Monthly Archives: August 2011

Progress And Unreliable Sponsors

Here’s Jeff Masters. NHC director Bill Read stated in a interview this week that had Hurricane Irene come along before the recent improvements in track forecasting, hurricane warnings would have been issued for the entire Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina … Continue reading

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Down With Crap Research

Here is a post on demographics. CalculatedRisk sums it up well: This is probably another reason many boomers will never retire I agree with the general sentiment here, but will quibble nonetheless. The study correlates one-year trailing P/E to the … Continue reading

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On China

Wow, a lot to digest here. I’m way too tired after 12 hours of driving to think hard enough to sound coherent on that piece. Instead, I’ll just list my biases about China and hopefully have the presence of mind … Continue reading

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Notes from the I-95

We’re driving back to NYC from Florida. 1000 miles. Nothing like a good road trip. We’re trying to make use of the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives iphone app, which doesn’t have any NYC entries. Love the show and love pigging … Continue reading

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Hermit Kingdom

Is there a more fascinating country than North Korea? Alex Tabarrok at MR is reading a book on it. It is amazing how effective brainwashing can be. I remember listening to a podcast with some kind of ‘expert’ (for the … Continue reading

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Hurricane Irene

I’m watching this situation pretty closely for all kinds of reasons. It’s not often my professional and personal interests coincide. Best resource, hands down, is Jeff Masters’ blog. The source of all the raw analysis is the National Hurricane Center. … Continue reading

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Robin Quixote

His windmill: The most powerful insufficiently-appreciated insight I’ve ever learned is the one intellectual legacy I’d leave, if I could leave only one: we are often wrong about why we do things. Some context is appropriate here: I have a … Continue reading

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