hard to explain, really
This is difficult to explain.
So I won't try.
Credibly promising to be irresponsible...since 2004!
This is difficult to explain.
Do people plan?
A pair of antique vacuum tubes (from the 1930s I believe) that I bought off Ebay arrived in today's mail. I had never seen engraved base, globe glass, mesh plate 56 triodes before and when I did, I had to get them. They test fantastically strong, just as the seller advertised and they are going in my soon to be finished homemade preamp.
Well at least it won't be as weird as the Utah Jazz!
Mr. and Ms. Fundman visited the Mungowitz house.
Organization and incentives in the age of sail
David Paterson just gave his first public address since Eliot Spitzer's resignation yesterday. He made noises about "getting back to work" and the budget, talked about being black and blind, indicated he wasn't planning any major changes to his predecessors more controversial policies, and became the first human being in government to express sympathy for Spitzer himself. "My heart goes out to Eliot Spitzer, his wife Silda, his daughters," he said. "I know what he's gone through this week. In my heart, I think he's suffered enough." Paterson also displayed a rather awesome sense of humor. "Just so we don't have to go through this whole resignation thing again," one ballsy reporter asked, "have you ever patronized a prostitute?" Patterson thought for a minute. "Only the lobbyists," he said.
I commit to....wondering why this works.
It's possible the editing cut out the parts that made sense.
MR is my second favorite blog and the source of much KPC traffic, but I have to take a bit of issue with a couple of their recent posts:
From New Zealand comes the story of Moko the rescue dolphin. Two "pygmy sperm whales" repeatedly grounded themselves on a sandbar and rescuers couldn't seem to get them turned around and out to sea. It seemed like curtains for the hapless cetaceans. Then along came Moko:
"They kept getting disorientated and stranding again," said Smith, who was among the rescuers. "They obviously couldn't find their way back past (the sandbar) to the sea."Along came Moko, who approached the whales and led them 200 meters (yards) along the beach and through a channel out to the open sea.
"Moko just came flying through the water and pushed in between us and the whales," Juanita Symes, another rescuer, told The Associated Press. "She got them to head toward the hill, where the channel is. It was an amazing experience. The best day of my life."
Anton van Helden, a marine mammals expert at New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, said the reports of Moko's rescue were "fantastic" but believable because the dolphins have "a great capacity for altruistic activities."
And when his work was done??
After the rescue, Moko returned to the beach and joined in games with local residents.
....because you get to see stuff like this:
Sinbad, along with singer Sheryl Crow, was on that 1996 trip to Bosnia that Clinton has described as a harrowing international experience that makes her tested and ready to answer a 3 a.m. phone call at the White House on day one, a claim for which she's taking much grief on the campaign trail.Harrowing? Not that Sinbad recalls. He just remembers it being a USO tour to buck up the troops amid a much worse situation than he had imagined between the Bosnians and Serbs.
In an interview with the Sleuth Monday, he said the "scariest" part of the trip was wondering where he'd eat next. "I think the only 'red-phone' moment was: 'Do we eat here or at the next place.'"and then there's this:
Say what? As Sinbad put it: "What kind of president would say, 'Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife...oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.'"
Well, Sinbad, off the top of my head, I'd say an intern-diddling chicken-$%$# president like Bill Clinton would be the kind of president who'd say something like that.
Huge hat tip to Betsy!
The UCLA Anderson Forecast group headed by Ed Leamer sez NO RECESSION.
I was working on a letter of recommendation last night, about 9 pm.
Special Swedish Edition!!
The arts academy that owns's "Conspiracy of the Batavians Under Claudius Civilis" said Tuesday that it is willing to let the work go for $49 million, less than half its estimated value.
The buyer, however, must agree to donate the masterpiece to's , where it is one of the main attractions, said Olle Granath, permanent secretary of the .
"It has hung at the Nationalmuseum since 1866. That's where it's going to stay," Granath told The Associated Press, adding that the cash-strapped academy is selling the painting to raise money for exhibitions and other activities.
The Rembrandt was valued at $120 million, but the academy was ready to offer a 60 percent discount because of the condition to donate it to the waterfront museum.By the way, over at MR, Tyler has another Yer doin' it Rong edition of markets in everything up, though he neglected to label it as such. His is from the Netherlands.
I have been told that one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while always expecting a different outcome. On these grounds, much of the Republican Congressional delegation is clearly insane. They still seem to believe that anti-immigrant nativist bilge is a big vote winner for them:
Gov. Elliot Spitzer (D-N.Y.) acknowledged in a very brief statement, Monday, that he had violated the obligations he had to his family and the public, though he offered no specific comments about a report that he was involved in a prostitution ring.
Angus, the lovely Ms. Angus, and KG Mungowitz met for two very nice meals in San Antonio. Dirty Davey had asked, and I wanted to echo Angus's recommendation in comments.
