Thursday, January 29, 2009
Powell History Recommends...
Whether you love his history courses and wonder how he does it, or have found other advice from his blog useful in the past, or -- as in my case -- both, follow the link.
Criticism of Peter Schiff
Awhile back, I pointed to a video clip of economist Peter Schiff standing his ground even in the face of open ridicule as he correctly called the collapse of the housing bubble. Last night, via Donald Luskin, I encountered a very long post by Mike Shedlock (aka Mish) criticizing Schiff. My impression is that it is a mixed bag, but I found the following noteworthy:
I have talked with many who claim they have invested with Schiff and are down anywhere from 40% to 70% in 2008. There are many other such claims on the internet.Also, although I haven't gotten to them yet, I saw this morning that an HBL post mentioned two critiques of that very post.
What will publishing look like?
Yesterday, Dismuke forwarded me a link to an article about how publishing is changing with the advent of electronic media. It's geared more towards novelists, but I think any writer would do well to take a look at it.
Here's s sample:
If you think about it, shipping physical books back and forth across the country is starting to seem pretty 20th century. Novels are getting restless, shrugging off their expensive papery husks and transmigrating digitally into other forms. Devices like the Sony Reader and Amazon's Kindle have gained devoted followings. Google has scanned more than 7 million books into its online database; the plan is to scan them all, every single one, within 10 years. Writers podcast their books and post them, chapter by chapter, on blogs. Four of the five best-selling novels in Japan in 2007 belonged to an entirely new literary form called keitai shosetsu: novels written, and read, on cell phones. Compared with the time and cost of replicating a digital file and shipping it around the world--i.e., zero and nothing--printing books on paper feels a little Paleolithic. [links dropped]I have several Japanese coworkers. I'll have to ask them about keitai shosetsu....
On the subject of writing, a quiz over at Rational Jenn's says I'd have been a playwright in the Middle Ages.
Word to the wise: Don't place a cell phone too close to something you might not want to "answer":
Also file under, "I know I shouldn't find this funny, but...." Something about the ring tone just kills me. (HT: The Fail Blog)
25 Random Facts...
... about Alexander Marriott! Regarding item 23, I think many will ignore his advice. Half of the doctoral rite of initiation is the mind-games the candidate ends up playing on himself directly because of the fact named in the middle sentence in item 6.