He may be right of general opinion blogs, but he helped pioneer their success. I wish him well in the next stage of his career and campaigning and thank him for what he’s done.
For more specifically focussed blogs, like this one, I think there remains a strong demand. With 10,336 posts published over more than 7 years and with more than 3 million words writen, I have undiminished enthusiasm for the medium. Tax Research UK will be going for some time yet.
You do get a £35k a year bung from the Rowntree folks to write your blog. I’d be perfectly happy to blather a couple of times a day for such a sum too.
Sunny was doing it all off his own bat though…a slightly more difficult undertaking.
In what must have been a highly embarrassing process for Sunny, as I remember it he then had to declare current and future earnings to me in order to reach some reasonable financial settlement. During that process it became entirely clear that Sunny did not have a career. His main organ of distribution was a pointless self-published website which earned him no money. He occasionally earned small fees for intermittent blogs for the Guardian. But in no way did this add up either to a salary or a funded career.
I’ve actually often wondered. What was Sunny’s income? Not for any good reason, just being nosy. I know what The Guardian pays for online pieces and I know he wasn’t doing enough there to be making a living. I also know roughly what someone will get running a reasonably decent traffic UK blog. And that’s nice to aid with the beer bill but no more than that.
I’d always assumed that Sunny had some other gig as well only I didn’t know what it was. But is this correct, that he didn’t have that other gig?
Of course none of this would matter if it weren’t for the wider lesson that comes from it. I have always thought that there is something not just ludicrous but wicked in colleges and universities holding themselves out as providing ‘degrees’ in things like ‘media studies’. Generally run by hopeless individuals, they rarely help students to get into those professions they ostensibly study, and in reality do little more than mislead hopeful young people into running up large debts to get onto a ladder their ‘degree’ will not help them with. Sunny Hundal’s move to Kingston might serve as the apex of this trend: someone lecturing students on how to be employed in a profession he himself was never properly employed in.
It does sounds about as sensible as having me lecture on journalism. Someone who a) has never been a journalist and b) never lectured.
No, not about getting into voice mail. But really being able to take over a phone? Some security consultant etc who might like to get a bit of exposure?
A Dutch TV crew is investigating a case where a phone seems to have been taken over. They’d like someone to aid them in working out exactly what has been happening.
Anyone here really know this stuff?
The supposition is that someone has managed to plant some malware on the phone so that it can be controlled remotely.
This is an interesting tweet.
Don’t you think?
This is a reasonably serious question by the way.
Iain Dale, the political blogger who runs the firm that published Mr McBride’s book, Power Trip, attempted to wrestle an anti nuclear protester away from the camera as he disrupted an interview.
He ended up rolling on the floor with the protester while Mr McBride continued to be interviewed in the background.
In a video clip of the incident, the protester’s dog is seen biting its owner as the two men grapple on the Brighton pavement.
“Damian McBride was doing a live interview on Daybreak on the Brighton seafront,” he wrote.
“I was waiting in my car to drive him to do his next interview with Nick Ferrari on LBC when I noticed that a protester was holding a placard behind Damian which was filling a lot of the screen and totally distracting from the interview.
“I assumed someone from Daybreak would intervene to stop him, but no one did. So I did what any self respecting publisher would do, got out of the car, ran across, got him in an armlock and pulled him out of the shot.
“He started resisting and we ended up in an unseemly tumble on the ground.
“I was conscious of the photographers and other cameramen who were present filming the whole thing, but I was determined this idiot shouldn’t disrupt what was an important interview for my author.”
Mr Dale said that there was “no real violence” during the incident and that “the only injury was when the man’s dog bit him on the bum”.
Someone holding up an anti-nuclear poster on Brighton seafront is peacefully going about his lawful business. You’re not allowed to march up (and Iain is a big lad too) and whack them one, nor wrestle them out of the way nor put him in an armlock. He’s as much right to potter about the seafront as you, the camera crew or an author does. This is an assault.
An entirely understandable one, true, but it is one just as much as if I’d decided to armlock the camera crew out of the way as it was obstructing my view of the anti-nuclear poster and protestor.
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The Guardian is running a course on how to blog for, for, for, threehunnerdnfittyquid?
Looks like a good deal:
The founder of Bebo has bought the social network for $1m just five years after selling it for $850m.
Not that I\’ve ever actually seen the site or anything but that sounds like a nice present from AOL. At both ends of the deal in fact.
After all, she\’s got a Nobel Laureate citing her blog post as evidence…..
And while I didn’t think of it until now, there’s even a case to be made that labor mobility within Europe is actually worsening the problem, making the euro less sustainable.Via FTAlphaville, Frances Coppola documents the extraordinary rates of emigration among young people in Europe’s disaster economies — not really a surprise when you consider the incredible levels of youth unemployment. But as she says, once those young people are gone, who will pay the taxes to support retirees?
Much too posh for the likes of us now, eh?
Interesting idea coming out of the US. Websites are \”public accomodations\” which come under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
So you\’ve got to provide wheelchair access just like a restaurant or movie theater.
