Monthly Archive for May, 2010

An e-mail sent to a friend after a lunch meeting.

Edited, but it gives you a better idea of the person who posts on this blog.

First, thank you.  It is always good to visit with you.  Stimulating conversation.

Here are a bunch of links.  You will find that my interests can be varied:

On Humanities Professorships: Graduate School in the Humanities: Just Don’t Go

The follow up: The Big Lie About the ‘Life of the Mind’

Russ Roberts (George Mason University) on EconTalk , recommended podcasts (the best reason I have come across for having an ipod, you can subscribe to this stuff for free): Charles Calomiris. Calomiris gives a laundry list of causes on the financial crisis.  He doesn’t hit too hard on the Basel accords that I mentioned being an important part of the regulatory arbitrage.

Nassim Taleb on Black Swans, Taleb on the Financial Crisis, Taleb on Black Swans, Fragility and Mistakes

Taleb is a very interesting guy that admits to having only one idea.  I have his books Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan.

Mike Munger on Public Transportation.  Mike Munger is the Chairman of the Duke Political Science department.  He ran for governor in N.C. as a libertarian.  This is possibly the most entertaining of the podcasts.  My kids even enjoyed this one.

Here is the listing of all of Roberts’ podcasts: EconTalk Archives

I would also recommend anything with Arnold Kling (sort of with George Mason University).  He worked at Freddie Mac and is also a bit of an expert on healthcare economics.  He blogs at EconLog.  He is the one that pointed out the regulatory arbitrage I mentioned yesterday.

I guess I can’t say enough good things about the EconTalk podcast series.  Almost every week there is an interesting conversation.  If you have any interest, I can point out others that I found very interesting.

Lefties that get the banking mess: Baseline Scenario.  Don’t exactly agree with their motivations and ideas of causes, but they make important points and generally want to move toward what I perceive as the correct sort of regulations.

Here are a bunch of other links.  Stuff I check out regularly:

Maggie’s Farm  This site is kind of a home page for me, they have most of the links I check out daily down the left side of the page.

American Digest This guy is right up my alley.  Very much a political crank.  You have to indulge in the cranks, as they can be the most interesting at times.  He doesn’t, however, get bent out of shape with the craziness of popular culture.

Marginal Revolution Two more George Mason economists.  Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok.  An enjoyable look at our possible future with expanded markets in China and India: Alex Tabarrok on TED.  In fact, TED is another amazing free site on the web.  You have to wade through a lot of crap sometimes, but still the breadth of expertise available for free is incredible.

The Anchoress.  Contrary to what you may be thinking, I do still remain Roman Catholic.

IowaHawk.  There is no one like him on the web.  Read his take on Kagan and Harvard.

The Volokh Conspiracy.  Libertarian legal scholars.

For flat out pleasure in the writing:

Sippican Cottage, also posts great music videos.  Stuff from the past that is real enjoyable like: Los Colorados (not old, but your kids will recognize the song and way more entertaining than the original) and The Collins Kids and Sister Rosetta and Sister Rosetta, again.

Flight Level 390 by an airline pilot.

Doesn’t have much to do with kitchens, but this is a cool design

The designer is Peter Varga.
Hat Tip: American Digest.

I know how I react when a potential customer describes their cabinets as “Pecan”

I think of this color chart:

Stolen, without any shame, from The Doghouse Diaries.

I do find myself getting frustrated with people that use wood species as names for color.  I guess that is a frame of reference that I just have never developed.  Naturally, I like to think of the words I use for color as more precise, but I know that enough people use Pecan as a color name that it must exist.  Walnut and cherry are colors too, in case you were wondering.

For a much more detailed discussion on color names and some interesting comments, see the blog at xkcd blog post on color survey. If you are unfamiliar with xkcd, check out the comic: xkcd.com

For your next Master Bath Project

I wonder how often this toilet set has been incorporated into Master Bath design.

It would have to be done for a couple that is very intimate in all things.

Hat tip: American Digest.

Here is some design for you

Check out this Hong Kong apartment: Transforming Apartment.

Hat tip: Marginal Revolution.