Monthly Archives September 2010

Punishment and morality – how times have changed

Some background. A secondary school teacher in Britain posted this funny-but-sad blog entry about his experience at a recent INSET day. This bit caught my attention (the first graf is the teacher quoting the INSET guy, the red graf is what the teacher didn’t say, but thought): “What you need to understand is that behaviour […]

Do something, anything, about climate change!

A friend who is very concerned about over-population and considers it to be the chief threat to human existence, sent me this article: Climate Change: Skeptics Step Aside. Right off the bat, my feathers are ruffled: is the clause after the colon an imperative, or merely a neutral description? “Many of us…” Who’s ‘us’? I […]

Traders, Guns & Money

Image via Wikipedia 1987 – publication of Tom Wolfe‘s Bonfire of the Vanities. 1989 – publication of Michael Lewis‘ Liar’s Poker. 2006 – publication of Satyajit Das‘  Traders, Guns and Money. A steady stream of books by traders who can write, or writers who know something about trading. The essential message of these novels, though, […]

How to tag sites so that you can find what you’re looking for

Image via CrunchBase If you are a regular user of the Internet, you probably have a way to record or bookmark sites that you like or that you want to remember for some reason. But how confident are you that you can quickly find a particular website that you bookmarked a year ago? I recommend […]

Re-learning to write: my 30-day challenge

I’m 53. I need to learn how to write. Are you a teacher? Have you spent so much time reading and writing academic articles and essays that you now find it difficult to change your writing style? Do you keep a “Dear Diary”-type journal? Do you want to develop a side-business, but are stumped by […]

Film-maker predicts hyperinflation; an economist disagrees. Which to believe?

Cover via Amazon On a forum I visit daily, a member had posted a link to an article describing a hyperinflation scenario in the U.S. I visited it. Later in the day, the website owner, economist and historian (and music buff) Gary North responded (members only): I am writing this in response to a site […]

De-Lovely: a story of true love

De-Lovely is a 2004 musical biography about Cole Porter, America’s version of Noel Coward (they were contemporaries, and according to John Derbyshire’s review of the movie, they met – it would have been astonishing had they not, although neither of their Wikipedia entries mentions the other). The title “De-lovely”is the name of one of Porter’s […]

Economics books that help you tell the future

Image via Wikipedia Historian and Austrian economist Gary North writes that many people are confused by the media’s pronouncements on gold, inflation and deflation: Self-Inflicted Confusion and Paralysis: Thinking About the Economy Without Understanding Economics If called upon to outline the arguments of each position, they could not do it. They have no idea of […]

The Bankers’ song – We didn’t see it coming

A suitable, though subdued, amount of rage and disbelief in this song. 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 going paperless first before buying his […]

“Our fathers lied”

Image via Wikipedia 24hGold, a website devoted to precious metals, includes a  randomly selected relevant quotation. Today’s: If any question why we died, Tell them, because our fathers lied. This anti-war sentiment  is uncharacteristic of Kipling, and so I had to look it up: where did it come from? When and why did he write […]