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Books I Would Buy

Rare are the moments when I regret living in northeastern Romania. The sun is shining, the sheep are out grazing again, and there are fat buds growing on every little branch in sight. Really, one of the only drawbacks to living here is the inability to order books. The complete lack of infrastructure, and my fear of interacting with postal clerks, limits me to things I can find as audiobo…


Shell Game

Кто кого? — В. И. Ленин

There are two ways you can look at the current banking crisis.

The first is that we are in the middle of a panic, and that this panic has frozen the markets for various complex assets. As a result, the few of these assets that do sell get sold for far less than their actual value. This seems to be…


Andrew Ross Sorkin Explains

Today's New York Times features a fascinating front-page article by Andrew Ross Sorkin, entitled "The Case for Paying Out Bonuses at A.I.G.". Sorkin argues that if we do not pay $165 million in performance bonuses to executives at the failed insurer, we risk chipping at the very foundations of the rule o…


Cowpox, Smallpox

Unnoticed among the financial headlines last October was the scariest news story of 2008:

Carbon Is Building Up in Atmosphere Faster Than Predicted

The gist of the article is that carbon dioxide …

Greatest Hits

The Alameda-Weehawken Burrito Tunnel
The story of America's most awesome infrastructure project.

Argentina on Two Steaks A Day
Eating the happiest cows in the world

Scott and Scurvy
Why did 19th century explorers forget the simple cure for scurvy?

No Evidence of Disease
A cancer story with an unfortunate complication.

Controlled Tango Into Terrain
Trying to learn how to dance in Argentina

Dabblers and Blowhards
Calling out Paul Graham for a silly essay about painting

Attacked By Thugs
Warsaw police hijinks

Dating Without Kundera
Practical alternatives to the Slavic Dave Matthews

A Rocket To Nowhere
A Space Shuttle rant

Best Practices For Time Travelers
The story of John Titor, visitor from the future

100 Years Of Turbulence
The Wright Brothers and the harmful effects of patent law

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