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February 2009

February 28, 2009

"The 20 Greatest High School Shows Of All Time"

I don't agree with the rankings, but they've got a complete list.

"When Mothers Flip Out"

I imagine most parents have been there. (Meg Gurdon, 12/18.)

Some mothers are alert to every twinge their children experience, and have the pediatrician on speed-dial.  Others pay almost no attention in the vague belief that most complaints don’t amount to much.  These last (ahem) only begin paying attention when the symptoms have mounted, and then they panic, usually on a Friday night.

February 27, 2009

John Galt lives, part 1

From Cafe Hayek:

I own my business and, unlike an employee, I have the option to work as much or as little as I like. At some tax rate, the marginal dollar won't be worth earning. I'll fire some employees, scale down the business or retire altogether and stick my money in tax advantaged muni bonds and do all the traveling and relaxing I can't do now. . . . If I'm not ready to retire and the tax rate gets too high, I may just immigrate to another country because it's very easy for me to get almost instant citizenship in any other country. I respond to incentives and I'm not incentivized by enslavement and neither is anyone I know.


John Galt lives, part 2

"Sales of 'Atlas Shrugged' Soar in the Face of Economic Crisis".

Sales of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” have almost tripled over the first seven weeks of this year compared with sales for the same period in 2008. This continues a strong trend after bookstore sales reached an all-time annual high in 2008 of about 200,000 copies sold.

(Link via Market Power via Instapundit.)


Middle-aged moms and Facebook

There's apparently a learning curve.

But Time columnist argues that "Facebook is for Old Fogies".

February 26, 2009

"Ultimate Malware Removal Guide"

I've had occasion to use two of the programs listed here, SUPERAntispyware and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and I recommend both.

I don't know who John Nolte is . . .

. . . but I"m sure he's a man of rare refined taste and judgment. In his "Top 5: Favorite Conservative Moments [in film]" he lists as #1 Danny DeVito's speech to New England Wire and Cable's stockholders from Other People's Money and #2 one of Edward James Olmos's time motivating his students from Stand and Deliver. Two great clips.

(I've noted DeVito's speech a couple of times before, but I may mention it once a year or so just because I can and because it's so good.)

Link via my wife.

Best Dilbert evah

If only the real guys had had the cojones to say this.

(Llink via Instapundit.)

"The Invasion from Outer Space"

Effective, spooky, very short story from The New Yorker.

February 25, 2009

1310, 1393, 1585, 1640, 1857, and . . . ?

Dates of major earthquakes along one section of the southern San Andreas fault

It's hard to forecast accurately from five observations. Not even economists would want to try.  

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