The QuackCast by Mark Crislip

The QuackCast by Mark Crislip

How I missed this podcast eludes me. QuackCast, as described by the podcast’s website is “A podcast review of Quacks, Frauds and Charlatans. Oops. Thats not right. That should be Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine i.e. SCAM.”.

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Writing Site Review – BoostCTR

What is BoostCTR?

To be fair at the onset. I like BoostCTR very much and can’t really say much negative about it.  That said, let us begin.

Quoting their about page:

Boost increases advertiser profitability by using a combination of humans and software to drive increased ad relevance at scale. The Boost marketplace is comprised of over 1,000 expert copywriters and image optimizers who compete to provide a diverse array of perspectives. Boost’s proprietary software identifies opportunities for optimization and drives performance using a combination of workflow tools and algorithms.

The Company focuses on optimizing for enterprise advertisers and generates substantial improvements in conversions-per-impression for customers. Today, Boost is trusted to drive optimization and insights for over $300 million in advertising spend across networks and premium publisher sites such as Google, Microsoft+Yahoo Bing Ads and Facebook. Continue reading “Writing Site Review – BoostCTR”

Book Review – Homeland by Cory Doctorow

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Cory Doctorow’s book, Homeland is the sequel to his best selling book Big Brother.  I grabbed the book off the new release shelf at my local library before the librarian’s hand had fully released it. Fortunately, the librarians all know that I always pick the table closest to the new book shelf and they are used to my shark-in-feeding-frenzy mode when they put out new books… she was not shocked or alarmed and just smiled.

“You think it’ll be any good?” the librarian asked.

“It’s by Cory Doctorow, if it is only good, it’ll be the worse thing he’s ever written.  Anything else by him come in?  And did that copy of Little Brother get here yet?” I replied.

Normally, I would never read a sequel unless I had read what came before.  However, having read the reviews for Big Brother, I was not willing to wait for the book to come in with the sequel sitting right in front of me.

It may seem strange, at first, that I, at nearly half a century old, am reading a young adult book.  However, if you take into account just how timely the author is with his fiction and how many real world items he includes in them, one could just as easily state that I am reading a “current events” fiction novel.  You don’t have to be a kid to appreciate Christmas and you certainly don’t have to be a young adult to enjoy this novel.  For the adults out there, I think there are a number of topics they will likely learn about in this novel. Continue reading “Book Review – Homeland by Cory Doctorow”