A Small Brag – re Amazon Kindle book reviews

From time to time I get a request to review a book. I’m listed as reviewing poetry, but have been sent other genres as well.

It’s work and I take it seriously. I try hard to be consistent with star counts. I send the draft review to the author for approval, which happens almost every time.

I post the review on Amazon next to the Kindle edition of the book, and sometimes elsewhere. GoodReads is a frequent request.

I do this for free. Sometimes one or more of my authors will review some of my work, sent to them electronically. I choose writers I personally considered to be five-star talents.

Most of these authors don’t even reply to my request. Even ones for whom I’ve reviewed several Kindle books.

That’s OK. I do a review for you with no obligation on your part.

I will confess that I (almost always) really enjoy these works, and frequently learn somethingĀ  – a bonus.

So, if you find me on the Kindle Book Review Team, you will know where to send your work.

I’ve done about 170 ‘formal’ reviews, and half as many informal/have a look please, ones as well. That’s the brag.

Beat the Tom-Tom

This is a silly post, but I am annoyed with TomTom (the GPS manufacturer.)

If you look up a current product on their website, you’ll see that lifetime map updates are guaranteed.

If you buy a TomTom car GPS, you’ll find a coupon marked “do not lose this” which gives you lifetime updates.

If you forget this coupon, they’ll try to charge you for the maps the GPS box says are free.

It gets better. When your device gets too small for the map, they create a smaller version (covering less of North America) which works.

Then they tell you that your device is obsolete, and you need to pay for a one-time last-time map update.

I’m not paying for a map update. They can cut me an Eastern Canada Only map that will fit in my device.

Lifetime maps means just that.

Guess what I’ll do if this machine gets abandoned? Small claims court? Switch to Garmin?

That’s silly. But so is TomTom to ask me to pay for what they promised when I got their machine.

Don’t touch that dial: on police cameras

There was an ‘incident’ in the USA where a police camera documented police officers planting evidence. They had forgotten something about their police camera:

apparently, these cameras always keep the last thirty seconds, and when activated, keep that plus further footage. Thus the officer thought he was controlling when recording started, but inadvertently captured the previous thirty seconds as well.

Unfortunately, it appears to this blogger that police frequently get off either very lightly or scot-free. The Forcillo case in Toronto is going back on appeal.

Here’s what I think the rules should be for police cameras:

  • always on.
  • always streamed to cloud storage which is audited daily for no gaps.
  • always available to all parties in cases of possible police action being questionable.
  • always directly identifiable as to what officer is wearing the source of footage.

In an ideal world, all officers appearing on police camera would be automatically identified. Chip implant? Facial recognition? Permanent log of who was where?

Police forces will scream that this puts them at a disadvantage. I beg to disagree:

  • Police are armed, can make arrests, have a lot of discretionary power.
  • Full disclosure of police actions will create, eventually, public trust.
  • Officers who cannot earn public trust should not be armed nor badged.

Comments, anyone? Anyone willing to put their real eMail and make a real comment here?
That’s today’s dumb question.

Mutiny: on the Bounty

We have the video of POTUS Donald Trump tossing paper towels into the crowd on Puerto Rico.

Fortunately, Bounty is made by Proctor & Gamble, a fine US (continent) company.

Puerto Rico is broke (to put it nicely; roughly eighty billion dollars in debt with no real assets) and now their crops are gone (and their houses.)

But, thanks to Donald Trump, they now have very nice paper towels. Perhaps Mister Trump believes the commercials: that the paper towels can clean up any mess.

That makes him today’s Person of Interest.