions with popular authors – all within the Facebook community!
Yesterday I said that BN was privately owned but it is not. Of course it is publicly shared and I should have known that. Interestingly, yesterday Chris Kubica tweeted the 10 year performance of Amazon stock versus BN stock. Egads. It’s not the share price but the company’s stagnancy.
i09 has been hitting it out the park of late. I thoroughly enjoyed this piece they did on the Incan economy and then they bring to our attention that the CDC is doing sex surveys. People are loving their anal sex, folks.
According to the National Survey of Family Growth, which surveyed thousands of people between the ages of 15 and 44 in 2006-2008, anal sex is really popular with heterosexuals. 44 percent of straight men report having anal sex at least once in their lives, and 36 percent of straight women do too. Though more straight men than women were enjoying anal sex, women were enjoying gay sex more. Twice as many women (12%) reported having homosexual sex at least once in their lifetimes compared with men (5.8%).
Anal sex used to be a staple of erotic romance but I guess it isn’t edgy if everyone is doing it? (Still, better than a club scene, right?)
In the seriously cool news, Personanondata pointed out an article from May 2011 that reported on how infrared satellite technology is revealing underground cities. The use of this technology may be leading to some of the biggest archeological finds of the century.
More than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements were also revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings.
Initial excavations have already confirmed some of the findings, including two suspected pyramids.
In uncool news, Darrel Issa has put forward a bill that is intended to strengthen the grip of private publishers over scholarly research which, in my opinion, flies in direct conflict with the charge of the copyright grant.
[The Research Works Act] bill would prohibit all federal agencies from putting any privately published articles into an online database, even — and this is the kicker — those articles based on research funded by the public if they have received “any value-added contribution, including peer review or editing” from a private publisher.
According to the article, NIH “public-access policy, which requires authors who receive any NIH funding to contribute their work to PubMed Central within 12 months of publication” is opposed by the American Association of Publishers who issued a support in statement of the bill.
HBO is pulling its content from Netflix. No more streaming HBO produced DVDs. I’m not an HBO subscriber and I can’t wait to cut the cable cord and start selecting (and paying for) content a la carte but I know there is a hardcore fan base for HBO content. HBO declares that non-HBO subscribers will never have content on digital platforms:
Back in November, HBO co-president Eric Kessler stated to industry leaders that HBO shows would not ever be available to non-HBO subscribers on digital platforms.
I don’t know if that is streaming only because there is quite a bit of HBO content that is available through purchase via iTunes, albeit after a huge time delay. According to this article HBO is one of the most torrented networks, likely because there is no legal alternative. Other networks and movie studios are increasing the time windows between the DVD release and the digital streaming release in an effort to boost DVD sales.
Nate asks if your Kobo books are looking like crap. I know that this is a big problem for some of our readers. Apparently Kobo places a wrapper around epubs which can cause all kinds of formatting problems. Kobo, unfortunately, has terrible customer service. In any event, Nate is looking for people who are having Kobo book problems.