Monthly Archives: July 2009


I found myself watching Jerry Maguire today, and I am struck again at just how brilliant this scene is, with Tom Cruise having just gotten fired and (seemingly) salvaging the one big client that will save him. On the way out, he’s searching the radio for something to sing to, and after a few miscues, […]

Amazon doesn't care about its customers

Yesterday, my partner emailed me with the odd question, “did you somehow “return” the book 1984? No, it turns out that Amazon re-appropriated the book they sold me. Thanks for the refund, go ahead and take the book back, apparently. Better than just taking it I guess. From the Amazon forums Here’s the response from […]

The pain! The pain!

I’ve been sitting on this graphic, pulled from a hospital form I once received, or sign I once snagged. If you or someone you know has been through anything at all, you’ve seen this chart: I have always meant to write about the attempted power of medical hegemony captured in this sign, that the appropriate […]

Regulating financial activities or organizations?

Two ways to regulate futures markets are by regulating the organizations that comprise the financial markets, or by regulating the financial activities in which any organization participates. This is an attempt to think about these differences.

Something doesn't square

How can it be that the NYT reports that JP Morgan is 110% awesome: “The strong showing may put to rest some worries that the bank was allowed to pay back its $25 billion taxpayer investment too early, after it passed the Treasury Department’s stress test in May.” But the Wall Street Journal can report […]

Hurt Locker, masculinity, madness

One of the best movies I’ve seen this year is The Hurt Locker (preview on the Youtubes), a fictional documentary-style film about a team of US bomb techs in Iraq. The premise is that a new leader of a 3-man tech team differs in style than his predecessor. The resulting tension among team members drives […]

Fight crotchety with awesomeness

I’m feeling a little like all I do is complain round here. This site on the impossible cool is 99% awesomeness. Does that help to offset some of my crotchety-ness?

Apparently, I'm twitter-hopeless

The Stranger reviews Twitter, 140-characters at a time, and I’m not terribly impressed: “We’re telling each other stories, 140 characters at a time, as they unfold. If you can’t see the value in that, you’re hopeless.” Life in the twitter-age: A glut of information and data, a poverty of knowledge.

Hey look, the NYT is fellating Goldman Sachs again

Oh Yes, it’s their ‘trading prowess’, their ability to “embrace risks that its rivals feared to take and, for the most part, manage those risks better than its rivals dreamed possible.” Don’t pay attention to those last few sentences, though. The $13 billion government subsidy via the bailout of AIG, and the $28 billion in […]

What criticism with knowledge looks like

I complained last week that Duncan Watts’ editorial was an argument without much substance, effectively an argument based on deep knowledge of networks but shallow knowledge of markets. At the end of last week, James K. Galbraith testified for the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology. And it was pretty awesome. First, it was […]