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To cure affluenza, we have to be satisfied with the stuff we already own | Business | The Guardian
"While consumerism and materialism are often used interchangeably, taken literally they are polar opposites. If you really loved your car, the thought of replacing it with a new one would be painful."
money  psychology  society 
october 2017 by kevan
Trading Bot BOTUS Will Buy And Sell Stock Based On Trump's Tweets : NPR
"When he says something positive about a company, we buy that company's stock. When he says something negative about a company, we will sell that company's stock short."
software  money  twitter  words 
may 2017 by kevan
Thin Wire — Makeshift Magazine
"References to hawala date back to the eighth century, when it emerged as a way to protect tradesmen from the pirates and bandits that plagued the long-distance trade routes of the Indian Ocean or Mesopotamia. [...] Money instead moved time zones and continents via a single communication between two hawaladars or thadekars (hawala agents): a promise that the cash had been deposited on one end, and thus could be withdrawn from the other."
money  history 
november 2013 by kevan
A Test of Dominant Assurance Contracts
"Each pledger agreed to give $60 to the Center if 20 or more similarly pledged and Jameson agreed that if fewer than 20 pledged he would give each person who did pledge $5 and they would have to pay nothing."
money  via:adrian 
august 2013 by kevan
Wikipedia page views could predict stock market changes (Wired UK)
"The research suggests that Wikipedia pages [are] part of the information-gathering process for financial transactions -- potentially useful knowledge for people wanting to play the system."
wikis  money 
may 2013 by kevan
Criminal penalties for attempting illegal bottle returns proposed in Michigan House | Politics | Detroit Free Press |
"Buy a soda or beer, and you pay an extra dime because of Michigan’s bottle law. But bring back a bottle or can that wasn’t purchased in Michigan and, most of the time, you still get a dime back for that container. As a result, Michigan is losing about $8 million a year in deposits paid out for cans and bottles purchased outside the state."
drinks  money  scams 
february 2013 by kevan
HOW TO SHARPEN PENCILS, The People's Bailout
"If you’re a debt broker, once you own someone’s debt you can do whatever you want with it — traditionally, you hound debtors to their grave trying to collect. We’re playing a different game."
money  hacking  via:james 
november 2012 by kevan
"Authors and publishers decide what amount lets them freely share their books with the world while still making a living. We raise that fee here through crowdfunding: people like you chipping in. When campaigns succeed, the rights holders get paid, and they issue a free electronic edition under a Creative Commons license."
books  money  via:viv 
august 2012 by kevan
Arrest Blair
"Anyone attempting an arrest which meets the rules laid down here will be entitled to one quarter of the money collected at the time of his or her application. Money donated to this site will be used for no other purpose than to pay bounties for attempts to arrest Tony Blair."
politics  crime  money  via:minkette 
july 2012 by kevan
Debit Card (needadebitcard) on Twitter
People cheerfully posting photos of their credit cards. "RT @cfandel20 got my debit card today!"
money  crime  delusions  via:tomscott 
july 2012 by kevan
Behavioral Pricing: A Consumer’s Worst Nightmare
"2012 will mark the end of static pricing. The use of your tweets, credit score, and web history in ecommerce pricing is frightening—but ultimately unavoidable."
money  future  secrets 
june 2012 by kevan
A confit of confusion, with a garnish of mind games
"You used to order from least expensive to most expensive in a line down the menu. Most people would then head for a third of the way down the list. Now, we've become a lot cleverer, largely due to research in the United States. The prices are not in order, and they're not listed in a separate column on the right."
food  psychology  money 
june 2012 by kevan
Tim Harford — Article — A first-class reason to stockpile stamps
"It's very unusual to have access to an asset whose value is guaranteed to increase by 39 per cent overnight."
money  paper 
april 2012 by kevan
From the Mailbag | Regretsy
"Rather than have the violin returned to me, PayPal made the buyer destroy the violin in order to get his money back."
