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Superbowl Sunday Links February 1, 2009

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Evolution: Not Just a Theory.

Robert Kiyosaki:  Conspiracy of the Rich.

Apple’s AppStore:  Will it change the desktop market?

Tech Soup:  Not just for kids!

Manning Early Access:  ASP.Net MVC In Action.

Michael Yon:  Irregular Warfare.

Belmont Club:  Fun with maps.

Speculation (US Army War College, Winter ’92):  The Military Coup of 2012.

MacObserver Forums:  The House That Steve Built.

Omnivoracious:  Ranking The Classics.

Calvin and Hobbes:  Modern Day Capitalism.

Reason:  The Libertarian Moment.

IBD:  Drilling Down the Deficit.  And HotAir’s take.

Popular Mechanics:  New Green Homes.

Web 2.0:  Ten Insightful Books (video).

T.J. Rodgers on PajamasMedia:  Why Financial Statements are so Screwed Up.

Minneapolis Fed:  Myths and Facts about the Financial Crisis of ’08.

Economist:  Blockages in the money supply.

Armed and Dangerous:  Timing the Entitlements Crash. Also:  Why Alt-Energy Isn’t (yet, in my book).

Cato:  On the Market.

Forbes:  Does Stimulus Stimulate?

Michael Totten @ Winds of Change:  Who Really Won the Second Lebanon War (and it wasn’t Hizbollah!).

ASP.Net:  Strongly-typed DataSets.

Bush in 2006:  Creation of Military Commissions to try Suspected Terrorists.

Wiki:  Business Process Management.  This may be the core of what we’re trying to accomplish at AIPT.

Google Search:  Ethical Capitalism.

Wiki:  Schrodinger’s Cat.

Professionals for Cyber Defense.

Technology Review:  Sun + Water = Fuel.

Yes, I’ve been hoarding.  Why do you ask?

Time for a Link Dump September 10, 2008

Posted by nukemhill in Economics, Environment, Investing, Politics (Ghahh!), Sarah Palin, Technology, WoT.
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Too many open windows in Safari, so it’s time to clean up.  Here are some of the things I’ve been interested in:

  • Unlocking the Auction-Rate Mess at Barron’s:  “Retail and institutional investors alike loaded up on auction-rates in recent years, assuming they were almost as liquid as cash. Generally, investors can opt to sell such securities at weekly or monthly auctions — or at least they could until the investment banks stopped bidding on them last winter. The result: Holders of $330 billion of securities quickly found they had no buyers, and no way of unlocking their money.”  Much more where that came from.
  • Alt-Energy ETFs.
  • A look at the Annenberg Challenge, which is still causing quite the controversy.  Stanley Kurtz over at The Weekly Standard is still digging around.  I’m actually thinking he won’t find anything, but Obama and his clan certainly didn’t do themselves any favors by trying to bury the data.
  • Should Google Go Nuclear?  A video of a presentation done at Google by Bussard.
  • Articles, at The Economist and The Wall Street Journal (here, too), on the Russian invasion of Georgia.
  • Houston Chronicle on Sarah Palin’s knowledge of the energy industry.  Bottom line:  a lot.
  • Liberal Arrogance at Bidinotto.
  • How The Surge Worked.  And, uh, for the few clueless wonders who still believe otherwise?  It did.  Even Obambi is grudgingly admitting to it.  Months and months after the rest of the world got it.
  • The best gaming-PC money can buy.
  • Omnivoracious:  The Best Business Books Ever.

Random Links on a Tuesday Afternoon July 22, 2008

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Something to while away the time:

  • A CLang review at Rogue Amoeba.  Something to get into more as I teach myself Objective-C and Cocoa.
  • 15 online tools.  Something for every tech-head.
  • Myth of Consensus Explodes.  Oops.  Maybe there really is a difference of opinion about AGW?  Here’s the original article at APS.  Heh.  They’re using Cold Fusion to drive their site.  No wonder the damn thing was overloaded a few days ago.
  • Dan Simmons continues to just blow me away with the depth, breadth, and focus of his knowledge about everything.  Here’s his latest newletter on his website.  It’s about the Olympics, Germany, Nazis, Jews, Munich, etc.  Breath-taking.  It’s a long read, so settle in for a while.  It’s also not a permanent link.  I couldn’t track that down.  It should be up through September, though.
  • Some links about oil, our dependency on such, and what we can do about it:
  • The actual article behind the New Yorker satire cover on Obama.
  • Maybe the Enron trial wasn’t as open-and-shut as I believed?  Hard to tell.