It was a bad week for the FARC. First Paul Reyes was killed in his Ecuadorian sanctuary (just like on "The Wire", his cell phone gave him away). Second, even though Chavez rattled sabers, mobilized troops and got his pals to do the same, the Colombians pretty much got away with it. Sure, they apologized and said they'd not do it again, but there was also anti-harboring language in the agreement and then there was this too:
This morning, at the Public Choice meetings...Ms. Angus was a discussant on a paper.
So, I'm here for the Public Choice meetings. Lots of unintentional comedic fashion, and I'm sure I'm part of the show, given my fashion non-sense and ballon-like body.
Ladies and Gentleman, as happy as I was in my previous post, I am that pissed and disgusted in this one. I give you Tripp Isenhour in all his glory as my early favorite for A-hole of 08.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)—PGA Tour golfer Tripp Isenhour was charged with killing a hawk on purpose with a golf shot because it was making noise as he videotaped a TV show
Isenhour was with a film crew for “Shoot Like A Pro” on Dec. 12 at the Grand Cypress Golf course. The 39-year-old golfer, whose real name is John Henry Isenhour III, was charged Wednesday with cruelty to animals and killing a migratory bird.
The charges carry a maximum penalty of 14 months in jail and $1,500 in fines.
According to court documents, Isenhour got upset when a red-shouldered hawk began making noise, forcing another take. He began hitting balls at the bird, then 300 yards away, but gave up.
Isenhour started again when the hawk moved within about 75 yards, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer Brian Baine indicated in a report.
Isenhour allegedly said “I’ll get him now,” and aimed for the hawk.
“About the sixth ball came very near the bird’s head, and (Isenhour) was very excited that it was so close,” Baine wrote.
A few shots later, witnesses said he hit the hawk. The bird, protected as a migratory species, fell to the ground bleeding from both nostrils.
Isenhour’s agent, John Mascatello with SFX World Sports Management, did not immediately return an e-mail or telephone message Thursday.
“He just kept saying how he didn’t think he could have hit it, which I think is a stupid thing for a PGA Tour golfer to say,” said Jethro Senger, a sound engineer at the shoot. “He can put a ball in a hole from hundreds of yards away, and here he is hitting line drives at something that’s, I don’t know, a couple hundred feet away?”
Senger said it was “basically like a joke to (Isenhour).” He said no one in the roughly 15-person crew intervened, and many later regretted it.
“It was one of those cases where there’s some trepidation on whether or not they should speak up and do something,” Senger said.
Senger said the killing was not captured on video. The bird was buried at the golf course and later dug up by Florida investigators.
Isenhour, of Salisbury, N.C., turned pro in 1990. He had two wins on the Nationwide Tour in 2006.What an ass. I mean to just stand there and hit at the thing til you kill it for absolutely no reason other than you are an ass and a sorry excuse for a human. Shoot like a pro indeed.
It's nervewracking to have students on the job market. For me at least, the responsibility for their placement is a heavy one. So I am thrilled to report that as of yesterday, all three of my students on the market have accepted tenure-track jobs! Two (a couple) at the University of Colorado-Denver and one (who I co-directed with Mrs. Angus) at the B-school of Oklahoma City University. Congratulations guys, go out and keep making us Okie-proud!
So, my boys at 'Dome continue that crack reporting. And, to RMB's credit, points out that we live in a bizarrely self-referring age.
Two very strong groups that have been quiet for quite a while announced new albums this week.
Last night, Hillary Clinton saw her shadow and now we will be treated to 6 more weeks (at least) of this race to the bottom also known as the Democratic Presidential nominating process. Winning the popular votes in Ohio and Texas keeps Hill alive at least to the April 22nd PA primary and most likely beyond.
Eat a whale and save the planet, a Norwegian pro-whaling lobby said on Monday of a study showing that harpooning the giant mammals is less damaging to the climate than farming livestock.
"Basically it turns out that the best thing you can do for the planet is to eat whale meat compared to other types of meat," said Rune Froevik of the High North Alliance, which represents the interests of coastal communities in the Arctic.
"caused by one meal of beef are the equivalent of eight meals of whale meat," the study said.
Can you really be a competent, professional reporter in the year 2008 if you don't know the verb "to punk". As in "Punk'd!", the Ashton Kutcher tv show?
Hugo Chavez is a gamer, people. Always ready to get involved. Let's spin this one out:
Chavez called the killing of Reyes and the other rebels an attack by a "terrorist state," sayingis a "criminal."
"Mr. Defense Minister, move 10 battalions to the border with Colombia for me, immediately — tank battalions. Deploy the air force," Chavez said during his Sunday radio and television program.Meanwhile, the Colombians are playing it cool:
Colombian Defense Ministersaid Monday that his government isn't moving any troops and "we have the situation under control."
"We prefer to leaveout of this discussion," Santos told Caracol radio. "We don't mention that person, we don't make any comments on what he says, does or suggests."
A U.S. State Department spokesman, Tom Casey, said the United States supports Colombia's right to defend itself against theand called for dialogue between Colombia and Ecuador.
