December 2008 Archives
Assorted Links 12/31/08
The More You Know: Caroline Kennedy
- Dancing on a Precipice: The Tenuous Balance in Global Finance
- It's time once more to blame the Jews
- Putting Congress to the Test
- Cool Tool Saves Money: Home Spin Dryer / Water Extractor
- Holiday Excess is Nearly Over and Diet Season is Coming
- Slegoon Is The Ultimate Sled
- Now You Don’t See It, Now You Do.
- Open source future
- An Interstate Road Map for Bikes
- Taubes, Contra-Taubes, More
- Stuff white people like (book review)
- If Only the Singer of "Psychotic Reaction" Had Listened to Charles Murray 40 Years Ago
- Inauguration rentals still on the market
- Website: How to backpack the world on a budget
- What Remedies are Available for Sex Discrimination in Schools? (3-page pdf)
- Large Form iPod Touch To Launch in Fall ‘09
- “Uncertainty Management”
- Manolo in Uruguay
Assorted Links 12/30/08
Pre-Game Coin Toss Makes Jacksonville Jaguars Realize Randomness Of Life
- Sell Unwanted Gift Cards for Cash
- Attention + Influence do not equal Authority
- Peace on Earth
- Isn't "Happy holidays" a form of suicide bombing too?
- Liberal legal group comes to the fore
- Krugman: 50 Hoovers
- The Madoff Tax Advantage
- One ray of light, one bolt of gloom
- A new way to beg for Obama jobs
- "Oprah Winfrey. Her gullibility knows no bounds."
- Another break for e-books: Big spike in iPod Touch sales
- Amazon says 2008 holiday season was 'best ever'
- LG to announce wristwatch phone at CES
- Water and M: 1927 (Google map)
- Kindle Download Guide
- Iraq as Regional Power/ The Weakness of Dictatorships
- 9 Year End Tax Tips that may pay for your Holiday Shopping!
Assorted Links 12/29/08
12 Girls Band
- Tracking Santa: the backstory
- Obama bristles as the bubble closes in on him
- Smoker’s Mittens - keep you comfortable while on extended smoke breaks
- The Problem with Online Newspapers Is that You Can Block the Ads
- NY Times on Possible CRE Bailout
- Celebrate the New Year In a More Appropriate Style
- Unhealthiest States In America 2008
- California Crisis May Crunch $3.8 Billion of Jobs in Slowdown
- Meth an Accepted Aid in Loan Processing at WaMu
- Ponzi Nation
- Ask The Best and Brightest: Where Are the Cars?
- Hammer Time: Survivalist Edition
- We Have Our Work Cut Out for Us….
- Tech-Savvy Prius Owner Uses Hybrid To Power House During Snow Storm
- Opera in New York: RIP?
- Disarming Presence: U.S. Envoy Negotiates Fine Line With North Korea
- Keychain cash stash: Cash Can
Assorted Links 12/28/08
Ella sings "Cry Me a River" with Joe Pass 1975 German TV
- Secret History of the Credit Card (Frontline 2004)
- A Chinese Dinner Party
- Obama's Down Payment
- Don't Know Much About Economics
- There's No Pain-Free Cure for Recession
- Sorry... Santa is dead!
- It’s not just an era; it’s a new world order
- After-Christmas Recycling: Why Nobody Wants Your Stuff
- How Mrs. Thatcher became Mrs. Thatcher
- In D.C., Bailout Means Business
- Great Moments in Local Government
- Poor little rich girl
- A Blue-Ribbon Panel, If We're Lucky
- A Six-Figure Car at Silicon Valley's Repo Man
Assorted Links 12/27/08
The Queen's Christmas Speech 2008
- Hammer Time: The Sweet Spot
- College Marketer Exposed in Facebook Scam
- Fooled by Ponzi (and Madoff): How Bernard Madoff Made Off with My Money
- Quest for the perfect middle school
- Maryland concocts a way to let failing high school seniors graduate
- 21 Excellent Web Apps For College Students
- Cocaine Turns Honeybees Into Liars
- NY SEN: Paterson Won't Be Rushed
- Zagg Invisible Shield - 30% off through 12/31
- Want To Refinance? Good Luck
- How to Press the Reset Button On Your Life
- Remember The Milk: Online to do list and task management
- Pininfarina hopes for big things from B0 electric car
- The art of traveling for free
- The Ultimate Guide to Free Travel
- Best Holiday Sleeper Gift: Slinky
- Flying J Illustrates Hard Plight of Refiners
Assorted Links 12/26/08
Rotary Snow Plow Union Pacific 900082 Blizzard 2006 Action
- Help Santa Choose a New Sleigh
- Dealmonger: Pipe-Heating Cable $18
- This link kills spam
- States Sharply Raising Taxes to Meet Budget Shortfalls
- The "Diversity Recession"?
