― Kevin Brockmeier,
12 Stray of Christmas and political sparks Alex Ellinghausen photographing Antipodean Politicians
Game of skill, or game of chance? “The [class-action] suit, filed in Manhattan federal court on behalf of FanDuel and DraftKings players nationwide, accuses Visa, MasterCard, American Express and other defendants of participating in a racketeering scheme to facilitate illegal gambling operations.” [Alison Frankel, Reuters]
A firm representing Lucasfilm/Disney sent takedown notices to force removal from social media of photos of a newly issued Star Wars figurine that an unnamed fan had walked into a Wal-Mart and purchased in the usual manner. [Timothy Geigner, TechDirt]
Luke Skywalker as terrorist
Syd Gernstein (Bloomberg BNA), We Have Taxes to Thank For Star Wars:
On Tuesday, the Times published “Is it Wookie or Wookiee? The Times’ definitive ‘Star Wars’ style guide.” Hennon, assistant copy chief, begins with a little about how he got the task of compiling this guide, which is more than 8,000 words long via Poynter ...
Team building in the cafeteria, Harvard Business Review, December 2015, p24-25. Research shows that eating together enhances group performance TeamBuildingInTheCafeteria20151203.pdf
'Nobody wins': Give public servants power, says Centre for Policy Development report
Canberra Times, 2/12/15. A think tank has warned "nobody wins" if public servants are reduced to nothing more than contract managers and has used the Department of Employment as a cautionary tale.
Report - Grand Alibis: How Declining Public Sector Capability Affects Services for the Disadvantaged
Annual State of the Commons Report highlights global cultural and policy impact of free and open content – “Creative Commons, the global nonprofit that makes it easier for creators to share their work under simple copyright terms, announced a major milestone in the release of its 2015 State of the Commons Report today: over 1 billion works have been licensed using Creative Commons since the organization was founded. This milestone was announced along with other significant data points in its State of the Commons report, which covers the growth of CC content on platforms, the globalization of CC tools, and cultural trends in the digitization of creative works." The State of the Commons report can be viewed at stateof.creativecommons.org/2015
The Evolution of Work Dani Rodrik, Project Syndicate
Retrotopia: Economics by Other Means Archdruid
Is Uber Making NYC Rush-Hour Traffic Worse? FiveThirtyEight