Monday assorted links


#1: from album #5 i can see where post-rock came from.

3. Hey, this could work for all kinds of litter!

#2. "I have given away something of mine..." One man's litter is another man's donation...

The median value of a used book is nil.

5. Google sent me an alert asking me if the Traders Joes by my house was wheelchair accessible. Interesting psychology. If they were going to train users to answer, "for the disabled" would be a good way to start.

#5 I think prices are wondrous, one of our best inventions. But ... there was very little data in that article, if I didn't know better I would think it was simply an advertisement for Premise. Hmm.

4. I expect some to try to treat this as a political story mainly about Russia. But I also expect a drip drip drip that will make it plain for all to see the scope of tax evasion that globalization has engendered.

That isn't really a globalization phenomenon, though, if we are talking about globalization over the past two decades. I remember seeing books printed in the 1970s in my local library talking about the joys of having an overseas bank account. The Nixon campaign used a complex network of shell corporations and bank accounts located in Central America to launder campaign money to fund its criminal activities. If anything, the situation has improved since the 1970s as countries start to monitor and disclose overseas accounts more and more and any would-be criminal has to fear Snowden-style document dumps that may out them to the media or to law enforcement.

260 books is a pretty pathetic book collection. I want to know what to do when you are buried under tens of thousands of books.

That was my first thought. 260 books is a joke.

My second thought is that he may have made work for somebody else. "Would people ignore the stacks, bump into them, see them as pile of rubbish? He has no idea what the immediate reactions have been, because he doesn’t stick around." Yes, when that pile left outside gets rained on, or kids throw them in the street. That one on the Brooklyn Bridge seems to be on the quite busy pedestrian/bike path, where there are already enough natural obstacles.

Yeah, why not just drop them off at a charity or something? Sounds basically lazy to me, with a bit of stunt to boot.

Books are garbage. This is littering. I tried it with dirty diapers. No one applauded.

After aggressive divestment I probably still have more than 250, but I keep them for old time sake. I am mentioned in only two. Not bad for a little person.

I read physical books from the library, keep a small but growing number on Kindle.

At this point I expect Amazon to be around, and to have a reader for future devices.

I want to know what to do when you are buried under tens of thousands of books.

Find a used book store.

"Accelerators made the basic structure of atoms obvious." lol

You got a problem with that? It's trivially true. The exploration of the structure of the atom started with JJ Thompson's discovery of the electron.

#6 - it seems rather likely that the first Americans came along the edge of the ice sheet between Siberia and Alaska.

It may be likely that some did, but it does not follow that all did unless one assumes a single migration.

Which can, apparently, be politically contentious. For if there were multiple migrations over many years, then most Native Americans may not be descended from "first Americans." And, of course, some of that genetic diversity may have been lost before European colonization.

The deadliest part of European colonization for the Natives may have been the diseases they brought with them, but, the same could have been true for any prior migrations as well.

Re: 1. Too bad we're 11 years too late to enter the contest for Tom's 20 favourite CD's. Tyler's really on top of things.

I spoke to Tom recently and he told me that list is obsolete. He says forget Dylan and Sinatra. He now appreciates that Justin Bieber is the real deal and that Kanye's a bigger genius than Picasso. He also said Bill Hicks has been replaced by Dan Hicks (and his Hot Licks). Sadly, he died of cancer, too.

Haha. As you indicate, the cool thing is that so little has happened musically in the past 10 years that noone noticed.

#4 - If one law firm handled this much, what is the global total. It seems doubtful that one law firm could have had more than, say, a 20% market share for dirty money.

I suspect that the draining of money into tax havens is a big part of the global savings "glut" and is actually creating a "fiscal drag" on the global economy.

This article says they are one of the 5 largest such firms (which usually means there are at least four others larger than they are).

That makes it likely they have less than a 10% share.

jorgensen---very good insight.

Well worth more detailed work.

#5 Yes. Time to launch a Pirate Party USA.

1) I played with a group whose main leader was very influenced by Tom Waits. For quite some time, the musical elitist in me saw this as low grade. Eventually, I came around and just enjoyed it as fun and creative. However, it was one of those situations where by "collaboration", he meant, "do what I say" ... eventually this became clear during a recording project and I left ... I imagine they're still making some very cool stuff though.

3) At some stage, I determined that it was correct and ethical to download a digital copy of each and every book in my book collection (many of which decades or centuries beyond copyright), and to donate the hard copies to charity. I'd considered using one of those scanning services where you send your whole book collection and they give you a digital copy, but this seemed like an unnecessary expenditure. In the space of a few hours, I was able to replace nearly my entire library, with the exception of a few reference books.

Eventually I got rid of the reference books too, realizing that Wikipedia contains good expository explanations of nearly everything contained in the reference books.

I still prefer to read paper copies and so buy them sometimes, but if I want to keep a copy, I locate a digital copy online and back it up that way.

I think it's important to ensure that content producers receive benefits from their work, but see nothing wrong with accessing a digital copy after the fact in order to digitalize the personal library.

Can you believe that nearly 2500 years after the fact, people are still paying $20 or more for a work by Plato or Aristotle? Gutenberg project and (?) are good locations to access off copyright digital copies of a great many books, and since a lot of my earlier background is in political theory, provides good access to quite a lot of more obscure philosophical works that might be harder to find via other means.

It appears that the McClatchy DC article on the Panama document revelations you link to is nowhere to be found. 404 errors not only from the McClatchy DC web site, but also from other syndicated sites like the Kansas City Star.

I hate to see that kind of disrespect for books.

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