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  • To Purchase, Rent, or Pirate? The Broken Economics of Textbooks in the Digital Age What's wrong with the economics of the textbook industry, and what students, parents, professors, and universities can do to mitigate the ever-rising price of textbooks.
  • On Choosing Your Own Textbooks: General advice for choosing the right textbook for your educational goals
  • Need Help Publishing?
    Need Help Publishing?
  • Complexity isn’t a Vice: 10 Word Answers and Doubletalk in Election 2016
    Complexity isn’t a Vice: 10 Word Answers and Doubletalk in Election 2016
    How Donald Trump is leveraging an old Vaudeville trick to heavily contest the presidential election
  • Speed Reading on Web and Mobile
  • Popular Science Books on Information Theory, Biology, and Complexity
  • The Pontoon Manifesto: The Electronic Edition
    The Pontoon Manifesto: The Electronic Edition
    For its 45th anniversary, we are truly proud to present a new and unlimited edition electronic Pontoon powered by a web-based randomizer which reorders the paragraphs at the click of a button.
  • Git and Version Control for Novelists, Screenwriters, Academics, and the General Public
  • What is Information? by Christoph Adami A proper understanding of information in terms of prediction is key to a number of disciplines beyond engineering, such as physics and biology.
  • Latin Pedagogy and the Digital Humanities

What does Boffo Socko mean anyway?

“Boffo” and “socko” are neologisms in the family of Variety-speak after the well known business trade journal covering Tinseltown (often better known as Hollywood aka the Coast aka H’w’d.)

Their definitions from Variety’s “slanguage” dictionary follow:

boffo (also boff, boffola) — outstanding (usually refers to box office performance); “‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ has been boffo at the B.O.” (See also, socko, whammo)

socko (also sock) — very good (usually refers to box office performance); “‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ has done socko B.O.” (See also, boff, whammo)

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🔖 Confessions of the Pricing Man: How Price Affects Everything by Hermann Simon
🔖 Confessions of the Pricing Man: How Price Affects Everything by Hermann Simon
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