Thursday, December 30, 2010

political insight

when you solve the problems, you have a vested interest in making sure they keep coming.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

On Disagreeing with Krugman

[Pity the Poor C.E.O.’s, by Paul Krugman, Commentary, NY Times: Job creation has been disappointing, but first-quarter corporate profits were up 44 percent from a year earlier. Consumers are nervous, but the Dow, which was below 8,000 on the day President Obama was inaugurated, is now over 10,000. In a rational universe, American business would be very happy with Mr. Obama.]

this is not the right standard.  to use the same methods, we should be displeased with obama because of the current unemployment figures.

the question is not a linear “what was it then, what is it now?”  it’s “what is it now, what would it be if handled differently?”

double standards are not cool.

Monday, July 5, 2010

self awareness

i am especially prone to adaptive expectations and confirmation bias.  i suppose awareness is the first step.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

reality tv

i may know nothing about cooking, but i know better than to cook dessert on top chef.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

it’s been a while

work is fantastic.  blogging is difficult.


and finding new and interesting stuff is great.

The Raytown farmer who posted a sign on a semi-truck trailer accusing Democrats of being the “Party of Parasites” received more than $1 million in federal crop subsidies since 1995.
But David Jungerman says the payouts don’t contradict the sign he put up in a corn field in Bates County along U.S. 71 Highway.

“That’s just my money coming back to me,” Jungerman, 72, said Monday. “I pay a lot in taxes. I’m not a parasite.”

man i love cognitive dissonance.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

windows live writer

i’m already madly in love with it.

also:  foreigner’s “i wanna know what love is” can be added to things like “feels like the first time” and “hot blooded” that show foreigner has a really great sense of humor.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

it's difficult to be altruistic

there's a reason people are suspicious of expected altruism.  see free credit reports (implies enrollment in triple advantage) etc.


so nudgeblog got me started on disqus.  i'm kind of really happy about this, i can track my comments across all sorts of different blogs and keep an RSS of replies.  excellent.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

so i totally forogt i had this

reading roger ebert is life-changing.

it's epic.  read the whole thing (i love that i say this as if i have an audience).