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December 31, 2005


Debbie Schlussel, Ann Coulter lite.
Often supports Israel against Islamic Jihad.

December 30, 2005

New Haven re-development

One portion of New Haven's facility symbolizes the city's transition from
an old economy industrial powerhouse to a growing force in the new
economy. New Haven's former Winchester Arms Company complex,
established in 1866 and open for more than a century, today is the
site of Science Park, a research-oriented business incubator.
Science Park houses more than 70 companies and 1,400 employees.

The park is in the midst of a three-year, $15 million redevelopment
plan that includes work to clear space for new state-of-the-art
manufacturing and laboratory facilities.

New Haven offers an extensive array existing facilities as well as
build-to-suit sites. The transformation of old to new also can
be seen in one of the city's hottest trends - turning industrial/
commercial space into loft-style living and working spaces. And
modern retail space is available in such rising areas as the
Ninth Square district, which is linked to successful shopping
areas at Wooster Square, Broadway and upper Chapel Street.

newhavenbiz: real estate

December 29, 2005

New Haven apartments

Agent for some nice downtown New Haven apartments.

December 28, 2005

Traditional values

For all their crowing about traditional values, it's the right that
has embraced decadence, sadism, vice and corruption.

A very revealing portrait of what's happening in America explains
some things about why the right is so successful. And it's the
opposite of what everybody says it is. It isn't because they've
become more moral and religious. It's because they've fostered
and exploited extremism, nihilism and cruelty.

After all, if it was the libertine culture of "Brokeback Mountain" or
"unwed motherhood" or (gasp) abortion that was creating this
shift, you'd think we would have benefitted, not them. For all
their crowing about traditional values, it's the right that has
embraced decadence, sadism, vice and corruption.

[via Digby, reading sophisticated polling by Environics.]

December 27, 2005

Hanzi smatter

hanzi smatter or hanzis matter ?
Proofreads tatoos, ex post.

勢 (power; force; tendency) and 夢 (dream).

December 26, 2005

transport and transit: transportblog

Update 2006 November 24: transportblog is back to full strength posting.

Sadly, transportblog was on hiatus in 2005
Coverage of transport and transit, wide ranging.

December 25, 2005

Tax for subway to the sea

Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl is making waves
with his proposal to raise Los Angeles County’s sales tax
in order to fund a subway to the County’s beach.

Of course, if you look at the ballot measures from the
last two times L.A. approved a sales tax to fund general
transit projects, you would see that we already have a
world-class transit system with subways from Sylmar
to Seal Beach, paralleling the 405, and down the length
of Wilshire Boulevard.

Of course 2/3 of the projects promised in 1980 and 1990
have never been built, yet we continue to pay the taxes!

[via boifromtroy]

December 24, 2005

Patrick Crozier

Patrick Crozier, more linker than thinker, points
to many good quotes.

In a comparison of a 1973 algebra textbook and a 1998
“contemporary mathematics” textbook, Williamson Evers
and Paul Clopton found a dramatic change in topics.

In the 1973 book, for example, the index for the letter “F”
included “factors, factoring, fallacies, finite decimal,
finite set, formulas, fractions, and functions.”

In the 1998 book, the index listed “families (in poverty data),
fast food nutrition data, fat in fast food, feasibility study,
feeding tours, ferris wheel, fish, fishing, flags, flight, floor plan,
flower beds, food, football, Ford Mustang, franchises, and
fund-raising carnival."

December 23, 2005

normblog / Norman Geras

normblog / Norman Geras profiles Tyler Cowen.

December 22, 2005

Kimberly 'KC' Claffy

Kimberly 'KC' Claffy measures internet traffic.

December 21, 2005

Evan Williams / EvHead Odeo

Evan Williams, blogging and podcast (Odeo) pioneer.

December 20, 2005

Ronald Reagan, inauguration speech

It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are
proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives
that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government.

-- Ronald Reagan, inauguration speech 2001.