- It’s all about Cushing (Oklahoma)
- Sagebrush Bailout
- Why Obama Really Might Decriminalize Marijuana
- The Longshot Bias
- OGCC Day 24 - Classic Star Trek Nutcrackers
- "You'd have to be a moron not to ask for a discount"
- Obama’s Not-So-Centrist Cabinet
- An object lesson -- in progress -- of how bad decisions end up getting made
- Train of Thought - Chic Christmas Transport
- All of Hoover’s Men
- Purple squirrel in England
- Manhattan Office Vacancy Rate Rises to 10.9%
- Tips for Taking Better Pictures This Holiday Season
- Reviewing Fauxtography: A blog-driven challenge to mass media power without the promises of networked publicity
- Fed Destined To Become World's Largest Auto Dealership
- How Not to Get Into College: Submit a Robotic Application
- Wasted college dollars
Merry Christmas from Rockefeller Center!
Assorted Links 12/24/08
Former SEC Commissioner Paul Atkins on how the regulatory agency's inattention contributed to the financial crisis
- Tools & Fools 2008
- Gold fact of the day
- Housing Bust Impacting Labor Mobility
- The Birth of a Baby-Boomer Campaign
- It’s tough to choose an e-book reader
- Waking Up from the 'Nightmare on Tech Street'
- Obama's Transportation Secretary Lacks Vision
- Rep. Frank: Obama 'Overestimates' Ability to Unify
- Hey, Caroline -- You’re Not Entitled (Dick Morris)
- Inauguration Day Crowd Estimate Reduced by Half
- Frozen Wages
- Read it and weep
- God Is a Problem, Sources Say
- Bicycle Seats Explained
- The Doldrums
- Hope For Us All
- Is Martindale Dropping Its AV Ratings?
- Sixteen Reasons to Tweet on Twitter
- Good lord: World of Warcraft has 11.5 million subscribers
- Reilly, Grim, Cullen Leave Politico
- This is How You Explain Malware To Your Grandparents
Assorted Links 12/23/08
- The squid, the whale and the bear
- Fiscal Insanity Virus Rapidly Spreading The Globe (Part 1)
- Fiscal Insanity Virus Rapidly Spreading The Globe (Part 2)
- Don't panic
- Are men or women more tolerant of inappropriate gifts?
- Obama Won the Shopoholic Election, Too
- Mens Rea and the Psychology of Pain
- Windows XP will live on until May 30, 2009
- Kennedy education record at issue
- Credit Where It Isn’t Due
- Her and him don’t know English grammar
- S. 2191, The America's Climate Security Act of 2007: Cost per person: $5,754.82
- Just how big a party?
- White House: Hoocoodanode?
Assorted Links 12/22/08
Roger Stone talks about Obama, McCain, and much more | Roger Stone, Political Animal | Wikipedia
- Why music?
- Successful Dynasties
- On Caroline Kennedy: If She’s to Be Anything Like Clinton, Schumer, or Her Uncle RFK, She Better Look North
- Does the U.S. dollar’s December slide mean the USD has passed its peak? Most likely not.
