Wednesday assorted links

by on January 3, 2018 at 12:49 pm in Uncategorized | Permalink

1. Carmen must not die.  And the great Barbara Adams Mowat (Folger editions editor) has passed away.

2. The culture that is Ann Arbor: “Sterilized Ann Arbor deer may get yoga mats to help with recovery.

3. Is the world running short of sand?

4. “Startups dedicated to untreated water are gaining steam. Zero Mass Water, which allows people to collect water from the atmosphere near their homes, has already raised $24 million in venture capital.

5. MIE: Slavoj Zizek mini-skirts.

6. “The agreement stipulated that after becoming dentists, her sons would pay her 60 percent of their net profits until the total amount paid reached 50 million new Taiwan dollars, or just under $1.7 million.”  Link here (NYT).

7. What are the five dimensions of curiosity?

1 Roy LC January 3, 2018 at 12:55 pm

Well as long as somebody gets stabbed to death…


2 So Much For Subtlety January 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Carmen shoots him. They obviously decided that a knife is too phallic and hence part of the whole “rape culture” thing.

I tend to avoid pretentious Euro-trash, but I have to say Laura del Sol was an excellent Carmen in Carlos Saura’s film.


3 A clockwork orange January 3, 2018 at 1:11 pm

3) the Cisplatine War was a war for sand fought between the superior Navy of Argentina and the Empire of Brazil, much as the war of 1812.


4 Utapao January 3, 2018 at 1:12 pm

#3. Is the world running short of sand?

Hmmm — government market interventions cause shortages

Some eager young economist should investigate that new phenomenon some day


5 Ricardo January 3, 2018 at 1:25 pm

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.” — Milton Friedman.


6 GW January 3, 2018 at 4:03 pm

The article did a poor job of explaining that the depleted stocks are of construction-grade sand. (And this is not just sand for mixing with cement: the most critically at risk of depletion, perhaps, is glass-quality sand, with worldwide stocks looking at depletion in ca. 20 years given current demand.) Friedman’s remark is, in this case, particularly uniformed as Saharan sand is largely unsuitable for construction use.


7 JWatts January 3, 2018 at 4:35 pm

” is glass-quality sand, with worldwide stocks looking at depletion in ca. 20 years given current demand.”

If history is any precedent, in 20 years will still have world wide stocks of around 20 years. Essentially, nobody bothers trying to expand proven reserves for that far in the future.


8 mkt42 January 4, 2018 at 2:07 am

I’m too lazy to look it up, but I thought there was a big article about sand about six months ago, maybe in Atlantic or the New Yorker, that got commented on here on MR. That article informed readers that not all sand is the same, which seems to be the most important initial fact about sand that we non-experts need to know. IIRC Saudi Arabia or some other middle eastern country needs to import sand.

If I had time I’d read this new article, but absent some signal that it contains new information, I’m skipping it.

I also agree with JWatts. We deal with scarcity all the time, and though it’s not fun the economy (and prices) will adjust fine, as long as we don’t do something stupid like 1970s US energy policy or pretty much all policies in Venezuela, creating actual shortages and real crises. So it’s smart to keep an eye on the supply of sand in the world, but I’m not losing sleep over it.


9 Steve January 3, 2018 at 5:50 pm

Fracking created a sand boomlet near my home in central Illinois. The nearby fields have a type of sand considered good for injecting underground during fracking. It’s roundish, not jagged, and lets fluids flow through it easier.


10 Various January 3, 2018 at 1:34 pm

#7. Fabulous piece! I wonder where on the spectrum you and most MR fall.


11 ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ January 3, 2018 at 1:53 pm

4. The article conflates two things, one stupid and one dangerous. Home water purification is just wasteful if you have a perfectly good tap just sitting there. “Live water?” Geez.

Maybe we need “five dimensions of common sense”


12 Dzhaughn January 3, 2018 at 9:01 pm

Next decade, we can charge them to dispose of all the dangerous raw water lying around.


13 John January 3, 2018 at 1:54 pm

2. The title is clickbait, and pretty much acknowledged in the article. The deer are sterilized to track survival rates and migration patterns while not contributing to overpopulation. The yoga mats were just convenient to keep them off of the snow while they recovered.


