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News Briefs 22-03-2010

Now what?!

Quote of the Day:

The willingness of a Wall Street investment bank to pay me hundreds of thousands of dollars to dispense investment advice to grown-ups remains a mystery to me to this day. I was 24 with no experience of, or particular interest in, guessing which stocks and bonds would rise and which would fall. Believe me, I hadn’t the first clue. I’d never taken an accounting course, never run a business, never even had savings of my own to manage.

I stumbled into a job at Salomon Brothers in 1985 and stumbled out, richer, in 1988. I figured the situation was unsustainable. Sooner rather than later, someone was going to identify me, along with a lot of people more or less like me, as a fraud. Sooner rather than later would come a Great Reckoning, when Wall Street would wake up and hundreds, if not thousands, of young people like me, who had no business making huge bets with other people’s money or persuading other people to make those bets, would be expelled from finance.

Former bond trader Michael Lewis.

News Briefs 19-03-2010

”Keeping an eye on the world going by my window…”

Thanks to Perceval, Greg, RPJ and the almighty Beatles.

Quote of the Day:

“Running everywhere at such a speed, Till they find, there's no need…”

J. Lennon

News Briefs 18-03-2010

Don't you just *hate* it when you are awaken from a dream, and you feel you were in the middle of something important... but you don't remember what?

Thanks Kat, Rick & Micah.

Quote of the Day:

"You were once wild here. Don't let them tame you."

Isadora Duncan

News Briefs 17-03-2010

Enjoy.

Thanks Greg and Kat.

Quote of the Day:

The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities.

Kahlil Gibran

News Briefs 16-03-2010

Still prefer Mozart.

  • Alan Sokal: my philosophy.
  • Symphony in J flat: the curious quest to reinvent music.
  • The euro crisis.
  • Psychopaths' brains wired to seek rewards, no matter the consequences.
  • 5 natural events that science can't explain.
  • Can General Fusion bring about an energy breakthrough?
  • Orange dwarf star set to smash into the solar system.
  • Thomas Jefferson off the curriculum in Texas.
  • Canadian scientists uncover poppy's painkilling power.
  • Life, but not as we know it.
  • Da Vinci predicted world would end in 4006.
  • Catatumbo: Venezuela's vanishing lightning.
  • Blind soldier able to see with his tongue.
  • The Planck mission.
  • The Iboga insurrection.

Quote of the Day:

The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.

Nicola Tesla

News Briefs 15-03-2010

Whatever I've done wrong, please believe me, it was the devil, the bacteria, and the faulty wiring that made me do it!

Quote of the Day:

One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. Which road do I take? she asked. Where do you want to go? was his response. I don't know, Alice answered. Then, said the cat, it doesn't matter.

Lewis Carroll, in Alice in Wonderland.

News Briefs 12-03-2010

"One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea..."

Many thanks to RPJ, Kat and Greg!

Quote of the Day:

“All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality-- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape…”

Walter Bagehot

News Briefs 11-03-2010

May your skies be full of vibrant iridescent clouds...

Thanks to Rick, Kat, Greg & Moezilla. And also thanks to Corey, for teaching me how to recognize a master vampire —Very handy info y'all.

Quote of the Day:
"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal"

Albert Pike

News Briefs 10-03-2010

I think I remember how to do this, it's like riding a bike... without the LSD.

Thanks Greg, Kat, & Joanne.

Quote of the Day:

Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Lewis Carroll

News Briefs 09-03-2010

Aw look, Zorgy #4 for the mantelpiece. Congrats to all nominated, and thanks to all who voted, even if you didn't listen to my advice…

Thanks Rick.

Quote of the Day:

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.

Ralph Waldo Emerson