Monthly Archives: April 2008

ethanol from corn is a bad idea

it was apparent from the beginning that using corn as a feedstock for ethanol was a bad idea. with a global food crisis happening, it is becoming apparent how bad. that and agriculture protectionism / subsidies. from an article in … Continue reading

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housesitting

i am housesitting while my friend shaun hikes up the big mountain chirripo. it’s an awesome place she designed and has the only bookstore in the vicinity on the first floor. there are blue crabs who slowly inch over to … Continue reading

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please open up your laptop and enter your password

now this makes me proud to be an american. (via catspaw) “I think it will surprise people that their laptops are subject to search without any level of suspicion when they get to a border checkpoint,” added Jennifer Chacon, a … Continue reading

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strong dollar policy is BS

former secretary of the treasury paul o’neill says aloud what we all know is true: the stated US “strong dollar” policy is bullshit. “When I was Secretary of the Treasury I was not supposed to say anything but `strong dollar, … Continue reading

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eco-everything

i haven’t been in the US for three months, and one observation i have is it seems like the number of companies advertising their products in association with some kind of social or environmentally-conscious cause has exploded. mind you, it … Continue reading

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google trends and stock market trends

paul kedrosky has an interesting post up comparing a chart of CROX’s price, and another chart from google trends showing that the number of searches for the product “crocs” peaked and headed south about 3 or 4 months before the … Continue reading

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philosophy

i thought i had posted this but i guess not… according to a nyt article today, philosophy is enjoying a resurgence of popularity on US campuses. i was a philosophy major in school, and i have been saying a lot … Continue reading

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if you aren’t angry, you have your head in the sand.

i am finding it difficult not to get sucked into politics while i am here. two things that i read and saw this morning particularly resonated for me. one was barack obama’s explanation of his comments at a fundraiser about … Continue reading

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