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SF New Mexican: Santa Fe police recruit FedEx, UPS drivers to help fight crime.

UPS and FedEx are now watching us.

10/21/14 • 02:54 PM • Home & LivingHuman RightsLawSecurity • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

TomDispatch: Laura Gottesdiener, Adrift in Oil Country.

Yep, Farmington, NM knows most of this already.  Even before fracking.

10/13/14 • 09:33 AM • EnvironmentalGeneralHome & LivingSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: For Photographers, the Image of a Shrinking Path.

Can an amateur take a picture as good as a professional? Sure. [snip] Can they do it on demand? Can they do it again? Can they do it over and over? Can they do it when a scene isn’t that interesting?” Exactly why media buyers are ... crowdsourcing. They don’t need one professional when they can effectively search a million photographers’ portfolios for the right image.

Doesn’t work well for assignments or photo essays, however. Not yet, anyway.

10/10/14 • 10:08 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: Why Americans Are Drowning in Medical Debt.

... patients have few options beyond attempting to research hospital charges ahead of time—which is probably the furthest thing from a person’s mind when they are most in need of a hospital.” A friend got caught in the ‘out-of-network’ scam. It was the physician who should have known not to send out for blood tests to an out-of-network lab. After a complaint, they soaked the cost themselves.

10/08/14 • 12:28 PM • EconomicsHealthHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Final: The only credit card you will need.

Of interest.

10/08/14 • 11:22 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingInternet • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Ghost in the Machine: Then the Rich Got Richer.

@%#%%@%$%$^@

10/01/14 • 03:27 PM • HistoryHome & LivingHuman RightsPolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

I think I’ve figured out a Fedex/UPS routine ...

They deliver largest packages first, smallest last. I seem to consistently receive large stuff first thing in the morning, and bitty little ones just before 8 PM.

09/26/14 • 10:55 AM • ConsumptionGeneralHome & Living • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Review of Books: Age of Ignorance.

Stupidity is sometimes the greatest of historical forces.

09/25/14 • 01:40 PM • Home & LivingPoliticsPsychology • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

iPPinka: Convertible Shelf Table.

Cool idea. As long as you’re not stocking books.

09/18/14 • 09:37 AM • ConsumptionDesignHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: The Last Refrigerator.

I don’t know of an economy that can survive on the principle of ‘You mow my lawn, and I’ll wash your dishes.’ We’re great because we make things.

09/16/14 • 11:14 AM • EconomicsHistoryHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Cool Tools: Learning Tower Kids Step Stool.

This is a totally neato idea.

09/12/14 • 10:46 AM • ChildhoodGeneralHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Annals of Family Medicine: The Cost of My Mother’s Cardiac Care in the US and India.

Noted.

09/11/14 • 12:30 PM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingHuman RightsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New Statesman: The new Luddites: why former digital prophets are turning against tech.

There is hardly anything in the world that some robot cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this robot’s lawful prey.

09/10/14 • 09:50 AM • EconomicsGeneralHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube: Ohio Amish Barn Raising.

It’s good to have people.

09/05/14 • 01:28 PM • GeneralHome & LivingReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: We Now Have the Cure for Hepatitis C, but Can We Afford It?

Treatment for one hepatitis C patient now can take up a huge portion of a small business’s budget for drug spending.

09/04/14 • 01:54 PM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingHuman RightsScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: For-Profit Colleges Are Equivalent to High School.

Community colleges, in other words, open just as many doors to possibility as for-profit ones.” Not surprised. Talked to one for-profit grad who ‘majored in Powerpoint’. Yeah! That holds up well against this.

09/03/14 • 05:27 PM • ChildhoodEconomicsHome & LivingScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

TechCrunch: When Does Uber Become Cheaper Than Owning A Car?

Interesting. Not in Santa Fe, yet.

09/03/14 • 12:20 PM • GeneralHome & LivingTravelVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: The Urban Oil Fields of Los Angeles.

One of the lesser-known details of L.A.  I was quite surprised when I found out about this a couple of decades ago.

09/02/14 • 10:17 AM • EnvironmentalHealthHistoryHome & Living • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CultWestern: Western Wear Without The Douche - Essential Western Belts.

I like basketweaves as dailies. Nice reference to Big Bend Saddlery ... spent a lot of time in Alpine in ‘78.  Great place for real Western gear. Bought my first mulehides and bullhides at Cowtown there ... before “Urban Cowboy” pushed the prices of boots sky-high.  My mules were $25, the bulls $35. Still own the bulls, resoled thrice.

08/28/14 • 06:48 PM • ConsumptionDesignHome & Living • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BoingBoing: Customer fined $250 for complaining, told “You are playing games with the wrong people”.

Read this one. Wow.

08/28/14 • 04:10 PM • EconomicsHome & LivingInternetLaw • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Cool Tools: Car2Go.

A step on the way to self-driving cars (eliminating the ‘ownership’ mentality).

08/27/14 • 09:54 AM • EconomicsGeneralHome & LivingTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

alexcornellblog: Why It’s Impossible to Make Plans Anymore.

Cellphones. So this writer maintains. I’d critique, but I have to call someone ...

08/26/14 • 11:15 AM • GeneralHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Not One-Off Britishisms: “Expiry date”.

Ha! Say ‘expiry date’ anywhere inland of the two coasts, you’ll get some mighty curious looks. “What kind o’ date?”

08/19/14 • 10:52 AM • GeneralHome & LivingTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NPR: A New Golden Age For ‘Silver Bullets’? Airstreams Make A Comeback.

Even in the local RV parks, you’ll hear “mumble-mumble ... over there, THEY’VE got an AIRSTREAM.”  A modern mark of distinction.

08/18/14 • 01:13 PM • ConsumptionDesignHistoryHome & LivingSanta Fe Local • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Flavorwire: Stunning Writing Studios.

Chock full of clichés. Writing comes best for me in places and times where I’m at least slightly uncomfortable. I need something to drag me to the pen or keyboard.  Give me a comfy chair, a nice view ... forget about it.  The muse goes on vacation.

08/18/14 • 10:25 AM • ArtsBooksDesignHome & LivingPersonal • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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