Last month’s bunch of random stuff:
- Musical selection for the month #1: an old song with many versions: “The Windmills of Your Mind”
- Picked up an interesting graphic novel, a fictionalized account of Lovelace and Babbage
- A playlist of classic Sci Fi audiobooks.
- Humorous blast from the past: apparently in 1999, Trump suggested a one-time tax on the 1%:
“No one has put forward a plan to make this country entirely debt free as we enter the next millenium,” Trump said in a written statement.
“The plan I am proposing today does not involve smoke and mirrors, phony numbers, financial gimmicks, or the usual economic chicanery you usually find in Disneyland-on-the-Potomac,” Trump said.
Trump would exempt the value of an individual’s principal home from the net worth total.
“By my calculations, 1 percent of Americans, who control 90 percent of the wealth in this country, would be affected by my plan,” Trump said.
“The other 99 percent of the people would get deep reductions in their federal income taxes,” he said.
- Might not belong here, since it’s a bit of a technical paper, but … as the title says, “The Future of Reading Depends on the Future of Learning Difficult to Learn Things”
- Assessing the increasing presence and impact of video games, and taking them seriously:
A life spent buried in video games, scraping by on meagre pay from irregular work or dependent on others, might seem empty and sad. Whether it is emptier and sadder than one spent buried in finance, accumulating points during long hours at the office while neglecting other aspects of life, is a matter of perspective.
- I found this New Yorker article interesting, though I was too much of a SpaceX fanboy to agree with it entirely
- Something weird, without comment, for certain readers who like it: “The triumph of the chaotic good”
- Musical selection for the month #2: a symphony performance of key tracks from Blade Runner (the older movie)