Reagan was stupid, Reagan did what he was told, Reagan was
a tool of capital, Reagan was such a wuss that some unemployed
filthy termagants on Greenham Common scared him into
changing the foreign policy of the most powerful nation on earth.

-- Bilious Young Fogey

December 19, 2005

Npar1way, out

npar1wy out

proc npar1way d data=mydata;
class y;
var x; run;

Produces the all powerful two-way KS statistic
where X is used to predict y, y=0,1.

December 18, 2005

Google Earth

For GPS, GIS map junkies: google earth for Mac OS X.

December 17, 2005

Kenji Yoshino

it is now time for us as a nation to shift the emphasis away from
equality and toward liberty in our debates about identity politics.

Only through such freedom can we live our lives as works in
progress, which is to say, as the complex, changeful and
contradictory creatures that we are.

-- Kenji Yoshino.

Via Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights, NYT.

December 16, 2005

Al Gore's heart and soul, protecting our children from the dangers of smoking

Until I draw my last breath, I will pour my heart and soul into the
cause of protecting our children from the dangers of smoking.

-- Al Gore, 1996.

Today we are fighting in Iraq for the right to smoke.

Some of the most powerful forces that do the most harm are often hard
to see and even harder to understand. When I was a child, my family
was attacked by an invisible force that was then considered harmless.
My sister Nancy was older than me. There were only the two of us and I
loved her more than life itself. She started smoking when she was 13
years old. The connection between smoking and lung cancer had not yet
been established but years later the cigarettes had taken their toll.

It hurt very badly to watch her savaged by that terrible disease. Her
husband, Frank, and all of us who loved her so much, tried to get her
to stop smoking. Of course she should have, but she couldn't.

When she was 45, she had a lung removed. A year later, the disease had
come back and she returned to the hospital. We all took turns staying
with her. One day I was called to come quickly because things had
taken a turn for the worse.

By then, her pain was nearly unbearable, and as a result, they used
very powerful painkillers. And eventually it got so bad they had to
use such heavy doses that she could barely retain consciousness. We
sometimes didn't know if she could hear what we were saying or
recognize us.

But when I responded to that call and walked into the hospital room
that day, as soon as I turned the corner - someone said, "Al's here" -
she looked up, and from out of that haze her eyes focused intensely
right at me. She couldn't speak, but I felt clearly I knew she was
forming a question: "Do you bring me hope?"

All of us had tried to find whatever new treatment or new approach
might help, but all I could do was to say back to her with all the
gentleness in my heart, "I love you." And then I knelt by her bed and
held her hand. And in a very short time her breathing became labored
and then she breathed her last breath.

Tomorrow morning another 13-year-old girl will start smoking. I love
her, too. Three thousand young people in America will start smoking
tomorrow. One thousand of them will die a death not unlike my
sister's, and that is why, until I draw my last breath, I will pour my
heart and soul into the cause of protecting our children from the
dangers of smoking.

1996 Al Gore Democratic Convention Speech, 1996.

December 15, 2005

Cool is when you aren't

Hips are about sexuality.
-- Joel Piaskowski, chief designer at the Hyundai Kia Design
and Technical Center in California.

Hips are also about hipness, or youth.

But these judgments are often made by designers and auto executives
who are no longer young. Something may seem hip to them because it
evokes their past; to young people, something may be cool because it
envisions their future.


Kids today play video games with cars from age 5.
They have an idea of the dynamics of a vehicle for
years before they actually drive one.

Referring to two favorite cars among gamers, the
Subaru Impreza WRX and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution,
he added,

They are likely to be more attached to a WRX or Evo
than anything they see on the street.

-- Franz von Holzhausen, the former G.M. designer whose sketch was
snatched by Bob Lutz, G.M.'s product chief, and turned into the Pontiac
Solstice. Mr. von Holzhausen joined Mazda's California design studio early
last year.

2006 January 15
Design: In Detroit, the Rebirth of the Hip(s)

December 14, 2005

Feel like a player, be a Republican supporter

The Republican Party doesn't offer to validate your identity.
It offers to give you an identity....The identity it offers you
is that of a player.