music  demolition  money  via:james 
january 2012 by kevan
Thatcher state funeral to be privatised - e-petitions
"In keeping with the great lady's legacy, Margaret Thatcher's state funeral should be funded and managed by the private sector to offer the best value and choice for end users and other stakeholders."
death  money  politics 
december 2011 by kevan
MIT Media Lab: Design Ecology / Information Ecology
"The wallet protects the money within it when you need to be thrifty with a hinge that resists opening. [...] This can be mapped to a monthly budget goal."
money  technology 
december 2011 by kevan
In 2011 Kickstarter raises $1.1 Million for Board and Card games | Purple Pawn
"This year 61 games, which includes board games, card games, RPG, and dice games have successfully been funded with another 17 currently attempting to successfully fund."
games  money  board  cards  via:waxy 
december 2011 by kevan
Exposing Social Gaming's Hidden Lever - Betable Game Monetization Blog
"Zynga combines mass appeal, addictive gambling mechanics, and an aggressive viral marketing strategy to achieve incredible growth. Their stylish, highly approachable games help them avoid the stigma of gambling while appealing to precisely the audiences that are the most avid gamblers."
games  money  design  psychology  random  via:zarba 
october 2011 by kevan
"De-Loot London’s mission is to make sure that not a single shop that was looted during the riots is forced to close. While a small number of people did the damage, we can all help our local, independent businesses recover by spending our money with them."
london  crime  money  business 
august 2011 by kevan
DIY Money-Shredding Alarm Clock Motivates You to Wake Up - Lifehacker
"If you're looking for some motivation, this DIY alarm clock will slowly shred money until you get out of bed to stop it."
technology  time  money  via:viv 
june 2011 by kevan wiki | Trains / SplitTickets
A good idea: a wiki for the ways in which you can split a UK train journey into two tickets with a cheaper total.
transport  money  hacking  wikis 
april 2011 by kevan
How to run a magazine using virtual money (Wired UK)
"Around two-thirds of the content of [EON] magazine is written by EVE players, who are paid in in-game currency for their work."
business  money  games  via:infovore 
march 2011 by kevan
Peace News Log « How to Fill In Your Census Form without Lockheed Martin Profiting (long version)
"The rational approach would be to take part in the census but make processing your return as expensive to process as possible for Lockheed Martin. [...] Bar codes can be rendered ineffective by neatly filling in some or all of the white gaps between the bars of with a black pen."
politics  paper  hacking  money 
march 2011 by kevan
Cracking the Scratch Lottery Code | Magazine
"Srivastava’s startling insight was that he could separate the winning tickets from the losing tickets by looking at the number of times each of the digits occurred on the [unscratched] tic-tac-toe boards."
money  maths  via:waxy 
february 2011 by kevan
Market Data Firm Spots the Tracks of Bizarre Robot Traders - Science and Tech - The Atlantic
"Donovan thinks that the odd algorithms are just a way of introducing noise into the works. Other firms have to deal with that noise, but the originating entity can easily filter it out because they know what they did. Perhaps that gives them an advantage of some milliseconds."
money  hacking  cheating  via:bengoldacre 
august 2010 by kevan
The Top Idea in Your Mind
"I tend to think it's the idea I'd want to be the top one, rather than the one that is. But it's easy to figure this out: just take a shower. What topic do your thoughts keep returning to?"
brains  money  via:infovore 
july 2010 by kevan
MIT Red Balloon Challenge Team
Nice tiered approach from the winning DARPA Network Challenge team - $2000 of the prize money for a submitted sighting, $1000 to anyone who referred that person, $500 to the person who referred them, and so on.
emergence  money  secrets  maps 
december 2009 by kevan
London's Treasure Hunt Riots | Paul Slade - Journalist
The rise and fall of proto-ARGs from 1904, with clues hidden in detective fiction. "Before he could secure his prize, Randall had to narrow down the possible cities to Newcastle and Carlisle, [...] find a district of Newcastle that sounded a bit like 'Edward Green' and realise that the serial number Meggs had overheard must be attached to a lamp post."
