26 September 2008

GoogleChrome thoughts

Biggest headaches:

- very slow with limited RAM, especially closing tabs

- forgets passwords DAILY

- tabs take much more memory than firefox

- Flash video bug causes freeze after 2sec (comes and goes???)

- font choices ignored?

- random tab crashes, esp. Flash-related

- infrequent updates/bugfixes

- i miss the separate search box


25 September 2008

WallSt bailout timeline

1916: 1st GSE [Wiki]

1934: FDIC created

1938: FNMA (Fannie Mae) [Wiki]

1968: GNMA [Wiki]

1970: FHLMC (Freddie Mac) [Wiki]

1980: Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act [Wiki]

1982: Garn-St. Germain Depository Institutions Act [Wiki]

1985: Mar: Home State Savings Bank of Cincinnati collapses [Wiki]


22Oct: Tax Reform Act of 1986 eliminates real-estate tax shelters [Wiki]

1987: 1st CDO [Wiki]

Aug: Greenspan heads Fed [Wiki]

1988: Silverado Savings and Loan collapses [Wiki]

1989: Resolution Trust Corp [Wiki]

09Aug: Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act [Wiki]

1992: Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) [Wiki]

1998: $3.6B Long Term Capital Management bailout [Wiki]


20Mar: S&P start faking ratings for cash [loong]

01Jul: credit-default swaps outstanding $600B [pdf-table] [NyT tutorial]


15Oct: W commits to affirmative-action home loans [iSteve]


US housing bubble peaks [Wiki]

2006: Subprime mortgage crisis [Wiki]

01Feb: Bernanke replaces Greenspan [Wiki]

06May: 1st (of 100s) mortgage-lender bankruptcy [list]

03Jul: Paulson to Treasury [BizWk] [Wiki]


Jan: Bear-Stearns at $172/share [Wiki]

Mar: US subprime mortgages = $i.3T [Wiki]

09Aug: financial crisis [Wiki]

Sep: AIG auditor resigns in protest of ignored warning on CDS [Blmbrg]

15Nov: FASB 157 [Wiki] [CFO]

31Dec: credit-default swaps outstanding $62T [pdf-table]

2008: Economic crisis of 2008 [Wiki]

14Mar: Fed loan to Bear-Stearns [Wiki]

30May: Bear-Stearns bought by JPMorgan [Wiki]

30Jul: FHFA [Wiki]

15Sep: Lehman Bros bankrupt [Wiki]

24Sept: Buffett puts $5B into Goldman, talks up $700B deal [sweetheart terms]

15 September 2008

Every month hurts: the last one kills

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oooooooooo3oooooooooooooooo4ooo5oooo 1st baby/einstein paper/ave wedding
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo6oooooooo rand's fountainhead
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10 September 2008


Jill Tarter [Wiki]: It's the slow-thinking speed of the humans relative to the mechanicals that makes me wonder whether in fact they might be so reduced in number that a small glitch, a fluctuation, can mean the end of them. Or whether they won't be purposely eliminated, or choose to eliminate themselves.

Will Wright: It's an interesting point, because if you basically take the brain out, what other part of human biology would you want to keep?

JT: Right.

WW: In which case, is that to say that we're likely to transition into purely designed creature or entities?

JT: That's what the singularity is all about — having the first opportunity ever to do that. Who will take it is the question. [my emphasis]

Am I reading this right, that they take seriously the possibility that humans will/should let the species die out, so superior robot brains can take over?

"...if you basically take the brain out, what other part of human biology would you want to keep?"

August 2008 links

rss? [1] [2]

Dems snub Carter for his Israel views (Forward via dDuke)

Firefly die-off? (AP)

Sean Connery, autodidact (UkG)

Network nixes Mythbusters episode on RFID-hacking (yTube-5min via /.)

Meta-metaphor for getting high (Sinfest)

'tlft' = too long for Twitter (wLotta-passim)

Search comparison: Gg/Yahoo/Msn/Ask (1pg)

God's Gift to Women Returned (Onion-audio-tsia)

pPullman's 40 fave books (ukTms-list)

Hipster car-air-fresheners (Onion-$5)

Wittgenstein browser (Flash-varcane)

Survey of GOP dirty tricks since Nixon (Cnsrtium)

SuspendedInGaffa cover (iMeem-4min via NPR)

Hurricane-indicators worse than Katrina (iGreed w/maps)

New ColdWar forces SpaceShuttle rethink (FL via nWatch)

Coke machine promises 100 flavors (Engdgt)

Great 2005 cShirky on media-format obsolescence (GgV-90min)

Physical 'constant' varies w/time-of-year (short via /.)

I walk the orchard / crushing overripe cherries / beneath my feet (vDaily)

cShirk on the Web as an 'evolvable' system (arcane via slaniel)
Useful rant against factory farming (philG)

Withering McCain-Lieberman commentary (iSteve-short)

bOb's well-tuned campaign machine (Obl)

Faceted-tagging proposal (del#forum)

Pesticide suspected in bee die-off (NC-local)

Broad sampling of Hitler-era German teevee (GgV-60min)

Recent project: large-tagsets reference-page (metaGate-arcane)

Girl-to-girl lovesong videos (37yTubes via sBright)

Preview of Spore's 'civilisation' phase (Flash-2min)

hBrodkey audio story (NYer-30min)

SpaceStation computer gets virus (SpaceRef via nWatch)

Chicago settings in 'Dark Knight' (GgMaps)

'peanutbuttering' = spreading resources too thin (dTongue)

Teddybear comfy chair (Make-pic)

Statistical obit for NewOrleans (cPunch-list)

Cute 'Mutts' comic (08Aug)

Old SineadO/MaryCoughlan gossip (ieInd-2006)

'pocket litter' = (what it sounds like) (dTongue)

etHein's collection of network-diagrams (flickr-200pix)

Vhip computers-for-dummies outline (etHein)

Giant LEGO model of Beijing Olympics (56pix via Make)

Arcane KateBush/pPullman gossip (DelPalmer)

GrimReaper genre mashup (Sinfest)

Pirsig tribute due 09Sept (annc)

So this is what we were waiting for: / _more, more..._ (vDaily-short)

AP's DC chief accused of partisan slant (E&P)

Tolkien on the 'Cauldron of Story' (loong via mChabon)

mChabon on fiction 'genres' (laTms-intvu)

TomFrank rant in WSJ!? (longish)

Detailed online summary of 'A Pattern Language' (250pg via gPost)
Decent AliceMunro story, 'Free Radicals' (NYer-long)

VanDykeParks fan-thread (forum-arcane)

Cool serial graphic shortstory, The Night Bookmobile (UkG-RWx-14pg)

The Good and the Bad of Joe Biden (Sam-list)

Marta Sebestyen on yTube (72 hits)

"If you like what you're reading, click an ad to say thanks" (short via angus)

Winnow your to-do list (vshort)

Make a hand loom w/3*5 cards (Make w/20min-vid)

Solar flares caused by dark matter? (newSci)

Russia uses ISS to monitor Georgia (nWatch)

Fine art 8-bit-ified w/bathroom tile (NyT-1pg via hAnk)

Racing game w/global warming (Flash-2min)

Someone ordered Obama/Bayh bumperstickers (local)

Furious pBuchanan on Georgia con (shortish via WakeUp)

Lynda Barry gets all Zen (Tricycle-short w/pix)

Could a Superman-noir profit from Batman-noir's success? (iWatch)

Arcane update on MickeyMouse copyright (long via Vh1)

One-click bookmark-manager ReadItLater for Firefox (yTube-2min via gPost)
Nifty photoshop trick to explore colors (cLovers-1pg)

Neat use of tag-cloud generator (iGreed)

New veep frontrunner: Chet Edwards (Wiki)

Groovy kaleidoscope toy (Flash via Make)

144 branches of TreeOfLife, visualised (pic via uTms)

Rather good quick newsportal generator (Blgscpd w/link)

Someone animated my big timeline (yTube-5min via Addict)

Everyone / I love is either a genius or very depressed / or a corporate lawyer or some combination / thereof (vDaily)

Video w/transcript of cShirk on gin-etc (Flash-15min)

Chomsky ballet (NZ-arcane)

jFranzen on cellphone etiquette (tRev-loong)

Beck on tDunc (Spin-quotes)

Lots of MichaelHurley videos (yTube)

3 free new VanDykeParks mp3s (downloads)

Lucid update on Gitmo prosecutions (cPunch)

Play of 'Operators and Things' (Brighton-May08)

Clues point to Bayh as bOb's veep (HuffPo)

Particle-swarm generator/toy (Java via eHein)

RFK vs IsraelLobby (WakeUp-long)

Fps simulates parkour (Flash-3min)

Earth's shadow on Moon, visualised (AstroPic)

Bike-vest displays bike's mph speed (1pg via Make)

and harm // will blow from the mechanical heart, harm / in a wild cacophony of colour (Poems.com-longish)

Train-conductor snark (oDoffice)

One of the loveliest sad songs ever (Flash-4min)

WFMU's bio of early GeorgeCarlin (long w/links)

maybe I'll just sit still there & regard / the dread shape, the fearsome visage (vDaily-longish)

Minimizing the agony of learning CSS (wChick-1pg)
4 Rules to Understand What Makes People Tick (lHack-2007)
Happy-childhood-memories thread (MeFi-loong)

jBlow on artgame theory (Esc-3pg)

Confessional DannyO on fear-of-crit (Obl-longish)

Official Meeting Facilities Guide (pic-omfg)

Incendiary new 'Jesus in the Talmud' book (PW via i38)

HoundsOfLove anecdote (UkG-2005)

Did Kafka collect porn? (Harpers-intvu)

"Do you like butterflies?" (oDvrwhr)

I briefly consider / Picking up the plate and smashing it / Through the countertop (vDaily-dontmiss)

It's useless to pretend you would have been / a genius (vDaily)

The cast and crew predicted she'd disappear / at the end of the season (vDaily-longish)

Yahoo search outperforming Google nowadays? (Searls via gPost)

Top ten solar-system mysteries (U2day via ?)

