Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Introducing The Survival Paradox - Badgered up!


You'd be forgiven for thinking that if something was "badgered up" it was in less than working order, but in our family it means quite the opposite.

Above is a screenshot of some Badger magic.  Click here to get a pdf download of the opening gambit of the climate change book we've been working on. 

Even better than a cheap vodka, it has been filtered by both the producer, Julian and the super-clever Ms Melancholy, before being passed to the ultra-talented Badger for a final 'badgering up'.

The book uses a split between the left hand page (graphics, cartoons, graphs and illustrations) and the right hand page (body text) to try to engage both sides of your brain in the discussion. Badger has whisked up the illustrations based on my rubbish approximations, and suddenly it feels like a really-really-real book.

I've still got the very ending chapters to complete. And then there will be A Big Announcement. Because something quite amazing is happening when we launch it.

We've got some very early feelers out to publishers - so far it's quite positive, but if you happen to own a massive publishing company and want this book then do feel free to email ;) We are also considering web-publishing via something like Lulu, because it would allow us to keep it available all over the world, and not get buried in the normal distribution and territory issues. There will be a significant web presence because of the Very Exciting Secret Thing, so one more click to order the book doesn't feel like a barrier.

So - please feel free to download this taster, and email me or comment here if you have feedback. (Especially typos ... as nmj and Cas both know first hand, there is no such thing as perfect). 

The book is designed to be accessible to bright 13-year-olds as well as non-academic adults. It's wide ranging in the content - animal behaviour, neurobiology, psychology, sociology, economics, climate science, philosophy, politics - so the assumption is that no reader is an expert in all those areas, but that every reader has first-hand experience of being a human being.

The latest title, by the way, is The Survival Paradox: Why Global Climate Change has a Silver Lining.

25 comments:

Jude said...

Looks absolutely fab! I'm up for a copy.
x

Adventure girl wanna be said...

I will! That is cool;)

Jon M said...

Cor...it appeals to me! Hmmm brain of a thirteen year-old? :)

Hullaballoo said...

Wow! That's exciting. It may even manage to get through to my slapdash non-scientific frame of reference. I will let you know

B said...

it was so lovely to meet you all today. i hope to meet you again :)

PurpleSparkleBright said...

wow! looks good so far- I'm on my ubertiny eeeeeeee-pc so i can see it properly yet: I'm going onto a proper computer later. so exciting!!! being published!

trousers said...

I'm downloading the pdf as we speak: I need to if I'm to get my revision in ready for the questions...

How utterly, completely lovely it was to meet you all today: thank you for being so welcoming and warm, and what a nice day it was all round!

That's So Pants said...

Hi Stray

I have downloaded and really look forward to reading it. Great that it's all coming together so well.

xxx

Pants

Stray said...

Hey Jude - nice to see you yesterday :) Thank you!

Adventure Girl Wanna Be - excellent! Let me know what you think.

Jon M - what amazingly lovely kids you have. I'd love for No 1 to read it as well if he can find time between mouthfuls ;)

Hullaballovely - I fear that your particular kind of maths is what the US government are attempting with their economy at the moment.

B - good to see you too. Good luck writing.

PSB - I would LOVE to hear your thoughts. You are rather brilliant after all.

Trousers - yes, there will be a short multiple-choice section followed by a choice of open ended questions ;)

Twas lovely to meet you too. You can count up the chicken noises and take that as a measure of how much Badger likes / feels comfortable with a person. I think you scored highly :)

Pants - ta mate. It's only the beginning but you are on my list for the whole damn thing if you're still up for it. My deadline is the 24th October ... woo.

B said...

thanks for the welcome and the blogroll addition! and for the good luck writing. i'd finished BB by 2pm today and i love it.

ms m, i did bring cakes yesterday - cas put them out at home but they had all mysteriously disappeared by the time we got back to her house :( i will know to bring twice as many next time! (or maybe just to keep some back so they don't all go quite so fast!)

Hullaballoo said...

Au contraire my dear, I did grasp it when I read it. I even managed to maintain concentration.

Then I dreamt about it. Beat that eh!

I dreamt that Stray hired a dirty great industrial barge full of lovely food for Ms Mmmm's birthday and then charged each guest £30 for the privilege. I guess that's about each of us taking collective responsibility innit?

Ms Melancholy said...

Hey b, keep some back! That's the key...

Hi there hulla, I am working on the dream...x

Kahless said...

I think the book looks and reads fantastic!

Ms Melancholy said...

Hey hullabafreud, Badger wants to know if she was there.....and if she was, was she doing impressions of people in the form of dance? That would be one cool dream.

Hullaballoo said...

Hey there Ms Mmm. Badger was in the dream, dressed as an unexpectedly large Dairylea Cheese Triangle.

And yesterday, managed to smudge a whole Dairylea Cheese triangle over a TA textbook by Muriel James. Serves me right for showing off about reading hardbacks lol!

I have written something for you all over at mine. xxx

Ladyhihi said...

Wow! That's exciting. It may even manage to get through to my slapdash non-scientific frame of reference. I will let you know


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