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Category Archives: People With Lots of Money

Mergers, acquisitions, and my tinfoil hat

[nb: this is by your long-lost second blogger, who relocated to a large state university two years ago, rather than by the usual fellow who’s been keeping this boat afloat … Continue reading

August 16, 2021 · 6 Comments


Let’s see. Yesterday was Cyber Monday, and I’m not quite sure what that meant, but none of y’all submitted naughty comments, so. Before that was Sunday, and I don’t even … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No…It’s a Facebook Drone.

The history of philanthropy is replete with tales of the very rich spending some of their money to secure a positive legacy, which is a less polite way of saying … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

Further Thoughts on the Current Art Market

I had one of those serendipitous New York City occurrences last summer [it’s been several months since I started this post, that originally said “yesterday”].  A woman sat down next … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

In Google’s Tentacles – Robots!

At what point do we need to revisit the way that we have come to use the term “Google” in everyday conversations? Since entering the popular vernacular the term has … Continue reading

December 15, 2013 · 5 Comments

Sharing is Caring

The days following Thanksgiving seem to be all nicknamed with things you can do with money now?  I think yesterday was Giving Tuesday or something?  I hear Monday was Cyber … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Government Shutdown Keeps the Power On

In technological times it is easy for people to understand the concept “shut down.” It’s what one does with computers, and numerous other gadgets. When one is finished one selects … Continue reading

September 30, 2013 · 4 Comments

Picking the Right Target…but Missing the Mythical Mark

Myths provide a useful way for explaining complex concepts without needing to present a mountain of research. Most myths succeed – or fail – by playing upon a mixture of … Continue reading

September 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Off Topic

Hi, friends.  I’m just back from vacation, and not much more rested than when I left.  Oh well. If you’ll recall, I work in an art gallery/auction house.  The course … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

A More Connected World (to mine for data)

For those with a speedy Internet signal and a multitude of sleek technological toys at their (non-metaphorical) fingertips it can be easy to forget that much of the world (billions … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · 8 Comments

Hypotheticals, Hype, and the Hyperloop

Traveling sizable distances can be a bother. Hours spent stuck in a car, the discomfort of a long bus ride, and the frustration of airports can all make people dream … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

What a Tragedy! The Appleonian Drama of Tim Cook and our Dionysian Distraction

There’s something theatrical about seeing fabulously wealthy CEOs pulled before a government panel and grilled about tax avoidance. Granted, the “grilling” is frequently more befitting a bunch of chums gathered … Continue reading

May 24, 2013 · 5 Comments

So, Did You Hear the One about the Yahoo and the Tumblr?

People appreciate a good diversion. The humdrum routine of day-to-day life can be so dull, so alienating and stultifying that people yearn for a good laugh. To wrench these guffaws … Continue reading

May 23, 2013 · 5 Comments

It’s a Verb! It’s a Company’s Name! It’s…a country!? Google, the nation state.

Living in a country with a nominally functional government has its annoying aspects. There are laws that you are expected to abide by, taxes that you are expected to pay, … Continue reading

May 20, 2013 · 18 Comments

Do Robots Play Solitaire When the Boss Isn’t Looking?

Robots! What is your reaction to that word? Does it conjure up images of bumbling sci-fi sidekicks or heartless dystopian killing machines? Logical humanoid companions, servile slaves, or the thing … Continue reading

May 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

To Save Everything Click Here — by Evgeny Morozov — A Book Review

The modern day evangelicals of technology rarely miss an opportunity to proclaim the ways in which a new device or app will solve all of our problems. Such people stand … Continue reading

April 12, 2013 · 7 Comments

The Artifce, the Artificers, and the Art World

Many an artist has known the taste of poverty. Thus, to honestly assess the history of art requires—at least—some recognition of the important role that “patrons of the arts” have … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

So, Has Your Information Been Sold to Any Huge Companies Lately?

Part of enjoying a book comes after you finish reading it. Once that last page is read a reader is able to discuss it with their friends, recommend it to … Continue reading

March 31, 2013 · 5 Comments

Got $?

Right, so I know librarians — or leftists, for that matter (and leftist librarians especially) — are not the most flush of demographics, but I also know that some of … Continue reading

March 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

No Soda, No Tobacco, No Libraries

Mayor Bloomberg has been spending a lot of time worrying about your health (assuming you’re a New Yorker) lately. While he has been active in campaigning for stricter gun regulations, … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Name Chiseled Above the Door

For those who don’t know, the actual name of the NYPL main branch on 42nd street (in NYC) is the: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Who is this Stephen A. Schwarzman? … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · 3 Comments

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