Monday, October 31, 2005
E-mail fora (forums?)
1) Keep the same (text)
3) New and noteworthy only
4) Sales only
(I guess that is really 6, since 3 & 4 could be text or HTML.)
And, we are toying with the idea of hosting a beginning Hebrew e-mail forum. We have a recently retired Hebrew professor who is willing to "moderate" it. But, is there enough interest? And how do you launch something like that? Perhaps with every beginning Hebrew grammar we send out include a blurb about it?
ETS/AAR/SBL/ASOR crush time
I just hope the shipment that is stuck in customs gets delivered in time to make the shipment.
Joe Cathey's take on Jim West's Copenhagen trip
Friday, October 28, 2005
Computer and AAR/SBL update
Now I have to decide how many of everything to take along. The trick is to take enough, but not too many. As an exhibitor, you pay for freight and a handling charge by the convention people both ways. So, if it doesn't sell, you pay freight and handling twice, not a nice situation. But, if you don't take enough you lose sales.
As usual of late, we are offering the titles we publish at 50% off, and distributed books at 15-50% off, depending on the publisher. That's if you buy them on site. If you order them, you pay freight and only get 15-35% off, again, depending on the publisher.
I'll list more specials a bit later. Got to get the next order form done.
Well, I wouldn't call yesterday average, but it will give you an idea.
around 7:00 AM -- fire up laptop to check e-mail before meeting. Modem doesn't work. Oh well :(
7:30-9:30 AM Management meeting, brainstorming session. It was a worthwhile session, now to follow-up on everything :)
9:30-10:00 AM briefly scan e-mail
10:00-10:30 Short pre-AAR/SBL meeting to make sure everything will be ready to go on time. Everything is in good shape, except my stuff... got to get those order forms done. First, better call Dell to get this laptop running correctly. I figured they would do some short diagnostics and send out a new modem.
10:30-12:30 On the phone with Dell tech support--just look at the previous post to get an idea of what happened
12:30-1:00 Try to log back on as myself and nothing works right, new profile, lost all settings.
1:00-2:00 Go to lunch to get some perspective. Spent the hour reading a bit, praying a lot and taking a short nap.
2:00-3:00 Work on getting stuff accessible again on my computer
3:00-3:30 Delivery of 3 skids of books from a new distribution deal. Got to get them all checked in before November 4th. There are about 2500 books.
3:30-5:30 Work on getting the computer back together enough so that I can work on the order forms. I got three of the five done, well one was already done, I just needed to print it out.
This morning, I fired up the computer and it locked up after 3 minutes. So, I took the modem out. We'll see if that fixes it. Of course, now I don't have a way of calling from home..."average" day :)
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Continuing computer woes
I roll into work, start it up and -- Bang! it locks up again. Intermittent problems are a pain to troubleshoot, and with ETS and AAR/SBL coming up, the last thing I need is for my computer to fail.
With 7 days left in the warranty, we extended it for another 2 years, so that pressure is off my back. Now for the SBL and ETS order forms...
Updated, 2:00 PM.
Well, the order forms are still waiting. I called tech suppport and spent 2.5 hours on the phone with them. He had me trying everything, but nothing worked. Finally, he said, "Well, the next step is to re-install the operating system." No way! So, I now have lost my original profile and settings (they are there, just not accessible) and my whole morning. And the modem is still not fixed.
Don't you just love computers :)
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Thoughts about 1491
Now the question is, how do we apply this? Or do we simply add it to our mass of knowledge with no practical application?
Here it is one month from AAR/SBL and my computer decides to go wacko on me...
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Monthly web sale ideas
Naturally, I always welcome suggestions from customers. But, generally the response rate when I mention it in BookNews is pretty poor. Maybe bloggers are more responsive? Maybe nobody reads this (that is entirely likely, since I haven't told anyone it exists)?
I was hit by a truck on my bicycle on August 23, T-boned. Wrecked my bicycle (didn't exactly do me any good either).
The insurance money came last Friday, so I ordered a new bike last Saturday. Very nice, 2005 Specialized Allez Elite with all Ultegra. The 2006 bikes have aluminum frames and are overpriced because of the 10 speed Shimano. This one is steel with 9 speed Ultegra. I like the ride of a steel bike better than aluminum or even (surprise) carbon.
I ride about 3000 miles per year, so the carbon fork and seatpost will be a nice feature. Hopefully the weather will stay warm long enough to enjoy it a bit this fall :)
Monday, October 24, 2005
New books from Eisenbrauns
Seeking Out the Wisdom of the Ancients:
Essays Offered to Honor Michael V. Fox on the Occasion of His Sixty-Fifth Birthday
Edited by Ronald L. Troxel, Kelvin G. Friebel, and Dennis R. Magary
xxviii + 507 pages, English
Your Price: $59.50
The Historical Jesus in Recent Research
Sources for Biblical and Theological Study - SBTS 10
Edited by James D. G. Dunn and Scot McKnight
xiv + 618 pp., English
Your Price: $42.95
Canaan in the Second Millennium B.C.E.
Collected Essays, volume 2
by Nadav Na'aman
xiv + 410 pages, English
6 x 9, ISBN: 1575061139
Your Price: $49.50 http://www.eisenbrauns.com/wconnect/wc.dll?ebGate~EIS~~I~NAACANAAN