Suddenly there are loads of people in the parts of the internet where I spend time who are watch experts, presenting me with (often contradictory) potted histories of the wrist watch.
Abba are really good. How can they have done ‘Dancing Queen’ AND ‘The Winner Takes it All’?
A (Swedish) friend of mine asseses character based on response to the statement ‘ABBA are better than the Beatles’.
Might take it up myself.
Sapone illustrated the app’s usefulness by imagining the needs of Dan, a hard-working, hypothetical user whose time for tidying up and shopping is limited, and whose morning, mid-mess cereal lacks milk. “So Dan could have scheduled a Homejoy cleaning or booked Washio to get his laundry. He could have even called Instacart to go grab him milk, but all of that takes time and coordination and the mental energy—Dan doesn’t want to give it.”
POOR OLD DAN! This is from a write-up on PSFK of Alfred, a “sharing economy” app which works as a kind of Uber for servants. Its selling point, apparently, is to make life easier for rich tech kids who are such unbelievable babies they can’t even operate all the other sharing economy apps by themselves. Alfred is named after Bruce Wayne’s manservant - I would humbly suggest we’re well into Prince George and Blackadder territory here.
Alfred is being featured because it won a start-up competition - “judged by financial and tech royalty”. As the article leads off, “Silicon Valley has spoken”. Indeed.
(Number of words in the post spent on the terms, working conditions, salaries etc. of the “Alfreds” (are they allowed their own name too?) - zero.)
The long-term project of those who decry the role of unearned advantage in human society should not be to try and parse who is most and least privileged. The project should be to deny the salience of “merit” as a moral arbiter of material security and comfort. The very notion of just deserts– the notion that some people have legitimate accomplishments that we must celebrate because they represent “merit,” whatever that is, distinct from their privileges– is what has to die. There is no space where privilege ends and legitimate accomplishment begins. There is, instead, a world of such multivariate complexity that we can never know whose accomplishments are earned and whose aren’t. Instead, we should recognize the folly of tying material security and comfort to our flawed perceptions of other people’s value, and instead institute an economic system based on the absolute right of all people to food, shelter, clothing, health care, and education.
That book terrifies me. I can’t wait.
I’m an Alan Moore fan, I really liked Voice of the Fire — it was short enough for its problems to be easy to ignore. But really, I don’t think Moore is a great prose stylist nor one who’s particularly good at pacey page turner stuff outside the comics medium. If you’re going to keep someone on board for a million words you kind of have to be one or the other.
In summary: Assuming it finds a publisher I will probably buy this though I may not read it all.