games  args  pervasive  history  london  secrets  money  news  via:holly 
november 2009 by kevan
Creepy insurance company pulls coverage due to Facebook pics
"The company apparently decided that people diagnosed with depression are incapable of having fun for even short periods of time, because [Blanchard] appeared to be 'available to work' thanks to Facebook."
work  depression  money  via:danhon 
november 2009 by kevan
Verified by Visa is training people to get phished
"This dialog is essentially forcing people, in order to use their card, to enter their SSN on a questionable website over a questionably secure connection. All requested by a site that you’ve never heard of. Just because they used your bank’s logo."
money  web  design  via:qwghlm 
november 2009 by kevan
Off diary: Volunteers flock to help cut council costs | Society | The Guardian
"The council says the cost of grass cutting and baling has risen to around £25,000 a year, with one of the most significant increases being disposal of the cut material. In contrast, the urban shepherd scheme costs around £1,800 a year."
sheep  cities  money  brighton  via:joh 
october 2009 by kevan
Significant Objects | …and how they got that way
"A talented, creative writer invents a story about an object. Invested with new significance by this fiction, the object should — according to our hypothesis — acquire not merely subjective but objective value. How to test our theory? Via eBay!"
writing  money  via:waxy 
july 2009 by kevan
China Cracks Down on Virtual Currency, For Real - China Journal - WSJ
"According to new regulations released jointly by the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Culture last week, virtual currency should be exchanged only for virtual goods and services provided by the issuer of the currency. ‬‪‬‪Gambling and lotteries involving virtual money are also prohibited under the new rules, which could put a big dent in online game activities. According to, 90% of online games in China include loopholes that allow users to bet with virtual money. "
money  china  games  mmorpgs 
june 2009 by kevan
Electronic Arts invites the pirates to tea | Blog | Futurismic
"The CEO of computer games publisher Electronic Arts is openly asking software pirates to redistribute their titles. Why? Because they’ve worked out that it’s easier to make money selling stuff within the framework of a game than it is to sell a game itself."
games  future  money  business  piracy  via:suttree 
june 2009 by kevan
Investigate your MP's expenses -
Crowdsourcing boring research. "Some pages will be covering letters, or claim forms for office stationery. But somewhere in here is the receipt for a duck island. And who knows what else may turn up. If you find something which you think needs further attention, simply hit the button marked 'investigate this!' and we’ll take a closer look."
politics  money  news  crowds 
june 2009 by kevan
Predicting Flu With the Aid of (George) Washington -
"Dr. Brockmann, visiting from Germany, heard about [] in idle chatter and realized that it was just what he needed: a map of face-to-face transactions, exactly the kind that spread influenza."
pestilence  money  simulation 
may 2009 by kevan
The Escapist : News : EVE Online Banker Scams Over 80 Billion ISK
"The former Investments Manager at the in-game Dynasty Banking operation, has absconded with over 80 billion ISK." [...] "EBANK, the largest player-run bank in New Eden, [has] pledged its support to Dynasty Banking if the run on the bank, which at last report was up to 30 billion ISK, reaches the point where the bank itself is threatened."
games  mmorpgs  money  crime  via:gameplaywright 
january 2009 by kevan
Depression 2009: What would it look like? - The Boston Globe
"In many ways, though, today's depression would not look like the last one because it would not look like much at all." [...] "The New Depression would be largely invisible because people would experience loss privately, not publicly."
society  money  future  history 
november 2008 by kevan
Ten Thousand Cents
"'Ten Thousand Cents' is a digital artwork that creates a representation of a $100 bill. Using a custom drawing tool, thousands of individuals working in isolation from one another painted a tiny part of the bill without knowledge of the overall task."