14 Ted Craig January 3, 2018 at 2:21 pm

Also, this:
“That’s to be followed by a lethal cull with a goal of killing up to 250 deer between Jan. 8 and Jan. 31.”


15 djw January 3, 2018 at 10:35 pm

The cull seems sensible to me, but lots of people are mad about it.


16 Dick the Butcher January 3, 2018 at 4:54 pm

2. A yoga mat may assist in dragging out of the bush a dead deer.

The culture that is eastern Suffolk County, NY. January guys like me get to shoot (shotgun) them. It appears Bentleys have been damaged in car/deer collisions.


17 Vance Koven January 3, 2018 at 2:37 pm

#1. I believe that in both France and Italy the “moral rights” laws (which are distinct from copyright) survive the author’s death, so that if Bizet has any living descendants they could sue to block the new production.


18 Joël January 3, 2018 at 9:49 pm

This is correct. The law has for example being used by Victor Hugo’s descendants.


19 Joël January 3, 2018 at 11:32 pm

It is not completely clear, however, what a French judge would say on the case of Carmen. When some artwork has already known many adaptations, not all perfectly faithful to the original, the judge would likely let a new adaptation go, even moving slightly further away from the original. On the other hand, some judges are known
to have been harsh on some adaptations seen as disrespecting the will of the author (even long after the author’s death). For example, a judge, at the demand of the descendants of Beckett, forbade a representation of “waiting for Godot” where the actors were males and females: Beckett wanted them to be all males…

In Italy, the judges are much more lenient, and I do not expect any problems there for this production of Carmen, even if there are still some descendants of Bizet who care enough to sue it. But it might be forbidden to be represented in France.


20 Robert January 3, 2018 at 2:42 pm

#2 What ‘sterilized’ Ann Arbor really needs is a football coach.


21 Careless January 4, 2018 at 2:14 am

Yeah, they only have a top 5 coach. They can do better!


22 rayward January 3, 2018 at 2:49 pm

4. One can’t blame Silicon Valley for the widespread belief that bottled water contains the secret to a healthy life. Watching young women walking about the city carrying bottles of water as though there’s a genie inside is at once amusing and concerning. What’s surprising is that it took Silicon Valley this long to get in on the scam. And Silicon Valley is a scam. Flying cars and spaceships to Mars. Yea, right. At least the flying cars and spaceships to Mars won’t hurt anyone since they are merely scams, unlike the untreated water. Silicon Valley is mostly hucksters selling snake oil, the secular cousins to the hucksters selling God. I suspect the hucksters behind Live Water were just trying to raise funds from gullible investors and never thought their product would actually find its way to market. Not unlike Trump’s campaign for president, which was intended as a promotion of the Trump brand not an actual campaign for president: Let’s see: a fake campaign for president that produces a fake president, a fake startup for live water that produces a fake product, a fake promotion for a flying car (or is it a spaceship for Mars) that produces a fake car (or is it spaceship), we are a nation of easy marks for all of the hucksters. What’s next, a wristwatch with “health-oriented capabilities”.


23 msgkings January 3, 2018 at 2:52 pm

You’ve gone full mulp, ray. I do like the irony of you typing on a device, to post on a network, both created by the ‘scammers’ you think you are taking down so artfully.


24 ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ January 3, 2018 at 2:56 pm

rayward works hard on his transitions. If I were going to change the topic, and I wasn’t really, I would do it straight up:

Maybe you were a partisan protecting the party flank. Maybe you were closer to a non-partisan wishing for a safer world.

Forget it. This is what it is.


25 Anonymous January 3, 2018 at 3:15 pm

By that logic every industry is a scam. Compared to the pharmaceutical, real estate, education, and financial industries silicon valley is a haven of productivity.


26 msgkings January 3, 2018 at 3:16 pm

‘Logic’ LOL


27 Cooper January 3, 2018 at 3:34 pm

“Silicon Valley is a scam!” he said, on a computer designed in Silicon Valley using an operating system written in Silicon Valley on a website designed by a Silicon Valley web developer.


28 Ricardo January 3, 2018 at 3:45 pm

Ridiculous. Everyone knows that Brazil invented all of these things.


