Archive for July, 2005

Podunk

Thursday, July 28, 2005 21:50 Comments Off

A really cool website. “The Power of Place.”

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Current Reads

Thursday, July 28, 2005 21:45 Comments Off

My latest reads are not of the typical summer variety – Danielle Steele be damned. I was forced into Wall Street: A History from its Beginnings to the Fall of Enron, by Charles Geisst, for a business history class. It’s a spirited and interesting book, and free-market friendly to boot. I’m also reading Muscle: Confessions [...]

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Sunday, July 24, 2005 21:28 Comments Off

The greatest athlete in the world goes out on top.

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Vista, not Longhorn

Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:06 Comments Off

Microsoft announced a new name for its upcoming OS: Vista. Good call. Longhorn never passed muster with me. On that front, my drawn-out “Mac or Windows?” showdown has come to an end. The Mac move to Intel – and thus an uncertain future for Mac’s differentiation – was the final mover for me. Also, the [...]

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Market Failure!

Sunday, July 24, 2005 10:18 Comments Off

I have noted before that market failure just does not exist; the term is an excuse for propping up neoclassical models in support of regulation and public goods. However, I have changed my mind. For months, now, I have been looking for one simple item: a necklace stand/hanger. A simple stand wherein I can hang [...]

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Jacksonian Democracy

Saturday, July 23, 2005 22:46 Comments Off

I am still sorting out my likes/dislikes for Andrew Jackson. A fascinating man who was sometimes good, sometimes bad, sometimes nuts. Jacksonian democracy arose in opposition to the policies and programs of the Adams administration. This ideology was founded on the following principles: -Jeffersonian, anti-State roots -Belief in self-government -Strict Constitutionalism The Jacksonian theory of [...]

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Summertime is Margaritatime

Saturday, July 23, 2005 12:09 Comments Off

Drink Boy says “a properly made margarita never sees the inside of a blender.” Such is the law of respect for a good margarita. Applebee’s is famous for its Perfect Margarita. I have finally mimicked that recipe. Recipe Boy says this is the Perfect Margarita: 2 ounces tequila 1 1/3 ounce Cointreau 2/3 ounce lime [...]

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Freako–what?–Nomics

Friday, July 22, 2005 23:38 Comments Off

I find this to be a strange post by Freakonomics author Steven Levitt. I can understand why little-known authors and their friends post reviews of their own books at amazon. Judy Chevalier has a paper that finds that good online reviews sell a surprising number of books. (A bad review supresses sales even more than [...]

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A Bit on Anti-Trust

Friday, July 22, 2005 23:24 Comments Off

In regards to my recent post on the latest Randian video/book on anti-trust, I got a great letter from Skip Oliva, a genuine anti-trust guru. Says Skip: I recently read Gary Hull’s book of the same name as his lecture (“Antitrust is Immoral”), and found it solid, although one essay, written by Richard Salsman, contains [...]

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Paperless to Paper

Friday, July 22, 2005 23:01 Comments Off

For the most part, I am moving to a paperless system in regards to written material on the web, and that’s especially easy now considering the wealth of material avalable online, both in html and PDF formats. However, there are some things for which I just don’t want to sit at the computer while I [...]

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