art  money  via:waxy 
april 2008 by kevan
Royal Mint Currency Redesign - The Designer
"I found the idea that members of the public could interact with the coins the most exciting aspect of this concept. It's easy to imagine the coins pushed around a school classroom table or fumbled around with on a bar."
money  metal  design  via:tim 
april 2008 by kevan
Kevin Kelly -- The Technium
"A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author - in other words, anyone producing works of art - needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living."
business  money  society  via:waxy 
march 2008 by kevan
James Randi Educational Foundation - SWIFT January 4, 2008
"The James Randi Educational Foundation Million-Dollar Challenge will be discontinued 24 months from this coming March 6th, and those prize funds will then be available to generally add to our flexibility."
money  science 
january 2008 by kevan
Hitman: Blood Money (Xbox 360)
Good balance of linear and freeform, with a lot of randomly pursued routes feeling like official, scripted ones, until you try again and go somewhere else. The AI gets a bit dodgy up-close, but works quite chillingly at a distance.
gamelog  4stars  death  money  weapons  secrets 
january 2008 by kevan
newspaper Kyiv Weekly - Intellectuals Playing Mafia Games
"The game is structured on the principle of a tournament with a rating list of the best players. The winners of the intermediate stages receive money prizes and the winner of the final receives the main prize of a trip to Sicily, the home of the Mafiosi."
games  secrets  money  russia 
january 2008 by kevan
Jeremy Clarkson eats his words over ID theft - Telegraph
"The Top Gear host was so sure that the furore over the lost CDs of data was nothing but 'a storm in a teacup' he printed his own bank details in a newspaper, convinced his money would be safe." Some direct debit forms do not require a signature.
money  secrets  crime 
january 2008 by kevan
ThinkGeek :: SnūzNLūz - Wifi Donation Alarm Clock
"Every time you hit the snooze button, the SnūzNLūz will donate a specified amount of your real money to a non-profit [organisation] you hate."
time  money  psychology  via:webb 
january 2008 by kevan
A Day at the Races (1937)
A few good routines, but there are even more unnecessary musical numbers than Night at the Opera, and most of the longer comedy routines are incoherently chaotic. Some quality fist-shaking and spluttering outrage.
filmlog  2stars  comedy  horses  medicine  sport  lies  money 
december 2007 by kevan
eToro Makes Forex Trade Child's Play
"Choose the currency you think will go up and have it go one-on-one in a tug of rope against a currency you think will go down." Visualising foreign-exchange trading as casual, cartoony gambling games. It isn't legally considered to be gambling.
money  games  design  via:infosthetics 
november 2007 by kevan
'Cool Cash' card confusion - News - Manchester Evening News
"A lottery scratchcard has been withdrawn from sale by Camelot - because players couldn't understand it." [...] "The concept of comparing negative numbers proved too difficult for some [and] Camelot received dozens of complaints on the first day."
money  maths  random  education  via:tim 
november 2007 by kevan
Who Wants to Be? » Blog Archive » How to Buy a Woodland (Albany Theatre)
Results of the live slightly-Nomic gameshow. "The suggestion that we should buy and share an animal turned into a real controversy, with some saying it would be cruel to move any animal - 'even a goldfish' - around between 100 people." No clever scamming.
games  nomic  money 
october 2007 by kevan
Holiday (1938)
Cary Grant arguing in favour of the gap year, and the moral superiority of the idle rich over the work-obsessed rich.
filmlog  3stars  money  love  tourism 
september 2007 by kevan
Chaos theory | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited
The mass adoption of decimalisation, seatbelts, smoking bans and digital television. "Once a change in our environment forces a change in our behaviour, we manage to convince ourselves, internally, that the change is morally right."
society  psychology  television  cigarettes  money  law  via:lmg 
august 2007 by kevan
Fed economist proposes revaluing coins before they're melted down | Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee
"History shows that when coins are worth melting, they disappear. [...] Rebasing the penny would debase the five-cent piece and put it safely away from its melting point."
money  metal 
april 2007 by kevan
TimesOnline - Can this note stamp out corruption in a land where it's the norm?
