The Free Bundle Update

Don’t you hate when someone starts with “it has been a while since I posted here”? Well, I do. But in this particular case, I am not at all ashamed or bothered by the fact that I haven’t posted in quite a while. The reason, besides having been busy working on an anthology book, is that The Free Bundle (Cabrera Brother’s own Newsletter Magazine) has gone through some big changes I want to quickly go through here with all of you.

Most notably, the homepage. The magazine cover now works differently for those visiting the magazine from their smartphones instead than from their computers web browsers. The decision was made internally to keep the homepage for the smartphone version clutter-free and allow quick access to the subscription box, something I wish more websites got around doing.

It simplifies life, it makes it easier to navigate over the phone and it translates into a great impact for those browsing the page from the palm of their hands.

The second change, besides the overall look of the website which now seems cleaner, happened to its content. From this day on, we are honored to feature interviews with some of the most relevant Sci-Fi writers on the scene. How about that. Besides the excellent articles and short stories written by indie authors we keep featuring week after week, we now have the luxury of being in company with some of the best there is out there.

Not bad for a few months of work.

P.S: bought me a Smith-Corona Secretarial (1970, wide carriage, electrical) used for about $8.00 and a Groma Kolibri (manual, 1960) for even less than that. Will do a proper post later next week (hopefully).

Smith-Corona Secretarial. Isn't she a beauty?


The Tape Project, part 1

Picture a young Mark Twain, newly appointed journalist seated on a teak folding chair on the starboard of the San Francisco as he and dozen passengers slowly roam downstream the Mississipi waters in a hot and humid Thursday afternoon.

During a trip which, as shocking as it might sound to many because of Clemens’ inclination to story telling, actually happened, we learn of the death of a child at the hands of cholera and his burial at the sea.

We also learn about the grieving young mother, and how the deadly bacteria that fulminated her child spread quikcly through the entire ship, ignoring social scales and fluvial ranks, to the extent that even the clergyman aboard became sick with it.

Mark Twain and the Mississippi.

In total, Cholera claimed a total of eight lives before the somber steamboat reached the shores of New York.

Now picture this: years later, Clemens would successfully publish a travel book titled “The Innocents Abroad”, which would inevitably launch him towards worldwide recognition.

In the book, Clemens humorously chronicles his journey to Europe and the Holy Land, from the train excursion from Marseille to Paris, going all the way through the Papal States to culminate in a Pilgrimage on the Terra Sancta.

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