- All roads lead out of Afghanistan
- My favorite world music recordings of 2008
- [A]n exchange of wisdom matched in history only by the Lincoln-Douglas Debates
- Iowa Husbands: Knock Before Opening the Bathroom Door
- Divorce rates drop as couples realize it's cheaper to stay together
- Honda Promises An Electric Motorcycle By 2010
- Last Week's Best Late-Night Jokes
- Christmas Rules
- Iowa town de-ices roads with garlic salt
- Promoters overstated the environmental benefit of wind farms
- More Class Hatred in the Washington Post
- FREAK Shots: When Money Goes Down the Toilet
- Virtual Fireplace, Now In Blu-ray HD!
- Sticky Savior: U.S. Army Readies a New Blast-Protection Adhesive for Deployment
- Time After Time: Review of Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing
- E-Books Are on the Rise, But Slowly
- Locking Business Travelers out of Power Outlets
- Led Sylvania wireless motion sensor anywhere lights are awesome
- Antlers for your outlets
Onassis Cultural Center - oasis on 5th Avenue
The Onassis Cultural Center is one block north of St. Patrick's Cathedral, on Fifth Avenue. I have discovered this wonderful Greek tall skyscrapper when I last paid a visit to their art exhibition of The Golden Bull, 3rd centruy BC. The entrance to the building is on the side streets, one can enter the building from either side.
There is a very lovely Greek cafe serving all kinds of Greek pastries, etc. A warm and safe place to rest from the very hectic crowds on 5th Avenue ... a great location, next to St. Patrick's Cathedral which I use as a warm pit-stop for coffee, Greek culture and the toilet...
Assorted Links 12/21/08
See The Fifth Amendment - Why you don't talk to the police without an attorney
- Disinheritance Hell
- We can't admit we don't know if we don't know we don't know
- The Devil at 37,000 Feet
- Robert Reich Stands Tall for the Separation of Powers
- NY Times: Ideologues Aided Mortgage Crisis
- California Implodes In Multiple Ways
- Retail Space to be Vacated
- Does Santa have MFN status?
- Make Your Own Glass Whiteboard for Under $70
- BlackBerry Media Sync updated to support album art, Vista 64-bit
- Weather Channel Accused of Pro-Weather Bias
- An infant was found in the crib of a nativity scene in southern Germany
- Travel in the year ahead
- NYC's Hammered Luxury Hotels: What? Us? Discount?
- RV Sales Go Up in Smoke, But There Are Alternatives
- MasterCard card. Card card. Card.
- On Lobbying
- Roku v1.5 firmware update brings HD Netflix streaming
Queens Museum of Art
One can go to the Queens Museum of Art at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park and enjoy the wonderful bird-eye's view of the tri-borough with all the buildings, airports, rivers, Central Park, etc. ... free, no charge and ample parking ... just off the Grand Central Parkway, years ago, I would use that as a pit-stop when I am tired driving along the LIE ... also, the Flushing Meadow park is wonderful for a stroll, the site of the World's Fair in the early 60's ... many years ago, I traveled to visit the Bronx Botanical Garden and I was disappointed because it is so similar to Central Park ... Central Park is free and the Bronx charges an admission fee, parking, etc.
p/s: my last Con Ed bill was $20 and change for the last 32 days, which is less then $1 a day for electricity, so cut down your energy consumption and you will not have to worry about nuclear generating plants ... use less electricity and sacrifice some creature comfort....
Assorted Links 12/20/08
See The Fifth Amendment - Why you don't talk to the police without an attorney
- The Panic of 1873
- When A Newspaper Stops Publishing In Print, What Happens To The Print Advertising Dollars?
- Yoda Christmas Statue Looks Like A Grinch
- “Be Nice to the Countries That Lend You Money”
- Get Ready to Scrimp and Save, Says Economist Shilling
- SJC reprimands judge for threat
- Father punishes son with public humiliation
- More of the flavors dogs crave!
- With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise
- Life at Macy's from Life at Google
- John Holdren to be Obama's Science Advisor
- Bailout Watch 298: Why Give Cerberus Federal Money?