"5th Pillar, the organisation behind the initiative, says that the [one-sided, counterfeit, message-bearing] note will allow ordinary Indians to make a statement against corruption without provoking a confrontation with people in authority."
money  india  crime  via:leonard 
april 2007 by kevan
Videos - Real Estate Roller Coaster
A century of American house prices, converted into a first-person view of a Roller Coaster Tycoon ride. Some screaming would have been good.
money  simulation 
april 2007 by kevan
Steganography - EURion Constellation
"The EURion Constellation is intended to prevent color copiers from reproducing images of contemporary currency. [...] Currency designers have made special efforts to 'hide' the pattern in the 'look' of the banknote."
money  secrets 
march 2007 by kevan
Freakonomics Blog » How to Cheat the Mumbai Train System
"You pay 500 rupees (about $11) to join an organization of fellow ticketless travelers. Then, if you do get caught traveling without a ticket, you pay the fine to the authorities and [the] ticketless-traveler organization [refunds] you 100% of the fine."
transport  hacking  money  india 
march 2007 by kevan
A con as big as the Ritz | Weekend | Guardian Unlimited
Stories of a credit-card fraudster. "I knew you needed a range of security information to back up any significant purchase on a card, not just the data on the card itself. Yet that was all I was being given when customers were buying phones through me."
crime  phones  lies  hacking  money 
march 2007 by kevan
Some Like It Hot (1959)
How to use ridiculous, unmaintainable lies to avoid gangsters and attract women.
filmlog  2stars  secrets  lies  love  money  music  crime 
march 2007 by kevan
Coupon codes for thousands of online stores -
An intriguing spinoff of bugmenot, sharing the scattershot money-off codes that online retailers distribute through emails and adverts. Success percentages all look rather low, though.
money  shops  hacking 
march 2007 by kevan
The Night Of The Hunter (1955)
Men are evil and women are stupid, but children endure. Overrated, apart from a few stand-out scenes - there's a good and genuinely sinister, unstoppable villain in there somewhere, but the slapstick and weird editing undermines him almost completely.
filmlog  2stars  religion  children  death  crime  prison  money  secrets 
february 2007 by kevan
Guys And Dolls (1955)
How man's perceived free will is really just subservience to women, to small-time gangsters who talk without using contractions, and to die rolls.
filmlog  3stars  music  crime  dice  love  money  police  lies  religion 
february 2007 by kevan
The Seattle Times: A Kirkland cafe with no prices
"Customers pay what and when they like, or not at all - it makes no difference to the cafe employees, who are instructed not to peek when people put money in the metal lock box."
money  psychology  drinks  business  via:freakonomics 
february 2007 by kevan
Now That a Penny Isn't Worth Much, It's Time to Make It Worth 5 Cents - New York Times
"With about 140 billion pennies in circulation [this] rebalance would make them worth $7 billion. [...] Plus, the money would go disproportionately to the poor, more than offsetting any 'rounding tax' from eliminating the penny."
money  hacking  metal  history  politics  via:freakonomics 
february 2007 by kevan
Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure (2004)
Odd mix of harrowing self-awareness and vague glossing, of scientific enthusiasm and knowingly theatrical non-logic, that doesn't quite ring true, and a good, surprising ending that turns predictably bad. A great sense of random online networks, though.
filmlog  3stars  web  coincidences  money  writing  secrets  random  travel 
january 2007 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Politics | Government to close 551 websites
"About £9m a year was expected to be saved over three years by cutting back on 'vanity' sites that do not serve a useful purpose." Including a few I've worked on.
politics  web  money  via:holly 
january 2007 by kevan
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Pillar-to-post detective work, the sliders for both "decade" and "mood" set at proportional values between Bogart and The Big Lebowski, although Gould has some nice touches of timelessness.
