mon posted: Mon 2018-02-05 06:08:36 tags: n/a
Watched a few eps of "Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams" last night ("Real Life", based on "Exhibit Piece"; "AutoFac"; and "Human Is"). Curious about how one would go about lawfully re-acquiring Dick's oeuvre in digital formats, I found "Exhibit Piece", for example, is downloadable in Kindle format for 0.99. Assuming the 44+ novels could be bought for $7 each and the ~122 short stories for a buck each, then the total is $430ish. In 1990, his collected short and medium fiction sold in 7 volumes for $15 per volume, or $105 new.

In the early consumer Internet days I believed digital distro would deflate the consumer cost of entertainment - i.e. books and movies - but instead we find in the Amazon stream-rental era, digital delivery at the $4 price point. In 1989, the height of the VHS rental era, $1-2 was typical for a 2-3 day VHS movie rental, and inflation has driven the 2018 dollar down to about half its 1989 buying power (i.e. in the long, general run you need $2 to buy what $1 used to buy). So streaming rental has about kept pace with inflation, if you factor in the availability of free-with-Prime content.

After thinking carefully about Miss's favorite bed unit from Kimbrell's I decided I wasn't enthused enough about it to settle, and continued shopping. The manufacturer Hillsdale had a local distro, Fred's Beds in Raleigh, so we got lunch at the Bojangles experience, flipped through catalogs there, and agreed on their Doheny style with a pewter finish.

Apparently with one of the banks where I have both brokerage and an IRA account, linking my checking to one does not mean it's linked to the other. So funding my IRA is taking longer than anticipated, which is OK, because markets are just starting to slide and I'm in no rush to buy up securities at the top of the slide.