Monthly Archives: September 2008

Credit Crisis Explained

I used to think I had a pretty fair grasp of economics and finance.  The subprime lending crisis which has now mushroomed into a full-scale credit meltdown has disabused me of any such notion.  It’s also shown pretty conclusively that no … Continue reading

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Richard Wright, Pink Floyd founding member, dies at 65

Richard Wright, keyboardist and founding member of Pink Floyd died today at his home in England after a brief battle with cancer.   The LA Times published an obituary here.  I think the band said it best themselves in Time from … Continue reading

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Let astrology help you find the perfect dog

This article purports to help you select a pet dog based upon your Zodiac sign.   It’s unbelievably stupid.  I mean, nowhere in the article do they even mention the dog’s Zodiac sign and how that might influence compatibility with its … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Post-American World

The Post-American WorldBy Fareed ZakariaW. W. Norton & Co., New York, 2008 Despite its apocalyptic-sounding title, Fareed Zakaria’s latest book, The Post-American World, is actually quite optimistic. Zakaria is editor of Newsweek International, and former managing editor of Foreign Affairs. … Continue reading

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What Makes People Vote Republican?

An intresting essay over at The Edge by Jonathan Haidt about the moral considerations that differentiate Democrats from Republicans.  This is a long essay but well worth the read.  Here are a few exerpts that make some of Haidt’s key … Continue reading

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Ambient awareness

Very interesting artilcle on the effects of social networking by Clive Thompson in the Sept. 7, 2008 Sunday New York Times Magazine.  The article describes how services like Twitter and Facebook facilitate "ambient awareness" about a large group of people … Continue reading

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