Why Free Market Capitalism FailsIn this essay, I expose the flaws in the two mechanisms that are supposed to power the free market: Adam Smith's invisible hand and trickle down economics. The notion of the invisible hand holds that in a free marketplace, the buyer's self-interest will tend to drive the price down, while the seller's self-interest will tend to drive the price up, so that both parties' self-interest will naturally cause the price to settle on an amount that both find reasonable. Trickle-down economics maintains that the rich are the ones who start and expand businesses and hire employees, so the laws should favor them increasing their weLinked to
Nightmare at SnoresvilleWhen I got my reservations for a 24 hour train journey in the first class air conditioned compartment of the Amritsar Mail (a long route train) I had rose tinted dreams and visions of an elite compartment, attendants in waiting, hot meals delivered in time wrapped in silver foil and a peaceful slumbering journey cradled in the lap of bliss, herself.Linked to
Reality however has an evil sense of humour.
The journey had started off well enough with another amiable gentleman who shared the four berth compartment with me.
After a light snack of samosas and tea, I read my RD magazine and chatted a little with my fellow passenger. Dinner came at 9.20 pm
Fate's Practical JokeFate has a sense of humor. It doesn't normally target me for its practical jokes; after all, I'm only a regular girl who grew up in a small town. But my senior year of high school fate went out of its way to torment me and the rest of the members of the high school band.
I went to Melba High School; it was a tiny little school in the middle of Hicksville, Idaho. That wasn't the real name for the town, actually, it was Melba, just like the school; Hicksville is just a better fit. The town, with a stunning population of 500, was actually smaller than the school. It was so small in fact that a pen-pal once sent me a letter addressed to
Losing TractionSnow clung to black eyelashesLinked to
as frozen fingers
grasped at fur collars,
looking for more air to breathe with
under such heavy,
The last time I kissed you
felt like a promise
neither of us meant to keep,
but when I stepped into the street
and faced that sliding car,
a caged beast,
I almost wished
I'd run after you.
it's on youthe moon& &
through the roof nails
the cold-dark walls
the screen door latch
the drawers &
the supplies replaced
from your last
dips its finger
into the kitchen
catches the drips
of the faucet.
the moon pets your cat
with its wet hand
and notices the open doorway
but doesn't think about
what's beyond it.
having touched everything.
that you walk in
Apophysis 7X Console Renderer - UPDATE 2For all the techies (and animators) out there: I have something for you! I present: a console interface for Apophysis 7X! Now you can easily batch, script and stack your renders. Here are some core features:
Stable multithreading for single-, dual-, quad-, hexa- and octa-core systems
Render your flame files as if they were a set of keyframes (like with Apophymator) - even with different amounts of transforms per flame
Make use of automatic plugin downloading (and the massive heap of new built-in variations)
Experience faster rendering through optimization of the rendering core
This build features a set of variations which were built-in from existing plugins (to reduce the need of .DLL plugins):
- log (derived from *zy0rg's logn plugin; includes the "base" variable)
- epispiral (derived from *cyberxaos' Epispiral plugin; corrected name to be all-lowercase as defined by the naming convention)
- bwraps (derived from bwraps2; removed the "2" in the name)