filmlog  2stars  mysteries  crime  money  lies  death  police 
january 2007 by kevan
Project Wonderful
Auction-based advertising - interesting, if a bit webcomic-biased and small-scale feeling. Am giving it a go. "There's no fee, and the worst that could happen is that your message reaches millions for the best price going."
advertising  web  money 
january 2007 by kevan
Light Blue Touchpaper » Chip & PIN terminal playing Tetris
"[Even] perfect tamper resistance only ensures that the terminal will no longer be able to communicate with the bank once opened. It does not prevent anyone from replacing most of the terminal's hardware and presenting it to customers as legitimate."
technology  money  games  hacking  via:waxy 
january 2007 by kevan
The West Pier - Patrick Hamilton
The idle, experimental corruption of innocence by a blankly emotionless Hamilton protagonist, back and forth along the seafront at Brighton. Oddly over-explanatory and first-draft feeling, falling towards an inevitably disheartening end, but it works.
booklog  brighton  money  love  lies  illusions  piers  via:holly 
january 2007 by kevan
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
A trivial bullion heist with some fun setup, a weird chase scene apparently parodying new-fangled in-car police radios, and perhaps the best ending a heist film can have.
filmlog  3stars  crime  money  metal  london  paris 
december 2006 by kevan
Jackpot I.Q.: Slot machine tips
"Since the number of wins on a loose slot machine is more frequent, the casinos want as many witnesses as possible. You could consider it as another way of advertising, but one that we can use to our advantage as slot players."
games  money 
december 2006 by kevan
timhunkin/is it art? collecting box
"The expert (a portrait of Nicholas Serota) leans over to inspect the object, then returns and nods as if he approves. After a short pause he shakes his head, changing his mind. The object is then returned and tipped out on the floor."
art  technology  robots  money 
december 2006 by kevan
superconsumers - real money! real goods! no humans!
"The software uses [an amount of] money to buy goods autonomously at the online-auction-platform ebay, transfers this goods to an art-space, exhibits them and sells them again via ebay."
art  money 
november 2006 by kevan
superconsumers - real money! real goods! no humans!
"The software uses [an amount of] money to buy goods autonomously at the online-auction-platform ebay, transfers this goods to an art-space, exhibits them and sells them again via ebay."
art  money 
november 2006 by kevan
Keep The Aspidistra Flying (1997)
Class tourism with a well-stuffed parachute, and how every single luxury and happiness costs money. It's presented a little more blandly and cleanly than the novel, with a merely quaint and cheerful Lambeth, but Richard E Grant is perfect as Comstock.
filmlog  4stars  money  poetry  advertising  society 
november 2006 by kevan
How to Steal a Million (1966)
A light and pointlessly elaborate art-forgery heist, pulled off by a reluctant but obligingly over-prepared Peter O'Toole.
filmlog  3stars  art  crime  money  cheating  police  france 
november 2006 by kevan
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
A film director trying to experience enough poverty to feel justified in making films about it. Endlessly and easily drawn back to the comfort of Hollywood, the looping plot keeps coming back on stranger and darker levels.
filmlog  3stars  films  money  meta  depression  society  illusions  lies 
november 2006 by kevan
Seed: Who Wants to Be a Cognitive Neuroscientist Millionaire?
Mind-hacking it. "I knew that I could employ the most basic of priming tactics: talking about the question, posing scenarios, throwing out wild speculations, even just babbling [to] trigger the buried neocortical circuits holding the key to the answer."
brains  memory  science  television  money  via:mindhacks 
november 2006 by kevan
Safety Last! (1923)
Disconnected setups to the iconic climbing scene, although the clock-hanging is nicely underplayed. And I'd forgotten how great it is that silent films just don't bother captioning dialogue where the gist is obvious, and how much of that there is.
filmlog  3stars  business  cheating  architecture  money  time  via:raven 
october 2006 by kevan
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