Medium/The Nib: The Case Against Sharing.
Collectors Weekly: The Otherworldly Sounds of the Clavioline, From Musical Saw to Wailing Cat.
WCPO: Burt Reynolds faces foreclosure.
The Bandit is looking fragile. Man, time has flown.
WSJ: Fed Officials Downplay Financial Stability Concerns.
My old man used to call Wonder Bread, “The Incredible Shrinking Bread.” Why buy air, was his point. Like that unfortunate product, this article manages to give us text that reveals absolutely nothing we don’t know already.
Vox: It’s three times cheaper to give housing to the homeless than to keep them on the streets.
“A new study is out providing support to one of my favorite ideas in public policy — that the best way to deal with the challenge of homelessness is to give homeless people homes to live in.” One of the early popular Almanacs (remember that book craze in the ‘70’s) created an infographic showing that if you took the American defense budget and rerouted it for just one year to housing the homeless, you could give each homeless person a $250,000 house.
WSJ: Lawsuit Filed Over Cooper Union Tuition.
KickStarter: Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere.
Linked all over, but you’d have to be heartless not to give it just a little more promotion.
NY Times: Please Turn to the Chapter on Obscurity …
NPR: How Far Your Paycheck Goes, In 356 U.S. Cities.
I find the unhighlighted background lines a bit more interesting.
Vox: For $23,215, you could buy a Jeep — or health coverage for one family.
Paris Review: Exploring Alexander Pope’s Grottoes.
The Atlantic: Breakfast Cereals to Get More Expensive, Thanks to Climate Change.
Seriously, you want me to panic over Frosted Flakes? The ‘staff of life’, bread, is more important on a worldwide basis, and just as under threat.
Guardian/Linda Grant: ‘I have killed my books’.
I cull infrequently. I’m still at odds with how to deal with my ebooks. They need a coating of dust and a spritz of leather-smell before they get really good.
nakedcap: The Elderly as a Source of Profit.
#^@%@#%%$. Assisted suicide needs to be a national option. I’d never want myself or anyone I cared for to suffer this nightmare.
SciAm: Coffee Rust Battle Intensifies.
“The current coffee rust outbreak is the worst in Latin America’s history. It is estimated that production will fall by as much as 15-40 percent in the coming years.” Hmmm. Should we stockpile? Discuss.
Ars Technica: Shocker - Cable TV prices went up four times the rate of inflation.
“Even communities with multiple competitors weren’t spared.” Well, that makes me feel a little better. My bill seems to sneak up by nickels and dimes every month.
Pacific Standard: The Tortured Rise of the All-American Bro.
Makes me think of the two guys who showed up in the campground at Jack’s Creek last year. Loud, drinking heavily, all excited to “BE IN THE WILDERNESS!” They clumsily set up their tent, then went searching for … BEER. Only to find it distant and expensive. They sat. They drank. They shouted. Gradually the noise level diminished. They slept. They woke up the next day. “Isn’t this great?” They sat at the picnic table. Stared at each other. Walked to the outdoor loo. Came back. Stared at each other some more. “Let’s go home and play video games. We’ve CONQUERED THE WILDERNESS!” And in a tent-ripping burst of energy, they burned rubber and left.
The birds and deer, and the peace and quiet, returned.
BBC: UK’s oil, coal and gas ‘gone in five years’.
“The government recently announced it was cutting subsidies for large-scale solar energy and the Conservatives have said there will be no funding for new onshore wind farms if they win the next election.” Woof. Rock and a hard place.
“Use Basecamp Personal for all your projects outside of work.” $25 one time fee, 1GB of space for files. I assume it’s the ‘new’ Basecamp design - which my clients find confusing (I stuck with ‘classic’ for the time being). YMMV.
CNet: Snikt! X-Men fan builds working Wolverine claws.
Dude is appropriately chuffed. You can’t help but smile at him. I just hope he doesn’t put someone’s eye out ...
Guardian.UK: Obama warns of infrastructure decline in speech urging Congress to act.
Well, at least he’s talking about it. We as a country are about 20 years late getting on this.
Cnet: Square to let users share feedback with sellers via receipts.
“Known as Square Feedback, the tool lets buyers weigh in on their experience by clicking a button in their digital receipt and sending a message directly to a merchant. Square thinks the service, which will cost sellers $10 a month, will be a valuable conduit for customer service and allow merchants to build relationships with their clients.” Great idea.
Gizmodo: Should Your Driverless Car Kill You to Save Two Other People?
I’ve got the answer. Ejection seats. Shades of James Bond.
Perhaps the computers could be programmed to give us a choice. If it were my life against a young family with children, I’d choose the young family. Surely software could give us a ‘check box’ to select. Then again, someone will likely label them ‘death panels’ …
Pew: The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States.
“Most Hispanics in the United States continue to belong to the Roman Catholic Church. But the Catholic share of the Hispanic population is declining, while rising numbers of Hispanics are Protestant or unaffiliated with any religion.” Getting into election season again, when I have to remind everyone (as I’ve done since 2000) not to treat the Hispanic vote as an ideological entity. They don’t vote in a group, as other minorities do … yet the media continues to talk about them, treat them as such.
NakedCap: Americans Raid 401(k)s, Replacing Home Equity Withdrawals.
“Admittedly, a Bloomberg graphic shows that the amount of penalties was slightly lower in 2011 than 2010. But the fact that it’s higher than the levels seen during the financial crisis years shows that economic stress is still high.”