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-Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years…
– The links posts are gone for good. Some of you may have noticed the same links getting published every hour for about a week. The app I used to produce them, Delicious.com, is a mess. Since being transferred from Yahoo to the youtube guys, none of the service requests get answered. Whatever is going to happen to Delicious, they must be preparing to abandon the current platform. I’ll keep bookmarking sources on it, but I don’t expect it to last.
-I’m hoping to ease back into semi-regular blogging. After the book got published I tried to force myself to write another one right away, and my writing muse just stopped in its tracks. I shouldn’t be surprised, writing a book is hard work and I should have taken a break. Instead I got burned out and made things worse. So, I’m now working on smaller projects, and I hope the occasional blog post will once again spur me back into the writing mode.
-Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton. This work of Christian apologetics is considered Chesterton’s best work. In it he defends the Christian faith from the point of view of the skeptic, at one point suggesting the atheist to choose their own god, and suggesting their choice would be Him. The book is really fantastic, Chesterton is a wordsmith, and reading him is an endless pleasure.
-Lew Lipset’s “Encyclopedia of Baseball Cards; Volume One: Nineteenth Century Cards”. Not exactly a ‘reader’ book, but I enjoyed it. Lipset and a few other enthusiasts worked hard at the beginning of the 1980’s to catalogue the paper ephemera related to baseball; these cards would later turn into a popular hobby. It’s a cottage-industry book, written on a typewriter and copied and bound outside of the publishing world. It’s obsolete, but because the value of these cards has increased so much since first being published, this book is likely as close as I’ll get to many of these cards.
-Porter Stansberry’s “The End of America”. Mister Stansberry is a controversial figure, a professional investment guy who is currently touting the benefits of protecting against a tail-event. He’s gotten into some legal trouble over some of the things he’s done. But this pamphlet, which was mailed to me, was interesting enough. He discusses the debt problem, the possibilities for inflation, the danger posed by loss of dollar as an international reserve currency, and so on. The last ten pages of the book are a sales pitch for his various publications. If you’re looking for the absolute pessimistic vision of the future economy, try this book (or his 77 minute youtube video under the same name).
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