Monthly archives: March, 2011

First day looks good

My first day with the iPhone has lived up to what I was hoping it would be. #1 is that I get great reception in my basement room, Tmobile never did very well with that.   More importantly for me, I was able to listen to LastFM in the car! Ever since my stepbrother mentioned …

iPhone!

At long last I have an iPhone. Maybe now I’ll see what all the kids are raving about with these new fangled things. It is the first real phone I’ve owned, everything I’ve had before this has essentially been disposable. It’s probably not coincidental that I hated them too… I had held out for a …

Woven Texturized Polyester Pants

Nothing says 1975 like Woven Polyester Texturized pants. (Click on the picture for more from the 1975 Sears Catalog.) Unless of course it was the number one single of that year, “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain and Tennille. The chats from that year are filled with the likes of BJ Thomas, Tony Orlando …

iTunesU

I got a catalog the other day from The Great Courses (TGC). I’ve always been tempted by those things, the course descriptions make my mouth water, but the prices! Aha! But this is a sale catalog! There are some really good deals in there so I started to fill up my shopping cart. Even with …

Morning song

I had a dream that I was at work when “Blueside” from Rooney came on the store’s music system. The rest of the dream became inconsequential as I locked onto the song. It’s really catchy and I marveled because I had never heard it at work before. Come to think of it, it’s quite a …

Economics isn’t a science. Unless…

From Tyler Cowen:   I conclude that economics is not yet a science.  Economics is most like a science when people do not care about the outcome of the argument.   This is something that Russ Roberts has been saying for a while. It is almost impossible to do any real tests of macroeconomic theory. …

Who’s being greedy?

AT&T recently announced that they are going to start implementing bandwidth caps on their DSL subscribers. You would be allowed 150 GB of data per month, and then for each 50 gigs you go over, it would be another 10 bucks. Predictably, there is general outrage over this. People are threatening a mass exodus over …

NPR funding

My facebook feed is full of my friends gnashing their teeth over attempts to defund NPR. The general theme seems to be , “Those damn Republicans! How stupid are they? We need NPR, the government should keep funding it!” For the record, I have enjoyed some public radio from time to time. Having said that, …

Uh Oh

Following on from my last post, investors now see Estonia and the Czech Republic as safer investments than Japan. The financial markets are in disarray over there. Like I said before, this disaster is awful but they were in a precarious financial situation before. Some people will be tempted to call the financial meltdown an …