- All Those Harmed by a Federal Financial Crime Are "Victims" Protected by the Crime Victims' Rights Act
Assorted Links 12/19/08
An M3 is more economical than a Prius
- Pentagon studies closing Guantanamo
- Frank Lloyd Wright Post Office: 1962
- Pajamas - The Real Eveningwear
- Cash-Strapped Automakers Pull Out Of Racing
- Kids reject Newbery books
- Left and Right Agree: It's Time to End the TARP
- Fiscal policy and the burden of proof
- You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
- Huh…Say, What? There Was No Financial Crisis?
- Case for an "L" Shaped Recession (from April 2008)
- ARMs Reset Problem Vanishes Into Thin Air
- How to Deleverage Balance Sheets
- Europe in the eye of the storm
- Online Jihadists Plan for 'Invading Facebook'
- Court Papers Served by Facebook
- December 17, 2008 Quote of the Day
- Crack Cases Clog Federal Courts
- This Just In From The Backwater! Courrégé’s superlative work made us stop and ponder
- Bankrupt Airlines Are OK. Bankrupt Automakers Aren't.
- ComScore: YouTube Now 25 Percent Of All Google Searches
- Burger King Launches A Perfume That Smells Like Meat. Crispin Porter Must Be Behind this.
Assorted Links 12/18/08
What riding the Metro (subway) in DC will be like during the Inauguration - except the platforms will be much more crowded....
- Too Young For This: They're Having Babies. Are We Helping?
- HUD: Mortgage Modification Program "a failure"
- They're watching you
- Is There Something Smaller than a Baby Step?
- Try life without Google, France
- 'Shovel-Ready' on Campus
- Meet Lois Whitman, The Poster Child For Everything Wrong With PR
- Four Bad Bears Update
- Study: Auto Bankruptcy Fears Are Overblown - whocoodanode
- Butter Is The Secret to Better Holiday Cookies
- Short Skirts and Coloured Bags
- Stocking the Melting Pot
- The Obama congress, district by district
- Bloombergers cooking for Caroline
- Holder's AG Questionnaire
- GeoData Explorations: Open Street Map's Growth
- Top Ten Astronomy Pictures of 2008
- HOWTO build a Linux-based supercomputer out of Playstation 3s
- Carbon Fiber Table Measures 2mm Thin
- Markets in everything: Boxing Day edition
- OPEC's Surprise Announcement Gets Big Yawn
- The Voysey Inheritance: A Play, in Five Acts, by Granville Barker
Assorted Links 12/17/08
- Hysteria in Four Acts
- Blagojevich’s Real Outrage
- What is the best kind of fiscal policy shock?
- Who Will Bail Out Uncle Sam?
- The world remains safe for Harvard grads
- Pelosi lays down the law with Rahm
- Obama on Governor Blagojevich/Rahm Emanuel
- Beware Valerie Jarrett
- New York to Close Budget Gap With $7.2 Billion Cuts
- Time to Buy!
- The big con and the coming blowback
- Attractive Girls Union Refuses To Enter Into Talks With Mike Greenman
- Burying Loved Ones With Cellphones Becoming Commonplace
- It’s Just Cool: 3D Wood Puzzles
- Image Guided Spine Navigation Systems Improve Spine Surgeon's Screw Placement
- Universities As The New Corporations?
- Sun Induces Strange 'Breathing' of Earth's Atmosphere
- Aunts And Stepdads Line Up For This Year's Hottest Gift: The Electric Tea Kettle
- Bacon Rice Krispy Treats
- Open Source iTunes Competitor Songbird Officially Released
- Father of Oregon bank bombing suspect arrested | more
Early Parkour - A clip from the film Gizmo (full 80 minute film here)
Assorted Links 12/16/08
- Foam Fruitcake Can Be Passed Down For Generations
- New York's Alright (If You Like Saxophones)
- What should the new Administration know about drugs?
- Gift Guides 2008
- Baptizing my iPod
- When Jesus met Buddha
- The Impact of Falling Oil Prices on Energy Investment
- Fred Thompson explains bailouts
- Oil Betrays Chavez
- Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire....
