Hey, I'm back... yeah admit it, you missed me. I missed myself :)
Good game tonight, entertaining and well played. I think in some ways the college game is a little more fun; more open, more prone to have things go badly wrong or amazingly right. I think the best team won, even though I wasn't rooting for them. So be it.
Goodbye to the Thin White Duke; David Bowie passes away from cancer at 62. Wow. He will be missed...
... Ch ch ch changes
Have you seen The Big Short? It's a fun movie, well acted, with an interesting approach ... quite different from Michael Lewis' book, which I enjoyed though didn't feel was his best. What's interesting though is that the movie *completely* ignores the real reason for the housing bubble in the early 2000s, which was the government-sponsored subsidy of subprime mortgages via FNMA and FDMC (aka "Fanny Mae" and "Freddy Mac".) These quasi-government organizations were founded for the specific purpose of making it easier for unqualified lendees to buy houses, and they did. The movie makes it seem like Goldman Sachs was responsible. I know it was only a movie, but a pseudo-documentary like that should at least get the main facts right.
Worth linking: Dilbert's One-page Guide to Everything Financial. What to do, and in which order.
In case you're wondering: How Elon Musk plan on reinventing the world. I think all these articles are really interesting, but the truly amazing thing about Elon is his ability to build and run great teams, to implement his visions. That's a story that really hasn't been told yet.
This is totally awesome: SR-71 Blackbird pilot trolls arrogant fighter pilot with ground speed check. Any excuse to run a picture of an SR-71, but this is a great story.
JWZ reports my payphone runs Linux now. And it doesn't make phone calls :) I love his blog, always entertaining...
Paul Graham considers Income Inequality. "I've become an expert on how to increase economic inequality, and I've spent the past decade working hard to do it." Agree with this take 101%; the problem is not inequality, it's raising the standard of living for the poorest people.
Another VC link, Brad Feld wonders what's happening today that nobody sees? A question prompted by his watching of The Big Short. "I'm not angry, cynical, and convinced the world is a giant, rigged, inside game. But I do believe that the vast majority of people have absolutely no idea what is really going on, especially those who are in the middle of whatever game they are playing." Yep.
Finally and for no apparent reason ... this cute little guy.