Monday, December 31, 2012

Dollar Shave Club

FLG isn't sure if he's mentioned this, but he joined Dollar Shave Club a few months ago.  He can confirm that their blades are f**king great.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Free Courses And The Future of Higher Ed

FLG's best guess at the moment is that education is going to break down rather biomodally.  There will be online universities that will offer decent and affordable education geared toward studying the "scientific, commercial, and industrial rather than literary," to borrow Tocqueville's phrase.  While there might be a large number of these online schools, but FLG reckons, just from the economies of scale, that it will settle out to a small number enrolling the majority of students.  Some might be private, some public. 

On the other hand, FLG believes there will always be a market for an exclusive residential college experience; however, he's not sure how much of a market there will be.  The Ivies, Stanford, MIT, and Cal Tech will survive to provide this.  If FLG had to guess, there'll be enough people willing to pay for that experience to keep the somewhere in the top 50, maybe top 100 schools in the residential college business.  

FLG is interested in how the public schools will play out.  Good flagship state universities, like Michigan, Virgina, Berkeley, ULCA, Texas, and Wisconsin are well-placed to be dominant in the large, online university marketplace.  However, FLG sees a lot of the students who attend non-flagship universities being consolidated into either a state or regional online university.   The first to switch over will be the commuter students, but eventually most students will probably attend online.  To take FLG's current state, Virgina, as an example, UVA and William & Mary will probably be able to remain residential.  FLG doubts that George Mason, James Madison, and even Virginia Tech will be offering a residential college experience two decades from now.

But who knows?  The future of higher ed is probably about as up in the air at this point as anything.

In case you were wondering what got FLG thinking about this, well, he registered for two free online courses from Coursera and Edx, respectively - Financial Engineering and Risk Management and The Ancient Greek Hero.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Quote of the day: Object Sex Holiday Gift Edition

 io9:
Still, even though the HEPS Fantastic System can’t blow kisses or lick balls, it’s hands-down the best fellatio simulator I’ve ever had the fortune of using.

Obviously, it's not safe for work.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Quote of the day

DCist:
At Arlington Cemetery a few weeks ago:

A family, clearly tourists with kids ranging from grade school to teenagers at the end of a day of sightseeing, are walking toward the Tomb of the Unknowns and chattering/bickering about who still wants to do what/eat where/is bothering who/etc. The youngest son keeps tugging on mom to get her attention. Finally...

Mom: "What!?!?"
Son (pointing to tombstones): "I really wish all of these soldiers were still alive."
Family: [Sudden silence]
Mom: "Um... me, too. I really wish they were still alive, too."

Monday, December 3, 2012

Boulder

This struck a nerve with FLG.

On Georgetown's campus:
two grad students are comparing their undergraduate universities to Georgetown. One of them went to the University of Colorado-Boulder for undergrad.
Guy 1: "So how does it compare as far as diversity?"
Guy 2: "Oh, Boulder has a VERY diverse campus."
Guy 1: "Really?"
Guy 2: "Well, not racially, no."
 As long-time readers know, FLG spent a few semesters at the University of Colorado at Boulder, which he attended without having visited the campus.  He still remembers how shocked he was at how white the student body was.

He must say, however, that he was even more shocked when he learned that a classmate had only seen one movie in the theaters, FLG thinks it might have been E.T., because she lived three or four hours from the nearest movie theater.  She'd also never driven through a stoplight until her trip to Boulder.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Out Of Town

The FLGs are heading out of town for the Thanksgiving Holiday, so posting, intermittent as it is, will definitely not occur of the next week.  A few things though...

First, Dance recently sent FLG a link to this article about how Indochino fits people for their suits.  The online custom suit business is really booming.  Besides Indochino, there's Alton Lane, Black Lapel, myTailor, Modern Tailor, and a bunch of others.  After a ton of research, FLG became a customer of Proper Suit, which he highly recommends.  While he's at it, he also recommends DeoVeritas for custom shirts in no small part because they offer the option to have sewn, rather than fused interlinings.

But men's fashion aside, Dance's email got FLG thinking about something that has long a topic of debate in the business world -- the shift from mass production to mass customization.  Basically, the idea that the computerization of the production line makes it possible for each unit produced to be different than the previous unit, but at a marginal cost similar to producing the exact same item each time.  Computer companies, especially Dell, were probably the first real success story, but over the last few years, a bunch of products have begun to offer mass customization options, for example, Converse, Nike, and even M & Ms.

The thing that is interesting to FLG about these online suit companies is that it's not so much the back-end production that is computerized (sure, they store pattens in the cloud and send them via the Internet for production in China), which really could have been done via telegraph by simply sending a message to a tailor in Shanghai.    It's that 1) the Internet allows for customers to input their own customizations without involvement from any company employees and 2) the existence of global logistics networks that facilitate cheap, efficient, and timely international delivery. 

For the longest time, FLG thought the key to mass customization was the ability of the production line to shift for each production unit, but that's not the real problem.  Robots can easily be designed to take a new set of instructions for each person's order.  And sure there's the additional inventory issues associated with maintaining a large selection of materials at any one time.  But the real issue that prevented mass customization sooner, and in FLG's mind slows its adoption more generally, is the ability for individuals to easily and quickly make transmit their preferences.  Modern internet websites help greatly with this.

All in all, not a huge insight, but it was one for FLG.

Second, inspired by Flavia, FLG has begun alumni interviewing this year.  He's only done one interview so far.  The DC area is littered with Georgetown alumni, so he guesses they've pretty much got the region covered block by block.  His interview was with an applicant from about half a mile away. 

Lastly, Miss FLG Maior and even Miss FLG Minor are growing up way too fast:





Here's hoping you all have a happy Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Conversation

Miss FLG Maior:  Is that Santa?

FLG:  No, that's Dean Martin.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veteran's Day

It should come every day, not just once a year, but thank you to all who have served to protect this great nation.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Post-Election

FLG is fine with the results in the Presidential election.  While he wishes Romney had won, he is okay with President Obama.  Sure, Obama's instincts are a little too far left for FLG's taste, but he believes the President is trying to do the right thing.  FLG is surprised that virtually all the swing states went Obama's way.  

HOWEVER, FLG is beside himself, apoplectic even, over the Massachusetts Senate race.  Fucking Elizabeth Warren?  There is no politician in America that FLG cannot stand more than Elizabeth Warren.  Okay, maybe Harry Reid.  But Warren will undoubtedly overtake him shortly. 

