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Shipping, Air BnB, brands, dead rock stars, flashbacks, Axl Rose, Walmart etc

Boston at night. Photo: Mark Vanhoenacker

Tue, May 17, 2016, 09:53


(1) Now that Axl Rose is out there fronting AC/DC for the time being, here’s a superb archive piece by Jeff Needs on his other band Guns N’ Roses and the most expensive album never made. Features loads of quotes from the patron saint of Kilkenny rock’n'roll Tom Zutaut.

(2) Making money from beyond the grave: Jeffrey Jampol on the business of managing the estates of dead rock stars like Otis Redding, Kurt Cobain, the Doors, Rick James, The Ramones and Muddy Waters

(3) Map of the week: London-based data visualisation and digital journalism studio Kiln joined forces with the University College of London’s Energy Institute to create this stunning map of the traffic on the world’s shipping routes. More on the project here

(4) More from the transport department: beautiful essay from Mark Vanhoenacker, author of the excellent Skyfaring, about what he’s learned from flying planes for a living.

(5) What causes flashbacks? And how experiencing a traumatic event can change how memory works.

(6) Walt Mossberg on brands: “while most social media accounts, especially on Facebook, are held by normal people who aren’t trying to promote themselves or their ideas, many account holders are brands, or are trying to become brands, just like Tide or Trump. And that includes people, not just companies.”

(7) The Tampa Bay Times investigate why Walmart call the local cops so much. “law enforcement logged nearly 16,800 calls in one year to Walmarts in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties, according to a Tampa Bay Times analysis. That’s two calls an hour, every hour, every day.”

(8) Austin says no to Uber and Lyft: the story about why the brace of new-school cab services are leaving the city.

(9) More anti-new school moves: Berlin is saying no to Air BnB because of its effect on housing availability. “German research has revealed that buying and renting flats to tourists – via online agencies such as Airbnb and Wimdu – has become highly profitable, with some businesses managing hundreds of properties. Partly as a result of this, Berlin – which once had a surplus of accommodation – now finds itself with a severe and growing shortage.”

(10) Anderson .Paak and his band of dudes The Free Nationals at large at SXSW the other month