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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In Culture News: Charles Mudede and Larry Mizell Jr Talk About Ferguson Tonight

Posted by and on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 4:01 PM

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Talking About Ferguson at NAAM: Tonight, Stranger writers Charles Mudede and Larry Mizell Jr are joining other writers, critics, activists at the Northwest African American Museum for an event organized by Pecha Kucha Seattle and Seattle People of Color Salon. It's called PKN SEA vol. 56 #Ferguson and it concerns the state of things in America in the light of the young and unarmed black man, Michael Brown, who was shot six times by a white police officer on August 9. Ferguson is the LA riots of the 21st century.

Uber Assholes: In a bombshell post, The Verge accuses Uber of masterminding a "sophisticated effort to undermine Lyft and other competitors." The internal name of the program? "Operation SLOG." (I guess we should feel flattered?) In response to The Verge story, Uber is trying to explain away its creepy libertarian tactics as good old free-market capitalism at its finest.

Why Bother Leaving the House This Weekend? There's still time to register for the 3-Day Novel Contest! All you have to do is pay $50 dollars, enter online, write an entire novel over Labor Day weekend, and then submit your book for a chance to be selected as this year's winner. If you've ever wanted to write a book, this is a great way to jump-start the writing process; sure, what you come up with isn't going to be a polished piece of writing, but it will indisputably be a novel-shaped thing. As every published writer can tell you, actually finishing a first draft is more than half the battle. Do it.

Library Misses the Point of Libraries: The new Florida Polytechnic University library is a bookless library. Yeah, a library with no books in it.

John Stamos is one of the producers of the prospective Full House reboot.
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  • John Stamos is one of the producers of the prospective Full House reboot.
Is This Peak 90s Nostalgia? Apparently, producers are trying to reboot Full House.

This Idea Won't Be Controversial at All: Is it time to take the prices off books?

“I have felt for some time that taking the price off books would put bookselling in the same place as almost all other retail,” said American Booksellers Association president Steve Bercu, the owner of BookPeople in Austin, Tex., and an advocate for net pricing. “Allowing flexibility in pricing gives the retailer the possibility of sharing changes in wages, theft, and occupancy costs with the consumer. Almost all forms of retail have this possibility, but booksellers do not.” Bercu also cited an additional advantage of net pricing: it would make discounting difficult and would allow market conditions to dictate the price locally.

It's hard to imagine the publishing industry agreeing to do this in tandem; such a move would certainly make Amazon look like the good guys.

Free Physics: The Feynman Lectures on Physics are now available to read for free online. In addition to possibly being the smartest physicist in the world in his lifetime, Feynman was almost definitely the greatest physics teacher in the world, too. This is a great chance to learn at the feet of the master.


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Feynman was a shitty teacher. And an asshole.
Posted by Micah on August 26, 2014 at 4:42 PM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 2
A bookless facility makes an awful lot of sense for a university library in these days. People need high speed connections, access to subscription-based information services (which is where all the academic publishing is happening now), and some knowledgeable folks to show them how to work the systems. Big chunks of paper are nice, but they're expensive and take up a lot of space.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on August 26, 2014 at 4:56 PM · Report this

I was schooled by Halliday and Resnick. Much better.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on August 26, 2014 at 5:03 PM · Report this
dnt trust me 4
I read a couple chapters of Feynman way back, a roommate's book. The thing that stuck out most was his womanizing tips.
Posted by dnt trust me on August 26, 2014 at 5:38 PM · Report this
My bro in law knew Feynman at CalTech. He was a bad teacher and a bad person.
Posted by Tim Appelo on August 26, 2014 at 5:59 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 6
"A bookless facility makes an awful lot of sense for a university library in these days"

I sort of agree, as long as *everything* is digitized. One of my favorite pastimes/inspirations at the U of Iowa was to peruse the huge collection of Master's Thesis which were stored on the upper floors of the massive library.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on August 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM · Report this
wilbur@work 7
SLOG's continuous and relentless hatred of UBER makes no sense. How is anything they do bad for the passenger?

A: It's not, and you've yet to demonstrate otherwise.

So the one monolithic cab company allowed to exist in Seattle is one of your advertisers. So are 10,000 bars, all of which have UBER customers coming and going nightly.
Posted by wilbur@work on August 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM · Report this
Knat 8
Maybe before book sellers whine about their lack of options, they could first do away with the multi-year, multi-format* release bullshit?

*That is, releasing hardback first at the ridiculously high price and weight, followed by trade paperback (the large softcover) a year later, and finally mass market paperback some time later, the format customers typically prefer.

Also: hell no to the Full House reboot. America has to finish the Olsen twins still left on its plate before it moves on to the next course.
Posted by Knat on August 26, 2014 at 9:20 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 9
@8 - For what it's worth, I've heard the Olsen twins are conspicuously absent from discussions about the reboot. The best theory I've heard is that it's Michelle's sudden death that starts the story this time.
Posted by MacCrocodile on August 27, 2014 at 8:40 AM · Report this

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