Something new . . . OR How Facebook Ate My Life!

Hey, Cupcakes!

My new thing is to  post videos on my Facebook Friend page and MARK LIPINSKI’S FAN PAGE  almost everyday!  I thought I’d share one with you — my first (rather roughly edited) quilt book review.

I reviewed a book that I received from Leisure Arts Publishing called, TRIED AND TRUE RENEWED!  I’d like to post at least one video review a week here.   Let me know what you think!  xooxm

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36 Comments on “Something new . . . OR How Facebook Ate My Life!”

  1. Judy Knox
    August 8, 2010 at 10:00 PM #

    I enjoyed your review, Mark, enjoyed it very much. It was good seeing the animated you again. It is possible that I’m the last person in North America (or the planet Earth) who does not belong to Facebook so I look forward to seeing more of you on your blog ….

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  2. Sarah Daneke
    August 8, 2010 at 10:29 PM #

    Great review Mark. It was wonderful to see the quilts. With so many books coming out each month, LQS limit what they order. It’s pretty slim pickens in my neighborhood for books, so I always welcome anything recommend by Pickle Road, or The Posse.

    Take Care
    Sarah Daneke
    Edmond, OK

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  3. Bert in Rice, WA
    August 8, 2010 at 10:43 PM #

    I love book reviews. I’m the guild librarian (and a book slut) so an honest review is priceless.

    That said, I still prefer an “old-fashioned” (text and maybe a relevant image or two) written review for a couple of reasons.

    1. I’m on satellite internet with a bandwidth cap. I don’t look at a lot of videos in general. There are still a lot of people around here on dialup, too.

    2. Video book reviews won’t show up in a search, nor can I skim them, reread passages, copy/paste snippets, etc.

    Personally I find it annoying when I go to a news site for a particular story and it is only available on video, especially when it is nothing more than the anchor reading the copy. I can skim a story faster than they can read the teleprompter. ;o)

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  4. August 8, 2010 at 10:57 PM #

    Hi Mark,
    I thought this video review was great. It was honest and done well without pretends.

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  5. Donna
    August 8, 2010 at 11:03 PM #

    Great review. I like the video review. Keep it up. Hope you are well.

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  6. August 8, 2010 at 11:50 PM #

    I really like your candid remarks about what you do and don’t like. I like seeing and hearing you. Personal touch, I guess. I like seeing pictures from the book too. That gives me a good idea of whether or not I would want to make those quilts.

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  7. s j gill
    August 9, 2010 at 12:04 AM #

    like the video an easy way to see if the book is what i want to buy love the blog-facebok doesn’t fascinate me too many comments when all i really care about is what mark has to say
    can’t wait for your next magazine
    please keep up the blog
    stay well

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  8. August 9, 2010 at 12:07 AM #

    In today’s economy, book reviews tell me where I want to put my money. I always look for a review from a trusted quilter before spending my $$$ on a book. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY the best (and not surprisingly) most innovative idea for a book review! Keep it up – loved the video idea. Seeing the projects like this gives me a better idea of what to look forward to if I make the decision to purchase.

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  9. Pat Coble
    August 9, 2010 at 1:41 AM #

    It was great to hear and see you doing this review. I enjoyed seeing the quilts and listening to your comments in such a straight forward way, brief and to the point.

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  10. Dee Wanderman
    August 9, 2010 at 1:43 AM #

    I Love, Love, Love the video review of the quilt book. It gives me a great idea of what is contained in the book. I often order my quilting books online – I do most of my quilt shopping online, so it is difficult to find good reviews (with pics of the quilts included). I have bought quilting books that had good text reviews and been disappointed when I received the book itself. Thank you for such a comprehensive review.

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  11. CelticRose
    August 9, 2010 at 3:02 AM #

    Loved the review! 🙂

    It’s good to hear from you again and see you looking so well, although I almost didn’t recognize you without the glasses. lol I’m not on Facebook either, and I was wondering about your health. How’s the the kidney search going?

