I am listening to the audiobook of Louis Menand’s The Free World. It is an excellent book and I recommend it.

HOWEVER, in the chapter on John Cage, the reader keeps referring to Cage’s signature composition 4′ 33″ as “Four Feet, Thirty-Three Inches,” and it is driving me crazy. How does an error like that get through the editorial process?

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When I rule the universe, the Jeff Buckley version of Hallelujah will be banned. And all other Jeff Buckley songs. Probably the original Leonard Cohen version, too.
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A feature that I wish any music player app had is “Stop playing when this song is done.”
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When I went to read the New York Times this morning, I got a 503 error instead of the homepage. Turns out Fastly, a major content delivery network service, was having major issues today, and took down a bunch of sites and services that rely upon it.

A little while later, when the Times site was loading again, I came across this article by Kevin Roose:

A few years ago, while on a work trip in Los Angeles, I hailed an Uber for a crosstown ride during rush hour. I knew it would be a long trip, and I steeled myself to fork over $60 or $70.

Instead, the app spit out a price that made my jaw drop: $16.

Experiences like these were common during the golden era of the Millennial Lifestyle Subsidy, which is what I like to call the period from roughly 2012 through early 2020, when many of the daily activities of big-city 20- and 30-somethings were being quietly underwritten by Silicon Valley venture capitalists.

It all puts me in mind of the fact that technology often does not solve a problem, but rather shifts it somewhere else.

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So with Tomoe River paper apparently no longer in production, what is going to happen to Hobonichi planners?
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Beyond Burgers are quite good as meatless patties go, but this is a shockingly wasteful amount of packaging. All of this for two burgers!

This is ridiculous.

I mean, I guess the stuff is at least recyclable, but this much waste is crazy.

I feel like eight in the morning on a Saturday is not an okay time to mow one’s yard. My neighbor across the street apparently does not share this conviction.
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I don’t think I have ever listened to Yes’s Big Generator before. It is certainly not their best work, but I am still enjoying it.
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Global Shortages During Coronavirus Reveal Failings of Just in Time Manufacturing – The New York Times:

“Companies that run successful lean programs not only save money in warehouse operations but enjoy more flexibility,” declared a 2010 McKinsey presentation for the pharmaceutical industry. It promised savings of up to 50 percent on warehousing if clients embraced its “lean and mean” approach to supply chains.

Such claims have panned out. Still, one of the authors of that presentation, Knut Alicke, a McKinsey partner based in Germany, now says the corporate world exceeded prudence.

“We went way too far,” Mr. Alicke said in an interview. “The way that inventory is evaluated will change after the crisis.”

Because if you’re talking about some management theory that has gone horribly awry and resulted in chaos and/or tragedy, you know it’s not going to be long before the name “McKinsey” crops up.

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