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November 5, 2007
  • "[Quants] have tried to discover the underlying structures of financial markets, much as academics have unlocked the mysteries of the physical world. The more quants learn, however, the farther away a unified theory of finance seems. Human behavior, as manifested in the financial markets, simply resists quantification, at least for now." (Link#
September 22, 2007
  • "Leica makes digital compacts and a beefy S.L.R., or single-lens reflex, called the R9, but for more than fifty years the pride of the company has been the M series of 35-mm. range-finder cameras - durable, companionable, costly, and basically unchanging, like a spouse." Article here#
July 11, 2007
  • David Milch, the creator of HBO's Deadwood Series, gave a lecture at MIT. He speaks about about his creative process for writing the show, his background, and then answers some audience questions (stream). This guy is pure genius. #
June 5, 2007
June 4, 2007
  • The New Yorker has an excellent profile of Bill Clinton and his post-presidency. #
May 10, 2007
  • "Lost" on ABC is extended through 2010. I personally am excited to see the finale of Season 3 in a couple of weeks. I'm anticipating the final eposode of the series to be intense. (Update: It raised significant questions and gave relatively few answers.) #
May 4, 2007
May 3, 2007
  • Tom Wolfe wrote an article in the new Conde Nast Portfolio magazine about the personalities of hedge fund managers. #
March 28, 2007
  • This American Life has finally gone to television with the Showtime premier last week). There is also a great video clip posted for one of the featured stories.  #
March 22, 2007
March 22, 2007
  • This is a website with interesting collections of "specific things". #
March 7, 2007
  • The co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey and Michael Pollan exchanged views at a Berkeley lecture (video link - 124 minutes). Pollan wrote a 2006 book titled "The Omnivore's Dilemma."  #
February 15, 2007
  • He Cooks. She Stews. It's Love. "Instead of a partnership, some couples say that their relationship in the kitchen more closely resembles a tiny dictatorship." #
February 11, 2007
  • Some Errol Morris interviews are posted on his website. If you haven't seen Vernon, Florida or his First Person series, please do. #
February 7, 2007
  • Phillipe Chancel has a great slideshow of photographs from North Korea. "[A] totalitarian aesthetic for a totalitarian regime." #
February 5, 2007
  • A list of every book that Art Garfunkel has read since June 1968. Perhaps I'll have a similar list in 30 years. #
February 5, 2007
  • The Airplane-Treadmill Problem. I say that the plane will not take off. Jet engines alone cannot generate airflow relative to the wings. Since the plane can't roll forward, there is no air passing over/under the wings to generate lift. #
February 4, 2007
  • I had a heated debate some time ago about how Wal-Mart chooses its goods for sale. This article, which I referenced, supported my idea that they did want to compete for quality as well as price. Yet the exec featured in the article did not want to sell his goods through Wal-Mart! #
February 4, 2007
  • Red, White, and You explains how to choose a bottle of wine. "When the waiter arrives with your wine, you’ll obviously need to remind him that his station is beneath you by barking demands while he pours, like, 'Keep it coming, Robespierre,' or, 'Don’t forget that I can buy and sell you, you miserable cur.' Then, when your server has completed the pour, it is customary to raise your hand as if to strike his face." #
February 4, 2007
January 23, 2007
  • The Best Investment Advice You'll Never Get: "San Francisco remains ground zero of the democratizing challenge to America's vast and lucrative investment industry. Under threat are the billions of dollars that mutual funds and brokers skim every year from often-unwary investors." #
January 22, 2007
January 17, 2007
January 16, 2007
  • Thomas Keller (the chef's chef) recently opened a more relaxed restaurant in Yountville, CA called Ad Hoc. How did I miss this news? #
January 14, 2007
January 11, 2007
  • Steve Jobs unveiled the new iPhone a couple of days ago. There has been media coverage (see here, and here). All of the stories don't do justice to the features highlighted in the 2-hour keynote speech. This could gain traction. #
January 11, 2007
  • Nicholas Felton compiles an annual report about himself every year. This year's report is even more comprehensive than 2005 or 2004#
January 11, 2007
January 11, 2007