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  12. Sara Volk
    August 9, 2010 at 3:06 AM #

    I like it Mark. I liked your reviews in QH because they were so honest and this is exactly the same thing, only its great to see the inside of the book. Thanks!

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  13. joan reichart
    August 9, 2010 at 11:20 AM #

    I really enjoyed this review. Please keep them coming!

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    • Brinda Sexton
      August 22, 2010 at 3:59 PM #

      Absolutely loved the book review. It’s always a plus with me when I can see the inside of a quilt book and view the quilts with such clarity. This one is a hit and I am on the hunt today for both you new mag and this lesiure arts book. The ideals are flowing this morning, thanks to you.

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  14. August 9, 2010 at 12:08 PM #

    Hi Mark,

    Love the review… was blown away by the pineapple quilt… I think Hawaii calls to me even when I’m in NJ.

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  15. Gail
    August 9, 2010 at 12:35 PM #

    Glad to see you’re still alive and kicking. I tried to friend you on FB, but it was right at the time when you’d discovered you’d need a kidney. Guess you might have had other things on your mind than confirming friends. I’ll try again.

    gail

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  16. August 9, 2010 at 2:55 PM #

    Great video! Love to hear your input on variations of each pattern. Putting in my preorder now!

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  17. anita (pickle)Kefgen
    August 9, 2010 at 4:29 PM #

    I liked your comments, however, the review was almost too casual, I realize that you said that the review was unedited and editing might make the review tighter. Explaining exactly what you liked was useful, whether or not it was the two colors, or the choice of fabric. Talking about different choices of fabric making a difference was thought provoking. What DID you like about the table runners, or why did you choose these two?
    I did not think that the music was too loud, as some pickles did, but probably every machine played the volume differently.
    It always helps when you talk about the value of the book, as you did, and used to do in the magazine.
    On this site, under book videos, are examples of book trailers, which use less words and more music, timmcdonough.org. I was thinking that if you had a partner in these videos, you would have more time to do your thing, and still get the book review to your readers/Facebook friends.

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  18. Sue Radkiewicz
    August 9, 2010 at 10:27 PM #

    The video review was great Mark. The music was nice, definitely not too loud. In fact, at first I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. I don’t think you need to worry too much about editing, this review was all you and I think that’s what we all like! Keep ’em coming.

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  19. Debra
    August 9, 2010 at 10:42 PM #

    Hi Mark,
    So great to see you…and you look fabulous. I have had your health issues in my prayers….hope all is well.
    I am so excited about the new magazines…I was shocked to see that “365” is in it’s fourth issue and I don’t even have the first one…I will remedy that immediately!
    The book review was great and very informative. The pictures that you showed from the book and your comments about different fabric possibilites (especially “Elements”, one of my favs with anything…ha ha ha), gave me ideas, and were wonderfully helpful in my decision making about adding this book to my library.
    Thank you for all that you do for us (quilters, sewers, crafters…etc.).

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    • August 9, 2010 at 11:44 PM #

      Thanks, poodle. The first 3 issues of Christmas were not edited by me. Only the last issue is a Mark Lipinski. xoxom

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  20. Dianne Goetz
    August 10, 2010 at 1:11 AM #

    As God is my witness, I may never read another book review again! I love hearing somebody tell me about a book, showing pics from the book, etc. I can tell you really, REALLY loved this book. The passion, the animation…seeing IS believing and I believe I will add this to my Wish List. Keep ’em coming Mark! I LOVE you!

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  21. Dianne Goetz
    August 10, 2010 at 1:16 AM #

    As God is my witness, I may never read another book review again. I LOVE listening to you review the book. The animation in your voice sn entertaining, and the passion with which you describe some of the contents makes me really want to know more about the book, maybe even buy it. You showed enough examples from the book that I have a good idea what I’d be getting. As for editing, don’t edit too much or you’ll lose your essential pickle-ness. Thank you for bring your wonderful self into my life via your video clips! I LOVE you!

