Wish

July 30, 2009 at 11:42 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I wish I could be arrested from a crime that was serious enough for me to be tried at the Federal level, but not so serious that they would have to kill me. Perhaps for a crime like computer hacking. The crime would have to be big enough where I would likely be housed in a swanky federal prison, like the one that Martha Stewart goes to. Or perhaps house arrest where I am forced to stay home, secluded without any distractions, televisions, friends, weed, alcohol, etc.

I need this to be done for a six month period. This will give me enough time to learn the computer languages I need to program, read the books that I want to read, and experiment with some concepts that I need to know. This is difficult to do now because of work and other distractions.

Here is a good house to be under house arrest with. It’s from the movie “Gattaca” which is one of my favorite movies:
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Star Wars

July 17, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

From left to right. Han Solo, Darth Vader, Chewie, Leia, Luke Skywalker and R2D2:
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Taleb

July 13, 2009 at 7:49 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

One of my favorite academics that likes to comment on today’s economy is Nassim Nicholas Taleb. I’ll summarize “Fooled by Randomness” in this posting. Incredibly oversimplified, I know, but I’ll give you the gist.

Let’s say you engage in a gambling strategy that has 999 chances in 1000 of making $1 and a 1 in 1000 chance of losing $10,000. Your expected loss is about $9 – it’s a stupid bet. The FREQUENCY of the win is irrelevant. You have to judge it in connection with the potential MAGNITUDE of the loss. This is the problem with wall street and why Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Obama, and Bernanke are full of shit.

Ahhh, when will Republicans realize that you can’t indebt your way to prosperity?

Adjustable rate mortages

July 8, 2009 at 10:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’ve been reading up on all these Adjustable Rate Mortgages that are about to reset here in California. It’s fun to watch the denial of politicians. har har har, this is a ticking time bomb just waiting to happen. No, it’s worse than that, it’s a financial weapon of mass destruction that’s about to self destruct.

ha ha, you think California’s bad now? Just wait six months from now!

Evolution

July 7, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The periodic table, as seen by fundamentalist creationists:

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