  • Economics Discovers Its Feelings. "Only 10% of kids can go to the top 10% of schools. In many countries, wherever the schools are good, the houses will be expensive. Thus parents who want the best education for their child must overwork to afford a house in a good school district. In doing so, however, they raise the bar for everyone else. Is mutual disarmament possible? Not without government help." #
January 10, 2007
January 9, 2007
December 30, 2006
December 15, 2006
  • Lives of the Rich and Fascist. "After all, there's no business like show business ... except maybe a career in totalitarian political domination." #
December 15, 2006
  • A group of climbers created gigapixel images of Yosemite Valley. The purpose was to add zooming and more accurately plan a climbing route. Talk about extreme resolutions... #
December 9, 2006
  • Wikipedia's entry on arbitrage: "[A]n arbitrage is a transaction that involves no negative cash flow at any probabilistic or temporal state and a positive cash flow in at least one state; in simple terms, a risk-free profit." #
December 9, 2006
  • What exactly is public choice theory? "Everyone involved has rational incentives to do exactly what they're doing, even though the desire of the general constituency is opposite." #
December 9, 2006
  • There is a discussion about "food miles" over at eGullet. The Economist also published an article this week about food politics. My own food rules: (1) buy locally grown food and (2) ride my bike to the farmer's market. #
November 23, 2006
November 21, 2006
  • "Whistle Tips" are welded into car exhaust pipes and make a loud whistling sound. The Oakland city government may outlaw them soon. But I can't believe that this story made it on network news. Note that the driver flies right past a stop sign. Check out the remix. "Woo woo!" #
November 16, 2006
  • Milton Friedman, leader of the University of Chicago economic theorists, died today. If you've never seen his Free to Choose television series, I highly recommend watching it. Arnold Schwarzenegger introduction to the 1990 rerun makes it seem like he's selling crack. "I truly believe that the series has changed my life. When you have such a powerful experience as that, I think you shouldn't keep it to yourself, I wanted to share it with you... All my friends and acquaintances got the tapes and the books for Christmas after Christmas, all the way through the Reagan years when I was able to tell them all - you see, Milton is right." #
November 14, 2006
November 9, 2006
  • Santorum lost last night. His daughter looks more disappointed than he does. #
November 9, 2006
November 7, 2006
  • Corey Arnold has taken some marvelous photographs upon fishing and crabbing boats. #
October 25, 2006
October 25, 2006
  • A Visit to Tesla Motors. "They understand the march of advancing technology, while the big American car companies don't." #
September 16, 2006
  • This is perhaps the best advertisement for solar power. Ever. #
September 5, 2006
  • Fixed-gear bicycles are popular in San Francisco among messengers and bike afficionados. "[R]iding brakeless may jeopardize the chances of a successful insurance claim in the event of an accident." The Bay Guardian published a shot across the bow of "fixie" proponents. #
December 23, 2005
November 10, 2005
  • Opinionistas is yet another statement of dissatisfaction by an young associate at a large NYC law firm. [Update: I hate to ruin the "ending", but she later quits the firm and embarks upon a writing career.] #
October 17, 2005
October 16, 2005
  • There was a recent article in the New York Times Magazine in about researching productivity, multitasking, and interruptions at work. "To perform an office job today, it seems, your attention must skip like a stone across water all day long, touching down only periodically." #
October 13, 2005
  • A.J. Jacobs had the idea to outsource as much of his everyday tasks as possible. He wrote a hilarious article about the experience. #
October 11, 2005
  • Getting In: The social logic of Ivy League admissions, by Malcolm Gladwell. "A law school that wants to select the best possible lawyers has to use a very different admissions process from a law school that wants to select the best possible law students." #
September 27, 2005
September 25, 2005
  • Caring for Your Introvert: The habits and needs of a little-understood group, by Jonathan Rauch. "Do you know someone who needs hours alone every day? Who loves quiet conversations about feelings or ideas, and can give a dynamite presentation to a big audience, but seems awkward in groups and maladroit at small talk?" #
September 25, 2005
  • Secrets of the Shy: Why so bashful? Science finds something complex--and cunning--behind the curtain, by Jeffrey Kluger. "For all the things shyness is, there are a number of things it's not. For one, it's not simple introversion." #
September 21, 2005
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