* The Very Rich Indie Writer. I wonder if I’m heading in the “indie writer” direction, which is probably easier to achieve than the “very rich” part. If Amazon starts including a Kindle with every Amazon Prime subscription, I suspect I will become one.
* Why don’t female rock stars have groupies? You can find part of the answer in this article, “Sex Is Cheap: Why young men have the upper hand in bed, even when they’re failing in life.” Or, the shorter answer: most women want, on average, someone of higher perceived status than they are. Rock stars are, for whatever reason, perceived as high status. So most women won’t want random fans to hook up, and if they do, they’ll have to make an effort to get them.
* Consumers Hold On to Products Longer, according to the New York Times. This is certainly true of computers: my family’s upgrade cycle has steadily stretched steadily outwards as new computers offer less marginal improvement over old ones. Cars have fewer problems and last longer than they once did.
* Slate’s review of The Great Stagnation: “[. . . ] The Great Stagnation makes an ambitious argument whose chief present advantage (and greatest eventual liability) is that it’s impossible to assess in real time.”
6 Giant Blind Spots In Every Movie Alien’s Invasion Strategy. I didn’t expect this to be as hilarious as it is.
* Why I don’t care very much about tablets anymore, from Jon Stokes, except I never did care about tablets in the first place. A sample:
A Google Image search turns up the above, quite typical picture of a scribe practicing his art. You’ll notice that the scribe’s desk contains two levels, where the topmost level holds an exemplar document and the bottom holds the document that he’s actually working on. The scribe in the picture could be a copyist who’s making a copy of the exemplar, or he could be a writer who’s using the top copy as a source or reference. Either way, his basic work setup is the same as my modern monitor plus keyboard setup, in that it’s vertically split into two planes, with the top plane being used for display and the bottom plane being used for input.
The key here is that the scribe’s hands aren’t in the way of his display, and neither are mine when I work at my desktop or laptop. My hands rest on a keyboard, comfortably out of sight and out of mind.
With a tablet, in contrast, my rather large hands end up covering some portion of the display as I try to manipulate it. In general, it’s less optimal to have an output area that also doubles as an input area. This is why the mouse and keyboard will be with us for decades hence—because they let you keep your hands away from what you’re trying to focus on.