Our new year’s resolution is to show a sense of childlike wonder at and acceptance of everything we come across, especially this year’s leap second. Incidentally, this post is scheduled to go live at 2008-12-31 23:59:60. Let’s see what happens! Update: Movable Type complained when I tried to save the post: “Invalid date ‘2008-12-31 23:59:60’;…Read More Happy New Year!
Stratfor’s podcast on the seizure of that Saudi oil tanker contained a fascinating tidbit: merchant ships are no longer allowed to carry arms at all, which, of course, makes piracy far easier. This is a dramatic transformation of the rights of merchant ships. Historically, private ships carried weapons when sailing far out of their own…Read More Thoughts on the Somali Pirates
According to Ananova, a Swiss watch-ring has been found covered in dirt in a four-hundred year old Ming dynasty tomb. The watch was found, covered in dirt. It was stopped at the time 10:06 and has the word, “Swiss” engraved on the back. The archaeologists on the dig have requested archaeologists from Beijing to help…Read More Evidence of Time Travel Found in China
Via Paul Kedrosky. Feel free to use this as an open thread.Read More Best Black Friday Specials
Okay so for a long time now, I’ve been blogging as Arthur. It all started as an excuse to blog without the company I worked for at the time having to worry about anything I said being a reflection on them. Almost three years ago they were acquired by Oracle and I have long since…Read More I Was On NPR, An Unmasking of Sorts
It’s hard to know what to say after an election that feels so momentous in so many different ways. So, I’ll start from the simple: congratulations to Obama on being elected the 44th President of the United States. Next, let’s add some chaos here and see what emerges. So what’s on your mind? And please,…Read More It’s Morning in America
MSNBC’s live streaming internet election coverage looks like it was filmed from within Second Life. Yuck.Read More This just in!!
No Chicagoan stood up for the common man like Studs Terkel, although Nelson Algren was probably in the running. A security-related anecdote, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune: In 1997 he went to the White House to receive the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts with a group including Jason Robards, Angela Lansbury,…Read More Studs Terkel, 1912-2008
As we come to the close of the longest campaign in American history, it is time to make a call on who to vote for. In these turbulent and chaotic times, America needs a candidate who will cause more chaos to emerge. Now is not the time for calm and reasoned leadership. Now is not…Read More Emergent Chaos: For McCain Palin
I was listening to Joseph Stiglitz on NPR this morning, and he had a very interesting comparison. (Quoting from an op-ed in the Guardian): For all the show of toughness, the details suggest the US taxpayer got a raw deal. There is no comparison with the terms that Warren Buffett secured when he provided capital…Read More Buffett Vs Paulson