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« Easy Motoring Always and Everywhere? | Main | Get Rich Writing »

February 20, 2007

Elsewhere

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Speaking of books of history, Jeff Sypeck's new look at Charlemagne is sounding mighty yummy to me. It's nice that the book is only 300 pages long, focuses on only four years in Charlemagne's life, and wears its for-the-popular-audience approach upfront and proud. Here's an interview with Sypeck, who shows a gift for conveying a lot of information and shadings in likable and swift ways. I raved about another short volume of medieval history, Robert Lacey and Danny Danziger's "The Year 1000," here.

* So maybe it isn't completely unheard-of to like both hip art and modesty in government ...

* The advice in this cute how-to video seems solid to me! (Link thanks to Rachel.)

* Derek Lowe rhapsodizes about a chem lab's smells.

* Yahmdallah recalls some of his favorite live popular-music shows, and recommends a freebie image-editor for Windows.

* Drew links to my recent "Why do we think art is faggy?" posting and adds a lot of sensible and insightful thinking of his own. A great sentence: "We've stripped young males of so many opportunities to be masculine that a return to caveman-like behavior is one of the few avenues left."

* Dean Baker thinks that copyright is about the worst way possible to reward and protect creative work.

* Cowtown Pattie and Kman offer a little visitor some Texas hospitality.

* It can be hard to get yourself to take a walk when there's no real place to walk to, can't it? (Link thanks to Tim Worstall, whose recent Britblog roundup shouldn't be missed.)

* NZConservative discovers the fun of Paul Johnson's "Intellectuals."

* I hope "Grindhouse" is half as tacky-snazzy as its trailer. (Link thanks to Anne Thompson.)

* The ladies compare notes about their first tries at a crucial skill. (No naughty pix or sounds, but probably best treated as NSFW anyway.)

* Fred shares a perfectly glorious (and short!) choral piece of his. Some beautiful Hallelujah harmonies slip-slide into and out of muddy and strange modernist / Renaissance regions: worship and gratitude for today that's also anchored solidly in the past.

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at February 20, 2007




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Dean Baker writes, "Think of the enormous gains to the economy and society if all books and articles, music and video were available to everyone in the world at zero cost over the web."

I've put on my thinking cap, but hard as I try, I can't think of any "enormous" gains, except the occasional savings that it would present to a reader who doesn't have to pay for a book he might download for free.

I think it is incumbent on anyone who advances an argument like Baker's to marshall some evidence to support his conclusions. He doesn't. It's just utopian wool gathering.

Posted by: Peter L. Winkler on February 20, 2007 8:28 PM






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