Circle line

Should be a circle   1 vote - 33 %
Should not be a circle   2 votes - 66 %
 
3 Total Votes
Don't touch that! It's pure evil! by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 05:29:04 AM EST
I saw Time Bandits in the theater on first run too. Loved it at 16. Saw it on cable a couple of times in the 90's and it had aged well, then it seemed to disappear. Never really seemed to catch on.

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All right, they convinced me by priestess (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 05:30:37 AM EST
At first you think, well, of course the circle line should be a circle. It would have a stupid name otherwise.

But those articles convinced me, and staying on a train going all the way around is pointless and stupid anyway.

So yeah, if it'll improve service then break the circle, by all means. Turn it into a lasso shape or T-Cup shape or whatever. Sounds like those solutions would be more or less transparent to anyone who didn't intend to go all the way around the loop anyway.

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Dayanita Singh by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 07:03:42 AM EST
It's one of those oddities of the art world. Her claim to fame was to step away from single images and museums into mass-produced books.

I haven't been to see the exhibition, but instinctively it didn't seem like they would be able to make her work meaningful in the Hayward setting and tradition of display.

As for her photos, I've never found them to be that special, but that's the curse of "art photography" most of the time in at least the last 20 years. (20 years ago is when I really became a photographer and so started to really pay attention to the art photo scene.) There's just way too much tolerance of banal, run-of-the mill and derivative work...

Equoid by Vulch (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 07:18:20 AM EST
There are some entries over on Charlie's Diary on the subject of Equoid that make interesting reading.


Rentoul and UK wealth by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 07:20:04 AM EST
Offhand (since his actual data sources are obscured) the big driver of this is greater home ownership.

However, how that plays out in practical terms, I don't know - but I think there are complications (as usual) in talking about wealth below a certain threshold, due to illiquidity.

Another indirect source here by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #6 Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 09:27:29 AM EST
http://www.middleclasspoliticaleconomist.com/2013/10/median-wealth-increases-but-us-still.html

I'm sure Australia is only at the top of that list due to the property boom. Its don pretty well at redistribution, but still. Young / old demographics  will make a mess of it in twenty years.

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Young/old by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #11 Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 04:53:57 AM EST
I think that's at the heart of the conundrum in Britain too.
It sounds great - wealth is spread around - but the suspicion is that there's a bunch of people in the bottom 50% who are either pensioners or will be soon. They have a house, so they score on wealth, but we don't know about their income and we don't know about their ability to turn their wealth into income and finally we have no good statistics on where their wealth will go when they die.

In the meantime, most of the young are looking at a life where they don't get on the property ladder, so if property is the main driver of the lower wealth inequality it looks to be in the process of reversing itself.

(The thought occurs that the positive situation is partly a result of Thatcher's "right to buy" - but the downside is that it's not proving to be a sustainable solution, it was a one off redistribution that denuded the state of leverage in the housing market and created an even worse situation down the road...)

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Might have worked ok by Scrymarch (4.00 / 2) #12 Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 10:21:21 AM EST
If it was "right to 99 year leasehold" instead and they kept building council houses.

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Culinary Authenticity by riceowlguy (4.00 / 1) #7 Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 02:07:43 PM EST
The book makes a good overall case that "authenticity" is often a product of critics, scouts and enthusiasts seeking out and creating what they'd like to see.

I feel the same way whenever people start talking about "authentic" [INSERT ETHNICITY/NATIONALITY/REGION HERE] food.  Of course, I could just be a stereotypically ugly American but I get annoyed with typically highly privileged/educated Stuff White People Like white people say "well you know, what you call Mexican (or Chinese, or Japanese) food isn't really authentic".  Do I give a crap?  I just want a tasty meal, not an ethnology lecture.  I know that these tacos would be made corn tortillas instead of flour and with beans and cactus instead of steak and cheese in Mexico, but I like flour tortillas and steak and cheese (too damn much, unfortunately).  I do understand that when people who are genuinely fans of a given cuisine that is native to a particular region have their preferences for having it made a certain way, it's less wordy to say "authentic" than "made in the style I happen to enjoy", but it gets preachy at times.

Or maybe I just like to bitch, I don't know.

Elitist anti snob:) by Merekat (4.00 / 3) #8 Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 03:08:43 PM EST
Me, I dislike gristle too much to hunt down authenticity.

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agree by gzt (4.00 / 2) #9 Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 07:45:39 PM EST
for much of the world, authentic cuisine, no matter where you are, is essentially rice and beans. what variety of rice, what type of beans, what few additional flavorings, those change. unless you're rich. in which case, if what they had around was beef and pork, you'd eat beef and pork instead of goat and horse.

but, yeah, I mean, carne al pastor isn't "authentic", it's a "fusion" cuisine inspired by Lebanese immigrants to Mexico (so is this authentic Lebanese?!). to me, that means two things:

  1. that's way cool
  2. i don't care about authentic, i care about delicious


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Bad Reason link: by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #10 Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 09:38:01 PM EST
http://reason.com/archives/2013/07/30/the-myth-of-the-better-war

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Thanks, fixed! [nt] by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #13 Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 12:50:41 AM EST

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