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‘CreateSpace’ Is DEAD, Long Live Amazon’s ‘Kindle Direct Publishing’.

by Anura Guruge

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Yes, we all knew for over a year that it was going to happen, BUT it was still a shock — and very sad — when it happened.

I liked CreateSpace. We had our issues BUT they tried and there was ALWAYS somebody you could talk to at the end of a phone line. That is gone.

I feel bad for all the CreateSpace folks that have lost their jobs — especially in the South Africa Call Center. They were so good and so helpful.

I hadn’t logged onto CreateSpace for months — not since July 2018! I have been busy proofing a 475-page book. Today, with the proofing finally coming close to an end, I logged on. I was confronted with a message that I HAD TO MIGRATE all my titles to KDP — using a tool they provided. That was a shock.

Since I had 18 titles to transfer it took some time. I haven’t checked whether it all worked ‘OK’. I am kind of despondent.

Sad day.

Not sure why Amazon felt the need to kill CreateSpace. I think it was a false economy.

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Anthem Print ‘Temporary ID Card’ Still Disabled And Today, The Supposed Deadline For Premiums, They Have Yet To Charge My Credit Card.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> Thanks to N.H. Insurance Dept.
>> I get Membership # — Jan. 6, 2014.
>> I report Anthem to Attorney General

>>Jan. 4, 2014.
>> Anthem lies about payment
>>Jan. 3, 2014.
>> Finally enrolled — Dec. 27, 2013.

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I checked again.

Logged onto my account at Anthem.com to see if I can print a Temporary ID Card. NO, I can’t. Still not working.

From what I gather Anthem as yet to get back to the the New Hampshire Insurance Department to explain why this is NOT working after they had led them to believe that it was — and that that is what New Hampshire consumers should be doing. Part of the reason I am checking, a few times a day, is for the Department. I have promised them that I will let them know as soon as I can print a Temporary Card. They want to know. They have been excellent.

Today is January 10, 2014. The supposed deadline by which we needed to have paid our premiums in order to have ACA healthcare coverage as of January 1, 2014. As far as I know there is no real deadline anymore! They are saying 5 day extension BUT we know that that too will have to be extended.

Well, Anthem has yet to charge my credit card for the payment I paid on December 27, 2013. That was EXACTLY 2 weeks ago, i.e., 14 days. I have heard that it is taking Anthem 17 days! This is crazy. It is so sad. Thanks to the NH Insurance Department I have stopped worrying about it. Plus I have a working member ID — as my Anthem.com account testifies.

I feel bad for those that are still struggling with Anthem — not just in NH, but around the country.

Amazes me that Anthem can so successfully GAG the media from talking about it.

I will, however, keep on plugging along.


I LOST My Canadian Poppy Last Night At The Alton Library! Sob. Sob.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

.by Anura Guruge

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1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.

Of course I have been wearing it, with pride and delight, when I was doing my two Comet ISON presentations: Laconia Monday night and Alton, Gilman Library, last night.

Monday night I even talked about it. One of the ladies in the audience had sold ‘Buddy Poppies‘ and was very familiar with the tradition. She told me a bunch of stuff I didn’t know.

I checked the pictures from last night. I am wearing it during the presentation.

When I got home it was gone. I checked the car. No luck. Tonight I went back to the library and checked the room. No luck. The librarian wasn’t there (and I have e-mailed her) and maybe she picked it up. Deanna is going to stop by in the morning. [We were out all day today.]

I am bummed. Yes, I still have another one. But, I don’t want to lose that! That is stored in a box.

Last night, I bought two poppy pins on e-bay, one from home (i.e., Britain). But, I won’t have them before 11/11.

We went to the local Legion HQ to see if they were selling Buddy Poppies. I couldn’t even get in. I guess they don’t let brown folks in. I don’t blame them.

I am really not that partial to the Buddy Poppy design with the ‘green’ in the middle. Love the Canadian, pressed flower, rigid, design with the black middle. I will try and see if I can order some online.