- Dongfeng To GM: You Are Beyond Salvage
- What to Buy After the Bailout
- Sirius XM offers Lifetime Subscription Discount
- Fad alert: 21st century skills
The Dyson Toilet
Assorted Links 12/15/08
- Don't Forget to Eat Meat While You Read!
- "How many cows do you have?"
- Findings slow to come in Woodburn bank blast probe
- Dismal science? Not by a hoot
- Chinese Electrical Output Fell 9.6% in November (Plus Possible False Positive on Shipping Front)
- Escapee Tells of Horrors in North Korean Prison Camp
- GSEs to Let Renters Stay after Foreclosure
- Robert J. Samuelson on The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath--how Reagan and Volcker tamed economic policy and why Obama should be listening
- Oh so wrong
- 12/12: A Tough Night For Detroit
- Speed Cameras in UK, Italy Burned and Shot
- Long-Term Personal Data Storage?
- OGCC Day 14 - Yoda Christmas Lights
- Throwing Stones: From Inside or Outside?
- Beuy Combs
- Why we need to go digital this holiday
- Higher costs for higher education
- Washing machine repair in the 21st Century: upgrade the OS
Bjorn Lomborg Says Cool It!
Assorted Links 12/13/08
Snowball the dancing cockatoo - Another One Bites The Dust
- $1 Trillion Stimulus Plan?
- How to run a Ponzi scheme
- Things Are Tough All Over, But Really 'Horrific' in New York
- Sen. Coburn Releases ‘Worst Waste of the Year’ Report (full report available here as a 46 page pdf)
- In the age of euthanasia, politics has become less about pursuing the Good Life than ensuring a Good Death.
- What the railroading of a teacher by technically inept police and prosecutors reveals about the criminal justice system
- Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2008
- The Brickley Engine
- Web, not bias, offing [news]papers
- MSM Smells Coffee, Insists: “Sell It To The Indians.”
- Decline, fall and then some
Assorted Links 12/12/08
1905 subway ride
- The Madoff Complaint
- Is February 10th National Bankruptcy Day?
- How Will You Spend Your Carbon Credits?
- FCC Commissioner Blames WoW For College Drop-Outs
- Apple gets into the book-banning business
- The Shoes We'll All Be Wearing in a Few Years
- Bailout Watch 282: UAW Balks; $14b Bailout Bill D.O.A.
- Rich brains vs. poor brains in childhood
Free tickets to 4 World Premiere Dances at Julliard
The Juilliard Dance will be hosting four nights of free dance programs ... not to be missed in this harsh economic times ... please go to their web-site for the nightly programs...
Thursday, December 11, 2008 8:00 pm, Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Lawrence Rhodes, Artistic Director
Scenic and Lighting Design by Clifton Taylor
Costume Design by Fritz Masten
4 WORLD PREMIERES
SIDRA BELL Refrain for a Broken Chorus
Music by Dennis Bell
with The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble
DARRELL GRAND MOULTRIE Exposed Sights
Music by Rodrigo y Gabriela
JOHANNES WIELAND because there isn't any
Music by Jean-Pierre Guiran
Bob Goldberg and Michael Ippolito, accordions
LARRY KEIGWIN Runaway
Music by Jonathan Melville Pratt
FREE tickets available at the Juilliard Box Office (directions), located on the plaza level at The Juilliard School, Broadway at 65th Street.
The Juilliard School, northwest corner of Broadway and West 65th Street, 212-769-7406
Abraham Lincoln's 1864 Victory Speech on display at Christie's
Abraham Lincoln's 1864 Victory Speech. The Original Manuscript. (his hand writing on paper!) On view at Christie's, Rockefeller Centre. To be auctioned February 12, 2009.
"...now that the election is over, may not all...reunite...to save our common country?" "we cannot have free government without elections..."
- Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
- The Writings of Abraham Lincoln V01 Page 01
- "The Life of Abraham Lincoln," by Henry Ketcham, Chapter XXXVI. Second Election
- Abraham Lincoln - Wikipedia
Christie's, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-636-2000
Assorted Links 12/10/08
- The stubbornly seductive perils of justice porn
- Towards responsible use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by the healthy
- Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich taken into federal custody
- Cartoon: Automakers just need a little push
- Taking risks with bailout for U.S. automakers
- Let Ford Save Ford
- Game theory and auto subsidies
Cool Tool - Bracketron Dash-Mat
The Bracketron Dash-Mat lets you easily place a cell phone, GPS, MP3 player, radar detector, etc., on your dash, and easily move it from car to car.
No drilling, no adhesives, no suction cups. Highly recommended.
- Weighted, Anti-Skid Base
- Conforms To Your Dash
- No Tools Required
- Holds up to Several Pounds
- Easily View Your GPS While Driving
SKU 874688001303, Model UFM-200-BL
Assorted Links 12/9/08
- Obama’s best and brightest
- Liberals voice concerns about Obama
- Obama's Election Was a Fluke!
- The Newspaper Industry and the Arrival of the Glaciers
- Scandinavian Culture: It's a Scream!
- Cell phone money transfers going international
- Long-Standing Conflict Ends As Israel Returns Lawn Mower To Palestine
- Comparing recessions
- privnote: Send notes that will self-destruct after being read
- Recession: When the money goes, so does the toxic wife
- Credit Suisse Forecast: 8.1 million foreclosures by 2012
- Dugan: High Re-Default Rates
- Ouch! Borrowers Keep Defaulting After Mortgage Modification
- This Is Not A Drill: Ford In Concrete Talks To Sell Volvo To China
- Illinois Threat to Bank of America Is Dangerous, Critics Say
- Pleading Poverty: Colleges Want Parents to Foot the Bill for Their Largess
- Paul Volcker is back, and he warns of tough times ahead
- How Not to Dispute a Speeding Ticket
- General Theory, [by John Maynard Keynes] chapters one and two (see this first}
- So, you want to save the economy?
- Anonymous Banker: Why Creditworthy Businesses Can’t Get Loans
R/C Video Friday: Ripsaw Gets A Gun
Tri-Institutional Friday Noon Recital
This was the program at the Tri-Institutional Friday Noon Recital at Rockefeller University:
- PASTORALE: Christmas Concerti, festival music & carols for recorders, flutes and strings; performed by the REBEL ensemble and the DUO CAPRICE using Baroque period instruments with gut strings,such warm resonance.
- Johann Christoph Pez (1664-1716) Concerto pastorale in F major
- Giuseppe Torelli (1658-1708) Concerto in forma di Pastorale per il Santissimo Natale
- Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784) Adagio & Fuga in d minor
- Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Concerto in e minor
- Johann Joachim Quantz (1697-1773) Pastorale in G minor
- Michel Richard de Lalande (1657-1726) Simphonies des noels in C minor
- Americanus Prudens: In Search of an Endangered Species
- The Sensuous Child: Dr. Benjamin Spock and the Sexual Revolution
- What Caused the '60s?
- Documents and Disorder
- Burning Down His House
- Damian Green - UK MP - Wikipedia
"75th Anniversary of Alcohol Prohibition’s End Inspires Modern Effort"
On Tuesday, December 2, a group of law enforcers who fought on the front lines of the “war on drugs” and witnessed its failures will commemorate the 75th anniversary of alcohol prohibition’s repeal by calling for drug legalization. The cops, judges and prosecutors will release a report detailing how many billions of dollars can be used to boost the ailing economy when drug prohibition is ended.
“America’s leaders had the good sense to realize that we couldn’t afford to keep enforcing the ineffective prohibition of alcohol during the Great Depression,” said Terry Nelson, a 30-year veteran federal agent and member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). “Now, cops fighting on the front lines of today’s ‘war on drugs’ are working to make our streets safer and help solve our economic crisis by teaching lawmakers a lesson from history about the failure of prohibition. We can do it again.”
"Cops Say Legalizing Drugs Can Boost Economy by Billions," Press Release from LEAP, November 26, 2008
Prohibition didn't work in the 1920s and 1930s, and it isn't working today.