Hopefully, somebody decides the best thing to do is to put her on some Fish and Wildlife committee or something. Somewhere where she can't do too much damage.  Anything but the Finance, Banking, or Agriculture committees.   (For those of you who don't know, derivatives originated to manage agriculture price fluctuations.  Thus, the main market for them is based in Chicago and the Agriculture committee has jurisdiction over them.  Well, at least the ag related ones.)

Of course, because the people of Massachusetts have decided to torture FLG, Warren will inevitably be appointed to the Consumer Protection subcommittee.  And for the next six years, FLG will have to keep all sharp objects away from himself whenever CSPAN is on.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Quote of the day

Bill Clinton:
who wants a president who will knowingly, repeatedly tell you something he knows is not true?

FLG must say, he loves the moxie that comes with Clinton's complete lack of shame.

Voting And Helicopters

FLG was at his local polling place when they opened at 6 this morning.  There was already a long line.  Took him about 45 minutes to vote.

On a completely unrelated note, every once and while FLG recognizes one things that makes the DC area different -- helicopters.  FLG will be driving across the Key Bridge and see tourists gawk at helicopters flying very low overhead.  At this point, FLG barely even notices.  Military helicopters fly up and down the Potomac so often it's no big deal.   It's like a helicopter freeway.

One doesn't really see or notice helicopters all that much in other places.  FLG guesses that there are probably a goodly mount in NYC, and perhaps the buildings are so high that it's difficult to notice. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Why FLG Is Voting For Romney

Withywindle and Andrew both asked why FLG switched his position and decided to vote for Romney, whom FLG has referred to on numerous occasions as the Plastic Presidential Superhero.

Obama lost FLG's vote back when Obamacare / The Affordable Care Act was passed.  For FLG the actual content of the law, although he has problems with that too, is almost irrelevant; instead, it is the manner in which it got slammed through with parliamentary shenanigans in the face of widespread public skepticism.

 So, the choice facing FLG was to abstain from voting in the presidential election, vote third party, or go with Romney.   Right up until the first debate, FLG was solidly in the abstain category.   He's got problems with Obama, but on the other hand he doesn't think the man is a complete and utter disaster.

Something happened in that first debate that changed FLG's mind.  As Jay-Z might say, Romney got his swagger back.  But it's not so much Romney doing well as FLG saw in Obama a sort of presidential ennui combined with a glaring assumption that his policies aren't just correct, but self-evidently so.   It a couple more debates for FLG to determine that first one wasn't just some one-off.  FLG gave Obama a chance with his 2008 vote, but after really thinking about it, FLG decided that his Obama vote was a mistake.  FLG had hoped that Obama would be a reasonable and pragmatic leader, and in the president's mind he probably is, the trouble is that his default, gut reaction to things is, unsurprisingly, a liberal one.  As FLG was thinking about all this, he realized that his perception of Obama as seeing his administration's policies as self-evidently correct dovetails with a post FLG wrote a few years ago in response to a comment by Ezra Klein.

A lot of conservatives believe, I think, that their philosophical preference for small government is counterbalanced by other people's philosophical preference for big government. But that's not true: Their philosophical preference for small government is counterbalanced by other people's practical preference for larger government in certain areas where it seems to make sense.
Ultimately, FLG realized he may never be able to convince himself to vote for a Democratic presidential candidate again.  The logic of -- There is a current problem. The government has the ability to address the problem presently.  Therefore, the government should address the problem (and stop wasting time talking about potential unintended and long-term consequences with abstract sounding names like moral hazard.) -- is just too powerful.  Moreover, the self-conception of liberals as being rational, logical, scientific, and, most of all, practical only exacerbates the issue because objections based upon potential, longer-term consequences are often dismissed as irrational, illogical, unscientific, and ideological.


In the end, FLG's Romney vote is about 25% for Romney and 75% against Obama.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Daddy Issues

FLG has a long-standing theory that ambitious men are, with few exceptions, the offspring of abusive or absent fathers.    While this is true of men in a variety of fields (athletics, business, etc), FLG maintains that is particularly true of political leaders going back even to Alexander.  Julius Caesar's father died when he was 15.  George Washington's father died when he was 11.  Thomas Jefferson's father died when he was in his teens.   Churchill longed for a relationship with his absent father.  Joe Kennedy was no picnic. Stalin's father was abusive.  Ditto for Mao's.  The list goes on...

Anyway, the other day FLG came across this article, which delves into the paternal relationships of recent presidents.  FLG is half tempted to really sit down and write a book about this theory.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

2012 Election

FLG hasn't been writing much about the election, but here's the deal.  He's recently swung from the Neither column to the Romney column.  Given that FLG has voted for the winning candidate in every presidential election he's ever participated in, this bodes well for Mr. Romney's chances.

In fact, after the debates, FLG puts the probability of a Romney win at about 55% (if you really pressed him he might even say 60%), which means he's seriously considering putting some money in those prediction markets.   They are way overconfident about an Obama win.  Last time he looked, they've got Obama at 55 and Romney at 45.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Jack-O-Lanterns

Last year, the FLGs did Dora and Swiper.  This year, Miss FLG Maior insisted on Disney characters:


Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Conversation

FLG's Boss (to a coworker):  I'm going need you to go over there again.  There was some misunderstanding.

FLG's Coworker:  Ugh.  I spent so much time in that meeting.

FLG's Boss:  Sorry, it has to be done.

FLG:  Henry V, Act III would've sounded so much better.

FLG's Boss:  What?

FLG:  Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.  I'm not picking up even a flicker of recognition.

FLG's Boss:  I gotta say, that's almost as pretentious as when you said I was the loser from that war from Ancient Rome or something.

FLG:  Not Ancient Rome.  It was the Titanomachy.  And at that time I said it was too soon to tell if you were Zeus or Cronus.

FLG's Boss:  Too soon then, but what would you say now.

FLG:  Oh, definitely Cronus.

FLG's  Boss:  He lost, right?

FLG:  Yes.  Yes, he did.

Obsession

FLG just learned Darren Aronofsky is making a movie about Noah.  Yeah, the guy who built the Ark.  Fits perfectly into FLG's analysis of the underlying theme that runs throughout Aronofsky's films.

A bit of aside here, but FLG has never been able to isolate and lucidly articulate what theme runs through Kubrick's movies.  There's definitely one there, but FLG isn't sure what it is.  Something about human weakness, but that's too broad. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Quote of the day

Buttonwood:
if zero interest rates and unlimited deficits were the answer to our economic problems, you think we would have worked it out before now.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Volker Rule Still Not Making Any Sense To FLG

Felix Salmon has a post up about an IMF paper that argues banks shouldn't be allowed to trade in financial markets.