Then it gets fun:
Can websites be forced to change to accommodate the disabled — by using “simpler language” to appeal to the “intellectually disabled,” or by making them accessible to the blind and deaf at considerable expense?
Generally, the First Amendment gives you the right to choose who to talk to and how, without government interference. There is no obligation to make your message accessible to the whole world, and the government can’t force you to make your speech accessible to everyone, much less appealing to them. The government couldn’t require you to give speeches in English rather than Spanish …
But now, the Obama administration appears to be planning to use the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to force many web sites to either accommodate the disabled, or shut down.
Intellectually disabled is the current euphemism for \”stupid\”*.
Daily Kos will be fine of course but what about everyone else?
*Yes, it is. Misinformed, ill-educated, ignorant, these are not the same thing as stupid. Having a low IQ is, which is indeed a subset of \”intellectually disabled\”.
It is, as Orwell pointed out, much easier to defend the liquidation of antisocial elements than to argue in favor of murdering people who disagree with you. If the reason people disagree with you is that they are evil, there is no need to think about whether they might be right and you might be wrong.
Or, if you cannot be bothered, outcomes are important, not motives.
As regular readers will know I take advertising on this blog in the form of text links.
Just as a little warning to other blogs that might be willing to take such advertising. One company offering such, \”Magic Page Media\” seems not to pay when such links are indeed added. At least, they\’ve not paid me.
If you imagine a taxi without a human driver, then the main cost is fuel. And cheap fuel is what electric vehicles are really good at. So in the morning a fleet of EVs will meet various peak-time commuters and take them to work. Then during the day, some of the EVs will be shuttling people around on nonpeak trips of various kinds while others are charging. Then there\’s the big evening peak commute, and then you go back into off-peak mode. This whole fleet of cars designed for intracity travel never needs to develop even the range that the Model S has today. Yes, people will also want to take longer trips. And those trips will require some different vehicle. Maybe one with a higher capacity battery, maybe one with an internal combustion engine. But the vast majority of the car trips people take are short. The entire range problem with electric vehicles is because people want to own one car that meets all their car needs. But that \”one person, one vehicle\” paradigm is purely an artifact of the assumption that the vehicle\’s owner needs to drive the car.
One of the greatest advances in human freedom was that very individual ownership of the car. For the first damn time in history the working man had something that was his, not communal, not familial, but his, which would transport him to and from work….or the pub, his inamorata, the seaside, the fish and chip shop.
FFS, the Model T was responsible for more non-virgin marriages than any previous invention in history other than Viking raids.
Yes, we could meet our transport needs by a communally, or state, or corporately owned fleet. But not the freedoms and liberties we\’ve become used to, no.
Bit of a surprise:
The variety that this kind of economic competition inspires is also amazing.
Nice to see they\’ve seen the light.
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Now I\’m allowed to do that because I\’m a capitalist bastard.
But, but, isn\’t Liberal Conspiracy above that? You know, their heart is pure?
Mark Thoma is a professor somewhere over in the US. Professors over in the US face a certain amount of compeition from online courses:
But traditional colleges are not going away, and the potential of online education to reduce inequality is overrated.
So let us not talk about the relative abilities of tenured professors and online courses to provide education. No, unh, unh, let us instead talk about inequality.
Online education has the potential to lift the incomes of people throughout the world. Because of online education, many people will end up much better off than otherwise. But we should not rely upon online education as the primary solution to the problems workers face due to globalization, technological change, and a political environment that puts the interests of business above those of the working class.
Or, don\’t worry about the education bit, just keep employing me because I run a blog that talks about those inequality things.
You know, please, not the face, please don\’t hurt me!
I really don’t like David Bowie. …(…)… He’s not a patch on Sparks, Roxette, Meat Loaf and Sir Cliff. Just my humble opinion!
But you should perhaps be held accountable if you have no taste at all.
He really is a toad and deserves both of these.
Query: if the CPA benefits when non-CPAers invest in the CPA, why do you think that America suffers when non-Americans invest in America? That is, can you explain why the productivity of you and your colleagues at the CPA will rise if I make a net investment in the CPA while the productivity of you, me, and other American workers will fall if someone from Toronto or Tokyo or Timbuktu makes a net investment in America?
There is one good thing we can say about it. If Fletcher has to run an email round robin to try and raise $50k then there\’s a lot fewer fools funding him than I had thought there were. I had thought that his lot were the type to spend that on the mineral water bill.
Sippican does his usual excellent job. Dave makes the same pick. And I also chose that very TV recording of Unsquare Dance to illustrate Dave Brubeck\’s passing.
As Ms. Solent once said about this whole blogging thing:
\”One way in which consensus opinion changes is when scattered individuals become aware that many others share their opinions.\”
That the three of us are obviously so hip to the hep that we actually know that there is a Dave Brubeck piece which is not Take Five is of course profoundly unimportant.
But My God hasn\’t there been a communications revolution in the last couple of decades?