The experience usually turns out to be about equal parts fun and embarrassment, with the finally ratio determined by how many books I sell. The only reason I'm even considering doing it -- there are travel expenses involved, and I would have to take off work-- is that not only are these cons good places to sell geekoid books like mine, but also the people attending include lots of the digital k3vv1 k1dz and a few mere blog mentions actually can turn into cash for me.
However my most recent book is 2.5 years old and, as much as I love 'em both, they're hardly news any more.
The theme of this year's con is "Remix" and so I thought it would be good to produce some kind of remixed, mashed-up version of CCD, which I might produce on a few dozen swag CDs & post to wetmachine.
Kinda following the lead of the various remixers of Cory Doctorow (boing boing)'s Eastern Standard Tribe".
Especially since the central goof/conceit of Cheap Complex Devices is that it's supposed to be a bunch of computer-written stories, I thought it might me fun to make an audio book with different audio voices for the different parts.
Technical roadbumps a few microns high have slowed me down. Frinstance, the best text to speech programs seem to be derived from the AT&T engine. You can get 'em for $30 or so, but none of them run on the mac. (I don't want to use the cheesy mac voices.) I do have a PC in the house but it's slow and presumably all virus-compromised and I'm not thrilled by that prospect.
Another giant hurdle is that I forget how to set permissions on a PDF to make it possible to snarf the text.
My friend Gary also suggested other ideas for remixes, such as markov-interpolations(mashups) of CCD with the Book of Revelations and similar.
So I turn to the loving bosom of HuSi to see what y'all might have to say on this score. Is there anything worth doing? By worth doing, I mean a remix/mashup that you would actually listen to. Is there anything worth doing that can be done in 48 hours? Is there anything that YOU feel like doing?
Finally, how to I scarf the damn bits from the PDF?
In the interest of generating as much abuse as possible, I think I'll also post this on my near-moribund diary over at the mother site.
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