I pick up the phone. There is an odd voice doing a bad British accent claiming to be Simon. Simon was just here and this call is clearly from a cell nearly out of its cell range. There is another voice in the background. It too does a bad accent, but bad in a different way.
After several rounds, I learn that Jim Fullton and Dykki Settle are driving around Geneva in too big of a car on too small of a street. They have Summer O’Neil with them as near as I can tell from their muffled and occassionally tense and alert voices. They have had a big dinner. They are having a grand ole time.
I’m back on the Lulu Blooker Prize judges panel. This time as the Chief Judge. Look out John Roberts! The others on the panel this time out will be:
I couldn’t get up to NYC for the great book party for Chris Anderson‘s Long Tail so’s JJB took my invite and represented ibiblio by doing some serious partying. CNet has the story in which JJB gets the last words:
The crowd was an enthusiastic one. “It’s beautiful,” said John Bachir, an engineer for the online information archive Ibiblio. “It’s dangerous to say that it’s the ideal of Marx, but it is the ideal of Marx. [sic] In a controlled way.”
After saying that, Bachir glanced at this reporter’s notebook and added, “Make sure you mention that I’m not a Marxist, okay?”