Monthly Archives: August 2008

Watch me crank it, watch me roll

I know I said I’m trying to get out of the habit of embedding video from youtube, but damn, Soulja Boy got hacked:

Social Science as Art

First, look at this post and tell us what you think. Second, here are some lovely physical representations of graphical social data. As sculpture. Of course, I would not necessarily trust the social science chops of an artist (when I ran the numbers, it looked more like: But even with the faulty peaks and valleys, […]

Will you remember me?

In an otherwise interesting article on the Chinese Art market explosion (in the upcoming issue of ARTnews), Barbara Pollack sneaks in this line: With the sheer abundance of galleries, auction houses, and art fairs in Chine, the larger art world is recognizing the power of the Asian market. Standing in an auction house in New […]

Something New – Markets and Art

As an experiment in sociology and blogging, Jenn (from and I have put together a brief video on culture and markets, the beginning of what we hope will be a conversation at the intersection of culture, sociology, and economics. We’ll work on the lighting and switch off the big-head/small-head, but we hope you like […]

Cookie Monster

Like others, I read then made the chocolate chip cookies from the recipe at the New York Times. I used Ghirardelli 60% chocolate chips instead of the chocolate disks called for in the recipe. And like others before me, I found these to be the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made. 3.5 oz […]

All right, stop, collaborate, and listen

In praise of the lazy fund

If you had invested 1/3 of your money in Vanguard’s Total Stock Market Index (VTSMX), 1/3 of your money in Vanguard’s Total International Stock Index (VGTSX), and 1/3 of your money in Inflation-Protected Securities (VIPSX), your $10,000 at the outset of the year would be worth about $9135. And that does not include periodic distributions, […]

That's the way to run a culture?

I don’t think this is totally true, but on the other hand, I don’t think it’s totally not true, either. Bateson apparently spins a nice yarn. But it’s got me thinking about whether this kind of planning is actually as good an idea as it is presented to be. I mean, let’s say that Ma […]

It's not about you

This poster hangs framed in the main area of Dance Manhattan, where I on-and-off take swing dance lessons: What I love about this poster is that at first glance it appears to be about the guy. Big pants, great hat, sweet lean. But then you look again, and it hits you that it’s not at […]

The incredible shrinking bank assets

Well, a year or so later, and you can see at Portfolio an infographic displaying…well, I don’t know exactly how they measure size/value/assets for these banks, but something. I’m particularly impressed by Citi, of course, but also that JP Morgan seems to have largely escaped the credit crisis (so far) relatively unscathed. I know that […]