"From our perspective this is an issue between Colombia and Ecuador," he said. "I'm not sure what this has to do with Venezuela."
Maybe Chavez is mad because he knew about the information on the laptop computers the Colombians allegedly found in the FARC camp. They've released info claiming among other things that the FARC had financially supported Chavez in the past and Chavez was financially supporting the FARC in the present.Leaving aside the issue of the cross-border incursion into Ecuador, "getting" Reyes is a huge coup for Colombia. The FARC really seems to be hurting, and the further revelations of ties to Chavez, if they pan out, won't be helping them any either inside or outside of Colombia.
Obama is starting to scare me some. He's winning the Democratic nomination, kicking Hillary's butt with the rhetoric of hope and change. He's got the sophisticated advisors, he gets it right the first time.
Unwrapping the economics of condoms.
As a way to learn and then retain our Spanish language skilz, Mrs. Angus and I often watch telenovelas. One thing that always baffled me was, if someone, no matter how shady, filed a written charge against another person, that person went straight into custody. Presumed guilty. We were told by our Chilango friends that this portrayal didn't stretch the truth too far.
Mexican lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a sweeping judicial reform that would introduce public, oral trials and guarantee the presumption of innocence... President Felipe Calderón praised the measure, which would replace closed-door proceedings where judges rely on written evidence with U.S.-style open trials based on arguments presented by prosecutors and defense lawyers.
"Changing from an inquisitorial system, like the onehas today, to an adversarial system based on oral trials, as are used in the , will provide much greater transparency, much more agility in the administration of justice," Calderón told a meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce.Interesting. Maybe Barry Bonds and Roger Clemons should get their cases moved south of the border!
From the Economist:
Apparently, in Morocco you can be jailed just for being an ass.
So, I'm walking towards Perkins Library yesterday. This kid I know, a senior, a great guy, is standing there. Clogs, capri pants, leather man purse with flower embroidered strap across opposite shoulder, a hip length bhurka coat, long scarf wrapped into a knot that exposes his neck, cigarette smoldering, sun glasses (it's a cloudy day), and one of those knit hats with the long stringy ear flaps that trail guides wear.
Does intraday technical analysis in the U.S. equity market have value?
The effect of charter schools on traditional public school students in
Greg Oden has endorsed Barack Obama for President, pretty much guaranteeing the rich giants with mohawks vote for Obama.
Words fail me.
Development Aid and International Politics: Does membership on the UN
Bad times in Central Florida.
Bernanke and the Fed have been cutting rates like there's no tomorrow. Frequent, large cuts. Trichet and the ECB have been standing pat. No cuts and rhetoric like there's not going to be cuts. Last month I mused that this was an interesting natural experiment about which way was the best way.
Bookseller Magazine has announced the shortlist for its annual Diagram Prize for the oddest titled book. Here are the nominees:
Motivated to Penalize: Women's Strategic Rejection of Successful Women
It's another Japanese entry. The Michelin Guide has started giving out stars for Tokyo restaurants; many say thanks but no thanks!
"Many prominent figures of the Tokyo food world, however, are saying to Michelin, in effect, thanks for all the attention (which we deserve), but you still do not know us or our cuisine.
Food critics, magazines and even the governor of Tokyo have questioned the guide’s choice of restaurants and ratings. A handful of chefs proudly proclaimed that they had turned down chances to be listed. One, Toshiya Kadowaki, said his nouveau Japonais dishes, including a French-inspired rice with truffles, did not need a Gallic seal of approval.
“Japanese food was created here, and only Japanese know it,” Mr. Kadowaki said in an interview. “How can a bunch of foreigners show up and tell us what is good or bad?”
With all the doubts about Michelin’s understanding of Japanese tastes, some chefs say a rating in the guide has become a liability. Kunio Tokuoka, head chef at the high-end restaurant Kitcho, said the main Tokyo branch of his restaurant refused a listing in Michelin for fear of turning off customers seeking authentic Japanese cuisine."With progress like this, I can see Japan opening up its markets and a grand Doha deal blooming any day now!!
One thing we as a nation are still good at is creating mindless catchphrases:
From the NY Times: Millions of Americans are giving up golf!!
Steve Kerr has to be thrilled. He rolled the dice and they came up Diesel. In Shaq's first two games with the Suns, they have out-rebounded their opposition 46-33 and 50-32. For the season (including these two games) the Suns get out-rebounded on average by 46 to 41. You gotta control your own backboard to win championships and the Suns have never been able to do that up til now.
Marc A on "Web 2.0"
KPC friend Gabriel recently ripped econ bloggers for no longer posting about economics (lol, imagine that!).
A blog entry reporting on a new seismic theory.
Wow the J-Kidd trade by Dallas was HORRIBLE (note that this has a chance of actually being true). Kidd looked like the middle aged wife-beater that he is last night as Chris Paul ran rings abound him and the Hornets beat the Mavs.