OilPrice: Low Oil Prices Hurting U.S. Shale Operations.
“Much rides on the decision making of officials in Saudi Arabia. Although exact calculations vary, the world’s only swing producer needs oil prices between $83 and $93 per barrel for its budget to break even. But that may not be as important of a metric as it appears. Saudi Arabia has an enormous stash of foreign exchange, and could run deficits for quite a while without too many problems. With average costs of oil production from wells in the Middle East sitting at only $25 per barrel, the Saudis can clearly wait out U.S. shale if they really want to.” So, OPEC could bankrupt US shale operations? That’s interesting.
SF New Mexican: Santa Fe police recruit FedEx, UPS drivers to help fight crime.
TomDispatch: Laura Gottesdiener, Adrift in Oil Country.
Yep, Farmington, NM knows most of this already. Even before fracking.
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.
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.
Final: The only credit card you will need.
Ghost in the Machine: Then the Rich Got Richer.
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.
NY Review of Books: Age of Ignorance.
iPPinka: Convertible Shelf Table.
Cool idea. As long as you’re not stocking books.
The Atlantic: The Last Refrigerator.
Cool Tools: Learning Tower Kids Step Stool.
This is a totally neato idea.
Annals of Family Medicine: The Cost of My Mother’s Cardiac Care in the US and India.
New Statesman: The new Luddites: why former digital prophets are turning against tech.
Youtube: Ohio Amish Barn Raising.
It’s good to have people.
SciAm: We Now Have the Cure for Hepatitis C, but Can We Afford It?
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.
TechCrunch: When Does Uber Become Cheaper Than Owning A Car?
Interesting. Not in Santa Fe, yet.
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.
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.
BoingBoing: Customer fined $250 for complaining, told “You are playing games with the wrong people”.
Read this one. Wow.
Cool Tools: Car2Go.
A step on the way to self-driving cars (eliminating the ‘ownership’ mentality).
alexcornellblog: Why It’s Impossible to Make Plans Anymore.
Cellphones. So this writer maintains. I’d critique, but I have to call someone ...
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?”
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.