… than living in a world that sometimes often feels like a William Gibson novel coming to life is getting an occasional whiff of Charles Stross invading reality. (Does anyone else think this sounds like a very early version of the “live action roleplaying” game SPOOKS from “Halting State”?)
Now the global thought-leader is defined less by what culture he [sic!] enjoys than by the smartphone, social bookmarking site, social network and e-mail provider he uses to store and transmit it.
I listened to a good chunk of Paul Krugman’s recent talk at the Commonwealth Club on the radio tonight. Damn, he’s good. History will judge him well as someone who spoke truth in the face of power.
…is of my dear friend Yoram Bauman, the Standup Economist, illustrating a feature article in the University of Washington Weekly. That’s right, Yoram is a Ph.D. economist who is also a stand-up comedian. His “Principles of Economics, Translated” comedy routine has over 213,000 views on YouTube. Who’s laughing now?
… the leader of a successful, social-mission business to be a bit smarter than this:
For seven years, Mr. Mackey had an online alter ego.
Using the pseudonym Rahodeb â€” a variation of Deborah, his wifeâ€™s name â€” Mr. Mackey typed out more than 1,100 entries on Yahoo Financeâ€™s bulletin board over a seven-year period, championing his companyâ€™s stock and occasionally blasting a rival, Wild Oats Markets.
Sigh. A sad commentary on the state of our culture.