Wow. This video features two towns I’ve visited recently, a bridge I’ve bicycled over four times, a previous employer, a personal friend, out-of-control earmarking and raving hypocrisy. Yee Haw!
An epic poem about Schroedinger’s cat. Excerpt: Schroedinger, Erwin! Professor of physics! Wrote daring equations! Confounded his critics! (Not bad, eh? Don’t worry. This part of the verse Starts off pretty good, but it gets a lot worse.) Win saw… Read moreOldie but a goodie
Steve Horowitz writes to you all: Excerpt: One of the biggest confusions in the current mess is the claim that it is the result of greed. The problem with that explanation is that greed is always a feature of human… Read moreAn open letter to the left
Hat Tip: Division of Labor “Wall Street loves money but hates free markets, because free markets distribute economic benefits to those who earn them, rather than to those best able to seize them.” See here for the whole thing in… Read moreQuote of the Day, indeed
The greatest tragedy in global climate change is that all the political solutions are managed by corruptible humans, who will inevitably twist the policies to benefit their friends and punish their enemies: It was an interesting experience for me because… Read moreGlobal Climate Change – He With the Most Political Clout Wins
Note the ominous correlation.
Dear Sir Or Madam, My name is Nick Gilespie, a great Broker of Wall Street (some might even say I am a Prince). I am writing to you from the great Island of Manhattan. As you know, a mighty Fiscal… Read moreTo Whom It May Concern
Now that I’m in the market for houses again, why do I feel such a temptation to buy the biggest house I can, and then refuse to pay the mortgage? What do I think is going to happen? Some sort… Read moreMoral Hazard
http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2008/09/delusions_on_bo.html In the private sector, many lenders and investors became deluded about the virtues of credit scoring. Credit scoring is a good technique for assessing risk, but people forgot that rising home prices cover up all sins. What they thought… Read morea plague on both your houses
My daughter came to me with a piece of paper and said ‘Daddy, can you show me a picture of a skull?’ I found this: She then proceeded to sit down at my computer, and draw this (I checked, this… Read moreMy Daughter, Goth In Training
Gotta give them credit for this – they sure called it. Update – to be clear – this is not to say that the changes in Fannie Mae’s behavior alone are responsible for the current situation. Nor to suggest that… Read morePrescience at the NYT
And you thought Cobol was a dead language with no future 😉 As long as it has a Make file or other command-line compiler interface, you too can build Cobol systems via a CI system.
Enjoy this gruesome tale, which answers the question “How can a 6 year old girl cut her hand off with a jump rope?” http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,426001,00.html
No one knows our pain!
Bridge over Troubled Waters Not bad, actually. It’s a pretty good song, all things considered.
*Update* – I had to remove Obama from this rant, since I can’t find any evidence that he specifically has called for the ban on short selling. Here’s McCain.. Here’s Clinton and Schumer. What’s next? Forcing outfielders to remain in… Read moreBanning Short Selling?
Rest In Peace The Free Market 1/1/4000 BC – 9/15/2008 Never again will people and businesses be trusted to manage their own lives. From now on, expect a never-ending cascade of further government control of capital, production and our lives…. Read moreMight as well call it
Hat Tip: Noodle Food
For about the last 6 months, there are only two games that my boys and I have been waiting for, and those are: Star Wars Force Unleashed, and Spore. Since Force Unleashed isn’t out, and Spore is, we’re going to… Read moreSpore – A Review
I’ve discovered, much to my delight, that Ben Croshaw (Zero Punctuation) and I have about a 95% co-incidence rate on liking video games. That is to say, generally, he likes the games I like, dislikes the games I dislike, for… Read moreZero Punctuation