Archive for the 'General Interest' Category

I am interested in a lot of different types of stuff

Just look at my blog roll category labeled “The Stuff I Check Regularly,” to see what I mean. Heck you can through the “Economics” section in there too, as those guys post on a wide range of stuff.

From The Selvedge Yard, we get some info cool new shirts:

Shirt Made of Shop Rags


But wait, there’s more!

Also from the Selvedge Yard, Busty Betty Brosmer:


The guy at The Selvedge Yard, Jon Patrick, is a great chronicler of the Southern California I remember as a kid living there in the 60’s and 70’s.

Kling’s Three Laws

A good post:

1. Sometimes it’s this way, and sometimes it’s that way.

2. The data are insufficient.

3. The methodology is flawed.

As I’ve aged, I’ve come to embrace this sort of thinking about all the arguments I was so certain of 20 years ago. It is too bad that those that make policy have not learned any humility in their approach to problem solving.

Best Russian Dash Cam Video Ever…

You really must watch this video. It is well worth your 1:22.

I laughed out loud!

Richard Bradley: Shots in the Dark

Bradly is the first person to publicly question the whole UVa rape story in Rolling Stone. His comments on the Columbia report commissioned by RS can be found here.

Wagon Wheel

The Old Crow Medicine Show:

Came from this:

I really should have picked up on this years ago…

Reina del Cid

Definitely worth a listen.

Indiana and Apple

I was at the mall today. Right outside one of the entrances, there was a brand new Ducati Monster 821. As I was admiring the bike (I wish I still had my bike.), a young man that clearly worked at the Apple store came out to smoke a cigarette.

I said something about the bike being cool. The Apple kid said that it probably belonged to one of his coworkers. You know…, because…, “All of us Apple people are free thinkers.” Some little twerp that works retail for the most valuable company in the world considers himself a free thinker.

I hear discordant crap like this all the time. Maybe I look so old to these punks that they think I’m in serious mental decline. Anyway, I can’t believe how the Eye of Sauron’s gaze has fallen on Indiana and Arkansas.

There are better writers than I with something to say about this Indiana and Apple flap. Here’s one. Here’s another.

What I think of most Gluten Free People

This is hysterical:

Well worth your 6:17.

20 Most Beautiful Hotels in the World

20 Most Beautiful Hotels in the World.

I’ve actually been to this one in Mauritius:

dinarobin hotel, mauritius

It’s not like I too some wonderful vacation there. I was working on the island at the time and met some people there for drinks. It’s kind of funny to me that every list of “best” hotels or resorts has one that is on Mauritius. To me the entire coast line of Mauritius pretty much looks like that photo. All the coastal/beach front hotels are wonderful.

The point of the island in this photo is just a few hundred yards down the road from the photo above.

Ferguson home values have plummeted almost 50 percent since Michael Brown’s death

Ferguson home values have plummeted almost 50 percent since Michael Brown’s death.

From the article:

The average selling price of a home in the city has been on a steady decline since the shooting of Brown last August, according to housing data compiled from MARIS, an information and statistics service for real estate agents. Prior to Brown’s death, the average home sold in 2014 was selling for $66,764. For the last three and a half months of the year, the average home sold for $36,168, a 46 percent decrease.

Eric Holder, Al Sharpton and all the others were not available for comment.

Now that last line may be harsh on my part but if you look at the whole Ferguson fiasco, from well before the shooting of Michael Brown through to today, you can not demonstrate how government is helping the citizens of that town.

Government seems to be actively hostile to people that are on the lower end of the wealth and income scale.