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Free Book and Radio Spot

Great News! After much research and a countless attempts, I have finally made Night Blade: Dawn of Discovery FREE (the digital version, anyway)! I made the price reduction on other websites, such as Google Play Books, Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes & Noble/Nook, and Leanpub, and by doing so, I price-matched them for Amazon, and got Amazon to reduce the price to $0.00 - finally!
Night Blade on Kindle is Free

It took a while, but Amazon finally brought the price down. I've submitted the free marketing to various Author networked sites I'm on, including The Independent Author Network. I submitted it to the Self Publishers Showcase, but as the moderator is in the UK, and Amazon UK is different from Amazon US, they haven't reduced the price yet, but I'm working on it.

Additionally, I've also been talking with the ArtistFirst Radio Show about getting a guest spot on the show - and it's confirmed! October 27th at 8PM! Listen here on that date to hear me, or to hear other artists and authors before or after.

Speaking of which, they allowed me to do a <20 second radio identification spot, so I did. Listen here:

I had a bit of trouble recording it, as I don't have the recording equipment setup properly yet, but I think it's a pretty good start! So, with that said, I'm working on some Audiobook projects for the Night Blade series. I don't have the equipment setup yet, but now I have a better idea of how to work Audacity and work with background noise. I've done some research around here and Recording Studios start at $65/hr - I don't have that kind of money to record a 6+ hour book reading along with the mixing! (Maybe later, but not right now).


Tags:#radio #book #free #nightblade #selfpublishersshowcase #independentauthornetwork #audiobook

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Bachelor for a Week 2013: Day 4

Today was very unenthusiastic/lethargic. The thought of "something is missing" was always on my mind, and I didn't have the slightest idea why.

Here's a clue:
Squirrel


Yep, the internet was out at home, so I'm Internet/Email/TV/Server-less for the night. I don't know what the exact reason is, but I was told it will be back on tomorrow. (I'm writing this on my home server, so I still have access to that, but if you are reading this, then it means that the internet is back up)

On a better note, my order of Assimilation2 came in today! I can't wait to crack it open and see what happens to the Enterprise and the Doctor.

Since the Internet was out, I didn't really know what I was going to do. Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, iHeartRadio all require the internet, and I have limited data on my phone (which resets on the 21st, so just under a month away, and the only radio system in the house is in the attic). So I thought I would catch up on some Reboot for nostalgia-sake. Currently, I'm at the end of Season 2, and it's amazing how many adult themes/pop culture references/computer science jokes there are that I never caught as a kid (there was even a bit in AndrAIa where they have a Kirk and Picard reference!).

While I was waiting on dinner to be microwaved, I worked on some localhost files and retweaked my RSS parser. Apparently, anybody referencing my RSS feed was getting some incomplete parsed code, which looked very weird when processed. I believe I have fixed the problem, but I won't know officially until outside sources process the feed.

In addition, I have pretty much confirmed that CJ is coming up next tuesday. That will be exciting, although I expect some of my production to slow down since getting CJ+Keat+Me together can cause some rather long discussions (in a good way). Man, some stores can demonstrate that!

All things considered, Keat's vacation is half over. Optimistically, she is only 3 days away. I can't wait to (get the drive over with and) go to the Greenville airport on Friday night and pick her up. My expectation is for Saturday to be a super-lazy day and Sunday is a "you're back, let's celebrate" day (weather permitting).

Also, Doctor Who returns in 3 days as well! I won't be able to watch the live event, but I will sure find some resources to watch The Bells of St. John!

On a related note, here's this:
Dalek mania!


Tags:#internetisout #squirrel #cheezeburger #startrek #doctorwho #cj #rss #reboot #netflix #hulu #pandora #localhost #keat

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How to get the RSS Feed of a Facebook page

This situation has baffled me for some time since Facebook took off the ability to subscribe to Page's RSS Feeds.

Why get the RSS of a Facebook page? Because many pages update 20x times a day, and unless you have time to check each page and/or your newsfeed (which is already overloaded at this point) 20+ times a day, let your Reader take care of finding those updates for you.

So, after doing some research, I found a work around.

Level of Difficulty: Low

Here's what to do
  1. Go to the Facebook page you want to have an RSS feed for.

  2. View the source of the page (by pressing Ctrl+U in most browsers (Cmd+U in Mac browsers), or right clicking and going to "View Source").

  3. Press Ctrl (or Cmd) + F to start the "Find" sequence (or go to Edit > Find in the menu bar)

  4. Find the phrase "profile_id"

  5. There should be a long number to the right of the profile_id. Copy that number.

  6. Go to your favorite RSS Aggregation Service (my favorite is Google Reader). Add a new subscription in the form of the following URL:
    https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?format=rss20&id=[PROFILE_ID] 
  7. Save, Add, or Submit (depending on how your service is set up)
You now have the RSS feed of your favorite Facebook page. See? Simple. This workaround should work until Facebook removes the /feeds/page.php?format=rss20 feature, which could be tonight, a year from now, or never. So if this workaround stops working abruptly, don't blame me.


Tags:#facebook #pages #workaround #hack #rss

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Get an RSS feed for Twitter Searches

I tried to get an RSS feed for a Twitter search earlier today, and found out that they removed the ability to get an RSS or Atom feed from their searches.
Twitter - No RSS

Luckily, I had some saved RSS feeds in my Reader from a long time ago, and found the URL setup:

  1. The URL for the page should look like this (in the example above):
     https://twitter.com/#!/search/ice%20cream 
  2. Replace "https://twitter.com/#!/search/" with the following:
     search.twitter.com/search.atom?q= 
  3. The URL should look like this now:
     http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=ice%20cream 
  4. Copy the URL and transmit that to your favorite reader. Now you have an RSS feed for your search!
See? Simple.


Tags:#twitter #rss #workaround