-- Garret Keizer,
Crap Shoot: Everyone Loses When Politics Is a Game,

December 13, 2005

Wayfaring DIY maps

Wayfaring makes mapmaking easy.
Ex. SFR SCCA solo2 (autocross) sites.

December 12, 2005

Bush the persuader ?

Bush distrusts rhetoric. He hates to explain and persuade. He'd prefer to
decide and delegate. So instead of taking the time to convince members of
Congress -- and for that matter the public -- that the government needs
to start spying on Americans, he went ahead and did it in secret.

-- BowTie.

December 11, 2005

Housing bubble was worldwide

NEVER before have real house prices risen so fast, for so long, in so many
countries. Property markets have been frothing from America, Britain and
Australia to France, Spain and China. Rising property prices helped to
prop up the world economy after the stockmarket bubble burst in 2000.
What if the housing boom now turns to bust?


America's housing market heated up later than those in other countries,
such as Britain and Australia, but it is now looking more and more similar.
Even the Federal Reserve is at last starting to fret about what is happening.

Prices are being driven by speculative demand. A study by the National
Association of Realtors (NAR) found that 23% of all American houses
bought in 2004 were for investment, not owner-occupation. Another
13% were bought as second homes. Investors are prepared to buy houses
they will rent out at a loss, just because they think prices will keep rising
—the very definition of a financial bubble. “Flippers” buy and sell new
properties even before they are built in the hope of a large gain. In Miami,
as many as half of the original buyers resell new apartments in this way.
Many properties change hands two or three times before somebody
finally moves in.

The global housing boom: In come the waves
Economist, 2005 June 16th

December 10, 2005

Crossing Wall Street / Eddy Elfenbein

Crossingwallstreet stock picking blog.

Abnormal Returns

Abnormal Returns hunts for Alpha.
Example: January Effect

Update: redesign in 2009 is reasonable.

Tadas Viskanta

December 9, 2005

Khoi Vinh an NYT

Khoi Vinh goes to the NYT.

December 8, 2005

RSS finds new

Rely on RSS, not new tags to find new content: undeniably geeky.

December 7, 2005

Upscale Feminism in NY

Shorter NYT. Feminism as upscale as our advertizers.

December 6, 2005

Google maps mania

Google maps mania charts the
mash ups and applications.

December 5, 2005

eSpitzer as a Soprano

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has been compared to Tony
Soprano in that, as Stephen W. Stanton has put it, "He breaks the law.
He lies. He intimidates. He makes his own rules, and he gets what
he wants. And yet he remains a very popular guy. "

Houston's Tom Kirkendall and Tech Central Station 1 2.

December 4, 2005

30 situps in a minute, 9 minute mile

Most height and weight restrictions have been thrown out at
major police departments, after lawsuits challenging them
on grounds of gender and race. As for strength and stamina,
a recruit in King County need be able to do only

* 30 situps in a minute; and
* run a mile and a half in less than 14 minutes 31 seconds.

“You don’t have to be Superman,” said Sheriff’s Deputy Kurt
Lange, a 14-year veteran of King County, where the vacation
bonus has led deputies to start recruiting on their own,
looking for friends, relatives or just casual acquaintances
who might want to wear a badge.

George W. Bush runs three back to back 6:45 minute miles.


December 3, 2005

Treo 650

The Treo 650 (nee Handspring) is a good phone.
See Treo Central or PalmOne.

MobileTracker Treo news and reviews.

December 2, 2005


mathforge mathematical computing.

Examples: .
U.S. hostility towards science -- Topic: General Science
By: aklemm (Fri, 28 Oct 05 at 09:23:35 PST)

Causality where none exists -- Topic: Economics
By: aklemm (Mon, 24 Oct 05 at 16:13:26 PST)
Takes up the FBR meme.

December 1, 2005

log base 2

logbase2 is mostly biostatistics and visualization,
with a blast of r.

Bonus (detritus ?): And compliant lefty Canadian commentary.