29 Dzhaughn January 3, 2018 at 9:19 pm

Shovels were not the scam, the Gold Rush was the scam.


30 rayward January 3, 2018 at 5:29 pm

Here’s my list of the greatest technological innovations: the printing press, electricity, penicillin, optical lenses, the combustion engine, vaccinations, the steam engine, refrigeration, air conditioning, the telephone, nuclear fission, and the pill. Here’s my list of the most overrated technological innovations: every product made to sell you something or to distract you from what’s important, which is to say almost everything that has come out of Silicon Valley.


31 msgkings January 3, 2018 at 5:35 pm

Man, Silicon Valley is gonna be pissed when they find out you used their products to tell us this.


32 Anonymous January 3, 2018 at 6:28 pm

Learning they helped propagate his thoughts won’t be their proudest moment.


33 So Much For Subtlety January 3, 2018 at 7:03 pm

Trump may have run a fake campaign and probably did not think he would win, but he is not a fake President. Any more years like the past year and he will be on Mount Rushmore.

Silicon Valley sells porn. That is basically it. That is why people really use the internet. It was for a handful geeks before Mozilla worked out how to load pictures and video cheaply.

Which means that it has had an impact not far off nuclear weapons for most societies.


34 djw January 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

Maybe they will carve his face on his wall.


35 Careless January 4, 2018 at 9:57 am

the article was not about bottled water, rayward. Christ.


36 A clockwork orange January 3, 2018 at 3:37 pm

logic is flawed sentimentality based on a hierarchy built by hucksters shilling games and posting pictures in a world creates by wars and paintings. And what of the photons? And what of the toadfish’s besmirched cry? Silicon Valley is the Jeauc Cousteu that can convince us the world is silent with the mars of screens, like the glass doors on aquarium tanks that Jeac invented to educate us that the sea is silent.


37 A clockwork orange January 3, 2018 at 3:37 pm

He’s on fire!


38 athEIst January 3, 2018 at 3:40 pm

people to collect water from the atmosphere near their home

Consider the externalities(real and imagined).
Also It has been determined you don’t own the rain that falls on your property*, so I wonder about the atmosphere near your house.
*homeowner collected rain from his roof in barrels for future use, was sued by the city.


39 Aye Que January 3, 2018 at 3:45 pm

2. Pretty clickbaity article.


40 Aye Que January 3, 2018 at 3:55 pm

4. People seem to think “rich people who live in the Bay Area” and tech workers are one and the same. But there are other subcultures in the same place, did this make you think of any other behaviors common to the area:

“Almost everything conceivable that can make you sick can be found in water,” one such expert, Bill Marler, told Business Insider. That includes bacteria that can cause diseases or infections such as cholera, E. coli, hepatitis A, and giardia.

“You can’t stop consenting adults from being stupid,” Marler said. “But we should at least try.”


41 Kevine E. January 3, 2018 at 4:09 pm

+1 LOL


42 Anonymous January 3, 2018 at 6:03 pm

They are bringing back nature in all its glory, including the idiots getting culled.


43 Kevin E. January 3, 2018 at 4:35 pm

6. Pretty insane. Though America’s not immune from this kind of nonsense:

“There are no analogous laws that apply to married parents, who are never forced by the law to pay for any part of their children’s college education. But, married parents might pay anyway — and willingly so. On these grounds, the Supreme Court of Washington upheld a post-majority educational support statute. According to the court, the statute simply remedied the economic disadvantages facing children of divorced parents, who likely would have received greater financial support if their parents had remained married.

In addition to this justification of economic differences between the children of divorced parents and those of married parents, the nonintervention doctrine — a cornerstone of family law that keeps courts out of ongoing marriages — facilitates the different treatment of divorced families. It is thought that divorcing couples require intervention to resolve their separation issues, which intact families do not have.”

But don’t think it’s because society respects married people more(it doesn’t, as the whole family court system makes clear) that it takes a hands off approach. They just haven’t found a legal window through which to meddle.


