Japanese Wee Houses

August 4, 2010

In Japan, Living Large In Really Tiny Houses

I’ve done past posts about wee houses, but this article at NPR crushed my spirits.

As usual, the Japanese sense of style, attention to detail, and imagination all combine to make what I thought was an American innovation appear for what it is — pathetic and impoverished.

Just look at this:

That’s like a miniature 21st-century cathedral!

Sure, it’s longer than a wee house planted on a trailer bed, but it looks just as wide. And when you go there and see the interior photos — of this one and others — your jaw will fall out of its socket and bounce on the floor.

There is something seriously wrong here in America when affordable housing like this is against the law. And our only current working alternative is basically a box on wheels!

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Fractal Carrier Waves?

August 4, 2010

Market Data Firm Spots the Tracks of Bizarre Robot Traders

This chart shows a different kind of strategy. It represents 56,000 quotes in one second all at the same price (the top chart) but with the size of the order increasing by one (i.e. 100 shares) all the way up to 40,000.

That immediately sounded like fractal behavior to me.

The other strange thing that came to my mind reading this article and looking at the charts was a carrier wave

I don’t think any of this is spontaneously generated as a by-product of high-frequency trading.

Something else very weird is going on here — and it’s deliberate.


Yes: What he said!

August 4, 2010

Peter Van Dijck’s Guide to Ease » Kindle software – are you kidding?


August 4, 2010

The Library of Congress has an astonishing collection of photos on Flickr. The one above is taken from an astounding set of color photos from the 1930s through 1940s.


August 4, 2010

Back in December 1998, when I had lunch with Riggio, he told me this: “I want to transform this enterprise from what it is into something that is totally different. I mean, totally different.”

Title Fight Just a year ago, book king Lenny Riggio had the category killed. Then Amazon.com knocked his Barnes & Noble flat. But this brawl’s just begun. – June 21, 1999


August 4, 2010

Beware of the man of one book.

Saint Thomas Aquinas (via libraryland)


August 4, 2010

We showed the world how to take the high ground in bookstore advertising: let the authors sell the books. It was an instant hit. After the dead authors appeared, we were able to convince Kurt Vonnegut to let us use his likeness. Then everybody wanted in. Authors and publishers.

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