Rethinking Life Hacks

Link: Rethinking Life Hacks

Funny/interesting take on the productivity porn to be found on the internets.


Music Update

Just received the new’ish Big Star box set, after selling my copy of the Little Richard “King of Rock and Roll” box set (on Rhino Handmade – and therefore 1 of only 2000 released) for $100 on Amazon! Not bad, considering I bought it for $50, three or four years ago.

The Big Star box set is really good so far, although no substitute for getting the three albums individually (and Chris Bell’s I Am the Cosmos). Hard to say much about Big Star that doesn’t just repeat the usual encomiums, but suffice it to say that there have probably been about 2, non-consecutive, years in which I listened to something by Big Star every single day.

The amazing highlight thus far comes from the fourth disc, which is a very high quality recording of a live show: they do a stunningly simple, power-pop cover of The Flying Burrito Brothers classic, “Hot Burrito #2” that demonstrates how perfect covers can be. You’ve got one of the finest power-pop ensembles EVER, playing what amounts to brit-pop filtered through Memphis, covering a seminal country-rock band’s song, resurrecting/highlighting the brit-pop song structures and roots of both bands.

I’ll see if there is some minimally legal way of loading and sharing the mp3 here….


Paul Samuelson, Necessity, Mothering and Invention

From the NY Times obituary on titanic 20th century economist, Paul Samuelson, comes an interesting tidbit on part of the motivation for writing his industry-standard textbook: triplets (with 3 kids already in the household). Could be an interesting strategy, although sociology lacks the unifying disciplinary coherence needed to construct a large enough textbook market to provide the big payoff. On the other hand, I’ve only got twins.

The birth of the triplets doubled the number of children in the Samuelson household, which soon found itself sending 350 diapers to the laundry each week. His friends suggested that Mr. Samuelson needed to write a book to earn more money. He decided to write an economics textbook, but one that would not only be compelling for students but also sophisticated and comprehensive. And he wanted to center it on the still poorly understood Keynesian revolution…

Students were attracted to its lively prose and relevance to their everyday lives. Many textbook authors began to copy its presentation. “Economics,” together with shrewd investing, made Mr. Samuelson a millionaire many times over.


Wiggins "wasn’t quite as noble as he could have been"

Link: Wiggins “wasn’t quite as noble as he could have been”

Yeah, so I can’t be the only one who feels about 80% sure that “Wiggo’s” much discussed transfer to Team Sky will turn out to be the biggest flop of the 2010 season, right? No doubt that Wiggins is immensely talented, and I can’t blame him for jumping on the big payday.

Nonetheless, this whole thing feels so much like the Chris Boardman mania of the early to mid 1990s (particularly for those of us who were reading Cycle Sport when it truly was an English import magazine and highly partisan). This is the year he will finally win the Tour! Or maybe just crash on Day 2. Or, finish 135th.

State historic place sign at the boys’ school (in the campus of Stuart Hall). Turns out Robert E Lee served as board member at Stuart Hall immediately after the war…same time he was president of Washinton & Lee college, and in the last four years of his life.

Weird Playmobil Kit – Is this bearded grandpa in the garden? Or Dutch (Portland/Parkslope?) hipster papa with facial hair and plaid sweater? Gets stranger the longer
you look at it…