It’s a Linky-Dinky Day June 24, 2008

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Yet another (in no particular order) collection of links, read and unread:

  • Drill Here, Drill Now, Drill Less.  American Solutions website (and petition) to ask Congress to lift the moratorium on off-shore drilling.  Sign it!
  • Interesting white-paper by Intel on the new Quad-Core Xeon processor.  Not overly technical.  A decent read.
  • Smart Energy Views, a blog on energy, how we use it, alternative sources, etc.  A somewhat related site:  Americans for Prosperity.  Calling BS on AGW.  Also, Lithium-Ion battery research.  Finally, Cringely on SwiftFuel, a potential replacement for ethanol.
  • Juan Williams:  It’s time for a new Obama race speech.  Maybe one that a little more honest and “nuanced”?
  • Web Objects Community.
  • Heinlein quotes.  Amazing stuff.  Time to start re-reading him.
  • Roughly Drafted article on Snow Leopard.  Sounds fascinating.  If any company could say “Stop, we’re going to take a year+ off and clean up our code.  Oh, and we’re going to give you some under-the-hood enhancements that will blow you away!”, it’s Apple.
  • Excel Spreadsheet analysis tools for options.
  • Peter Robinson’s “Uncommon Knowledge“.  Just watched most of his interview (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) with Douglas Feith regarding “War and Decision“.  I think Robinson was initially perhaps a little too sycophantic towards Feith (although Feith certainly deserves praise for what appears to be an extremely honest and well-documented book).  However, Robinson comes down hard on Bush more than once, which was a surprise to me.  I think that’s a good thing.  Feith is taking questions at NRO.
  •  Don Surber on McCain’s recent energy announcements.  If McCain gets ahead of the curve on this, he wins in November.
  • Bostom’s lecture:  “Jihad and Islamic Antisemitism“.
  • Earmarks by state. Maryland is middle-of-the-road.

Link Mecca for a New Week May 27, 2008

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Links for perusal:

  • Talk to the Taliban?  Hmm.  What corner to we have them backed into, first?
  • Sam Harris:  Losing our Spines.  We’re not standing up to Radical Islam, and are losing ground.  Interestingly, this is on Huffington Post.  Not exactly a bastion of Classical Liberalism.
  • How Stuff Works:  3G Cell Phones.  Part of a larger discussion on cell phone technology.
  • A primer on RSI.
  • Mark Steyn:  Obama an appeaser?  That would be “Yes!”
  • The Neocon Madrassa:  The Very Big War.  A pretty scary take on the next phase of the war between Western Civilization and Radical Islam.  Hizballah, Hamas, Iran, and Syria pretty much are the away team.  Who knows who’s going to back up Israel….
  • Commentary Magazine:  1948, Israel, and the Palestinians.  An annotated look at the birth of Israel and the lies told about it.
  • The Weekly Standard:  A Theme For McCain’s Pudding.  I’m not the most conservative person, but I can get the gist of this argument:  McCain can steal Obama’s thunder (Hope and Change) by demonstrating that he (McCain) has a history of reform in the Senate, and using that as the basis for his campaign.  I like the idea of reform, and McCain is enough of an establishment outsider that he could just pull it off.
  • Modafinil at Wiki.  Shows promise for treating ADHD.  Here’s the original article at JohannHari.com.  Viagra for the brain?  I’m liking that!
  • MIT News:  Hope on the Horizon.  Potential economy-boosting techs.
  • Status Screen Saver.  Provides status updates in your screen saver on the Mac.
  • MacPilot:  GUI for Terminal commands.
  • Round-up on Fusion Power Research at Instapundit.
  • Smoking Gun on Iraqi WMDs.
Update (2008-05-27; 5:50pm):  
Courtesy of M. Simon in the comments, a link to his blog with some interesting details on the fusion work Bussard has done.  I also ran across this video, about which I know nothing, as I’ve not watched it yet.  I don’t know if it is related to Bussard’s research, at least directly.  But any work that gets done on fusion is good work.

Christmas Links December 25, 2007

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Some things I’ve been reading/contemplating:

  • What Options Volatility is: TradeKing
  • Black-Scholes applet used to calculate future Option prices.
  • CSIS came out with a report claiming that Israel would weather a nuclear confrontation with Iran. I wonder at the motivations of the author. Is it:
      – firing a warning shot across the bow for Iran to pay close attention to? or
      – an attempt by someone to downplay the threat to Israel, so that more heat can be applied to Bush to ‘play nice’ with Iran?
  • Clayton Cramer has more on Nanosolar. I want stock, I want stock, I want stock.
  • Must-read book: Energy Victory. Here’s a blog analysis of it.

Links November 13, 2007

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Various links collected over the days:

  1. Glenn on Reforming the Nomination Process
  2. Claremont Institute: Tribes of Terror, the ongoing problem in Waziristan.
  3. Hivelogic: Installing MySQL on Leopard. It’s really about Unix hacking in Leopard, using MySQL as the target.
  4. The New Atlantis: Achieving Energy Victory
  5. The Long War Journal: Why the violence has decreased (in Iraq)

Slideshow of Fires in San Diego October 25, 2007

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Here’s a slideshow of some pictures taken in San Diego during the big firestorm.  Some of the pictures are, frankly, shocking.  I’ve seen more than a few fires up-close.  There were more than a couple in and around Scripps Ranch when we lived there.  So the night pictures of the massive conflagrations bring up some not so pleasant memories.  And the pictures with Qualcomm Stadium in the foreground are mind-boggling.  I really can’t get my head around them.  The proximity of the fires to basically downtown and semi-urban areas of San Diego is … shattering.  

I can’t really find the words for it. The fires that happened in ’03 burned right through our old neighborhood in Scripps.  Why our old house didn’t go up is still beyond my comprehension.  And with this year’s Witch Creek Fire, Uncle Lew and Aunt Kate’s house in Poway was seriously threatened, but apparently they’re in a good position, being surrounded by a golf course.  Talk about a natural firebreak!

Twice in four years.  I wonder how much more of this San Diego can take.  Will people start to seriously reconsider living in ‘Paradise’?  You’ve got to wonder.

My prayers are with everyone involved.  I actually hope the Chargers decide to play there this weekend.  I think it will be a great healing experience–a chance for everyone to come together and cheer senselessly for a few hours!  

Go Chargers!  Go San Diego!!!!!!!   

New Jersey Institute of Technology: Paintable Solar Cells July 20, 2007

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This is awesome, if it pans out.  If this isn’t a flash in the pan, the company that gets this technology to sell is going to make a mint.  And they should.  If the energy output is greater than the amount to manufacture the cells (and they’re talking about printing sheets from home printers), then this is an enormous breakthrough.

Read the whole thing.

Anthropogenic Global Warming: Is That a Hole in Your Theory, or Are You Just Happy To See Me? April 9, 2007

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Newsweek, not exactly known for its robust reporting, actually gets one right this time. They’ve published an opinion by noted MIT Climatologist Richard S. Lindzen. He basically shreds AGW theory:

Judging from the media in recent months, the debate over global warming is now over. There has been a net warming of the earth over the last century and a half, and our greenhouse gas emissions are contributing at some level. Both of these statements are almost certainly true. What of it? Recently many people have said that the earth is facing a crisis requiring urgent action. This statement has nothing to do with science. There is no compelling evidence that the warming trend we’ve seen will amount to anything close to catastrophe. What most commentators—and many scientists—seem to miss is that the only thing we can say with certainly about climate is that it changes. The earth is always warming or cooling by as much as a few tenths of a degree a year; periods of constant average temperatures are rare. Looking back on the earth’s climate history, it’s apparent that there’s no such thing as an optimal temperature—a climate at which everything is just right. The current alarm rests on the false assumption not only that we live in a perfect world, temperaturewise, but also that our warming forecasts for the year 2040 are somehow more reliable than the weatherman’s forecast for next week.

This is just his warm-up. Read the whole thing. He eviscerates the scare-mongers, and basically brings logic and science where none had dared tread before. It’s a great read. I’m sure it will be dismissed by all who’ve already made up their minds (or who are making loads of cash off of the current craze–and believe me, there’s a ton of money to be made by advocating for AGW). For the more critically minded folks out there, this is a must-read.

By the way, that last highlighted point is one I’ve been making for years now.  I’m amazed at how people have been so willing to take the long-term forecast models at face value, when we can’t even go beyond a couple of days without losing incredible accuracy.  It boggles my mind, actually.  People’s critical facilities have atrophied.