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In a sure sign that fall is just around the corner, here’s the beloved Mr. Bean of finance in another hilarious display of expensive incompetence. This latest screwup affects companies, not people, which makes it much more likely to have meaningful repercussions.  They’ll definitely have to take pretending to know how to computer even MORE Seriously.  This time.

A very large site full of public domain images and clipart, mostly from old storybooks, with many arranged by artist.  This is just great.

How a Taiwanese electric two-wheeler startup made its electric battery swapping stations as common as gas stations in Taiwan Rest of World is an excellent site, BTW.

If you do not already look at NASA’s Astronomy picture of the day, you should start doing so!  It’s easy to forget the universe, but it’s almost always around, and it’s not just for billionaires.

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Some good things are more than a week old.

Some of the best music you will ever hear about a breakfast cereal -From WFMU

Here: Make a wallet out of paper.   Then point me at a link to something like this that will just hold cards.  I use a money clip for foldin’ money, because I think It is cool, though the fact that I still use foldin’ money proves I am not.

This is a site about Japanese whiskey.  And that is as cool as it gets.

If you are one of those losers with a penchant for obscure independent comics, have I got a site for you

If you are more interested in independent comics that other people might have read, I have another site for you.  I am sending you there via  a character page about Ham, the Weather Wizard, in part because “Ham” and in part because it contains one of the best sentences in a character bio ever:

“He was not prepared to give her to Weterlackus to clear his own debt to the demon lord, and when he accidentally turned her into a toad he was inconsolable.”

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The daxophone is a relatively new instrument. Like the electric guitar, it uses analog pickups to amplify sounds the player creates with a simple physical interface. This is the type of instrument I like most.

This video shows how the daxophone is played and some of the sounds it can make.

This album by the remarkable Kazuhisa Uchihashi is super fun music music played brilliantly, and probably the most accessible example of what the daxophone is capable of as a musical instrument.

The daxophone is a pretty interesting way to get sounds in general.

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…experienced a palpable frisson from using the phrase “I am replying from @netdud…” in a sentence and realising it was completely correct.

“Replying from @…”


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Same as it ever was

The UK’s competition watchdog has found streaming has made the music industry challenging for many artists.

tl:dr: A very small number of people make a shitload of money from popular music. A slightly larger number make not enough money from popular music. Everyone else makes no money from popular music.

Worth a read, if only to find out that you are probably part of the problem.

On the upside, popular music has never been so cheap.

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Great article for small business people

In this clear, well-written post, a person describes how a small project for his business went badly, and ended up taking about 7x the resources (in time and money) that he expected.

You’ll probably see this story reposted a lot, because it can sound really clickery-baitery. If you have to make decisions for a small business, the source article is really worth reading, though.

He’s taken the time to figure out what went wrong, especially the last part, where he discusses the mistakes he made. They are pretty common mistakes, but it is unusual to see someone present them so precisely, point out WHY these are easy mistakes to make, and why they are sometimes unavoidable. Excellent, useful writing.

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