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  22. cindy
    August 10, 2010 at 2:23 PM #

    I liked the video review, especially seeing what quilts were in the book. But I’m not signed up for Facebook or Twitter. Hopefully you will post the reviews on your blog also. Nice ‘seeing’ you.

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    • Maggie Magee
      August 10, 2010 at 6:23 PM #

      Hi Mark–Really enjoyed the review–and seeing you! I agree with Cindy–do hope that you put future reviews here on your blog. Stay strong–and hope your search is going well!
      Maggie Magee, North Kitsap WA

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  23. August 11, 2010 at 1:56 AM #

    Mark, I enjoyed your video review this looks looks a wonderful book. Hope you stick with this format.

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  24. MARY
    August 11, 2010 at 6:51 AM #

    HELLO MARK,
    FIRST IT IS REALLY GREAT TO SEE YOU BACK ON YOUR BLOG. MISSED YOU LOTS!! I DO HOPE YOU ARE DOING BETTER.
    SECOND, I LOVE THE BOOK REVEIW IDEA AND THE CASUAL FORMAT. IT IS NICE TO HEAR WHAT YOU LIKE/DONT LIKE ABOUT CERTAIN PATTERNS AND SOME OF THE IDEAS THAT YOU HAVE.
    KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. I WILL DEFINITELY CHECK BACK.
    PS: I TOO AM NOT A FAN OF TABLE RUNNERS AND OTHER SMALL PROJECTS. IT IS NICE TO HEAR THAT I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE

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  25. SuzK
    August 11, 2010 at 6:24 PM #

    That was fantastic. I’ve just started Facebook and when I figure out what the heck I’m doing, I’ll be at your place!

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  26. MARY
    August 12, 2010 at 10:10 AM #

    HEY MARK,
    GOING OFF TOPIC, HOW IS THE SEARCH FOR YOUR KIDNEY COMING? I AM O POSITIVE , WILLING TO BE TESTED, AND WILLING TO GIVE ONE OF MINE UP. PLEASE KEEP US POSTED

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  27. August 12, 2010 at 10:35 AM #

    Would I like to see you posting a video once a week, hell yes! It was so nice to hear from you, you’re looking good, considering your age and such ;-).

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  28. Priscilla Williams
    August 13, 2010 at 7:49 PM #

    *I love you.
    Priscilla

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  29. Jackie (aka Katy)
    August 14, 2010 at 11:31 PM #

    Nice book review. Keep up the blog postings! Facebook is okay, but I like the blog better. Is it possible to be “old school” when it comes to such things?

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  30. August 15, 2010 at 1:23 AM #

    Hello, Mark. Thanks for the review: I’ve never made a traditional quilt before, although I agree with you; they always take the show. I consider your words, “Any idiot can make a log cabin” a challenge which I will meet one day. Thanks; this is a fun blog.
    Finally, will you please add an RSS Feed button to your blog so I can read new posts on my Google reader? That would be much appreciated. Meanwhile, I’ll just book mark you.

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  31. August 16, 2010 at 1:32 AM #

    Thanks for the review! So, which one are you going to make for me?
    Stefanie

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  32. Vicky
    August 25, 2010 at 3:31 AM #

    I’m another one who isn’t thrilled with Facebook or Twitter – too much personal info out there and don’t participate on either. Haven’t seen your magazine around here but will keep looking for it. Enjoyed your book review and look forward to many more on your Blog. Good to see you back Mark. We have missed you.

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  33. Susan Webb
    August 25, 2010 at 5:13 PM #

    Hey Mark!
    Love it. Love it, Love it! Books reviews are so good. Way out in rural PA the book stores are far & few between. Having access to good new book reviews is delicious- almost as good as the strawberry jam I made this morning. Wanna jar?

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