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October 2010

As he has a number of times in the past, our vice-president . . .

. . .  leaves me speechless.

New York Daily Post, 10/26:

“Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive,” he said. “In the middle of the Civil War you had a guy named Lincoln paying people $16,000 for every 40 miles of track they laid across the continental United States. … No private enterprise would have done that for another 35 years.”

"The Coming Middle-Class Anarchy"

I think this blog post identifies something important:

Brian and Ilsa—the nice upper-middle-class retired couple, who always follow the rules, and never ever break the law—who don’t even cheat on their golf scores—even when they’re playing alone (“Because if you cheat at golf, you’re only cheating yourself”)—have decided to give their bank the middle finger. 
Link via Instapundit.

A couple words on Durham NC restaurants

After last week's post on Raleigh restaurants, a faithful Door reader asked me if I had anything to say about Durham eating establishments. Not as much, of course, but since my daughters went to school there, my family has eaten there a number of times, so I can make a few suggestions.

My two favorites were probably Metro 8 Steakhouse, a great family-owned place on Ninth Street, and Spartacus, for its fine Sunday brunch.

Other ones my family liked are Blue Corn Cafe, Chamas ChurrascariaParizade, Taverna Nikos, Rue Cler, Torero's, Vin Rouge, and the Fairview at the Washington Duke Inn.

Two on cloud computing

"The Future of Cloud Computing: The Big 25 in the Next 25".

According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, about 70% of Americans will be using cloud-based applications as their primary tools by 2020—both at work and in their free time. It’s already happening, of course—people accessing cloud-based applications like email and social media from their smart phones, streaming movies from Netflix®, and hosting their family pictures online—but just imagine what is on the horizon.

"Here's your flight path to the cloud". Praises Dropbox.

So sad

"Young, Educated, and Unemployed: A New Generation of Kids Search for Work in their 20s". But commenter "RAD" has a good idea:

Here's the key, I think, about what to learn in college: learn to write and write well, develop a habit of reading and learning about the world, and don't expect jobs to come to you just because you have a diploma. As an English major and an intellectually curious person who wants to work for herself, I'll always have options. You've just got to really want it and be willing to work hard to get there. Get hungry and get to work on yourself!

"Boomerang kids: 85% of college grads move home". The "85%" comes from a poll about plans. But it's still pretty sad.

"Monster Galaxy Cluster Found in the Distant Universe"

Reaction to this is left as an exercise for the reader:

A monstrously huge cluster of galaxies lurks 7 billion light-years away. The cluster weighs in around 800 trillion suns and holds hundreds of galaxies, making it the most massive galaxy cluster ever found at such a great distance.

Despite its tremendous bulk, the cluster was hidden until astronomers looked for the distortions it created in the cosmic microwave background, the oldest light in the universe. This light was emitted when ions and electrons first combined to form atoms just after the Big Bang, and has been traveling through the rest of the matter in the universe for the last 13.7 billion years or so to reach telescopes on Earth.

"Role Reversal: Why TV Is Replacing Movies As Elite Entertainment"

Edward Jay Epstein explains.

Once upon a time, over a generation ago, The television set was commonly called the “boob tube” and looked down on by elites as a purveyors of mind-numbing entertainment. Movie theaters, on the other hand, were considered a venue for, if not art, more sophisticated dramas and comedies. Not any more. The multiplexes are now primarily a venue for dumbed down comic-book inspired action and fantasy movies, whereas television, especially the pay and cable channels, is increasingly becoming a venue for character-driven adult programs, such as The Wire, Mad Men, and Boardwalk Empire. This role reversal, rather than a momentary fluke, proceeds directly from the new economic realities of the entertainment business.