Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 032 – Dan Rubinstein

May 5, 2015 § Leave a comment

I interviewed @dan_rube about his book, #BornToWalk. Click through for the audio of our discussion (~22 mins).

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DanRubenstein_BornToWalk Dan Rubinstein, author of Born to Walk

Director of Global Merchandising at Kobo, Nathan Maharaj interviews Dan Rubinstein, author of Born to Walk: The Transformative Power of A Pedestrian Act.

The case for getting back on our feet

The humble act of putting one foot in front of the other transcends age, geography, culture, and class, and is one of the most economical and environmentally responsible modes of transit. Yet with our modern fixation on speed, this healthy pedestrian activity has been largely left behind.

 Combining fascinating reportage, eye-opening research, and Rubinstein’s own discoveries, Born to Walk explores how far this ancient habit can take us, how much repair is within range, and guarantees that you’ll never again take walking for granted.

Nathan and Dan discuss:

  • The fascinating manner by which we are predisposed to bipedalism
  • How, when he travels, Nathan prefers walking to get to his destination…

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Review: Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

April 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

I loved Station Eleven, and Andrew did too. His review below.


StationElevenHCUS2>>Published: September 2014

>>Finally got around to it: April 2015

There was the flu that exploded like a neutron bomb over the surface of the earth and the shock of the collapse that followed, the first unspeakable years when everyone was travelling, before everyone caught on that there was no place they could walk to where life continued as it had before and settled wherever they could, clustered close together for safety in truck stops and former restaurants and old motels. The Travelling Symphony moved between the settlements of the changed world and had been doing so since five years after the collapse, when the conductor had gathered a few of her friends from their military orchestra, left the air base where they’d been living, and set out into the unknown landscape.

By then most people had settled somewhere, because the gasoline had all gone stale by Year Three, and…

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Arena.Xlsm Released!

March 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

Holy shit. This guy made an RPG in Excel.

Cary Walkin.CA

You can now play the full version of Arena.Xlsm!

Download version 1.3 here: Arena.Xlsm

Key Features

  • Random enemies: Over 2000 possible enemies with different AI abilities.
  • Random items: 39 item modifiers result in over 1000 possible item combinations and attributes.
  • An interesting story with 4 different endings depending on how the player has played the game.
  • 8 boss encounters, each with their own tactics.
  • 12 pre-programmed arenas followed by procedurally generated maps. Each play-through has its own challenges.
  • 31 Spells. There are many different strategies for success.
  • 20 Unique items. Unique items have special properties and can only drop from specific enemies.
  • 100 Achievements.
  • This is all in a Microsoft Excel workbook.

You can also access the official Arena.Xlsm wiki here: http://arenaxlsm.wikia.com/

The Arena.Xlsm photo gallery is here: http://carywalkin.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/arena-xlsm-gallery/

What are the system requirements for this game?
Arena.Xlsm has been tested to work on PC versions of Microsoft Excel including…

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Heroes and dinosaurs

March 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

A banner week.

Kobo Launches Emerging Writer Prize to Celebrate Debut Works by Canadian Authors

February 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

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emerging writer prize

Monetary prize and marketing support awarded for books in three categories: Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, and Non-Fiction

Did you publish your first book in 2014? Do you have a Canadian passport? If so, you may want to consider entering Kobo’s first annual Emerging Writer Award of Excellence.

Created for debut authors in three categories: Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction (beginning with Mystery, with a different genre showcased each year), and Non-Fiction, each winning author will be awarded a $10,000 CAD cash prize and promotional, marketing, and communications support; winners will be announced in June.

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The time I interviewed Rainbow Rowell

November 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

The lawyer did it: an update on #JKRowling

July 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

When the story broke I said this.

This morning, the author’s presumably-former law firm Russells released a statement confessing to having leaked the true identity of Robert Galbraith. The statement included this sentence (emphasis added):

“We can confirm that this leak was not part of any marketing plan and that neither JK Rowling, her agent nor publishers were in any way involved.”