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Flap art [18 Mar 2006|03:05pm]

FlapArt has book jackets to slip over the book you are reading in public, in order to antagonize strangers. Great for riding public transportation and causing a ruckus at your local Starbucks.

  • How to Murder a Complete Stranger and Get Away With It
  • How to Overcome Nymphomania
  • Perfecting the Art of Fart Projection

&tc. These are very weighted toward the "How to" titles though. Surely there must be other genres that would work well. Ideas? Anyway, it's going on my gift list for book lovers..

(via Freakonomics blog)

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Ten-Sided [18 Mar 2006|04:18pm]

Just parroting Grand Text Auto here, but some of you might be interested in Ten-sided, which is a fictional blogging project involving ten writers who will each blog as a fictional character for 3 months. There is to be a relationship between the ten characters, but it cannot be planned out beforehand.

The comparison to jazz is what caught my eye/ear here, that each writer has to respond to cues left by the other writers, and presumably will also be making choices in terms of tone, style, etc. that will be interesting in the context of the choices already made by the other writers.

I'd like to do something like this.

It's syndicated as 10sidedfeed. It involves why the lucky stiff.

(x-posted to music_and_lit)

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Google in the media [18 Mar 2006|04:55pm]

These two stories are talking about the same decision:

And the spin on this particular issue matters a whole lot for Google. So, the different half-empty vs. half-full approaches taken by various authoring publications are interesting, as is the choice of story versions by the different aggregators like Slashdot.

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Let's call Whole Foods Whole Paycheck, ha ha [18 Mar 2006|09:16pm]

This article in Slate is a pretty good survey of potential problems with Whole Foods, most of which I've said (at least to myself) before. I don't buy organic produce when there is locally grown available, and I'm under no illusion that the organic produce arriving here from CA comes from small farmers. Do people really believe that small farmers have the marketing wherewithall to get a large conglomerate to ship their produce all across the country? Pfft.

It's an important point that the salaries and benefits for their employees are liveable. The article doesn't mention that the employees receive profit sharing, but I'm pretty certain they do, after a certain level of seniority.

I question the part about Whole Paycheck. I shop at Whole Foods now—it's right next door. Previous to that, I have shopped at Star Market and Stop N Shop. My grocery bill always seemed to be about the same. I'd like to see some evidence for the claim that WF is more expensive, because people always say it. I can think of some cases where it's true, like anything from the household or personal care section, but I'm thinking about just food here.

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