Wednesday, September 24, 2008

not just a place in "The Phantom Tollbooth"

Doldrums - an area of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean affected by the Intertropical Convergence Zone, a low-pressure area around the equator where the prevailing winds are calm. In colloquial usage, "being in the doldrums" refers to being in a state of listlessness, despondency, inactivity, stagnation, or a slump. (from

well hello again, mr. buffett

Mr. Buffett has long had a fascination with Goldman and first visited the firm when he was 10 with his father, according to someone familiar with the matter.

-from "Buffett to Invest $5bn in Goldman" on

Monday, September 22, 2008

keeping the old guts in check

success during crisis, how?

"Minimizing subprime lending is a reflection of a broader cultural difference at the bank, which is ultimately the bigger factor in the company's success" from 9/21/08

Sunday, September 21, 2008

surprise - it's autumn

"There is a harmony in autumn and a lustre in its sky..."

-Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Autumn Equinox: 9/21/08

Thursday, September 18, 2008

porch life

1,000 grandmothers

"Getting worn out is better than getting rusted"


coolness confirmed

Echeveria Metallica II
Family: Crassulaceae

A seldom offered hybrid that resembles the famous Bittersweet but doesn't grow quite so large. It is deep red with a purple overcast and bright red edges.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

spoken like a true midwesterner

"Another not very dull day in the market"

-Dean J.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

today's official buy list

"Firearms and canned soup"

-James Bacha

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

meganumber included

"Look around; happiness is trying to catch you."

09 12 36 39 41, 15

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

yours for $12 (or more)

"These high-quality, union-printed American Apparel shirts are part of a huge campaign to register 500,000 young Obama voters in swing states before Election Day."
- from

wheel of future

"Both the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) and the Space program are vital if the human race is not to stultify and eventually die out. Together they cost less than one tenth of a per cent of world GDP. If the human race can not afford this, then it doesn't deserve the epithet 'human'."

- Stephen Hawking, Sept 2008

another thunder theif

collages by Exene Cervenka

the stuff of superheroes

Friday, September 5, 2008

baccarat anyone?

Casino Royale Ian Fleming (1953)

tell 'em, dad

In a message dated 09/05/08 09:06:52 PST, writes:

My Two Cents,

I’m glad to see others are equally offended by this flavor of email. For some reason, I have found myself on numerous pro-republican email lists, and I know the GOP talking heads would call me a part of the “Angry Left”. I guess I am because I’m sure not happy about the mean spirited lies and deceptive practices of so many of these emails. That’s why I use Fact a truly independent (Annenberg Foundation) site to check on the truthfulness of these emails, talking heads, and TV ads. With Fact Check and Snopes, I get closer to the truth about what both sides are saying --- and not saying.

Still I often wonder why I’m not on any pro-democratic, deceptive email lists and can only speculate that with the last, 8 years of GOP Leadership, the facts spoke for themselves – there was no need to lie. All anyone had to do was ignore the deceptive spin and half-truths spread by the “Happy Right”.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008