Monthly Archives March 2010

A good speaker tells stories

Lawrence W. Reed, founder of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), here gives a talk on his seven principles of public policy. Sounds (yawn) fascinating. It’s actually a good example of how to give an interesting talk. Reed tells stories, and these stories elucidate, educate, enlighten. First off, there’s his funny story about the property […]

Book notes – “My Antonia”

Image via Wikipedia Here are some brief notes and quotes on reading Willa Cather‘s “My Antonia“. This is the third Willa Cather story I’ve read, all within the last month. I’m enchanted. I was inspired by  this chapter from  Literature and the Economics of Liberty: Spontaneous Order in Culture, a fresh approach to literary criticism […]

Jim Rogers – the extraordinarily ordinary investor

Image by Getty Images via Daylife I always enjoy watching and listening to Jim Rogers, the investor famous for being George Soros‘ partner in the record-breaking Quantum Fund, and for his world travels. Here he is again, being interviewed on CNBC. He exudes charm and calm, like a Zen master. The bright young things in […]

The magnificent man and his computing machine

Image via Wikipedia TED talks are well-known, and rightly so. I’ve seen a few, and almost always been impressed, moved, amazed – at human ingenuity, intelligence, creativity. But even with the bar this high, Pranav Mistry’s presentation on his “SixthSense” technology takes the biscuit. Time and again, the audience erupts in spontaneous applause, and gave […]

New York public schools do not enforce discipline

Cover of The Blackboard Jungle: A Novel David Roemer writes: I was a teacher at three public high schools in New York City. Students got an excellent education at two (Edward R. Murrow and Midwood) and a poor education at one (Erasmus). The reason was that there is in NYC a two-tier system. At good […]

Guitar lessons for the musically hopeless

Image via Wikipedia Cleaning out my cupboards, I came across an old copy of this great teach-yourself book: Country and Blues Guitar for the Musically Hopeless It’s simple, encouraging, full of humour that adds to and does not detract from the purpose of the book. Some great songs. Carol McComb gets you singing after learning […]

Learn Economics Thru Movies – Ferris Buehler’s Day Off

Cover via Amazon Remember Ferris Buehler’s Day Off? Remember the valet in the parking lot? Yee-haaaarrr!! Gary North, a successful businessman and writer, economist, historian, and former professor, uses this memorable image from the movie Ferris Buehler’s Day Off to explain today’s economic reality in a recent article entitled Ferris Geithner’s Day Off (subscription site): […]

Prezi – an online presentation tool

This looks interesting: using slides can obstruct the audience’s view, like a window with too many small panels I recommend the following guides: Brett Kelly’s “Evernote Essentials”, Dan Gold’s $5 guides to Getting Everything Done with Evernote and Springpad, and DocumentSnap Solutions’ Paperless Document Organization Guides. Be sure to try DocumentSnap’s free email course on […]

Book Notes – Liar’s Poker

Cover via Amazon Michael Lewis, freshly graduated with a Master’s degree in economics from LSU, got a job working for investment bank Salomon Brothers in 1984 (how he got the job is a story to itself; as encouragement to read this witty book, I’ll just tell you it involves the late Queen Mother). Salomon Brothers […]

C.S. Lewis and the Great Divide

C.S. Lewis via last.fm Recently, I’ve been reading as much of and about the British author C.S. Lewisas I can, as you can see from my Amazon reading list in the right-hand sidebar. My original reason was to inform myself as I will teach two of his Narnian stories next academic year. I found Selected […]