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  • J.Klebanoff
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    Tom,
    but, then again, since you seem to be a nervous sort, Section 1: Gizmo Jitters would be right up your alley.
    Congratulations! You got it on the sixth guess. (People who haven't bought the book and don't know how many sections there are in it, don't know what a fabulous feat of deduction that was.) P.S.:
    Or, since you may be a child of the 60's, Section: 2: Peace, Love, & Groovy... Or Not.
    It depends what you mean by "child". I was born in 1952 -- late 1952, I might add. December to be precise. I'm not eager to claim any more months in my age than necessary.

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    OK. Now, this is serious. Looking at the clown caricature on the cover, I would think a propeller on the head would look good. Section 5: Propeller Heads. Or, since you may be a child of the 60's, Section: 2: Peace, Love, & Groovy... Or Not. Or, since, you are a marketing consultant, Section 4: Customer Disservice would be close to your heart. but, then again, since you seem to be a nervous sort, Section 1: Gizmo Jitters would be right up your alley. Tom.

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  • J.Klebanoff
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    I'll byte... Secion 6: Stuff & Nonsense was your first choice. Section 3: Say What? would be good, too.
    Wrong, both times. I'll give you four more guesses, but that's my limit.

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    Joel, I'll byte... Secion 6: Stuff & Nonsense was your first choice. Section 3: Say What? would be good, too. Tom.

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    Oh! I always thought those helicopters were out there to keep an eye on me for my Arabic name. Now I know they are there for the other reasons. Thanks for the explaination. I shall now ask buy.com about their return policy.

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  • J.Klebanoff
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    I was wondering why the FBI keeps hanging around; the black helicopters and all. It's because I bought Joel's book, "Byteing Satire". It is funny but I'm not sure it's worth a prison sentence. I guess I'll have to turn over my precious copy to the Feds.
    Isn't that just like the government -- spend millions of dollars on black helicopters just to get a copy of my book when they can go to the amazon.com had it on sale for $10.17 the last time I checked.
    An interesting aside... or not so interesting maybe... google byteing satire and you get two whole references to it. One from lawzilla.com and one whose link is broken. It doesn't even reference his own website. Not only that, google asks you if you really mean biting satire... ouch!
    Actually, the book's title is "Byte-ing Satire" not "Byteing Satire". If you Google it with the hyphen you'll find a lot more references. In retrospect, because of the search issues, the hyphen was probably a bad choice. (Just to let you in on a little inside scoop, Byte-ing Satire was actually my second or third choice for the book title, but the publisher turned down my first choice -- however I was able to shift my first choice for the book title to a section title. I'll let you guess which section title I wanted to use as the book title. The publisher has a lot of experience publishing books. Before Byte-ing Satire, I had absolutely none (and unless the sales of this book pick up rather miraculously, I probably won't gain any more experience), so I didn't push as hard for my first choice as, in retrospect, I probably should have. And I can't really complain because Byte-ing Satire was on a list of title suggestions that I sent to the publisher, although I can't remember if I suggested the hyphen or if that was the publisher's suggestion.)

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    Hassan, I was wondering why the FBI keeps hanging around; the black helicopters and all. It's because I bought Joel's book, "Byteing Satire". It is funny but I'm not sure it's worth a prison sentence. I guess I'll have to turn over my precious copy to the Feds. An interesting aside... or not so interesting maybe... google byteing satire and you get two whole references to it. One from lawzilla.com and one whose link is broken. It doesn't even reference his own website. Not only that, google asks you if you really mean biting satire... ouch! Although, I have to say, it's two more references than any book I have written. {;-} Tom.

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  • J.Klebanoff
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    How do you know he bought the book and I didn't? Do you have good relations with NSA and they tell you from their database who bought your book?
    I know that Tom bought a copy because he told me, both in this forum and previously. As I said in my post, I exaggerated about Tom being the only one who bought a copy. I know a few of the others who bought copies (including one company that bought a case of 80 to give out as thank you gifts to customers of one of its products -- I don't know if that company wants to be mentioned here, but they know who they are and THANK YOU VERY MUCH!) There have been a few other sales, both through the MC Press Web store and other bookstores, for which I don't know the buyer. So, no, I don't know if you bought a copy. I apologize if I left the impression that I did. If you did buy one, thanks! That having been said, just because I can explain my comments without having to have good relations with the NSA, that doesn't mean that I'm not in tight with them, so you'd might want to consider watching your step in my presence.

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    I'm a Canadian who earns the vast majority of his revenue from American customers.
    ... and I am a Canadian who earns ALL of his revenue from the Americans It neither stops me from using blackberry, nor it bother the Americans. As a matter of fact, the Americans think my Canadian patrioticism is quite "cute", with photos of rockies hanging on my desk, alongwith that of CN tower, Niagra Falls (Canadian view), mounted Mounties in red uniforms, Canadian Indian Chiefs on horseback with their spears and feathered caps. Yes they do tease me by saying, "Hey, you are in the US now, learn to love NFL instead of NHL, this side of Niagra, this side of rockies.

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    I greatly appreciate your purchase of the book, although I exaggerated about you being the only one to have bought it
    How do you know he bought the book and I didn't? Do you have good relations with NSA and they tell you from their database who bought your book?

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    This reminds me of the tv commercial selling Chryslers by offering to give the buyer a free Motorola -- excuse me, Moto -- Razr phone. Who in the world is too dumb to know that you can buy a phone without the purchase of an expensive car? (But it's a really nice phone...)

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  • J.Klebanoff
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    This was one of your best.
    THANKS!
    Be sure to include it in your next book.
    Absolutely, however I'm afraid that you'll have to convince one or two thousand of you're closest friends to buy the book before I'll be able to convince MC Press, or any other publisher for that matter, to come out with a sequel.
    That it almost disappears in the absence of light means that they got hold of some of that top secret technology being stored at Hanger 18 in New Mexico that makes aliens visible in the darkest reaches of the Looziana swamps and Nebraska corn fields. That's what makes it so expensive.
    Yes, of course that's it, but let's keep it to ourselves. Others might think we're crazy if we divulge the secret.

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  • J.Klebanoff
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    Since Joel has often complained about the lack of appreciation of his book, I thought a good way to piss him off and get some humor would be to pretend that I think he made a lot of money from the book
    Oh sure, rub it in when I'm already deeply depressed about the sales of my book.

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  • J.Klebanoff
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    I'm not sure Joel has the kind of money you think he has from the book sale. I use the singular and not the plural of sale because I was the only one who bought the book and that was in the digital discount bin. {;-}>
    Tom, let me state publicly as I've mentioned privately, I greatly appreciate your purchase of the book, although I exaggerated about you being the only one to have bought it. Unfortunately, it was not nearly as much as an exaggeration as I would have liked. My book royalties will cover my Starbucks tab for a couple of months, but not much more.

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  • J.Klebanoff
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    Be a patriotic Canadian and get yourself a Blackberry.
    I'm a Canadian who earns the vast majority of his revenue from American customers. It would be hypocritical of me to then turn around and buy only Canadian products when I think that an American is actually better, faster, or cheaper. I own a Palm Treo mainly because, unlike is the case with BlackBerry, I specifically did NOT want push email. I wanted my email to come to me only when I ask for it. And yes, I do very much prefer the taste of Starbucks coffee over Tim Hortons.

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