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And information wants to be expensive*…

Finally it’s here!

Eager enthusiasts dressed as “tops” waited anxiously at bookstores  until midnight, January 12, to grab their copies of Jean Demaison’s and Jürgen Vogt’s Asymmetric Top Molecules, Part 2 (Landolt-Börnstein: Numerical Data and Functional Relationships in Science and Technology – New Series / Molecules and Radicals) (English/English Edition).

But readers needn’t brave the crush; the volume is available at Amazon… for $4,719.00.  And of course, it’s eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime.

* While many quote Stewart Brand’s observation that “information wants to be free,” most have either forgotten or never known that what Stewart actually said was that “information wants to be free and information wants to be very expensive.”

As we take advantage of one-click, we might remember that not all valuable information is pricey, as we recall that it was on this date in 1970 that National Public Radio was founded (replacing the National Educational Radio Network).  Its signature show, All Things Considered, premiered the following year.

Your correspondent will, as it happens, be attending an NPR Board meeting today, where a central topic is bound to be the current assault on federal support for public broadcasting.  Readers who share the sense that public broadcasting– NPR, PRI, PBS, PRX, APM, and the local stations that carry them– return much more to our country than they consume (or readers who would like better to understand why so many of us feel that way) should visit 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting.


Flowing downhill…

Lest one missed the piece on All Things Considered— and in preparation for next weekend’s wave of summer must-sees– a movie-goers newest friend:  a site that publishes guides to the precise moments within films at which it’s most propitious to dash out to the loo:  RunPee.com.

As we decide the “supersize that” after all, we might recall that life is not all “popcorn and diet coke,” and spare a memorial thought for the monks of Lindisfarne (the holy island off the coast of Northumberland, source of the extraordinary Lindisfarne Gospels; c.f., the sample below, from the British Library):  on this date in 793, Vikings killed them all in the process of sacking their monastery, in what is generally considered to be the first Viking raid on Britain  (in UK texts, anyway; the Scandinavian side of the story holds that, while the helmeted visitors might have acted with immodest zeal, they were not unprovoked)…


Written by LW

June 8, 2009 at 12:01 am

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