Look, FLG fully comprehends the concept that banks shouldn't be able to make risky trades for their own profit with funds that are ultimately backstopped by a government guarantee.  Moreover, he gets the logic that, "look, trading is risky and we don't want our banks to be risky."  The trouble FLG has with this is, well, reality.  Saying the Volker rule is a good idea is a lot like saying a gun that only shoots bad guys is a good idea.

We want banks to be market makers, which is to say that if you want to buy or sell a stock, bond, or other security and can't find anybody else to trade with, then you call up a big money center bank and it will buy or sell that security from/to you.  Okay, you might say.  Fine, banks can buy and sell, but only when other parties call them first.  Then we don't have the proprietary trading issue.

 Ah, but imagine that a bunch of people call up to sell some stock all at the same time.   That bank then becomes exposed to huge amount of risk related to that specific stock that they've just bought.  Prudence dictates that they ought to manage the risk of that exposure by either selling some themselves or hedging using derivatives.  And so you have a perfectly legitimate reason for the bank to initiate a trade in the market.  Salmon seems to have an issue with that because, as FLG has argued again and again, where you stand on what is hedging versus what is speculation depends on where you sit.

According to Gongloff, the IMF paper says that banks “should be allowed to hedge their bets” with “small trading positions”. But hedging is trading — as we saw, most clearly, at JP Morgan’s Chief Investment Office. And trading is just as dangerous when it’s done for hedging purposes as it is when it’s done for absolute-return purposes.

In an ideal world, then, banks simply wouldn’t be allowed to trade at all. What’s more, in that world the banks would quite possibly make more money than they’re making right now. But you’d need globally-coordinated regulation to get there, and it’s simply not going to happen. Which is why trading blow-ups are here to stay — and regulators are always going to be on the back foot when it comes to trying to prevent them.
 The issue, as FLG sees it, isn't about some sort of zealous stance that banks ought to be barred from trading in the financial market.  In fact, the idea sounds completely ludicrous to FLG as he types it.  Rather, the issue is, as FLG has been arguing for years and years, to limit the amount of leverage to contain the damage of inevitable trading blow-ups. 

Nothing in life is risk free, it's about managing that risk.   Banks argued that they were in a better position to manage their risk.  An argument that made sense, but ultimately proved false.  Rather than getting into nitty-gritty details about whether banks can make this trade or that trade, better just to acknowledge regulators can't ever keep up, don't necessarily need to keep up, and that they just need to proscribe the size of the sandbox the banks can play in.   Systematic risk is the name of the game, not the internal risk of any particular bank.

A bank blows up its sandbox, then, well, it blew up its sandbox.  Maybe the other banks will need to lend them some sand or maybe that sandbox gets demolished, but the other banks are still playing just fine in their own sandboxes.  No need to have a bunch of near-sighted lawyers standing around with clipboards asking each bank about why it's digging in that corner or using that shovel.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Dear Andrew Stevens:

Thanks for the link to the Dora video.  Hilarious.  Thought you'd enjoy this

Sincerely,
FLG


Presidential Haberdashery

FLG isn't sure he's posted this before, but he probably has.  Doesn't matter.  Still slays him every time.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Cheering Up FLG

FLG so wants to see this.  FYI though, it's entirely not safe for work.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Never Occurred to FLG

FLG has consumed alcohol in a lot of ways that he isn't all that proud of today -- shotgunning, beer bongs, keg stands --but thankfully the idea of an alcohol enema never occurred to him.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

FLG Would Be Remiss

If he didn't wish everybody a Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Arrr!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Time Horizons: iPhone Edition

Paul Krugman says that if you believe the new iPhone will boos the economy, then you are a Keynesian.  Here's his argument:
The crucial thing to understand here is that these likely short-run [economic] benefits from the new phone have almost nothing to do with how good it is — with how much it improves the quality of buyers’ lives or their productivity. Such effects will kick in only over the longer run. Instead, the reason JPMorgan believes that the iPhone 5 will boost the economy right away is simply that it will induce people to spend more. 

And to believe that more spending will provide an economic boost, you have to believe — as you should — that demand, not supply, is what’s holding the economy back.
 Needless to say, FLG believes that there's a huge difference the almost secondary short run economic boost created when millions of individuals making millions of decisions to buy a product that they expect will improve their life in the long run and the government, through its messy political and bureaucratic process to spend a bunch of money.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Conversation

Miss FLG Maior:  Daddy! Whose house?

FLG:  What?

Miss FLG Maior:  No!  When I say, "Whose house?" you say, "Run's House!"  Whose house?

FLG:  Run's house?

Miss FLG Maior:  You know what time it is.

FLG:  You really are my daughter.

Miss FLG Maior:  Whose house?

FLG Cannot Believe This

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Quick Round-Up

So, summer has unofficially ended and FLG thought it might be time to dust off the old keyboard.  Here's a quick round-up:

1) FLG is still looking for a job, but things are good.
2) FLG believes the European crisis will be well-rested after its extended vacation on the Côte d'Azur and should be causing trouble soon.
3) FLG was shocked to notice the other night, because it is so very obvious once one does notice, that Obama's right shoulder drops a lot, FLG might even say freakishly, lower than his left.
4) FLG made a note today to send Helen Rittelmeyer bourbon.  One needs to drink down under.  Everything is fucking deadly down there.  Deadliest snake, deadliest sharks, deadliest spiders, deadliest dingos, deadliest feral cats, deadliest boomerangs.  Plus, there's the constant worry about falling off the fucking planet.  Common sense dictates that the entire continent is in a very precarious gravitational well of some sort. 




Thursday, August 23, 2012

Quotes of the Day

We wanted to leave, we don't like the politics of the US, the Patriot Act, the propaganda from the mass media and the misinformation. Here is a safe place, safe for a nuclear war.
I don't want to live in the US anymore. Obama ruins the country. Now I have my monkey, Cindy.

 FLG has always put a Central American retirement on the list of options to consider, but apparently it draws wackos.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Great Moments In Film: The Hangover

Sorry FLG has been so neglectful of the blog lately.  It's been hectic.

Anyway, he'll continue his great moments in film series with the Asian Guy in the Trunk Scene from The Hangover.  FLG knows it's coming, but the laughter still hurts every time.



Saturday, August 11, 2012

Veepstakes

Waited all this time for him to pick Paul Ryan?  Kinda like waiting in line at Burger King behind somebody for ten minutes only for them to order a Whopper.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Thom Versus Tom

Two months (hey, FLG has been very busy), The Ancient wrote:
Now I'm a cranky sort of fellow, but it seems to me that Tom Ford has a lot to answer for.

FLG must protest.  If anybody has something to answer for, then it's Thom Browne.

His trousers are ridiculous, and FLG laments the influence that cut has had on menswear generally.  And then there's shit like this that renders FLG's quite colorful vocabulary utterly insufficient.

 On the other hand, FLG is rather fond of Tom Ford's penchant for 1970s-esque wide, peaked lapels.  They're a touch too wide for FLG's taste, but nowhere near as ridiculous as Thom Browne's stuff.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Quote Of The Day

DCist:
You go get the beer, I am going to manhandle this corn.

Cool Cufflinks

FLG was perusing Neiman Marcus' cufflinks and there are some pretty cool ones:
James Bond
Skull & Crossbones
Crawling Superman Spiderman

Of the non-novelty, FLG thinks he likes these best.

Although, if FLG is going to buy another set of cufflinks, then it will be some Alexander as Zeus Amon coin cufflinks.

Speaking of shopping, FLG was at J Crew's Factory Store the other day, and some of the shirts had a label that loudly proclaimed they were two-fold 80s.  If you want to advertise that your shirts are two-fold 100 poplin, then FLG would accept that.  But two-fold 80s?  Not so much.  That's like McDonald's having a huge sign up advertising they don't have rats.



Friday, July 13, 2012

FLG is currently listening to



By the by, FLG had no idea the video was so fucking weird.

A Conversation

Miss FLG Maior:  My foot hurts!

FLG:  Where?

Miss FLG Maior:  Right here.

FLG:  Your ankle?

Miss FLG Maior:  No, here.

FLG:  Your Achilles tendon?

Miss FLG Maior:  Yes, my Achilles tendon.

FLG:  Do you even know who Achilles is?

Miss FLG Maior:  Who is he?

FLG: He was a hero a long time ago.

Miss FLG Maior:  A superhero?!

FLG:  Sorta.  His mother dipped him in the river Styx to make him invincible.  All except his heel.

Miss FLG Maior:  What did he look like?

FLG:  Amazingly, he looked exactly like Brad Pitt.

Miss FLG Maior:  Who is Brad Pitt?

FLG:  God bless your little heart.

Friday, July 6, 2012

FLG is currently listening to

It's Method Man time...

The Miss FLGs Looking Patriotic


Thursday, July 5, 2012

THE SINGLE GREATEST MOVIE EVER MADE

FLG was reading WWTDD when he came across this post:
Everyone agrees that Tom Cruise is a member of a scary cult that takes advantage of people, and that’s very bad, but his new movie is directed by Christopher McQuarrie who wrote ‘the Usual Suspects’ and wrote and directed ‘The Way of the Gun’, which is THE SINGLE GREATEST MOVIE EVER MADE. So if Tom Cruise is what it takes to get a new Christopher McQuarrie movie than he could be in the fucking Manson Family for all I care.

As FLG has mentioned before, he's a big fan of The Way of the Gun.  Single best movie ever?  Dunno about that, but it's really good.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Insanity Update

According to FLG's heart rate monitor, he burned 1222 calories in 59 minutes during the first longer, more difficult workouts.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Conversation

Miss FLG Maior:  I need syrup for my waffles.

FLG:  Oh, okay.  Here you go.

Miss FLG Maior:  No, not that syrup.

FLG:  What do you mean?  This is real maple syrup.  It's delicious.

Miss FLG Maior:  No, girl syrup!

FLG:   Huh?

Miss FLG Maior:  That one there!

FLG:  The Aunt Jemima lite?

Miss FLG Maior:  Yes.

FLG:  Is that girl syrup because it has a picture of a lady on it?

Miss FLG Maior:  No, because that's the syrup girls eat.

FLG:  I see.  Maybe they should make the bottles pink then.

Miss FLG Maior:  Kewl!

Insanity Update

FLG is still doing Insanity.  He's halfway through his second 63 days.  Well, a little more than half.  He actually gain a couple of pounds since he finished his first round, going from 205 up to 208, but he is back down to 206.5.  Given that the workouts are going to get a lot harder tomorrow, he figures he should end this round under 200.   Most of the problem is diet, not exercise.

FLG also got a heart rate monitor because he wasn't sure how well he was working out and how many calories he was burning.  Turns out, FLG is busting it.  220 minus his age (34) makes his maximum heart rate 186.  In fact, his max heart rate is usually 187 or 188.  During the circuits his heart rate stays shoots up to above 90% (~167) and stays there the entire time.   So, he is bustin' it.

If FLG's heart rate monitor's calorie calculator is to be believed, then the claim that you can burn up to a thousand calories during a workout isn't complete bullshit.  He's been tallying ~950.  He might top 1,000 during the longer workouts coming up.

Another thing that shocked FLG -- he wanted to take a break from doing the videos and decided to run on the treadmill.   He figured he'd jog at a decent pace and then crank up the speed to get his heart rate up to above 90%.  Trouble is that FLG cranked the speed up to 10 and his heart rate didn't get about 140.  His legs were tired because he wasn't exactly used to that motion and speed, but his cardiovascular system was just humming along with no problems.   It was pretty cool, but now he needs to find a treadmill that goes up to 11 because, of course, that would be one faster.

Friday, June 29, 2012

FLG Knows What You Are Thinking

These cufflinks are pure FLG. 

He knows because he was thinking the same thing.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

About Having It All

FLG finally got around to reading the Anne-Marie Slaughter piece.  He doesn't get all the hubbub.

Slaughter, as far as FLG can tell, seem to be living in some intellectual/ideological fantasy world.  Maybe it's because FLG studied economics or maybe he's just a cynical fuck, not that those are mutually exclusive by any means, but every person on this planet has limited resources and infinite wants.  Every choice we make necessarily involves a tradeoff somewhere.  Even the Bill Gates faces a limited resource -- time.

The simple fact of the matter is that we all face choices.  For vast majority of women, the ones who face job opportunities with less flexibility and remuneration than Slaughter, this means a more constrained set of choices.  But nobody has the luxury of no constraints.

But the thing that astonished FLG most was the bullshit about the gender composition of government:
The best hope for improving the lot of all women, and for closing what Wolfers and Stevenson call a “new gender gap”—measured by well-being rather than wages—is to close the leadership gap: to elect a woman president and 50 women senators; to ensure that women are equally represented in the ranks of corporate executives and judicial leaders. Only when women wield power in sufficient numbers will we create a society that genuinely works for all women. That will be a society that works for everyone.

FLG is sorry, but this is nonsense.   No amount of flex-work, tele-work parental leave, child care, etc legislation is going to change the basic fact that a person who is willing to put work above personal life is going to get ahead faster than an equally talented person who does not.  Moreover, the highest levels of corporate and government jobs will always require inordinate amounts of time.  It's not like the President, cabinet members, or CEOs can delay responding to some major issue because of her kid's recital.  And at that level major issues happen a lot.

If more men than women make the choice to put work over family, then so be it.  Women are, by definition, fully-grown adults responsible for their decisions.  If they decide with full insight into the consequences of their decisions to place more emphasis on their personal lives, for whatever reasons they have, then what exactly is the problem? 

Again, consider two equally talented people, one male and one female who start at the same company at the same time.  Both begin working 60-80 hours a week.  After two years, the female decides to takes a one year leave of absence and then comes back at at 40 hour work week.  The male continues at the 60-80 throughout.  Who do you think is going to get ahead?  Who deserves it?  What if instead of the female leaving to have a baby, the man took the leave of absence to travel the world to find himself and upon finding himself reprioritizes his life and only wants to work 40 hours a week?  How is that different from reprioritizing one's life after having a child?

Finally, FLG thinks that the privilege line of criticism almost entirely misses the point because what Slaughter is ultimately saying is that no matter how much money or support a person has they still are faced with limited time and face tradeoffs.  Now, it appears she hasn't thought this entirely through given the stupidity of her recommendations because, again, even if you expanded the work-related privileges afforded Slaughter as a premier academic, you still end up facing choices based on limited time, which is a resource no public policy can redistribute or increase.







Wednesday, June 27, 2012

FLG is currently listening to



FLG likes the use of the cello.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mort à trois

The Ancient linked to this in the comments, but it needs a full post.

Look, since everybody is going to go out somehow, doing so during a threesome has to be pretty near top of the list.  A point of clarification, however, would be that by threesome FLG means a MFF threesome.  The risk of penis on penis or scrotum on scrotum contact is just too high for FLG to support MMF threesomes.   To each their own, of course, but that's not on the list of how FLG would like to go out.

Fighting pirates?  Snorting a mountain of coke and then firing a massive gun at a Bolivian hit squad?  Death by Mai Tai?  MFF threesome?  Yes, yes, yes, and yes.  MMF threesome?  Not so much.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Archer

After three people recommended Archer over the past couple of months, FLG sat down and started watching a few episodes on NetFlix.  It's unbelievably crass and tasteless.  He isn't sure how nobody told him about this before now. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Correspondence

FLG, like many of you he's sure, asked himself, "Self, what the fuck happened to C.S. Perry?"  FLG emailed him.


Dear FLG,
Jesus Christ. Well…you’ve managed to catch me at one of those strange, meaningless periods of my life; one of those weird, mysterious times when everything you may have ever believed in starts to seem either like a bad idea or a bad joke.
 In answer to the oft-asked question: “Whatever happened to C.S. Perry and his maniacal style of Magic 8-Ball juicing writing?” Well…C.S. Perry was forced to take a long, hard look at life and the fiduciary stresses of fatherhood…and child support…and having, you know, the wherewithal to meet the standards laid down long ago by decent, civilized people everywhere of just how, precisely, one should live in these United States of America. 
The end result? It seems that technical white papers, product brochures and press releases pay far better than long, meandering, stream-of-consciousness rants about haunted couches, werewolves or squeezing various fresh fruits over the naked bodies of young, nubile girls late on Saturday nights.
I’ve spent far too many hours since then as a corporate stooge; waiting around in airports for late flights or hunched over the keyboard in the vain pursuit of satisfying the Shareholders expectations with yet another insightful, thought-provoking press release all about how the Company is bound to make zillions of dollars on the latest pipe dream of some star-crossed engineer who honestly believes that some half-baked New Product will change the face of the Marketplace. But…I still like collecting that check at the end of the week.  After all, we all need money. And my son likes to eat, not to mention the occasional trip to Monkey Joe’s. By “Occasional” I mean weekly, of course.
But don’t let my rambling opening darken your heart…yet. Although these things have kept me busier than a one-legged man at an ass-kicking contest, I still find the time, occasionally, to delve deeply into my own moral turpitude; such as it may be these days.
Your recent message caused me to go back and review my long-ago notes on the much-vaunted Renegade Motorcycle Daredevil Sex Cult.
Jesus. Four long years, is it? It feels like eons ago and I suspect, in my own inimical way, that all of us were different people back then. Lord knows I was and I’ve never gotten in too big a hurry when it comes to questioning exactly what Lord may or may not know. So I’ll just toss Him the benefit of the doubt on this one.
My self-confidence level has most assuredly not increased since then and it gets hard to rev up the kind of exuberance and moral abandon that it takes to pull off a thing like that successfully, even at a marginal level. Not to mention the intense lack of fund development that followed all too quickly on the heels of the cult’s inception. It was a beautiful dream though…while it lasted. My erstwhile “partner” at the time, while indeed a fine specimen of sexual engineering, decided that any Good Act swings and therefore, apparently, it should be taken on the road. So I was left, once again, holding the proverbial bag, as it were. The financial and emotional bills came due and I found myself footing a bill too big for my purse. My relationships at that point all seemed to head to where the Woodbine twineth, if I may be allowed a small bon mot, and I was forced to seek Professional Reassessment. After a rather agonizing reappraisal, I was forced to severely trim my list of non-productive associations and get back to Basics, so to speak.
In the wake of these events, I turned my full attention to spending time with my son and focusing on furthering my career (the one that pays well, that is) and I had little interest in revamping my more bohemian tendencies. Four years and two promotions later…
But…well…we all know that, eventually, the same old ghosts will return to haunt us once again…and man doesn’t live by bread alone, eh? Right; not unless it’s some very sexy bread that will let you take various and sundry liberties with it in the square-ass middle of a rainy Sunday afternoon.
So, I began, late at night in libraries across town, to seek out ancient tomes of occult and forgotten lore that might aid me in my never-ending attempts to further the science of Cunnilinguistics in the hope of improving the nearly-soured relations between the sexes. (And I had some success, as I was to learn later.) But I wanted to continue the research by inventing a machine that could be hard-wired directly into various parts of the anatomy to help the process along. But, as usual, unwilling scientists, technicians and venture capitalists caused the plans for Vagitranslator to be abandoned very early in the R&D stages…and I was forced to find more economical means to continue fruitlessly plumbing the depths of my depravity. I was also forced to file, unpublished, my treatise on the bread and circuses world of the sexual exchange rate which I had tentatively entitled, “Fellationomics.”
After these setbacks, I even entertained reviving the cult idea but I then realized that anyone who might be remotely interested and possess the necessary humor, temper or tolerance for such an undertaking would either be too old or too young to promote any kind of real awakening or valuable research, also…I couldn’t find anyone to go along with the idea without considerable compensation.
I even planned out an entirely new idea: Sexual Archeology. Yes, the ongoing search for long lost sexual codices, scrolls, pictograms, Truths, practices (and moderated pricing tables for same) dating from as far back as the Mesozoic. But then I had the horrible vision of the whole thing ending badly in Guyana in a Kool Aid-stained, bizarre little make-shift town called “Indiana Jonestown.”  And that’s blood I don’t need on my hands right now. So I quickly left that idea behind as well.
I decided then to abandon the whole cult or “group” concept in this field of endeavor and focus on a more one-to-one strategy. After all, focusing on aberrant sexual desires will eventually and almost certainly kill your appetite for the more normal ones. And since I had been put thoroughly through a rather emotional wringer, I felt that anything normal would probably do me good.
As it turned out, the first thing to “do me good” was a young Italian girl from up North. We had a raucous and exhilarating fling during which she discovered and truly appreciated my hard work in the field of Cunnilinguistics. I encouraged her to branch out on her own in the science of Fellatio-manipulative-nomenclature so that we would more readily complement each other. While she was willing…I’m afraid the steam went of the thing before we reached any kind of real Common Ground. She didn’t have the patience for my Southern Prejudices or the bite marks I left on her sundress-exposed bronze skin. Besides, I could never really understand a word she said. And so she cut out on me while I wasn’t looking and added yet another expensive set of Emotional Baggage to the collection that I will have to jettison later. And so my Important Work was halted yet again while I took some time to lick my psychic wounds and regroup.
Then I rekindled my proclivity for tender, young, willowy blondes with lithe bodies and lobotomy eyes. A truly unique specimen drifted onto my radar and into my neighborhood around this time and we engaged in many strange and assiduous experiments. I was soon to discover that some of the fantasies all men may harbor from years of exposure to pornography may seem like the best taboos to break…until you realize that at least a little pushback is expected. When you suggest, in the throes of passion and wanton carnality, something vile and outrageous, you expect to have to lobby for your cause…but when they just shrug and say, “Okay” with no argument at all, well, you begin to wonder what has transpired in their lives to make such a thing seem utterly commonplace. It gave me pause to be sure…but it certainly didn’t stop me from doing it either. We had a good run of late nights, days off, deep experimentation and naked debates…but eventually, she too, like all the others, hit the bricks without looking back and so…the Research stalled again.
All of this was, of course, still entwined with varying and copious ideas, note-taking and several surreptitious liaisons that have kept the Blood flowing, if you understand my meaning. And I assure you that my Work will not be left to wither on the vine…if I can help it in any way, shape or form. I still hold out the hope that I will find my Place, as it were, and dispel the myth that my ability to maintain a normal, human relationship is nonexistent. That is, of course, if I can successfully navigate the unending sea of questions about group “Play” parties, hookahs, toys and the unrelenting fact that I have seen more than is Good for me.
And so that’s where it sits now, Old Sport…even though I have still managed to raise that age-old question of Love from time to time, for all the good it’s done me, and that’s about what you’d expect.
In the interim, despite my sell-out status as a corporate shill, I have managed to keep my hand in a few creative endeavors; for those interested in words, music and all things C.S. Perry.

Well, Gee Whiz…Looking back on this thing, I realize that I had no intention of writing a novel…but, well…there it is. Ask and you shall receive, eh? Sure, and why not? It feels good to flex the muscles now and again, right? Right. I thought so.
So now I’ll Shape My Orbit Home as the old spacemen used to say and leave you now to ponder on the history of tongues.
And I trust that you and Mrs. FLG and Miss FLG are still well and imbibing the fullness of life.
Until next time Ace…
Ciao.

Jesus, FLG misses his blogging.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

FLG's Time Horizons Theory

Perpetually relevant...

In the long run we are not dead, we will still be recovering from the Great Recession. We should therefore weigh stimulus policies not just on their immediate effect but on their consequences over time. Sensible Keynesians recognise this. They bet that reviving growth through government spending today outweighs the future loss of growth as the debt taken on to fund current spending is paid back.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Things FLG Is A Fan Of

Trouser Side Adjusters.

FLG has them on two suits and loves them.  Unfortunately, one usually has to get their suits made to have them, but FLG has pretty much decided that he is only going to go bespoke with suits from now on anyway.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

It's Political, Not Economic

It saddens FLG that news programs keep asking economists to comment on the European financial situation.  The euro was and is a political, not an economic creation.  The issues involved aren't economic at all, they're political.

Think about it.  Greece would've already defaulted if it weren't for political intervention by Germany and the rest.  The present uncertainty in Greece isn't about the economics or finances. They're catastrophic. It's about whether Greece or Germany will cave to the other politically. Likewise, the contagion effects beyond a Grexit will be determined by politics as well.  Specifically, how much money printing the Germans will allow the ECB to do to backstop Spanish banks.

The primary variables at play are exogenous international politics, not endogenous economic issues.  Asking economists about these things is silly.  Sure, you can ask them what they think would happen given some hypothetical political scenario, but that's not very helpful.  FLG can come up with that himself.

What would be helpful would be to get some informed opinions on what the likelihood of various political outcomes are.  Economists aren't the people to ask about those.  What FLG would like more of are interviews with people who have insight into how the respective governments are thinking about these issues.  Sure, nobody knows for sure how these things will turn out, but economists are definitely the wrong people to ask.  They assume rational actors who will maximize benefits and minimize costs, which doesn't always happen in international politics.

So, please, news programs, stop asking economists to comment on what is entirely a political issue.  Also, economists, please stop commenting on what is a political, not an economic issue.  Your economics PhD doesn't give you carte blanche know-it-all status. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

It's Still About Leverage

This post by Dr. Manhattan arguing that Mortgage-backed Securities should be abolished caught FLG's eye.

FLG has long been on record that real estate is a uniquely problematic asset with regards to financial crises because it both simultaneously highly leveraged and illiquid.

Here's part of a passage that Dr. Manhattan quoted:
As a groundbreaking modeler in the mortgage departments at First Boston and Drexel, he had come to see that all of mortgage trading was just a way to make money until the next unanticipated blow up. Time after time, the same thing happened: rates changed and entire trading desks, whole fixed income divisions were blown out of the water because of one or two mortgage trading positions. Savage had a litany of reasons why: hedges -- if they were even available -- always underperformed because the securities were too leveraged to interest rates. In turn, brokers and hedge funds, trying to squeeze every last dime of profit out of a trade, used too much leverage in positioning the bonds, so when the market reversed, they were always forced to sell in a panic.
FLG isn't sure that this proves that MBS's ought to be abolished.  The issue is the amount of leverage, not MBS's.   FLG might be able to get behind the idea that MBS's present leverage that is inherently unregulatable, but he's not there yet.

As FLG has said before, much of the financial crisis response has been more about hobby horses than effective proposals to mitigate and regulate systematic risk. 

Look, almost everybody who calls for Glass-Steagall to be brought back (and FLG would argue most people who support the Volcker Rule) predicates that recommendation on the moral stance that financial markets are no more than gambling.  The trouble is that the lines between investment and commercial banking have blurred for a variety of financial and technological reasons and it isn't desirable or probably even possible to truly put that genie back in the bottle, regardless of how much people would like it to be so.  And don't get FLG started on how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has fuck all to do with systematic risk and is all about therapeutic moralism.  

FLG isn't arguing that financial markets aren't risky.  Nor is he arguing that prop trading is super-socially useful.  This isn't the issue when it comes to systematic risk; the issue was, is, and will be leverage.

A bank wants to bet a bunch on the Kentucky Derby trifecta?  Great.  FLG doesn't care.  He only cares about how big the bet is relative to the bank's balance sheet.  Well, that's not quite true.  It's pretty damn stupid thing for a bank to do.  But the point is that what he does care about is whether the amount of money they are putting towards that wager represents a risk to the soundness of the bank.

That's pretty much how FLG views JP Morgan's $2 billion loss.  Sure, $2 billion is a lot of money.  But in comparison to $90 billion in revenue, $20 billion in net income, and more than $180 billion in equity, who gives a shit?    Mistakes were made.  People lost their jobs.  $2 billion ain't chump change, but it's not like JP Morgan was or is anywhere near going under because of a $2 billion loss.  It sure doesn't represent anything like a systematic risk to the banking system.

As far as FLG can tell, the hoopla is motivated by a combination of schadenfreude at Jamie Dimon's predicament (understandable), fears that if $2 billion was lost then who is to say they couldn't have lost $200 billion and sunk the bank and the entire financial system (unreasonable), and finally the same moral stance as above (unhelpful).

UPDATE:  Not two minutes after FLG published this post, he read that the loss could be as much as $7 billion.

A Pet Peeve Of FLG

Has FLG ever mentioned his pet peeve about Schrödinger’s cat?

Look, the cat is either dead or alive.  Just because it hasn't been observed doesn't mean that the cat is in some limbo between the two.

FLG also has a problem with the whole tree falling in a forest with nobody around to hear it question.  Look, the tree fell.  Ergo, it caused sound waves.  Therefore, it made a sound regardless of whether somebody was around.

FLG finds the idea that for something to have occurred it must be observed by a human, which is what both are getting at in the normal interpretations, to be completely asinine, and hubristic about the importance of human beings generally.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

Speaking Of The Frustrations Of Job Hunting

WSJ:
When the labor market is weak and job-seekers are desperate for work, overwhelmed recruiters sometimes default to treating applicants like cattle – an undifferentiated mass of mostly unqualified individuals firing off resumes wherever they can.

But an unhappy job applicant is unlikely to become a happy customer of your company’s goods or services...

Correspondence

This spring, like most springs, FLG got a few emails from prospective Georgetown students.  He figured he'd write one comprehensive post responding to the most common questions to save everybody time.  Listed in rough order of frequency FLG gets asked.

I was accepted to Georgetown and (insert Ivy League School here), which should I choose?  I like Georgetown, but it's not Ivy (or not as highly rated as other school I am considering.)

Don't get hung up on the Ivy or ranking thing.  If you want to study international affairs, government, politics, etc, then Georgetown versus Ivy is meaningless.  Georgetown's reputation is perfectly fine in those fields.  Moreover, GU's location offers the opportunity for tons of internships that will nullify any issues when finding a job.

If you aren't sure what you want to study or you want to study something other than those topics (but not science related), then FLG'd say pick which one you think fits better for you. And if it's a toss up, then go to the most prestigious one.  If you want to study something science related, then FLG thinks you are better off at another school.  Not that you can't get a good science education at Georgetown, you can, it's just that it's hasn't really been the focus at Georgetown.  Sure, they're building a new science building and trying to change that, but FLG'd tell his kid, if they were interested in science and choosing right now, to go someplace else for now.

Is Georgetown SFS worth the cost?  He's already answered that here with respect to undergrad.

Is Georgetown MSFS, the grad program, worth the cost?

FLG doesn't hold an MSFS, but from his interactions with the MSFS students he'd say yes. 

Should I choose Georgetown MSFS over (insert other international affairs grad school here)?

He doesn't know.  He only knows from reputation.  Generally speaking, the top two IR grad schools by reputation seem to be SFS and SAIS.  There's also SIPA at Columbia, the Kennedy School at Harvard, Woody Woo up at Princeton, Fletcher at Tufts. And don't forget GW and American.

Between SFS and SAIS, SFS is smaller and seems to have a more flexible curriculum.   However, FLG thinks that comes at a cost.  Having the larger, more functionally specialized student body allows SAIS to offer some more specific classes in certain areas.  For example, if a student was interested in the nitty gritty details of international economics or international finance, then FLG would suggest that student consider SAIS.  If, for example, the student were more interested in the nexus between the public and private sectors, then Georgetown is probably a good place to attend.  If the student is just interested in IR generally, then either would be a great place.  Just realize SAIS has more econ requirements.

