Crazy rant against Cory Doctorow on NY Times... →
Simon Dumenco makes two arguments against Cory Doctorow’s assessment that the New York Times paywall can’t work. New York Times reporters are in danger in Libya and Japan Certain kinds of bloggers tend to rely on published media reports for their raw material From this I take it that he doesn’t like Cory Doctorow. OK. But why are either of these “arguments”...
OCD and Baseball
It’s much more soothing to watch baseball on TV if you just accept that the center-field camera is offset such that there’s really no point in your having an opinion about balls and strikes. Let go. Less stress, less rage.
35% is extortionate for US companies. But The Economist, not widely known as liberal, doesn’t bat an eye at a top rate of 60% for personal income, only at where it starts. Discussion of British budget joshuatopolsky: “Its extraordinary success is based on an aggressive strategy that mixes fierce lobbying for tax breaks and innovative accounting that enables it to concentrate its profits...
Financial planning parallax
I’ve been watching a lot of TV today. Two observations. Financial planning ads cluster around news and sports. The pitch is always two-fold. My favorites are the Fidelity ones where the independent people who like making their own decisions have a painted line to follow.
OK, so Bill Grueskin doesn’t like Cory Doctorow. I don’t see how...– Bill Grueskin, ex-editor of the WSJ, on the NYT paywall and the high-fallutin’ opinions of comfortably seated blogger-commentators. (via mrgan)
The Evolution of SXSW Interactive →
This intrigues me as a librarian and conference-goer. My favorite professional conference was ACRL in Minneapolis. About 3000 attendees. Typically I’ve gone to ALA Annual. About 25,000 attendees. I’m noticing with some interest that those are broadly the numbers for South By Southwest. Which I think confirms my impression that ALA Annual is so large that it gets in its own way.
Seth's Blog: Bring me stuff that's dead, please →
Seth Godin consistently has the best advice for everybody. But this is a way forward for libraries. Don’t chase trends, build on what’s known.
Joshua Topolsky: Switching to Tumblr, full stop →
Happy my mixed feelings are shared in some quarters. I have a Wordpress blog elsewhere, and I theoretically love the idea of having complete control over my web presence…but this is the only place on the web I post regularly other than Facebook. Tumblr feels like home. joshuatopolsky: I think I’ve made a major decision. Well, it’s semi-major. I’m going to switch to Tumblr as my main...
The Case Against Drop-down Identities →
This is the most human thing I’ve read today. Thanks, Gina. (via Instapaper)