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By TheophileEscargot (Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 10:11:35 AM EST) Reading, watching (all tags)
Reading: "The House that Groaned". Watching: "Knife in the Water". Links.


What I'm Reading
The House That Groaned by Karrie Fransman. Interesting comic, following the interlocking stories of some unusual characters renting flats in the same building.

It's drawn in a simple cartoony style that's still very effective, especially in the big set-pieces like the dionysian feast. The stories start off apparently bland, but quickly become fascinatingly grotesque as the hidden backstories and inclinations become apparent. There's a brilliantly horrible story where an apparently sweet romance turns sour.

Has a good mix of humour and horror. Well worth a look, though the sensitive might be put off by the endings.

Review, review, website.

What I'm Watching
Knife in the Water. Good early Polanski movie, where a holidaying couple take in a hitchhiker for a weekend on their small boat. Tense and claustrophobic, keeps you guessing: well worth watching.

Web
Economics. IFS report on Scottish Independence: the fiscal context. (big PDF) UK home ownership declines (PDF) UK now ranks 17th out of 27 EU countries Could all capitalism be Nordic?

Society. Guys not so keen on casual sex as expected, via. Confusion over law theatens to de-democratise social media. Why I Never Play Hard To Get. How to Support Israel Without Being Racist, How to Criticize Israel Without Being Anti-Semitic.

Politics. Climate change denying PM Peter Lilley took $400,000 benefits from oil company. Margaret Thatcher: minority-friendly modernizer? Credibility. US: Sensible copyright report mysteriously withdrawn, increasing polarisation.

Random. Airliner identification.

Sci/Tech. Windows 8 usability is poor. No negatives please, we're alternative.

Articles. Stoicism and Akrasia (acting against ones best judgement). Laurie Penny interviews Terry Pratchett. Thorough site on the Kennedy assassination including the single bullet theory.

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Link to the Nordic capitalism piece... by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 02:18:05 PM EST
doesn't work for me.

But assuming it's the Acemoglu one, it's a deeply flawed study - putting aside that patents aren't a great proxy for innovation/entrepreneurship, they totally neglect the global patent structure (which means acquiring US patents is much more important than various others...)

 

Yes, it's that guy by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 02:20:47 PM EST
Could be, certainly be nicer if there was Nordic Capitalism for All.
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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I've no idea if.. by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 02:45:24 PM EST
Nordic capitalism for all is possible, just that this particular research doesn't do much more than reflect the prior assumptions of the people involved. 

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as well as by bobdole (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 03:29:00 PM EST
the fact that the combined population of all the Nordic countries (including all of them) is roughly equal to a single large american metropolitan area (~25 M).

-- The revolution will not be televised.
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only if by 'single large'.. by infinitera (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 06:03:39 PM EST
you mean LA or NY.. Other areas don't come close - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Combined_Statistical_Areas

[…] a professional layabout. Which I aspire to be, but am not yet. — CheeseburgerBrown

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True by bobdole (4.00 / 1) #9 Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 01:36:49 AM EST
Was thinking of NY.

Looking at area (including Greenland, which is slightly cheating) the Nordics is 1/3 of the area of the states - with 1/10 of the population. Not really surprising that it makes for easier social care.
-- The revolution will not be televised.

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The usual care point... by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 02:23:06 PM EST
on the no negatives is a bit fatuous because there's no such thing as "no usual care" for fatigued cancer victims... "Usual care" amounts to a booklet with suggestions on a healthy diet and some gentle exercises possible even when you have particular conditions.

So, in fact, you'll never get a control group totally unaware of eating fruit and veg and exercising, except maybe in Glasgow.

Windows 8 by Herring (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 02:57:49 PM EST
I ran the preview/beta for a bit in a VM. What were they thinking? Well, I can see what they were thinking but surely it must have struck someone that there's a massive difference between a phone that you toy with on a train or in a café and a PC that you sit in front of and do stuff for hours.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
Dr T's Comprehensive Windows 8 Review by Dr Thrustgood (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 03:54:04 PM EST
Hardly touched Metro but it looks pretty. Boots nicely and the login screen is pretty. Having the taskbar on all monitors is nice. Fin.



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