Archive for the ‘Economy’ category

No reservations

After several mediocre haircuts, I’ve finally found a place in town that cuts my hair the way I ask them to. Problem: it is apparently so targeted to a certain demographic — dudes (and women who want a more masculine haircut) who are fighting (fighting!) a losing battle against age and cultural irrelevance, generally at […]

All Together Now

Last night the hubs and I took a brief respite from our ongoing 30-Rock marathon to watch “Commune”, a 2005 documentary about Black Bear Ranch, a commune that was started in the late-60’s in Northern California. [youtube][/youtube] While the film touches on the political and social upheaval of the time, most of the focus is […]

“Leverage everyone’s expertise”

Occupy out-wonks the wonks. Read Rortybomb’s interview with two drafters of the Occupy SEC comment letter on the Volcker rule. Links to the letter itself and more commentary at the link.

Notes from Downtown

Not too long after those marches we went to in DC that so effectively stopped the war in Iraq, a friend of mine said one of those sentences that got pasted on my brain like a bumper sticker*. “Chanting in unison,” he said, “makes me ambivalent about, oh, just about everything.” I had felt this […]

Thursday playlist: Loose associations

Last time grandpa fawcett posted here, it was a bunch of gripes. This time it's a jumble of thoughts and enthusiasms, the ramblings of early dementia: 1.) This song “A Real Hero” by College (feat. Electric Youth) is from the movie Drive. I could not stop playing this song every day, ten times a day, […]

Yet another high-water mark

It may have been because I hadn’t slept well the night before, but a couple of days ago, while I was riding the subway to work, a newspaper article about state parks almost brought tears to my eyes. And not near-tears of joy, or of wistful memories of childhood trips. The article just made me […]

Hiring season

The Ad First we secured the line. Then we wrote the job ad. Like most things decided by committee, it ended up a miscellany of priorities and desires—a cross between an eHarmony mash note and a letter to Santa Claus. Please, Santa, bring me the perfect colleague, someone who can teach competently in several incompatible […]

I guess we’re in the farce part

One of my favorite bloggers these days is the pseudonymous Yves Smith, who spent a quarter of a century working in high finance but now refers to “banksters” with nothing but contempt on her blog, naked capitalism. Like many bloggers, Smith has a “links” post at the end of each day with some stuff she […]


I just woke up after 10 hours of solid sleep. I passed out while reading with all the lights on and my contacts in. I dragged myself out of bed just to start working, at 5am, and will be working until I fall asleep again tonight. I am barely alive. Yes, it’s the summer session. […]

An exercise

My internet’s down, so this is short, an exercise for the reader. On Wednesday, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling (and let’s just pause a moment to savor the delightful Britishness of “Exchequer,” “Alistair,” and “Darling”), announced that a special tax of 50% would be levied on bonuses of more than £25,000 paid to […]