COLLECTING THE OINKWORTHY

Music, science, art, technology and history… maybe something original too

indian rupee

Not so current developments in typography

09 April 2020
Given the feeling of time suspended brought on by COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders (and suspension of normal life in general


Make America Porcine Again

02 April 2019
The title links to an evergreen post via the University of Michigan Map Library blog. I keep returning to it, eight years after my first glimpse…


Beauty of the Sea

20 Feb 2011
This is a spectacular Roman mosaic, now on exhibit for those within hailing distance of Manhattan and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I love mosaic art, modern and ancient. The image above is one small part of a larger collection found in Lod, Israel in 1996. It was created in 300 A.D.


Chrome Web Lab: Orchestra Recording


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”Activist hedge funds have been playing an increasingly central role in corporate governance. ”

Stock markets do not capture the long term costs of short-term pillaging. As a result, these activist investors can pursue transactions that increase prices at the expense of long-term performance, such as cutting project investments or reserve funds.