Tuesday, November 20, 2007

To The Editor

Really interesting letters to the NYT responding to a recent death penalty article today. The third one is my personal favorite.

I'd like to thank the academy and Professor Bob.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Magic In The Night

Well, that was easily the best concert that I've ever been treated to in these badlands. The night busted open and the two lanes took Girlfriend and me to Albany last night. While the crowd definitely had a hungry heart for anything written pre-1990, the tunes off of the new LP were magic. Most of the night, every last person was dancing in the dark. But, for one special song, the lights came up giving her the chance to snap a pic of twenty thousand tramps born to run.

I will never miss a Boss concert (within a three hour drive) again as long as I live. It was a flat out great show. It's just hard to describe in words the level of energy brought wire to wire by a guy pushing sixty. He is the Boss. It is that simple.


Springsteen was one of the rare acts that crossed the generation and taste gap between Mom and me. She was definitely there in spirit and spark.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Can't Get No Satisfaction

In like manner we are told again that, in Spain, when [Julius Caesar] was at leisure and was reading from the history of Alexander, he was lost in thought for a long time, and then burst into tears. His friends were astonished, and asked the reason for his tears. "Do you not think," said he, "it is matter for sorrow that while Alexander, at my age [of 33], was already king of so many peoples, I have as yet achieved no brilliant success?

- Plutarch, Lives

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Greatest 80s Cheese..Ever?

Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin' is the only song from the soul-glo 80s among the Top 100 downloads on iTunes. The small town girl is holding strong at No. 68.

Have the people spoken? Or is there something I'm missing here? I report. You decide.

In any event, how about a little love for the mullet?

Monday, November 05, 2007

They Paved Paradise

"People have lost sight of the basic truth that housing is not an investment - it's a manufactured good. People forget that there's a lot of inflation over time and, correcting for that, variations in housing prices haven't changed for 350 years until the last decade and a half. It's obviously not a speculative market. People are just starting to wake up to this. What they still don't realize is that it's also the start of a major downtrend and, maybe, a global recession."

- Prof. Robert Shiller, to a lecture full of MBAs and me.