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Why I shop at Borders and buy on Amazon

and why when the time is right, I hope Amazon will buy them.

Borders is increasing the number of books that it displays with the cover facing out (rather than the spine facing out), even though this shelf-space-eating approach will require cutting inventory at each store up to 10%. Says one analyst: “Breakfast cereals are not stocked end-of-box out. […] It’s a little bizarre that it’s taken booksellers this long to realize that the point of self-service is to make the product as tempting as possible.”

Post hoc ergo propter hoc

Charlie Rose Saves Laptop, not Face


I noticed Charlie Rose looked a little worse for wear the other night. According to Michael Arrington at TechCrunch (who recently appeared on an excellent segment) Charlie’s sustained his injuries saving his new MacBook Air after tripping in a pothole. Now that’s dedication.

Wikipedia and Civic Duty

I read Nicholson Baker’s article The Charms of Wikipedia, took a look at the sparse and paltry edits in my own Wikipedia edit history and was ashamed. Civic-minded people everywhere will soon come to feel the obligation of adding to its borg-like hive of facts the way we now think of voting.

Men’s Basketball: Houston v. Nevada

Well, um, not exactly March Madness but fellow hapless Cougar fans can watch the Houston Cougars men’s basketball team take on Nevada in the College Basketball Invitational tonight at 9pm. The television broadcast is on Fox College Sports (which I don’t have) or stream it from the CBI website for $6.95. Sigh.

More here and here.

UPDATE: Houston pulls out a close one 80-79. GO COOGS!

Professor Richard Murray blogging at Prof13

Dr. Richard Murray, the University of Houston’s éminence grise of Texas politics, is blogging at Prof13, doing everything from taking readers questions to teasing out the trends from the voting data. It’s worth keeping an eye on through the campaign season.

David Mamet – Why I am No Longer a Brain-Dead Liberal

If you live long enough you will see interesting things.

TED Conference – Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

One morning, a blood vessel in Jill Bolte Taylor’s brain exploded. As a brain scientist, she realized she had a ringside seat to her own stroke. She watched as her brain functions shut down one by one: motion, speech, memory, self-awareness …

Fascinating…. see embedded below or click here.