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The ConCertino room block closes on May 28, Make sure to reserve your room now!
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Just 3 days left in the Helva Peters CD project! It's reached its goal, but every dollar above the minimal costs will go to her medical expenses, and reaching $2,000 will get cover art by Leslie Fish.
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Here's a new post in my blog on Grimm viewed through the "reality filter" of police behavior. Comments are welcome, here or on Wordpress.
Grimm is the only TV series I watch every episode of, and that largely for social reasons. It has its good points but also some really disturbing ones, and like some other shows I've sampled, reall...
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ConCertino pre-registration will be closing on June 1, and the hotel room block will close on May 28. Don't forget to register soon!
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Ludwig Erhard did more than any other man or woman to denazify the German economy after World War II. #RealHeroes
Ludwig Erhard did more than any other man or woman to denazify the German economy after World War II.
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If you're looking for streaming classical music, take a look at my review of the Naxos Music Library.
It's no longer possible to browse for classical CDs at a store, and the stores that still carry some CDs won't have anything more impressive than "Mozart's Greatest Hits," so I decided to look at s...
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I'm launching a new series of blog posts on file identification tools, which will cover DROID, JHOVE, and other tools used by libraries.
This is the start of a series on software for file identification. I'll be exploring as broad a range as I reasonably can within the blog format, covering a variety of uses. I'm most familiar with ...
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Earlier this year, San Francisco's newly-passed $15 minimum wage forced this bookstore to close its doors.
Wage controls threaten small, specialty, and independent businesses most.
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That should be "nearly forced." Please fix the blurb? Thanks.
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The Freeman has a new article of mine, under the title “Fantasy Bookstore Fights Fantasy Economics.” (I submitted it under the less showy title “Independent Businesses and the Minimum Wage.”) It discusses the recent history of Borderlands Books, which nearly succumbed to a minimum wage increase; I’m hoping that this close-to-home example helps fans to understand that people can’t be made better off by prohibiting them from working for what their work is worth to an employer, and that employers aren’t “evil” for not raising wages.

This sentence was an editorial addition: “Fans of bookstores realized, perhaps too late, that for the industry to survive as a whole, the bookstore must be profitable as a business venture, rather than a charity case.” This seems to suggest that Borderlands is a “charity case” for seeking sponsorships, which it isn’t at all, any more than my two crowdfunding campaigns to publish Files that Last and Tomorrow’s Songs Today were.
Wage controls threaten small, specialty, and independent businesses most.
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I'm setting up my project to use the Katzgrau logger. An include file defines $logger, and every function which uses it includes the line "global $logger;". This is error-prone and tedious. Is there a standard practice for referencing a logger object that works better than this?
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Are you sure about that? define can be used only with a "simple value," and I believe that excludes objects that instantiate classes.

Another thought, though: $GLOBALS["logger"]. It's a bit verbose, but less error-prone than declaring it global in each function.
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A crowdfunding campaign has started to produce a CD of Helva Peters' recordings and help pay for her medical expenses. Please give it your support!
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I got some dubious-looking mail from "North American Power" yesterday, and did a bit of research...
In today's mail was a "First Notice" from "North American Power," addressed to a person I've never heard of. (I've lived here for over ten years, so if it's a past resident, their records are reall...
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