• Tech


    I finally see something I want on E-Bay, and it is very nicely integrated with both Paypal and G-Mail. So far so good.

    But, for no good reason, neither Paypal nor E-Bay are talking to each other, therefore I can’t get the book I want. A pox on thee E-Bay.

  • Photography

    I visit the Commuter Art Gallery

    I visited Clark Ashton’s Commuter Gallery today. I’m somewhat happy with the pictures, realistically most of them should have been shot as landscapes, not portraits (which is why most of them are focused the way they are). On the whole I don’t think I did it anywhere near justice. Some of them are good I suppose.

    I also got some nice shots of Clark’s neighbors Chevy Newport car, which is a mighty sweet ride.

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  • Photography


    I got the Olympus lens in the mail today and I have to say it doesn’t seem like it was worth it. I’m considering getting this (assuming it turns out to be compatible.

    In the meantime, here’s a close-up photo

  • Links,  Tech

    Friday Rapid Fire

    Since I’m stuck on a JavaScript bug, I’ll post some thoughts and links

    • Good Idea – In your cell phone address book, type ICE (in case of emergency) in front of someone’s name so paramedics can know who to contact. HT: Marginal Revolution
    • uncertainty – I’m not sure that this (and it’s natural conclusion) is a good idea, though I do support the sentiment, I think.
    • Backstoke of the West – Star Wars translated into Chinese, then back into English, perhaps Engrish would be a better word.
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  • Movies,  Photography

    Saw Sin City again

    At the Fox Theater no less, and it remains very good.

    On an odd note, I recently (yesterday) ordered a lens adapter, telephoto lens, and a gig of memory from buy.com for the Mighty Olympus C-8080 and for no reason that I can tell it’s coming in 3 shipments. Very strange. I’ve been extremely happy with the C-8080 so far.

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  • Education,  Tech

    Thought of the moment

    A random notion I had while walking Drex (and mind you this just throwing out an idea)

    Three True Points:

    • The internet has made educational material very, very cheap, realistically the only cost is time.
    • The return on human capital (brains) is at an all time high and climbing
    • It is easier to learn points of fact via the web than it is to learn matters of mathematical principle and logic

    Therefore we should stop teaching the following in the lower grades:

    • History
    • Literature
    • Anything labeled “Social Studies”
    • Applied Science

    Why not concentrate the classroom time into learning grammar, logic/science and math? The student has due incentive to learn all of the subjects excised from the classroom, and it would not be filtered though our complicated education bureaucracy.

    Thoughts anyone? I do realize that this would not be an issue if education were properly privatized.

  • Politics,  Principal-Agent,  Self Selection

    Thoughts on the current state of the two party system

    As I put in my earlier conversation with Eric:

    Each party has no fixed position, but two definite constituencies:

    • The people who will vote for the party’s candidates
    • The people who will contribute money to the party

    For the Republicans the ideology of the median contributor is fairly close to the ideology of the median voter. For the Democrats, the median contributor seems to be farther left than the median voter. This pushes the party ever leftwards (and indirectly pushes the Republican’s leftwards as well).

    I suppose the question is: Is this an evolutionary stable strategy? Time will tell I suppose.

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  • Law,  Politics

    Thoughts on the Supreme Court selection

    I think it’s tactically brilliant. By nominating a qualified but recordless (where did he find this guy?) judge he puts the Democrats in a very difficult position.

    Bush will probably have 3 opportunities to nominate judges. The Democrats have a limited amount of resources to expend fighting the nomination. If they adopt a scorched earth policy on Roberts they will have nothing left PR-wise should Bush nominate a more naturally appealing candidate (i.e. black/female, aka Janice Rodgers Brown) as his next nomination.

    Most likely they will play this one very mellow and save all their capital for the next fight.

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  • Plame Affair,  Politics

    Good times a-coming

    The more I think about the Wilson Affair the more I like it. Throw in three Supreme Court nominations (possibly four) and the political class will be fully occupied with partisanship and self-absorption, leaving no room for Bold New Ideas.

    Which is the way it should be.

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