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This is a surprisingly interesting article pulled from F. Scott Fitzgerald's tax returns (link from Kottke). Even though he was often wealthy in terms of his times, his income was erratic and his spending, despite seeming efforts to control it, exceeded his reach.
I guess it shows another example of how hard it can be to live the creative life even when you're a success.
A little late but catching up on an interesting book - REMIX by Larry Lessig covers his thoughts on the emergence of hybrid business models - meshing sharing and commercial economic activity in ways that respect and reinforce those separate spheres of human activity (sharing - think helping out a neighbor; commercial - think buying food).
It made me think back to the experience with Comixpedia/TALK this decade. I can't say I know what every original participant's motivations were. There was no clear or even explicit "business" plan. I know I wanted to write and find an audience for that writing. I also thought there was a niche to be filled as it didn't seem that anyone was giving webcomics attention (that's all different now - all comics-focused media seems to treat webcomics as comics).
When you want to make a custom page for a particular type of content (like a comic) on a drupal theme you have to make an extra tpl page (page-comic.tpl.php) AND!!! modify the template.php file.
Wish I'd remembered that earlier tonight...
Something like this is the next snippet of The Prime Derivative storyline...
I played a bit of the new browser-based Legends of Zork when it launched, mostly because Jim Zubkavich did the artwork for it. Fun but got a bit repetitive for me so I stopped. They've kept making changes though so I thought I'd give it another shot.
Linda Holmes of NPR writes about how the last season of Moonlighting is actually NOT evidence that resolving romance will kill a show. In fact Moonlighting's erratic wind-down is evidence that you can't write half a season's shows focusing on the secondary characters alone (which is what they did as Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd were barely onscreen for many episodes that year).
But for the rest of Moonlighting's run it was a great show - inventive, clever, and spirited. I was in highschool when it was on and it was our watercooler show -- we rehashed, requoted and rehearsed what we'd seen every week.
Here's a clip from arguably one of the best of its episodes: the one with Shakespeare in it:
I love this guy's trailers for reimagined "classic" versions of modern movies. The one for Raiders of the Lost Ark is pretty good and my favorite so far:
One Web Day. Apparently the fourth One Web Day is this September 22nd. I honestly cannot tell yet what it is that people do for One Web Day -- hey lazyweb, is there anything anyone can tell me about this?