Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.
- John Wilker explains why he is going to stop getting on panels at SF cons (He is there to sell books)
- Sandra Wendel shares several ways you can waste time and money not protecting your copyright. One she did not include, which was particularly ridiculous, was a company that would “protect” your copyright by recording it onto the blockchain in a form of high-tech “poor man’s copyright. This obviously has no value.
- E-ink’s latest gen Kaleido screens show a significant improvement over the previous generation, the company reports.
- Texas is leading the nation in censorship.
- There’s a copyright case involving Amazon pirating website content which is going to raise interesting questions about what “published” and “unpublished” mean for websites. (Well, they are not interesting so much as pedantic and a result of US copyright law being so ridiculously behind the times.)
- One interesting detail left out of this history of modern vampire lore is that the earliest modern vampire story was written by Lord Byron’s doctor. This happened right around the same time that Shelley was in Byron’s company, and wrote “Frankenstein”.
Speaking of Byron, here’s another fun fact: a daughter he was never allowed to meet grew up and became the world’s first computer programmer: Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace.