Archive for December, 2007

How F’ing Hard Is It to Look Something Up?

14 December 2007 Leave a comment

TigerHawk rips the NY Times for, yet again, not doing simple research before blathering and making utter fools of themselves. Look, I don’t give a rat’s ass about the run up to the primaries and even less about Mitt Romney, but it is positively moronic to attempt to associate Romney and the phrase “In God We Trust” to McCarthy for at least two reasons: 1) McCarthy was right, there were dozens of communists in the highest levels of US government; and 2) it takes mere seconds to Google “in god we trust history” then select the US Mint hit. Less than half way down the page you’ll find this:

The Congress passed the Act of April 22, 1864. This legislation changed the composition of the one-cent coin and authorized the minting of the two-cent coin. The Mint Director was directed to develop the designs for these coins for final approval of the Secretary. IN GOD WE TRUST first appeared on the 1864 two-cent coin. [emphasis added]

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Categories: Annoyances, Idiocy, Political

Interesting Map: Countries whose GDP Matches Individual US States’

13 December 2007 Leave a comment

Econ professor Mark Perry, University of Michigan, has on his site this map of the United States. Instead of state names, the name of a nation whose gross domestic product (GDP) is equal to that state’s.

US State GDP in World-Wide Terms

I came to this by way of the sidebar in Coyote Blog, to Houston’s Clear Thinker’s post.

The Value of Money: What’s a Millionaire?

8 December 2007 Leave a comment

By way of Cafe Hayek, to Division of Labor’s “From ABBA to Led Zeppelin, Led: Using Music to Teach Economics“, here is a Consumer Price Index Inflation Calculator. How much money would it have taken in 1961 to be a millionaire in today’s dollars?

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Categories: Financial, Time

Watch Wonkiness

7 December 2007 Leave a comment

Update:  I have two new additions to my collection, the Texas Instruments MSP430 Chronos and the Citizen BM8475-00E Echo Drive.  I’m getting older, now pushing half a century, and my eyes are steadily getting worse.  I’d been searching for a watch that is easy to read without glasses, yet is smart in appearance.  The Chronos is actually a development platform along the lines of the Arduino in that you can write applications for it, and it attaches to a PC wirelessly.  It includes an altimeter, thermometer, heart rate indicator, accelerometer, and a few other things I can’t think of off the top of my head.  It’s an okay watch for daily use, though spectacular if you include the geek factor.  My problem with it for daily use was that I tended to depress the display button when pushing back my sleeve to check the time/date.  That got old pretty fast, so I bought the Citizen.  Oddly enough, I can’t find it on Citizen’s website, so I used an Amazon link.  It’s great.  Though still a bit fuzzy, I can read it without donning my reading glasses.



I have something of a time fetish…

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Categories: Electronics, Tech, Time

High Tech, High Fashion Appliances

7 December 2007 Leave a comment

The Appliancist is a great website.  Be sure to check it out.

Categories: Food, Tech

If It’s Touted as Green I Probably Won’t Buy It!

3 December 2007 Leave a comment

To the various and sundry manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers: if you market a product as being environmentally friendly, chances are I will refuse to buy it. Environmentalism has gone from a much needed and admirable movement to being little more than a scam artist’s dream cash cow and often does more harm than good. To mention just a few items that immediately come to mind that were done in the name of environmentalism:

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Now This is an Interesting Guy

3 December 2007 Leave a comment

Power Line’s Scott Johnson has posted the fifth in a series of writings by a guy I find tremendously interesting and funny, William Katz.  Katz has worked for the New York Times, the Tonight Show, and even the CIA.  This installment‘s topic is on the Hollywood writer’s strike.