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By TheophileEscargot (Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 07:57:18 AM EST) Reading, Me, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia", "Worth Dying For", "Tigerman". Me. Links.


What I'm Reading
How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid. Novel written loosely in the form of a self-help book telling the life story of a man trying to get rich in business in an unnamed Asian country. Liked this a lot. It's a lot warmer and more poignant than I expected, but also sharp, witty and well-observed. Much more than a simple satire, well worth reading.

What I'm Reading 2
Worth Dying For by Lee Child. Jack Reacher novel, nominally a sequel to "61 Hours" but in fact but owing much to it. Even so it's another cracking entry in the series, with Reacher proving a bit more vulnerable and fallible than previously.

What I'm Reading 3
Tigerman by Nick Harkaway. I liked his two earlier novels, "The Gone-Away World" and "Angelmaker" quite a lot, and he deserves credit for not settling lazily into sequels, but building up a new world each time. This one has a British army sergeant taking on a governer/policeman role on an island now abandoned by Britain in the face of an imminent catastrophe. The sergeant makes friends with a young teenage boy obsessed with comics.

The book is a decent read, entertaining and with some worthwhile plot points. However it didn't quite grab me the way the others did. One problem is that the teenage boy: obsessed with comics, using slang like "pwned" and "leet"; seems too much like a fortysomething man for the contrast between them to really work.

Me
Baby got a nasty tummy bug and had to spend most of the week at home. Felt sorry for him, though one thing was that he got a lot cuddlier as he temporarily lost some of his new independence and just wanted to be hugged. I came down with it as well and my wife had a very tough time dealing with two puking invalids at once.

On the plus side, I'd put on a few pounds but have now lost it without having to resort to a diet. Current weight graph:

Weight

Links
Socioeconomics. Is UK productivity crisis because senior execs are paid for short-term gain, not investment? The way the US economy grows and recovers overwhelmingly benefits the rich and powerful.

Articles. A Case of Cis Regret. A properly Marxist look at A Game of Thrones. The Four Worst Types of amateur TV Critic. Group interview with the Airplane movie team. Samuel R. Delany's original review of Star Wars, image.

Politics. Find something to vote against. Benefit reform failed to save money. The Guardian view on Britain’s choices: the economy. Couple of nuggets from polling. Phone polls tend to favour Conservatives, online polls have Labour and UKIP slightly higher. Polling actually suggests Cameron has a bigger problem being "too close" to business than Miliband being too hostile. (Media framing is almost always about "Miliband's problem").

Sci/Tech. L.A.F.A.B.L.E.: Large Agile Framework Appropriate for Big, Lumbering Enterprises. May amuse people who've done corporate Scrum and agile, but will bemuse others.

Random. The Ubiquitous Roving Plants of the Enterprise D. Chatelaines: great gadget assemblies for Victorian women.

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Case of Cis Regret by ana (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 08:24:44 AM EST
 Thanks for the link. It's important to hear a complete sample of voices around these issues.

And we were days from starvation until those missionaries knocked on our door. We made Alfred Packer stew. --georgeha

And now Star Trek is ruined for me. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 09:08:18 AM EST
Why, oh why, did I click that link?

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Live long and moss spore by Scrymarch (4.00 / 3) #3 Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 09:36:14 AM EST


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even the jacobin isn't immune by the mariner (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 11:53:08 AM EST
to the neoliberal logic of clickbait politics.

Low productivity by Herring (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 05:55:07 PM EST
Interesting article and sounds reasonable. I think there's another factor as well: in the South East, property can earn far more than any other complicated innovation or making stuff.

It's well known that Alan Sugar made most of his money in property rather then the tech stuff he marketed. The returns are much higher.

IMO, something needs to be done to shift property away from being an attractive asset class to being somewhere that people live. Over 25% of workers in London are on housing benefit. How daft is that?

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky

Benefits of any kind are counterproductive. by gmd (2.00 / 0) #6 Sat Apr 25, 2015 at 05:50:22 AM EST
 

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Be it housing benefit or income support. by gmd (2.00 / 0) #7 Sat Apr 25, 2015 at 06:09:20 AM EST
its a mechanism for wealth transfer from the lower middle classes to the rent seekers and corporations.

the only way forward with Londons housing crisis is to attack both the 'demand' side, by pulling out of the EU and massively reducing immigration, and to attack the supply side by removing all the ludicrous planning laws that make it unprofitable to try and develop houses. The "green belt" is one such example, but there are plenty more.

the problem with most of these so-called political 'crises' is that they are the direct and predictable result of government policy. In other words, if there's a a housing crisis in London, it's because politicians caused it, on purpose.


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