Frankly Thinking

Frankly Thinking

Learning in public, slowly

Silent Singing Souls

The Art Newspaper reported on artist Bill Fontana making a sound recording with Notre Dame Cathedral’s bells. When the bells are “resting” they are actually still picking up the ambient noises from the surrounding city. This can be recorded and amplified. The result is intriguingly alive and soulful. Click on the above link to listen […]

Lee Perry Notes

The recent death of reggae producer and artist Lee Perry was covered by two sources in my media diet: Pitchfork and Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution. I like reggae/Jamaican/dub/Caribbean sounds as much as the next person but my knowledge does not go far past Bob Marley. Lee Perry was a regrettable blind spot for me. […]

#notes Old Mobile Money Blog Posts and other links

African startups raised at least $1.3b in 2020, according to Briter Bridges: AfricArena, an African tech accelerator, said African VC investments might drop from $2b to between $1.2b and $1.8b; year-on-year growth calculations are based on scarce historical data, which often results in drawing inaccurate conclusions about the nature and trajectory of their growth ****** […]

On Journalism

Journalism ought to act as an inhibitor, dampening the febrile spread of misconceptions and misinformation, helping us to make less knee-jerk, more considered judgements. But for it to play that role, we need journalists who positively enjoy the work of undermining narratives, and who take as their mission something close to James Baldwin’s description of […]

The Presumption of Guilt and Banking

Over one and a half billion unbanked globally, most of them poor, undocumented, minority and innocent. That last adjective is important, because the exclusionary nature of our existing financial system is no accident. It is a direct consequence of a system built on a presumption of guilt.  This presumption of guilt is a minor nuisance […]

August 8, 2021 Sunday links

The three-or-four-hours rule for getting creative work done – exactly what it says The Tigray conflict began last November, as the world’s attention was focused on the US presidential election; In late June, the TPLF took control of Mekelle, the capital of Tigray; its forces have since pushed east into neighbouring Afar and south into […]

July 28, 2021 Tuesday links

37 Comparisons Of The Sizes Of Prehistoric Animal Ancestors And Their Modern Relatives (From MR) Walter Sickert’s Brighton Pierrots (1915) Tate: “Closer to home, Tate Britain is organising a career survey of the British artist Walter Sickert (28 April-18 September 2022). The exhibition of this painters’ painter (and possibly the greatest British painter since J.M.W. […]

July 22, 2021 Thursday links

Intraday Timing of General Collateral Repo Markets (Liberty Street Economics): Specifics, Specifics, Specifics! Love the human details this layers on to a niche-ier technical market mechanism. Three Things I Think I Think – Learning From Bad Inflation Takes (pragcap): Good points about the need for MMT crowd to acknowledge that demand side is probably at […]

Independence from What?

Independence from What? (Just Money). This is a really cool piece. “discuss more fundamental constitutional questions of how we can make central banks more democratic internally and at once more independent, by redefining independence as not against democracy but rather against the executive and financial markets.“ Delegating Money Power Does delegation increase efficiency or simply […]

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