Saturday, April 02, 2011

The culture that is New Jersey: booty call edition

Look, I am not saying this is wrong or right, but I am pretty sure that it's illegal:

Pretty funny that they want to go back to the "Boardwalk Empire" days. That will take more than flapper costumes and age discrimination.

Prohibition?

Segregation?

Ah, New Jersey. Is there anything you won't do?

Friday, April 01, 2011

The culture that is New Jersey: Jersey Shore >> Beloved

Rutgers is paying Toni Morrison $30k for the commencement address but gave $32k to Snooki for an hourlong appearance.

Snooki's advice to the students? "Study hard but party harder"

Where's Chris Christie when you really need him?


The Whitest Man on Earth Does Economics Haikus

Art Carden, the whitest man on earth, does economics haikus.

Jobs!

A good but not great jobs report. 216,000 new non-farm jobs last month and the January and February jobs numbers were revised upward slightly.

Unemployment rate drops from 8.9 to 8.8. Manufacturing employment continues to rise.

Average hours worked (34.3) and average hourly earnings ($22.87) were unchanged from February.

Not exactly a V-shaped recovery.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Shark Whisperer

A video from the shark whisperer.

Another Whale video

Here's some video I took of the whale wearing beer goggles!



Markets in everything: doppelganger edition

Who wouldn't want this? a doll that looks like you and spews out pre-recorded messages of your choice (in your voice) to your kid, so it's like you are always around them.

Now, I admit that I am not a parent and haven't been a kid for a long time, but this product appears moderately creepy to me; a good way to drum up future business for psychologists.

Aren't kids supposed to be away from their parents at points in childhood?

Aren't independence, self reliance and self confidence valuable traits?

Are modern parents really this paranoid, smothering, and neurotic?

I guess the proof will be in the sales figures.

One thing is for sure though: Kids couldn't "play" with dolls like these in the kitchens of the 1950s!

The culture that is France

There's a chess cheating scandal. Yes, somehow it's both possible to cheat at chess and there are people who find it worth their while to do so. French people:


"According to the French federation, while international grand master Sebastien Feller, 19, was involved in a game, Cyril Marzolo followed developments over the internet and used computer software to establish the best next move. The answer was then sent by means of a coded text message to the third member of the team, Arnaud Hauchard. The third member would then sit himself at a particular table in the competition hall. Each table represented an agreed square on the chess board."

Feller's prize for these intricate shennanigans? 5,000 Euro, according this report.

Well done, lads!



Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monday's Child is full of links

(but lazy, so M'sC doesn't publish until Tuesday)

1. China's workforce stretched thin.

2. Cobra on the loose, may take "weeks" to find it.

3. From Anonyman: The chart indicates that nuclear is a small % of energy consumption, but nuclear is only used to generate electricity. So they should have a chart showing electricity production (or consumption) where nukes would be 20-25%. The trick here is that petroleum, which the chart indicates is 37% of energy consumption all goes in our cars. So getting rid of nuclear electricity production would only make our electricity "dirtier" as we would use more coal. He's talking about this article, which is dumb even for the NYTimes.

Gamifying for Fun, and Profit!

Gamifying the speed limit cameras.

(Nod to LP)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Andrew Lansley....Tosser

Interesting analysis of the rap and its meaning.

The kid did think about it.

As for "tosser," I got emails, wondering what that means. The technique...

(Nod to Tommy the Brit)

Jeep to Parts to Jeep Again, Four Minutes

Not just our S.O.B.

It turns out that the US government will have to get in line to give love to "reformer" Bashar Assad:

Turns out that Assad "is a humanist, doctor, educated in London, in no way an extremist; he is a man of great human sensitivity,"

--Hugo Chavez


Why do so many hereditary dictators in training like to add "educated in London" to their resumes??

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Our S.0.B.?

So Hillary says what happened in Libya won't happen in Syria because our government believes Bashar Assad to be a "reformer".

Jeebus help us!

Nice to just rule out intervention or support for the opposition ex-ante. Nice to let Bashar know we've got his thuggish, brutal, back.

Look, I don't care anymore about our perceived "strategic interests" in the region, I want to see all the dictators there fall including the House of Saud!

Yes, things may get worse in the short run, but it's the only way things can ever get better in the long run.