"The move to an ownership to a 'rentership society' has been proceeding apace, and nowhere more rapidly than in media. Books have been a holdout, but that's just changed." A little squib on Amazon's ebook "rental." Not sure that's true, just because a company announces a service doesn't mean it ever works out how they planned. Just ask BoA about the $5 a month debt card fee. Look, libraries didn't kill book ownership. Radio (even satellite radio) didn't kill music sales. eBook rental works for the business niche the Kindle fits. I see some sales going away, but I don't see it as a game changer at all. I see it as addressing the "impermanence" factor that ebooks have. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
You know, if only government would just get out of the way, reduce (read: eliminate) regulations and let the market decide all would be right with the world and we could hire more workers. You know, to replace the ones that we killed because they ate the food. And if they couldn't afford insurance, well, that's just their fault. (Grokked from Morgan J. Locke)
A webmd article on sitting too long being an adverse health (in this case cancer) risk. That's one of the problems with my current job, and the classes. I spend way too much time butt-in-chair (but not for writing). (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Eric with his take on Jim Wright's post about OWS. Eric is very right about his explanation of the Civil Rights movement. And Dr. King only looks like a moderate voice of reason in comparison to Malcom X and the Black Panthers (and organization with enough cultural resonance that in the last election the appearance of two operatives at an election station sent the conservatives into an apoplectic fit that lasted three years). Ghandi, too, had the foil of more violent operatives seeking independence for India.
Dangerous minds with a long rant on how Blue states subsidize Red states and how that's contrary to the views of the people in those states (lumping states into ideology camps based on majority political party registration and voting). There's a lot of truth in there. Like how the major economic engines of Europe are also the most unionized and have the least amount of income disparity (note our greatest economic expansion in the last century also matched to this set of values). (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Tweet of my heart:
@jeremiahtolbert: I just learned the latin equivalent of "ownzored" is "Vos facta mea bona." Shouting that on x-box live next time I shoot someone.