44 So Much For Subtlety January 3, 2018 at 7:07 pm

I would guess that lawyers are starting to run short of cash. Pretty much everyone who isn’t Amish has divorced already and so that nice little earner has run dry. In many countries the lawyers are openly lobbying for girlfriends to be accorded alimony. As in Britain for instance. So perhaps if they can get children to sue Daddy too, all those lawyers can afford a house in a nice suburb and to send their children to the Ivy League.

I would suggest they would be better off making Crystal Meth a la Breaking Bad. Less damage to society.


45 Thor January 3, 2018 at 4:58 pm

First they came for Carmen, then?


46 Jay January 3, 2018 at 5:02 pm

Oregon is a Big Government TM state that believe is government caring for you cradle to grave, right? Certainly seems that way… “I’ve lived in this state all my life and I REFUSE to pump my own gas. I had to do it once in California while visiting my brother and almost died doing it. This is a service only qualified people should perform. I will literally park at the pump and wait until someone pumps my gas.”

I wonder if the person I quoted above feels the same way if we replace “pump gas” with “masterbate”?


47 Attila Smith January 3, 2018 at 5:03 pm

#1. “With horrific cases of domestic violence coming to light almost every month, the directors of the work said they were uncomfortable with the idea of audiences applauding the final scene, in which Carmen is stabbed to death and lies motionless on the stage”
I keep thinking that that no madness will surprise me anymore in the realm of political correctness and I keep being proved wrong. And that in the land of opera. Cari amici italiani, non vi vergognate?


48 Thor January 3, 2018 at 5:20 pm

The directors, along with exhibiting the PC madness you mention, are also dumb: audiences are not applauding the death of Carmen!

Oh well, I suppose Desdemona is next; she’ll be presented as having a shiv under her duvet and will use it to stab Othello.


49 Ricardo January 3, 2018 at 5:42 pm

Except it would have to be Desdymyna stabbing otHEllo…


50 Faze January 3, 2018 at 6:39 pm

Carmen’s death is what makes the opera a tragedy. Don Jose is such a stupendous sap, to make his death the climax of the opera renders the story trivial.


51 So Much For Subtlety January 3, 2018 at 6:55 pm

Is the death of Carmen what makes the opera a tragedy? Surely the tragedy is that Don José loves too well or too foolishly and because of that he deserts his genuinely nice girlfriend, the Army (and hence his country) and the path of niceness in general.

Surely Bizet thinks Carmen is a slut who gets what is coming to her? Which goes to Thor’s point – surely by Act 4 pretty everyone has had enough of the borderline personality disorder chick and is, at least, not entirely upset when she dies?

52 Axa January 3, 2018 at 5:58 pm

#4 as long as water is free from harmful bacteria and dangerous concentrations of heavy metals…it’s fine.

In Milan there’s water menu with 30 or 35 euros a bottle. Milan is fine, life goes on. The most important feature of this water is that the poor can’t buy it.


53 athEIst January 3, 2018 at 8:07 pm

The only feature is the poor can’t buy it.


54 Omaha1 January 3, 2018 at 6:22 pm

#4 hey we want our children to die of diarrhea from untreated water just like in third world countries! It’s “natural” so what could possibly go wrong?


55 Mike January 3, 2018 at 11:42 pm

#4. Because healthy water should always turn green if you let it sit too long.


56 Tyler January 4, 2018 at 12:05 am

#6 sounds sensational, but at the root it’s just a contract dispute. The mother signed a contract with her kids (when they were 20) saying that they’d pay her back out of their profits. The son didn’t do it, and so she sued. The only weird thing is that they signed a contract, but given that they did, nothing that ensued is in any way unusual. This is not setting a precedent where parents can suddenly sue their grown kids for not giving them money as vague repayment for the costs of raising/educating them.


57 Engineer January 4, 2018 at 12:34 pm

#4 equipment to extract drinking water from humid air has been around a while. I looked into it some years ago, after one of the hurricanes, thinking about a back up emergency water source. Here’s one company . The only trick is that it takes quite a bit of power to operate, i.e. so in a grid down emergency you would need a surviving solar panel installation, or a generator and fuel.

What these Zero Mass guys appear to have done is combined the water production gear with a dedicated solar panel(s). I think one would be better of to package those functions separately.


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