“I don’t need another email whining about COVID”: Austin Landlords Lead the Way into the New Venue-Free Future

When former real estate lawyer and current Austin Mayor Steve Adler cancelled SXSW in February there was one upside. Given his deep experience as a real estate lawyer he would appreciate the vast economic complexities of the sudden contraction of the cash flow to the Live Music Capitol of the World. In fact, Mayor Adler […]

Attention BrewBros: Internet Archive Announces Closing of National Emergency Library

The eponymous Mr. Kahle announced with the usual huge heaping rasher of sanctimonious twaddle straight from the mollycoddle mumbletank that the so-called “National Emergency Library” was closing early.  Not because Brewster Kahle did anything wrong, not because he got a Tillis-gram, no no no.  It’s because there are other resources for the “Internet bound.” Internet […]

The Cross of Iron

In a month when we honor the memory of the Normandy invasion, it is well to also remember that no one understands this deadly calculus better than a soldier.  Particularly one who had a lifetime to think over the question and the math–only the price has gone up. Every gun that is made, every warship […]

VE Day in Norway

At midnight of 8 May 1945, German military forces in Norway surrendered to the Allies.  On 10 May this fellow in a kilt, aka Lt. Col. F.R.G. “Bobby” Chew of the Seaforth Highlanders accepted the surrender of German land forces in Norway from General de Boer: Upon accepting the German surrender, Bobby took command of […]

The Dog that Didn’t Bark: Supervoting Shares Explains How Zuckerberg Just Sent a Chill Through Facebook’s Boardroom

You’ll probably see coverage on some radical moves that Mark Zuckerberg has made at Facebook–and let’s focus on the grammar of that sentence.  One person has essentially fired or replaced everyone in the senior leadership of a public company who disagreed with him.  He’s not letting a good crisis go to waste.  Here’s the ins […]

Pandemic: The Local Culture Card Solution Lets Public and Private Sectors Cooperate to Save Our Local Musicians and Retailers

[This post first appeared on MusicTech.Solutions] The Local Culture Card would be a limited purpose debit card that permits the cardholder to purchase goods or services from a designated group of “local arts vendors” who would be artists, retailers or nonprofit arts organizations operating in the locality of the user.  It would be like a […]