Of the others, FLG has heard from SIPA grads that, like SAIS, it's pretty big and therefore offers the ability to explore specific topics in-depth.  Fletcher has a great reputation and is probably has the most flexible curriculum of all.  Woody Woo and Kennedy offer IR coursework, but in comparison to the other schools it seems less emphasized.  IR is just one concentration among several others within public policy.  Although, Princeton and Harvard will open up a lot of doors.

Should I apply to MSFS or the Masters of Public Policy program at Georgetown?

If you are interested in international affairs, then MSFS.  If you want to focus on domestic policy and do policy analysis, then MPP.



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Random Update

FLG hasn't been posting much because, as he has mentioned before, he's spending time he'd spent blogging either 1) doing Insanity or 2) searching for jobs.

On the job front, he's scoring a big goose egg on interviews, including when he's been referred by current employees.  It's pretty frustrating considering he spent the last two years getting a Georgetown MBA.  Shit, it's not a Harvard MBA, but he felt the name brand would at least be good enough to get some interviews.

To add injury to insult, FLG got rear ended dropping Miss FLG Maior and Minor off at day care.   Thank God, nobody was hurt.  Just a lost fender and hood.

While FLG knows deep down somewhere that he one of the most fortunate people on the planet, or for that matter, one of the most fortunate that has ever lived on the planet - great family, healthy and getting healthier, good education, earning a decent living etc, -- it's hard not to get down.  But he should know better.

Anyway, updates will continue to be sporadic. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Insanity Update

FLG finished the 60 days of Insanity (with a break while he was in Istanbul).  He weighed in at 205, which is a 15 pound drop in a little over two months.   Considering he has been eating ice cream and cupcakes lately, this is pretty damn good. 

Starting a second round tomorrow...

Friday, May 11, 2012

Georgetown

FLG has been busy and didn't notice until The Ancient pointed it out, that Mrs. P called Georgetown overrated and then posted about Prof. Deneen's quest to get Georgetown to rescind the invitation to Kathleen Sebelius to speak on commencement day.

A few things:
First, Prof. Deneen is a fantastic professor.  FLG and countless other students will miss him and feel that university is far worse off for his loss.  The Tocqueville Forum, which Prof. Deneen founded, livened the academic and intellectual life of the university, and FLG is deeply and personally grateful to him for this.

Second, while FLG is sadden about Deneen leaving and thinks the university community is to blame, he also doesn't think there should be a litmus test for who speaks at Georgetown.  Should it only be Catholics?  Only people who adhere steadfastly to the Church's teachings?  Because we are all sinners and the list will get very short very quickly.  FLG doesn't think even a university as prestigious as Georgetown can get Jesus or one of the saints to deliver a commencement address every year.

Third, all of this discussion reminded FLG of these passages:
Georgetown has, for years, had a golden opportunity...to make a great contribution to American education...

Georgetown has had this opportunity for one simply stated but complexly true reason: because it was Catholic. But, instead of being Catholic, or even Jesuit, Georgetown has rudely turned its back on its one chance of making any contribution to American education and has instead almost totally destroyed its opportunity for becoming an excellent Catholic university and a good American university, in its frantic drive to become a fifth-rate Harvard...

The rulers of Georgetown University have never stopped to ask themselves: What is real education? What should we be trying to do? What can we do best, or better than anyone else around? What can our own traditions contribute to the improvement of American education? From the answers to these questions Georgetown could achieve the best undergraduate education in America and do it with less money than is now being wasted on the misguided, mis-emphasized, present drive to follow the so-called "great universities" down the slope after Harvard, Princeton, and Berkeley.
By aping the un-Christianized, de-Westernized world of American life and American education outside the old Catholic ghetto, the Jesuits have betrayed Christianity, and the West, to a degree even greater than has occurred at Harvard or at Princeton. And now young people all over the country are trying desperately to get back to some kind of real, if primitive, Christianity, with little real guidance from their so-called teachers and clergy. What is even more ironical is that they, and the more progressive of their teachers, in their efforts to get back to the mainstream of Western Christian growth are trying to work out, by painful application, all those things (like multi-valued logic, or the role of daily good-works in Christian life) which were worked out within the Christian West long ago, but are now forgotten, and now have to be re-discovered as something new.

Funny thing, that's from 1967. 

Celebrity Sightings

A couple of weeks ago, the FLGs were at the Whole Foods in Old Town Alexandria.  FLG saw somebody he recognized, somebody who is on TV a lot, but could quite place who they were.   The reaction of the person when he recognized the recognition on FLG's face confirmed FLG's suspicion.

Mrs. FLG walked up.

Mrs. FLG: What is it?

FLG:  Nothing, I just saw somebody I recognized and it bothers me that I can't place who he is -- either a congressman or a public policy commentator or something.  For some reason, I want to say Pete Domenici, but it wasn't him.

Mrs. FLG:  This is going to bother you all day, isn't it?

FLG:  Absolutely.

In fact, it has been bothering FLG for weeks.  But today, finally, FLG saw a Kyocera commercial and  the mystery was solved -- it was Peter Morici.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

How Awesome Is

this?

That's right, pretty awesome.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Quote of the day


Once one has a force that can beat anyone in a fair fight, no one will want to fight fair. Even if the Empire eventually built a [Death Star] without a design flaw, its enemies would find some way to fight it indirectly. For example, when its not destroying planets, the DS also likes to grab passing ships in its tractor beam, drag them inside, and then scan them for bad guys. It would be simple to rig a decoy ship as a massive bomb, piloted by a robot with orders to detonate the ship once it’s inside the DS.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Quote of the day

Gabriel Rossman:
for the sake of argument let's accept that Caesar rather brashly gave away too much information [to the pirates] in the game of price discovery

Monday, May 7, 2012

Quote of the day

Jagdish Bhagwati:
if President Barack Obama had nominated a lamp-post, the US's ‘newspaper of record' would have found it to be possessed of excellent credentials.

Monday, April 30, 2012

In Case You Were Wondering

...if FLG made jambalaya yesterday, then the answer is yes. You know it's gonna be good when the first five words in the recipe are "Brown meat in bacon drippings..."

FLG needs to make some gumbo soon.

Friday, April 27, 2012

FLG Almost Repeats Himself

For whatever reason, FLG thought of the movie Desperado today.  He thought to himself that he needs to put that up as one of posts in his Great Moments in Film series.  He always laughs when Banderas says, "Yes, it's me."

But then he stopped and thought, didn't he already post that?  And sure enough, he had.

However, that video is now disabled.
 
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