Here's Photogrammar, a new tool for finding all the photos in the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI). The Minneapolis section might be familiar to people who've researched the nadir of the Gateway area, but unless that description fits you with uncanny perfection, these will be new. Flophouses and transients, cheap hotels, rummies in the shade of the visitor center.

 

 

NEWS You might have seen the NYT piece on Amazon's working conditions. Here's the pushback, and it's on Medium:

If you read the recent New York Times article about Amazon’s culture, you remember that quote. Attributed to Bo Olson, the image of countless employees crying at their desks set the tone for a front-page story that other media outlets described as “scathing,” “blistering,” “brutal” and “harsh.” Olson’s words were so key to the narrative the Times wished to construct that they splashed them in large type just below the headline. Here’s what the story didn’t tell you about Mr. Olson: his brief tenure at Amazon ended after an investigation revealed he had attempted to defraud vendors and conceal it by falsifying business records. When confronted with the evidence, he admitted it and resigned immediately. Why weren’t readers given that information?

Good question. The article, by the way, was written by former White House Spokesperson Jay Carney, who's now Senior Vice President for Global Corporate Affairs at Amazon, and apparently we're supposed to believe he's telling objective truths now. Go right ahead.

WEB You do want your country's intellectual property laws rewritten by 15-year-olds, right? This piece on the browser version of Popcorn Time, an app that streams torrents, quotes its idealistic founder.

I live in a country where copyright law is almost nonexistant, and simply I don't care," Kragujevic wrote on Product Hunt two days ago. "I will keep moving the website, changing domains and providers ... I don't need to earn a single penny from it. I just want to do it because I believe that piracy will eventually cause the streaming bubble to pop, and the movie studios will realize that."

He wants to give away movies because movies cost too much, and the studios control availability. That's why people pirate! No, they pirate because they don't want to pay anything. Wait until the Star Wars movie comes out. The audience has had years to set aside a few pennies a day to pay for the ticket. They'll torrent it.

The article had an update: the site's already been shut down. The "streaming bubble," a concept of which you may have been previously unaware, continues unpopped. Torrents, likewise - although it will be amusing if the day ever comes when the users who leach exceed the number who seed, and people start complaining that others aren't doing their fair share, but just behaving parasitically.