The future of libraries, run by robots! Seems so efficient. What to do with the old ones: Crystallized books. These are all so beautiful.
(this will be a consistent theme on my new site coming in February!!) Time permitting over your weekend, get lost in the internet. These are highlights I came across over the past week. I did not know this existed. The most F’d up thing ever: human leather. It’s legal. And a UK company which specializes in products made from such. The fact they’re sold out after December orders is super icky. Oh my jeezus! Whether a blogger or running a big corporate biz, this podcast is worth your time. (28 minutes) Engage Your Audience, and keep them so… Tales From the Night. Great stories via 10 New Yorkers whom recall their most memorable ‘from dusk to dawn’ experiences, while others … Read More
Just recently saw my doctor for a follow-up and a referral to a specialist. All is fairly ideal and/or needing minor tweaks to optimal. Health is one of those things we kinda take for granted till some thing gnaws at us as acute or chronic. Then, it really does effect EVERYTHING: the day, the week, the month, the World we live in. So appreciative to have my health and limbs and sight and… I’ve known him for over 10 years and just now heard an in-depth personal history he shared. In our conversation about my book reading he casually shared how his mom had committed suicide when he was 10. His father was a never-around alcoholic womanizer so my doctor … Read More
It has been a long time since I’ve been so engrossed, fascinated, and consistently anxious to sit down and read a non-fiction book as I am Debt, The First 5,000 Years. It is written by an economist-anthropologist, if that gives you any indication of how thorough the writing is. It completely flips the conceptions on bartering, trade, purpose of original coinage and enterprise from as far back as original civilization. It has more than history; it is insight into prostitution, slavery, war, and religion, and how all of these things are tied to our concept of debt: the value of people, the value of sacrifice. I can not recommend this book enough. It is necessary to have the hard copy … Read More
In the United States, in 1894, the Greenbackers, a party wanting to detach the dollar from gold entirely, to allow the government to spend freely on job creation campaigns, invented the idea of March on Washington. L.Frank Baum’s book, The Wizard of Oz , appeared in 1900 and is said to be a parable for the Populist campaign of William Jennings Bryan, whom had run for president twice on the notion of replacing the gold standard with a bimetallic system, adding silver. As with the Greenbackers, one of the main constituencies for the movement was debtors: particularly, Midwestern farm families such as Dorothy’s, who’d been facing a massive wave of foreclosures since the recession of the 1890’s. According to the … Read More