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OPEC, Fighting in Pakistan, Black Holes and the Psychology of Voting

OPEC, Fighting in Pakistan, Black Holes and the Psychology of Voting

OPEC is taking measures to cut oil production in order to control market pricing - don’t you love the oil cartel. George Bush has ordered fighting to begin in Pakistan. The world didn’t suck itself into a man-made black hole. You think your family was competitive, see the latest review on The House of Wittgenstein. Finally, what makes working class [...]

What is Google Up To or What’s Google’s Future Strategy?

What is Google Up To or What’s Google’s Future Strategy?

Google, Google and advertising, google agency, google radio, google tv, google print, google gadget, google strategy, google stock, Mercedes, Mercedes-Benz, Giorgio Armani, Armani, C Class, S Class, 2009 S Class, 2008 C Class, MB, Google Search, Google Search Engine, Google stock price, Google SEM,

Attitude and Economic Growth: Why Certain Countries Prosper While Others Fail

Attitude and Economic Growth: Why Certain Countries Prosper While Others Fail

Gregory Clark’s new book, A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World asks some pretty big economic questions: - Why do certain countries prosper while others find it so difficult to grow? - Why did the Industrial Revolution occur in England during the 17th century? - How do cultural attitudes play a role in economic development? Clark also [...]

User Experience Design Versus Usability

User Experience Design Versus Usability

If you make your living working on the web then you’ve most likely heard of the terms, user experience, usability, human factors, user interface, etc.  And for the most part, the terms all have something to do with making it EASIER for the end user to interact with a web page or application.  The folks at Human Factors International, a usability consulting firm, [...]

Global Discretionary Income, Unemployment Numbers, and 16th Century Heretic Giordano Bruno

Global Discretionary Income, Unemployment Numbers, and 16th Century Heretic Giordano Bruno

The NY Times has a terrific interactive map on how people across the world spend their discretionary income.  Some interesting findings include Japan spending more on recreation than clothing and Greece throwing money at clothing versus electronics.  Read the full article here. The US Government likes to keep unemployement between 2-5 percent, 0 unemployment is actually a bad thing (according [...]

Behavioral Economics

Behavioral Economics

Predicting and understanding markets is tough stuff, in fact I don’t think any one has done it well thus far.  Part of the problem is that markets have an irrational factor, namely, human behavior. Behavioral Economics is a new field of study that aims to integrate psychology and neuroscience to the study of Economics.

Using Your Brain or Thoughts to Control Actions

Using Your Brain or Thoughts to Control Actions

Kafka the Man and Is Vegetarianism Inevitable

Kafka the Man and Is Vegetarianism Inevitable

I’ve been fascinated with Kafka since High School and Zadie Smith offers an excellent review of The Tremendous World I Have Inside My Head: Franz Kafka: A Biographical Essay. I think vegetarianism will most likely be the preferred way of eating in the far future (say once we over fish the oceans and grow up ethically as a civilization) and [...]

Sixto Diaz Rodriguez (or Rodriguez) at Joe’s Pub

Sixto Diaz Rodriguez (or Rodriguez) at Joe’s Pub

NPR ran a piece on US born psych-folk singer, Rodriguez.  Rodriguez is a completely obscure artist (outside of South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand), but is know enjoying a renaissance after the re-release of Cold Fact. You can read Rodriguez’s bio at Joe’s Pub here and listen to his single Sugarman here.

Emanuele’s Crialese’s The Golden Door

Emanuele’s Crialese’s The Golden Door

OK, so I just updated my Facebook status to read, “Vincent is feeling Old World” and I need to explain the thinking behind the status: I just finished watching Emanuele’s Crialese’s The Golden Door and it was truly magnificent.  Crialese tells the story of a Sicilian’s family voyage to the US in the early 20th century.  The film is simplistic [...]