Please Donate Now

Received tonight from the Obama campaign: Thomas — I’m the Chief Financial Officer for Barack Obama’s campaign. I track the donations coming in and the expenses going out. I asked for the opportunity to write to you directly so that I could try to explain what’s happening right now. This organization has thousands of employees […]

Unintended Consequences
(You Push In Here, It Pokes Out There)

From the Financial Times: US mortgage rates have soared this week in an unexpected reaction to the latest Treasury financial rescue plan, which has prompted investors to buy bank debt and sell bonds backed by home loans. Interest rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, as measured by, rose to 6.38 per cent on Thursday from […]

Tilted Twister: A LEGO Rubik’s Cube Solver

I had been thinking of getting a LEGO Mindstorms set, but wasn’t sure how much they could do. Then I saw on the web that a fellow named Hans Andersson had designed a Rubik’s Cube solver that uses only the LEGO Mindstorms NXT Retail Kit. Watch the video! My LEGO Mindstorms NXT set is now […]

Ok, Made Me Laugh

…and like all of you, I could probably use a laugh about now. “DOW drops 1000+ in last 3 sessions. The Bailout Goggles! They do nothing!” –seen on a headline mid-week. “This is worse than a divorce. I’ve lost half my net worth and I still have a wife.” –seen on The Times of […]

Irrational Numbers: Threat or Menace?

It’s short, and is filled with good cautionary advice: Converting Pi to binary: Don’t do it! Who knew about the, e.g., child pornography risk?, Mark 2

A previously-unknown Swiss guy, Yves Kilchenmann, contacted me out of the blue about buying my old domain,, and eventually we agreed upon a price, which is enough to put me into, for instance, a nice LEGO robotics set (actually a Danish product, but very possibly what I’m going to spend the money on). Their […]

Calculated Risk: Why the FDIC Fears Bloggers

I’ve probably mentioned before my admiration for the great financial blog, Calculated Risk. They’ve done a terrific job of publicizing and quantifying the Doom. There was a funny editorial cartoon referring to it, drawn by Eric G. Lewis, a freelance cartoonist living in Orange County, CA. You need to know that Calculated Risk is written […]

Another Frightening Show About the Economy

The promised long version of “The Week America’s Economy Almost Died”, the sequel to The Giant [Global] Pool of Money, has shipped! Okay, for those keeping track, this market freeze-up has been compared, so far in our story, to an oncoming train, an abyss, a monster, and an earthquake. All we need now is a […]

A Picture of Bacon Taped to a Cat

Not my cat. Personally, I’m against it.