"We talked about how it’s crazy that there is this generation of comics collectors that basically all have the same collection. Exactly the same. Like the one we just saw. And how it’s (basically) worthless. And how those collections were worth real money even ten years ago. Maybe more like 20 years ago. Remember G.I. Joe #2 from 1982? It used to be worth 40 bucks. Now, just a click away, there are 6 used from various sellers starting at 99 cents. Spahr joked that we should have all sold when the market was at its peak in the early ’90s." -- Bad news for those of us who wanted to fund our kids' college funds with our comics collection
: even rare comics are worthless now.
posted by MartinWisse
on Aug 23, 2013 -
The Forces Of The Next 30 Years - SF author and Mefi's Own
Charles Stross talks to students at Olin College about sci-fi, fiction, speculation, the limits of computation, thermodynamics, Moore's Law, the history of travel, employment, automation, free trade, demographics, the developing world, privacy, and climate change in trying to answer the question What Does The World Of 2043 Look Like?
posted by The Whelk
on Mar 27, 2013 -
Gold, Golden, Gilded, Glittering
- The Unexpected Double History Of Banking And The Art World
In fact, we have long entrusted the task of representing our ideas of value to members of two professions that might seem to have little in common: banking and art. And, in the last seven hundred years or so, it has happened more than once that visual and financial inventors have come up with strikingly similar representations. There is more than a shadow of resemblance between the purchase of the Hirst skull in 2007 and the mortgage-backed-securities debacle that made of Lehman Brothers in the following year one of the great public pictures of vanitas we’ve had. And, when you look further into these intersections, you often find that what is really at stake is a change in the way we feel and understand time. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jan 7, 2013 -
Metafilter's Own Charlie Stross
asks the question; " You, and a quarter of a million other folks, have embarked on a 1000-year voyage aboard a hollowed-out asteroid. What sort of governance and society do you think would be most comfortable, not to mention likely to survive the trip without civil war, famine, and reigns of terror?" engrossing commentary follows
posted by The Whelk
on Dec 11, 2009 -
is a freelance illustrator based in Oakland, California who loves to draw imaginary creatures. Metheny has taken this fascination with made-up animals
and extended it to the point of conjuring up an entire continent, Orcura
, through which flows The Morae River
. The river basin has a bestiary and a Classification of Species to describe the animals that inhabit it. (via
) (speculative zoology previously
posted by HumanComplex
on Nov 9, 2009 -
Federally Funded Science Fiction.
The CIA announced today that next month's final report on Iraq's weapons program under Saddam Hussein will mostly encompass an analysis of what they believe Iraq would be like through 2008 had Bush not invaded the country. Because when you want accurate, detailed analysis of the future of Iraq's weapons, you turn to the group that got it completely wrong
during the present.
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Aug 20, 2004 -
Coalition of the Willy
. [via abuddha's memes]
Just as the eyes may be averted from full frontal public displays of male nudity, is it possible that the unconscious association to phallic symbols like "weapons of mass destruction" may effectively lead the eyes to be "averted", thus frustrating any search. (NOTE: This essay isn't really 'logical,' but it's a fun ride anyway, pun intended)
posted by moonbird
on Aug 7, 2004 -
Follow the pollen trail...
The recent volatility
on the stock market has nothing on the Tulip Mania
that swept Holland in 1637. They went so gaga over over the colorful
heralds of spring that one blossom obsessed fella, for example, sold a brewery to buy a single bulb. It's become an example
of what happens
when we become economically overconfident. Myself, I'd rather deal in flowers than money, anyway.
posted by moonbird
on Apr 3, 2003 -
U.S. troops on DEFCON 2 alert
"The Canoe.qc.ca web site has learned that American Marines in the Persian Gulf have been placed on DEFCON 2 alert status, a possible precursor to war with Iraq." - the Canoe.ca site is often several hours ahead of more popular news sites (CNN, MSNBC, ect) with breaking news.
posted by stevengarrity
on Sep 11, 2002 -
What is the future of online news.
Will subscription eventually win through? Is there a viable business model that will allow independent publishers (such as Salon) to survive, or will we see further media consolidation? Where does blogging fit into this spectrum?
posted by RobertLoch
on Dec 19, 2001 -
A word from the future.
"At the turn of the second millennium, humanity seemed set on a steady upward course. How did it all go wrong in just 200 years? This is a memo on the fall of homo sapiens, 2000-2200 CE, written for the crew of the third interstellar colonising mission, 2759 CE, by Anatol Lieven, as a record and a warning."
Science-fiction? Dire warning? Anyway this is an enjoyable read.
posted by talos
on Mar 9, 2001 -