In case you have only been watching U.S. news stations (where the top story is probably something about the cast of Jersey Shore), interesting things are going on in Libya. Specifically, they are bombing their own cities.

The Al Jazeera Live Blog is pretty good. Some of my favorite entries:

Feb 22

12:41am: State TV […]


This is amazing. If I did not see it, I would have said it was impossible. Browse IBM’s pages for more.

Beating Ken Jennings at Jeopardy is simply an incredible achievement, far beyond beating Kasparov at chess.

The full games will air Feb 14th – 16th. I hope they made it sing “Daisy Bell” if […]

Gone fishin’

OK so there’s a fair amount of nonsense in my last couple of posts. (Although I believe the conclusion is still correct.)

But I am about to embark on a much-needed vacation, so I will not have time to post a correction until Wednesday or thereabouts.

Happy Labor Day.

Link dump

“The government does not do enough to promote disease.” A great article pointing out the difference between cost and value (via Naked Capitalism). Of course, this is just a modern take on the Broken Window Fallacy, but it is still worth keeping in mind. Always.

Huxley vs. Orwell (via John Cook). Do not miss. Related: […]




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Mostly video links

Will It Blend? Vuvuzela

The financial crisis from a Marxist perspective. It is a little scary how much of this I agree with.

Turning a sphere inside out, Part 1 and Part 2 (via John Cook).

Klein bottle opener (also via John Cook)


World hunger and the locavores. Felix Salmon has been doing some excellent reporting from Davos.

Charles Biderman accuses the government of having a hedge fund at Area 51, or something.

How to report the news (via Salmon).

Goldman Trader Shares Three Big Ideas With Lloyd (h/t Bond Girl). Today’s must-read.


Re-imagining, cont.

And now for something completely different.

Ever since Jansen went dark, I have missed hearing a voice in the blogosphere with actual bond market expertise. Sure, the financial system has calmed itself. But I do not expect that to last.

On the other hand, my real job is consuming an ever larger portion of my […]

self-evident “re-imagined”

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to resuscitate this blog. I figured a redesign will help to commit me. Because I really should be committed…

New virtual server, new version of Ubuntu, new version of WordPress, yadda yadda. Also using the Atahualpa theme, which is actually a fairly impressive piece of work. (I think […]

Who is Number One?

In my humble opinion, The Prisoner is, by far, the greatest television series of all time. (I almost chose “Number Six” as my pseudonym.)

The “re-imagining” starts tonight on AMC. Judging by the trailer, I suspect the children who wrote the script completely missed the point of the original series.

But even though I expect […]