From the monthly archives:

March 2008

Let them eat matzah

March 28, 2008

From what has to be one of the strangest (and yes, saddest) stories in today's NYTimes: Why is this Passover different from all other Passovers — or at least the last 68 of them? No Tam Tams. It’s true. Manischewitz, which manufactures the bite-size matzos, says it has temporarily stopped making them at its plant […]

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Cordially, Future Dwight

March 23, 2008
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The Most Important News You Will See Today

March 22, 2008
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Google fails to take over the airwaves [227]

March 20, 2008

So the FCC's big wireless spectrum auction has finished and Google was the big loser.  Verizon took most of the premium blocks (only cost them $10B), and AT&T won 227 licenses.

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Good news, nerds!

March 19, 2008

The iPhone 2.0 firmware will include a scientific calculator. And yes, I'll use it. [Via Engadget]

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Arthur C. Clarke: A Space Odyssey

March 19, 2008

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Arthur C. Clarke, one of my favorite authors, passed away yesterday at 90.  Not only did he write some of the most influential books of the last century (even sharing an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrik for 2001), but he was an extremely gifted academic and futurist […]

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Bear Stearns is worth slightly less than A-Rod

March 16, 2008

Obviously the news of the hour is that J.P. Morgan is buying Bear Stearns for $236mm, or just $2 a share, meaning the firm is worth only a fifth of the value of its own midtown headquarters.  The Yankees paid more for their third baseman. More gravely, despite the WSJ headline, there is no "rescue" […]

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Sponsored by Michael Dell

March 10, 2008

Random plug in my CFA textbook: Quality lies on a spectrum that runs from high to low. Some firms -- such as Dell Computer Corp. -- offer high-quality products. They are well designed and reliable, and the customer receives quick and efficient service. Um, right. Needless to say, the material isn't particularly challenging (so far).

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Gotham

March 8, 2008

I took this picture walking home from my office a few sundays ago (yes, sunday) from the corner of 49/Park, looking West. There was this very surreal "comic book" feel about the scene. There is a touch of HDR at work here (you can see the "halo effect" in the sky around the buildings), but […]

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MoMA rocks

March 5, 2008

I made it to MoMA on Sunday to see the new exhibit, Design and the Elastic Mind. It was amazing. Go see it. The exhibit is mostly made up of high-tech products which exemplify the fusion of function and form. To be fair, you'd be hard pressed to come up with practical uses for some […]

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Ohio: bellwether or fairweather?

March 5, 2008

Hillary Clinton made an interesting comment in her victory speech last night: [Ohio] is a state that knows how to pick a president. And no candidate in recent history, Democrat or Republican, has won the White House without winning the Ohio primary. When Hillary originally made this statement to an Ohio TV station, she omitted […]

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At this time, CNN is projecting...

March 4, 2008

CNN recently went out and picked up some giant touchscreens. Eye candy? Sure, but incredibly cool... and they actually enhance the broadcast quite a bit! The touchscreens are billed as something out of Minority Report -- but that's a bit of a stretch. I mean, it's a touchscreen, not a holographic gesture-based wünderinterface (which would […]

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