"I feel a Britney Spears moment coming on!" (oDvrwhr)

Toronto KateBush tribute (arcane w/pix)

Israel vs intl law (UAE-shortish)

Impressive face-animation demo (60sec w/popup via lf)
WeightWatchers makes dieting an online game (Wired via Waxy)
And daffodils too will die beside her stone (Poems.com)

Multiple pipelines should reduce Georgia tensions (iSteve)

'night lunch' = c9pm 4th meal (dTongue)

One of flickr's best is highschool girl (EvilxElf)

Exuberant teen dance-is-life video (yTube-4min)

Witty giant bear sculpture (Make-pic)

Nursery-rhyme origins (ukMail via uTms)

"That's not the real Size of this Cat???" (flickr)

sorry im so stupid (cake-pic)

Cool demo of 3D scene editing (yTube-6min)

Simple cardboard Necker illusion (Flash-80sec)

18 movies that riff on Shakespeare (3pg w/yTubes)

Gorbachev on Georgia con (WaPo-UkG)

Art-of-tagging forum (delicious-new)

Long poncy biographical critique of WallaceStevens (PN-2006)

pHensher rave for 'The Wire' (UkInd-short)

Finnegan's Wake references missing apostrophes, for once (PA-local) [again!]

wWright's 'Spore' due 07Sept (intvu via Fim)

Maliciously misidentifying Obama emails as spam (Twitter via jm)

Newly identified daVinci (pic)

'Imperial' presidency hollows out democracy (vshort via jGerm)

Helium balloons block spycams (Make-pic)

Day-of-week mnemonic (rThumb-vshort)

Smart obit for Usenet (pcMag via /.)

Social-networks' popularity worldwide compared (1pg w/maps via angus)

Colors of salt-evaporation ponds (1pg-pix)

Geologic globe (2000*1000 jpeg via sciBlog)

How to break cable monopolies (aTech via /.)

History vslowly becoming a science (sciBlog)

bit by flickering // bit: a smile, / overbite (Poems-arcane)

Dubai skyscraper already world's tallest (1000*1500 jpeg via vBoat)

We eat 250 billion atoms of Jesus daily (e2 via Anrchia)

Earliest life was arsenic-based?!? (newSci)

BillMurray graffiti (2pg w/pic)

sHawking in Legos (pic via eHein)

AlisonBechdel's photostream (flickr-arcane via eHein)

Physics paradigms as girlfriends (McSwnys via eHein)

Czech artfilm honors Krishnamurti (India-arcane)

Cellular-automata music generator (QT via Make)
he'll slump the day in drifts / of solitude and prayer (Poems.com)

Obama/McCain's fave tunes (lists)

Mp3s lack soul (long-arcane)

1st-vs-3rd-person memory exercises (sciBlog-arcane)

Fine smoke-art (1pg-phat via Technoccult)
Mindboggling puppycloner backstory (FMU)

New Obama slogan: 'Less insane than McCain' (iSteve)

Neocons in (asian) Georgia (iSteve)

Allstar adaptation of fsFitzgerald ephemera (Cinem)

I drowned in sleep (Poems.com)

Republican Enjoys Paying Huge Health Insurance Premiums (Onion-audio-60sec-dontmiss)

Cute diy 'bus' for fingerpuppets (Make-2pg w/pix)

Rachel Corrie in Tiananmen Square (mWeiss-vvshort)

Dreams winnow/priorate memories (sciBlg)

Happiness correlated to winter temps (graph)

62% agree: no promised land, no holy book, no chosen people (Facebook-poll)

I am redder for what happened there (Poems.com)

Gaiman's 'Coraline' preview/interviews (2min-Flash)

Archived tape recordings are rotting (UK via Sam)

45min bio of GeorgeCarlin (6yTubes via FMU)

pGiraldi's critiques of Israel/Judaism (synopsis via mWeiss)

Vcute SuriCruise pic (Jz)

On beyond manicpixiedreamgirls (Jz)

gWarming may moisten dry mideast (sciBlg-short)

TomCruise as boxoffice poison (nyPost via Jz)

Who gives Britons nightmares (eg aWinehouse) (ukStar via Jz)

Stats on offshore drilling (Blmbrg)

Rules Grammar Change (Onion-audio)

No Britney for Tarantino remake (short w/flash-ads)

tJudt's critique of Israeli exceptionalism (2006-loong via mWeiss)

Bono w/o shades (pic)

Rave for jDemme's JimmyCarter doc (UkG)

Nicely animated emotions (Ktku-2min)

Tarantino eyes Britney for 'Pussycat' remake (ukMirror)

Oprah's nod worth 1M votes to Obama? (nyPost-vshort)

16 Films Featuring 'Manic Pixie Dream Girls' (Jez/Onion-3pg)

$50k revives dead dog via clone(s) (ukMail w/pic)

Streamlined views of Del.icio.us (mShook-GgPges)

Giraffe fractal (cBank-toon)

'ideologically inbred' = 1-D community (dTongue)

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