Follow Brian James Freeman on Instagram

Well, I’ve finally started using my Instagram account now that some young whippersnappers have done their best to explain it to me. You can find me here: Brian James Freeman on Instagram If you’re on Instagram and want to follow me, I’ll be posting photos from the office from time to time (production materials, new books, etc), plus occasionally other shots from my day that I just happen to like. (Trees, the moon, famous zombies, and stuff like that.) Continue reading Follow Brian James Freeman on Instagram

A Voice From The Oklahoma City Bombing That Haunts Me To This Day: “Whoever did this, I hope you’re happy”

On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. Everyone over a certain age probably remembers this iconic photo featuring one of their victims. According to Wikipedia, “McVeigh stated in his authorized biography that he wanted to minimize non-governmental casualties.” From the same article: “He parked the Ryder truck in a drop-off zone situated under the building’s day-care center…” Over the years, I’ve found myself thinking about those dead children who meant nothing to Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. I think about the horror the families of those … Continue reading A Voice From The Oklahoma City Bombing That Haunts Me To This Day: “Whoever did this, I hope you’re happy”

10 Reasons I Think My Samsung Galaxy S Was Manufactured On An Ancient Indian Burial Ground

Based on all of the scientific data I could gather, I think my Samsung Galaxy S was manufactured in a plant built on an ancient Indian burial ground. Here are some of the features that weren’t mentioned on the box: 1) Two to three times a day, it’ll freeze and I have to pop the battery out. When I start the phone back up, it notifies me that the battery is almost dead — even if the phone was just removed from the charger minutes before it froze. 2) It often takes three tries to open a text message because … Continue reading 10 Reasons I Think My Samsung Galaxy S Was Manufactured On An Ancient Indian Burial Ground

Spammed By Term Paper Writing Service On My Term Paper Post!

A while back, I wrote a post about a student who basically wanted us to write her term paper for her: A Student Needs Help With A Term Paper This morning, I was notified of a pending comment in the moderation queue for that post. 99% of the time on a post that old, these comments are spam. (The only exception is my post Restoring A Mac From A Time Capsule Back-Up Via the Ethernet Port, which a lot of people seem to find thanks to Google searches related to a problem they’re having.) Normally these spam comments are either … Continue reading Spammed By Term Paper Writing Service On My Term Paper Post!

Restoring A Mac From A Time Capsule Back-Up Via the Ethernet Port

This is not publishing related at all, but since I can never remember how to do this on the rare occasions I’ve needed to, I thought maybe I’d post it here so I can actually find the steps in the future. Whenever we’ve had to completely restore one of the office Macs from the Apple Time Capsule back-up (love that software, by the way, because I never have to worry if the staff is properly backing up), I always want to do the restore via the Ethernet ports instead of Wi-Fi since Wi-Fi could take 50+ hours for the amount … Continue reading Restoring A Mac From A Time Capsule Back-Up Via the Ethernet Port

A Surprising Fact About Modern Day Cruise Ships: Still Not Enough Lifeboats

This one definitely falls under my Miscellaneous Thinking category and has nothing to do with the publishing business, but I was genuinely surprised to read this fact in the article “Lack of Backup Power Puts Cruise Passengers at the Ocean’s Mercy” in The New York Times today: Massive new vessels like the Oasis of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean, can carry up to 5,400 passengers and 2,160 crew members… Experts say that evacuating any vessel is a dangerous, last-ditch procedure. And the prospect of doing so on a ship like the Oasis of the Seas is daunting. It carries enough lifeboats … Continue reading A Surprising Fact About Modern Day Cruise Ships: Still Not Enough Lifeboats

Thank You For 50,000 Page Views

I just realized this blog is at 49,983 page views, so by the time you read this, it’ll probably be past 50,000. That seems like a pretty cool achievement since I still have no idea what I’m doing with a blog. To those of you who’ve been reading my work, I just wanted to say thank you for your support. There should be a lot more to come in 2013. In the meantime, here are my five “most-read” posts on this blog if you want to kill a few minutes: Even Stephen King Had to Start Somewhere (14-year-old Stephen King’s submission letter … Continue reading Thank You For 50,000 Page Views

“Publishers Clearing House Predicts Murder Six Months In Advance!”

Maybe only my mind works this way, but have you seen the Publishers Clearing House “$5,000 A Week ‘Forever’ Prize” ads on TV? Basically, the winner will get $5,000 a week for the rest of his or her life, and then when he or she dies, another person that the winner has selected will start getting $5,000 per week for the rest of his or her life. Does anyone else see how this story is going to end? Maybe with a headline along these lines: “Publishers Clearing House Winner Dies In Mysterious Accident!” So, if you’re the winner of the “Publishers … Continue reading “Publishers Clearing House Predicts Murder Six Months In Advance!”