Links for 2nd February 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. From Weekend Warrior To $4.2M By Giving His Music Away For Free

    "But, still, the real money maker for Corey is concerts, and even here he's doing something innovative: making concert tickets cheap: $5. The thinking here appears to be that once you see him in concert, you become a true fan who will keep going back (and paying) for more. And, in fact, at $5/ticket, you can afford to drag along your friends as well, and turn them into fans as well. And, of course, part of building up those true fans is better connecting with fans — and so Corey will meet with pretty much anyone who asks. Contact his agent, and he'll set up a meeting."

    Tagged with: musicbusinessmodelfreeconomicstouringpricingaccessibility

  2. The Irish answer

    "The introduction – “imagine yourself deprived of all of today’s financial resources” – poses a hypothetical future that’s worth serious attention. Sometime in the early ’70s, a couple of bank strikes in different countries were resolved in quite different ways."

    Tagged with: economicsmoneysociologybankingcommunityfinance

  3. Drought warning as the tropics expand

    "… new research suggests that the three-year drought in the Golden State may be a consequence of the expanding tropics, which are gradually growing as human emissions of greenhouse gases warm the planet. Climate scientists have documented a slow progression of low-latitude weather systems towards the poles, and this has been matched by rising temperatures in many temperate regions. Deciding whether this broadening of the tropical belt is linked to the greenhouse effect has been difficult, however."

    Tagged with: climatechangeglobalwarmingCaliforniatropicalbelttemperatureenvironment

  4. Auto-Close Comments, Pingbacks and Trackbacks

    "Automatically close comments, pingbacks and trackbacks on your blog. This helps reduce the amount of spam aimed at old posts."

    Tagged with: wordpresswebdevplugincommentspingbackmanagement

  5. The Frugal Magic of the “Five Ingredient Crock Pot Meal”

    We got yer Depression2.0 recipes right here, yo.

    Tagged with: cookingslow-cookerrecipesfood

  6. What is a Smart Grid?

    "The true vision of the smart grid is a self-healing, automated grid that can manage complex flows of electrons, from the hundreds – potentially thousands – of large and small sources of power to the millions of homes, businesses, industrial customers and, potentially, electric cars that require that energy."

    Tagged with: smartgridenergynetworktechnologyinfrastructure

  7. What are the Benefits of Mind Uploading?

    "So, say that mind uploading becomes available as a technology sometime around 2050. If the early adopters don’t go crazy and/or use their newfound abilities to turn the world into a totalitarian dictatorship, then they will concisely and vividly communicate the benefits of the technology to their non-uploaded family and friends. If affordable, others will then follow, but the degree of adoption will necessarily depend on whether the process is easily reversible or not. But suppose that millions of people choose to go for it…"

    Tagged with: minduploadsingularityspeculationfuturism

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