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May. 31st, 2007

10:26 am - I'm back

ok i Admit I just wrote a long entry here, but reposted it to blogger... the widgets are too much fun...


Sep. 10th, 2006

04:38 pm - Strictly Commercial

Well, it's official - I'm moving the blog to greener pastures.

The basic reason for the move is more freedom. The big advantage of LJ is the community, but blogspot offers complete control over your template. I'm putting in some goodies to play around with, like Google Analytics, and I'll try and make a few bucks off the banner ads. I will miss the LJ community and I expect that I'll still be stopping by to read and comment on the blogs of my LJ friends, who clearly hate freedom.

My goal is to provide some decent writing in an anti-establishment vein, and build it one reader at a time. I will try to post every day, and if I don't have time to write, then I have a stock of interesting quotes that I can put up. You can help me stick it to the Man by bookmarking, stopping by often and clicking on the banner ads. He hates that.


Sep. 7th, 2006

11:32 am - I like this passage

This is BY FAR one of the more readable passages in the stuff I've been reading recently.

"There are some who would view the current mélange of resource and environmental
problems as being precisely the result of tyrannical and selfish decisions by recent generations.
Such a characterization would not be fair or accurate. While many renewable resources have been
mismanaged (such as marine fisheries and tropical rain forest), and various nonrenewable
resources may have been depleted too rapidly (oil reserves in the U.S.), the process, though nonoptimal,
has generated both physical and human capital in the form of buildings, a housing stock,
highways, public infrastructure, modern agriculture, and the advancement of science and
technology. These also benefit and have expanded the choices open to future generations.
Further, any single generation is usually closely "linked" to the two generations which preceded it
and the two generations which will follow. The current generation has historically made
sacrifices in their immediate well-being to provide for parents, children and grandchildren. While
intergenerational altruism may not be obvious in the functioning of financial markets, it is more
obvious in the way we have collectively tried to regulate the use of natural resources and the
quality of the environment. Our policies have not always been effective, but their motivation
seems to derive from a sincere concern for future generations.

Determining the "best" endowment of human and natural capital to leave future
generations is made difficult because we do not know what they will need or want. Some
recommend that if we err, we should err on the side of leaving more natural resources and
undisturbed natural environments. By saving them now we derive certain amenity benefits and
preserve the options to harvest or develop in the future."

-Jon M. Conrad, Resource Economics

12:10 am

Any ideas here? What is that thing?

Sep. 6th, 2006

03:13 pm

Aphorism of the Day

It's difficult to procrastinate on cleanliness when your cat urinates on the laundry pile.

Sep. 4th, 2006

02:19 pm

It rained all weekend - again - and I must admit that I got a little stir-crazy. I ran through my options - shopping? eh, no money. library? did that. Not much else to do on a soggy, miserable day in Ithaca. (my gym membership hasn't been arranged yet)

So I'm a little ahead on my studies now, and I would be further if I could afford books. It seems to be a enduring feature of my life that I have to jump through continuous financial hoops. I got up slow this morning, idle Labor Day, and went for a run and some fresh air, which I desperately needed. Caffeine is no substitute for a slow, sunny day.

I think that we all have basic expectations for ourselves, especially in a culture that values competition so highly; I would love to get straight A's, but realistically we have to take on what we can. I'm trying to get up every morning and ask myself: What can I do today to make my grad school run a success? And sometimes that means going for a run, fresh air, and a thoughtful blog entry. I want my approach to this grad school thing to be like Conan's approach to comedy: You do it one show at a time, and if that's not good enough, then oh well.. On rainy days, it's easy to lose that.

Sep. 3rd, 2006

06:04 pm - The Kid's Got Game

Ryan Howard, the Phillies third baseman, his three home runs in today's early game.. That brings him to 52 for the season with about a month to play. He's been on a hot streak for the last few months, and today he just put an exclamation point on that: last week, he broke Mike Schmidt's team record set in the Series year of 1980. Now, he could be the first non-steroid player to pass the 61 home run plateau, set by Roger Maris in 1961 before these thick-headed (literally) freaks helped ruin the game. These are big, hallowed numbers for baseball fans, and after every homer he hit today, the crowd chanted "MVP, MVP!" If he keeps this up, I don't see how he couldn't be.

Sep. 2nd, 2006

06:04 pm

I love looking at my handwriting, which I consider to be a form of unique, personalized expression. That said, it sucks. I know this because I've spent a fair amount of time sitting here today, trying to decipher what I wrote earlier this week in class. Most professors have taught their classes a few times before, and have voluminous notes already typed out. By printing these, I can write in the margins and otherwise inform myself of important things that I'm going to forget.

It's no easier because I bought a few colored highlighters and, in addition to handwritten notes, I'm trying to impose an ordered system of colors. Yellow means "important", pink is "look at this later", and so on. At the end of the week, I'm left with dozens of graphs and equations in three colors supplemented by cramped notes. This does not mention the inevitable coffee stains. And to add a further cryptographic level to the menagerie, this is economics that I'm studying.

Current Music: Amity Gardens - Fountains of Wayne

Sep. 1st, 2006

12:05 pm - Sound Off

The NY state Democratic primaries are coming up on September 13. I was wondering what people would suggest. Hillary or Tasini?

My basic question is: obviously, Hillary is going to win, but is Tasini worth a protest vote? Sound off....

Aug. 31st, 2006

12:15 pm - How many popular markets are left in Baghdad?

It seems like every single day there is a new story about another public place in Baghdad that has been hit by another bomb causing another human catastrophe. I wonder, after 3+ years, how many of these markets are left? And why does anyone still go to them? Are Iraqis enterprising enough to start a home-delivery service for groceries? And when will we finally pull out? And can numbers like "18" really reflect the tragedy of these daily incidents?

I can't believe that Rummy is still trying to debate the merits of this war. The debate is over. He deserved to be eviscerated by Keith Olbermann last night. Will Bunch said on Attytood that "every American should watch this," I'm just doing my liberal best to make sure that happens!

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