So …


Al Gore ‘The Future’ Book Signing In Concord, NH: What I Learned.


Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> Al Gore ‘The Future’ Book Signing Made Me Sad — Feb. 6, 2013.
Do NOT Buy Al Gore’s ‘The Future’ In Hardback — Feb. 6, 2013.
Is Al Gore Gay? — Feb. 6, 2013.
Al Gore In Concord, NH, February 6 — Feb. 5, 2013.

These were the main things I learned from yesterday’s ‘The Future‘ book signing in Concord. My overall sentiment was one of profound sadness: credibility compromised for commercialism.

Al Gore, though BAM was hoping he would only speak for 20 minutes, spoke for 30 minutes. BAM only permitted four questions from the audience, randomly (or they said) picked. I actually learned quite a bit from one of the questions. I will point that out.

So here, in very pithy form, are my takeaways, from yesterday, more or less in the order they registered in my brain. I did not take notes.

>> :: Privacy :: Dictionary.com places 243 cookies on your computer to track your Web surfing trends.
[Since I do use Dictionary.com, with increasing annoyance with their blatant intrusions, I checked this as soon as I got back. He was right. It might be 230 cookies, but they are using me as a cookie jar. I had it on my bookmark toolbar. I deleted it. I will not use it again. I replaced it with Wicktionary. Not the same, but will do. Plus, it will force me to do something that I have been remiss in doing for the last couple of years: reaching down and picking up my beloved ‘Oxford Concise Dictionary’. Thank You, Al Gore.]

>> :: Privacy :: The U.S. Government is currently spending billions developing a system that vacuums up ALL of our electronic transactions, including e-mails, Tweets and posts so that they can be electronically analyzed, if needed, to check what we have said and done in the past.
[I did not check this, but I know that this has been talked about. I have always assumed that all of this data was captured and stored. I have known, since the 1970s, that all phone calls to/from the U.S. were recorded and stored. So, to me this is nothing new. I always work under the assumption that Big Brother is watching me.]

>> :: Wealth Inequality :: 6 descendents of the two Walton brothers who created Walmart are worth more than the 100 million Americans at the very bottom of the wealth pyramid; so 6 = 100,000,000.
[I wasn’t shocked. I checked. It is on Wikipedia. Yes, these 6 are worth [albeit per the vagaries of the Walmart stock price], $102.7 BILLION (B).]

>> :: Genetic Engineering & Shift In World Power :: China is spending billions on genetic engineering, even working on ways to change the IQs of unborn babies. Al thinks that China or India will overtake the U.S. in the future as the #1 superpower. He thinks later than sooner.
[I am not surprised. I think the shift will occur sooner than what Al thinks. Just keep an eye on China’s space program.]

>> :: Global Warming :: We are now releasing the equivalent of 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs per day, 365 days per year, in terms of burnt hydrocarbon energy into the atmosphere each day.[I looked it up. But Gore is the ultimate hypocrite. That ‘The Future’ is in hardcover only proves that. I do NOT believe that global warming, if true, is due to humans! I also now know that the Earth is losing MASS. That is a much bigger issue and most, including Gore, don’t even know about it, let alone understand it. I will talk about it here, soon.]

>> :: Bloody China :: This was from the 1st Question asked yesterday:: China is spending $2xx million a year processing ivory!
[I checked. There appears to be a basis — same as the Philippines that I have railed about on my Pope blog. We can’t boycott China and I shudder because I do have some Chinese in me: my fraternal grandmother was 25% Chinese. Maybe after Chinese New Year I will stop eating Chinese, especially now that I have dramatically cut back on carbs.]

>> :: Global Warming :: Lakes Huron and Michigan are at their lowest known levels.

>> :: Robots Running The World :: Robots will soon be able to create new robotic capabilities.[Yes, and pigs will fly. I do know some about AI. I have dabbled in AI for 4 decades. No, we have yet to make that pivotal AI breakthrough to impart self-learning and creativity into machines.]

