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21 July 2008
by andrew
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sketchy subways

Article. Illustrations. (U-bahns, too.) I liked this: Frost also rides the F train and is buddies with Velandria on Flickr’s subway sketchers group. But the two have never met face to face. Meanwhile, the New York Times tried to draw … Continue reading

21 July 2008
by andrew
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the other side of outsourcing

Following up on my recent immigration/emigration post: it appears that the U.S. economic slowdown is leading American jobs lost overseas to be lost – overseas: That does not mean the emerging world is buffered completely, particularly if both the United … Continue reading

20 July 2008
by andrew
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coincidence

July 18th, in the Washington Post (via): If the movement to confront climate change is perceived as partisan, anti-capitalist and hostile to human life, it is likely to fail, causing suffering for many, including the ice bears. And so the … Continue reading

19 July 2008
by andrew
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queue is for quiescent

The discussion of attempted line-jumping reminds me of a discussion of queuing behavior in Russia – focused mostly on the Soviet era, but with reference to more recent times – that I read on the h-russia e-mail list years ago. … Continue reading

17 July 2008
by andrew
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where were they then? (Alton Brooks Parker)

William Jennings Bryan is famously an electoral loser, but he wasn’t always a loser. In 1904, Alton B. Parker was. Don’t know much about Alton B. Parker? Neither do I, but he won the Democratic presidential nomination in 1904 after … Continue reading

17 July 2008
by andrew
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Tribune Thursday: fleet arrives at Honolulu harbor

Top stories: An express train on the New York, New Hampshire, & Hartford Railroad derailed just past Greenwich station, leaving 1 dead and a dozen people injured. (a) Columbia University professor Darius Eatman, who did not know how to swim, … Continue reading

17 July 2008
by andrew
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a nation of immigrants

I’ve been wondering for some time if there’s a chance that if there’s a prolonged economic downturn, a significant number of Americans won’t just see their jobs moved overseas, they’ll begin to follow them. I’m sure it’s extremely unlikely: a … Continue reading

15 July 2008
by andrew
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“Listen, I–I’m sorry to tell you this, but, uh, you’ve been fired. Management had to replace you with a Mac II and a part-timer with a Masters degree.”

I know there are people – I count myself as one – who are reluctant to watch even medium length videos online, especially if they’re of something that could easily be covered in a transcript. But this is an actual … Continue reading

13 July 2008
by andrew
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indy mac, when are you coming back?

Earlier tonight I caught people on CNN talking about the possibility of a bank run on Monday when IndyMac re-opens after what I guess was already a bank run. (Want to see an old-style bank run? Check out 51:45 on … Continue reading

12 July 2008
by andrew
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conspicuous by their absence

Reading this, it occurred to me that the rich really are different from you* and me: they can afford to stay out of sight. Russ Alan Prince and Lewis Schiff describe a similar pattern in their book, The Middle-Class Millionaire, … Continue reading