Archive for January, 2006

iPod Not-So-Guilty Pleasures

Monday, January 23, 2006 22:16 Comments Off

Things on my iPod that are getting lots of earplay lately: * Please Release Me – The greatest version of this song ever is that by Esther Phillips. * Rockhouse – An organ-lounge rocker by Ernie Freeman. * Dustin’ Off the Bass – From Rob Wasserman’s very cool Trios album, it’s a duet with the [...]

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Bullish Google Mania

Monday, January 23, 2006 21:11 Comments Off

I love Google and all its toys, in a technology sense. The bulls love it for its potential bullish run. The over-caffeinated bulls are at it again. All it takes is for one asshole on Wall Street to declare the next great stock, and the markets rush with fury to gobble it up. Remind yourself [...]

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High Rising Terminal Blues

Monday, January 23, 2006 20:39 Comments Off

My friend R.J. Stove has always impressed upon me the horrors of the average Australian’s tendency toward the “high rising terminal” or “upward glide.” Wiki defines it as “a feature of some accents of English where statements have a rising intonation pattern…..The phrase “high rising terminal” refers to what linguists, in prosody, refer to as [...]

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Tyranny, Sarbanes-Oxley — Or Do I Repeat Myself?

Monday, January 23, 2006 20:24 Comments Off

From Jason Hollon comes an interesting quote on Sarbanes-Oxley that made it to the mainstream Business Week (pay only): (BusinessWeek, January 23, 2006). Maria Bartiromo interviewing Steve Schwarzman of Blackstone Group: Q: The buyout boom in the ’80s was fueled by opportunistic buyers of broken companies. But today corporations are lean and flush with cash. [...]

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Meet the……

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 21:28 Comments Off

On a business trip, so no time to blog the many interesting things I’d like to blog…..but, until then……thanks to Mark for sending this.

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Laws Kill

Sunday, January 15, 2006 5:29 Comments Off

And guns save lives. Vin Suprynowicz on “protecting our children.”

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Books, Bookcases, and Bookends

Sunday, January 15, 2006 4:39 Comments Off

In my quest to set up/decorate my new study, I came across some items of interest. First, a search for the perfect bookcases takes time. I spent a month or so looking for that perfect color, perfect style–at the best price. I also discovered that they could not be had online. Oh, you can find [...]

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Weary Weeds in a Lovely Garden

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 20:05 Comments Off

One of the great annual items I look so forward to each year is Mr. Blackwell’s Worst Dressed List for Hollywood celebrities. It’s out, though it hasn’t been long enough that I can find a nice rundown on the whole thing. Says Blackwell about the dingbat Paris Hilton: “still looks like yesterday’s cheesecake … with [...]

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Reason Interview

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 19:58 Comments Off

My interview from the January issue of Reason magazine is online now. Brian Dougherty was the interviewer. It’s called You Can Be Too Careful: How the government’s new corporate accounting rules impede efficiency and stifle innovation. It’s a roundtable of sorts, on Sarbanes-Oxley, that nasty little piece of legislation thrust upon corporate America by the [...]

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Dumb Me Down and Make Me Stupid Like the Rest of ‘Em

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 7:54 Comments Off

I showed up for my first day of a Public Choice (Public Finance) class tonight. Sadly, this class is both part of the Econ and Finance curriculum, which means the likelihood of it being dumbed down (in favor of the Finance students) exists. And it was not being taught by one of the Profs I [...]

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