Al Gore ‘The Future’ Book Signing In Concord, NH, February 6, 2013: We Went. I Felt Sad.


Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> Do NOT Buy Al Gore’s ‘The Future’ In Hardback — Feb. 6, 2013.
Is Al Gore Gay? — Feb. 6, 2013.
Al Gore In Concord, NH, February 6 — Feb. 5, 2013.

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We attended as planned. I picked up 3 tickets, without making a purchase, at BAM (Fort Eddy St. Concord), around 11:35. We got to the Grappone Center about 11:40. I was worried that it would be packed. It wasn’t. At that time there was probably 50 folks there. We got good 2nd row seats, right in the middle. There were even some front row seats available. Around 12:20 I got up and tried to count. We estimated that there was about 170. If filled up more in the next few minutes. So probably about 220. It was a decent crowd for a work day.

Al Gore did a decent presentation. He didn’t use a presentation or charts. But, you can see that he has done this a few times before. He used a smartphone for his notes. He was good.

He started with a great joke. I did not know that he had a business partner called David Blood. It is true. Look it up. When Gore gave the election to Bush in 2000, he and blood, kind of ironically, set up a Wealth Management company called Generation Investment Management LLP. But, according to Al, he wanted to call it: ‘Blood and Gore‘. That was good.

Overall, however, I was much saddened by the whole event.

It wasn’t Al Gore’s thoughts of the future. There is nothing that really frightens me there, not even the supposed global warming (which I will be thinking about when we have 2′ of snow in NE tomorrow) or robots creating robots.

The unabashed commercialization of this event was depressing.

That an ex-V.P., who is now worth worth more than $300 million (after he sold his TV network to Arabic Al Jazeera for $100 million), lets himself be trotted out and made to perform like a peanut vendors chained monkey is unbecoming and sobering. There was little dignity and no righteousness. Irony dripped, hypocrisy ruled — especially as one of his key themes was that of wealth inequality. It is plain to see that Al Gore has sold his soul to the almighty dollar.

Al, you could have risen about the sad,
sordid marketing tactics of BAM.
You are NOT a recovering drug addict trying to make a fortune
with his sham book.

It distressed me to see a badly dressed, mid-20s BAM employee, who was loving his 15 minutes of vicarious fame, bossing around Al Gore.

Al Gore did not help himself. He manages, quite amazingly, to look good and terrible at the same time. His innate good looks haven’t deserted him. But, he is also bloated, with 15 pounds of lard wobbling around his face. He had to climb up 2 steps to reach the stage. He bounded up, but that winded him. And that suit. I am sure it was the same one he wore right through the 2010 presidential campaign.

We saw Mike Dukakis in Laconia in October. It was such a different experience. Mike Dukakis projected dignity, credibility and conviction. Al Gore looked like a used car salesman peddling counterfeit Viagra.

I do not have anything against Al Gore. My father and he used to be good friends as I have mentioned here. I did not support him in 2000. I was a rabid Republican in the day, and spent the whole of December 2000 glued to the TV waiting for Bush to win — having put my (then very lucrative) consulting business on hold.

He does not inspire me as does President Obama. Yesterday proved that he is a conflicted, hypocritical, shallow man, always more interested in making more money rather than the issues he claims to be passionate about. Yes, as do Warren Buffet, Bill Clinton and President Obama, he made the trite remark that he would be happy to pay more taxes. Al, who is stopping YOU. Donate some of your money to the Government and STOP printing your book as a hardcover. Having that book in hardcover is so cynical, hypocritical and just plain wrong. The book deals with wealth inequality and global warming. Producing a hardcover book requires more resources and energy than the equivalent paperback. Hardcover books are NOT GREEN. The only motive for hardcover books is more mullah. Increasing wealth disparity and putting the book out of the reach of the poor.

Al, you made yourself look pathetic yesterday. I felt sorry for you. I hope your $300,000,000 makes you real happy, because you did not look it. You looked like a trained animal at the circus — run by BAM.

Al Gore in Concord, February 6, 2013. Click to ENLARGE.