30 January 2010
Tuesday: Liverpool at Molineux 0-0: The scoreline flatters the match.
34(f) outside yesterday morning, so 5 miles on the treadmill. If I can start out slowly enough, I think I can run the whole 10k, but there's a real risk of starting too fast and running out of gas. 4 weeks to go.
Saturday: Bolton (until I started following English football, I only associated Bolton with parrots) at Anfield 2-0. Dreary first half; much better second period.
Last night: Canterbury Tales at Shakespeare Tavern (homework assignment for Raegan). Good fun.
Project Euler: 141 down; 9 more to intermediate.
23 January 2010
20 January 2010
15 January 2010
More and more, I believe that the problem of endemic corruption in countries like Haiti (and Zimbabwe) make real economic progress impossible. Entrepreneurship can only flourish if the entrepreneur has a reasonable expectation of being rewarded if successful. Without jobs, Haiti has no prospects of ever getting any better. Oh, and the population there has doubled in the past 50 years, in spite of the emigration of millions of Haitians (and these were likely the ones Haiti would most need to lift itself from its condition).
14 January 2010
I suspect that if the Scousers weren't so preoccupied by hating the yanks, they'd be hurling invectives (or worse) at Benitez at Anfield. At times in the past I've been cast in the uncomfortable position of defending Benitez even though my support of him was growing tepid. At this point, a top four finish seems suddenly almost unrealistic. While I think many of the players he has brought in may turn out well, I find it harder and harder to argue that he shouldn't go.
After the World Cup, there will be a lot of managerial turnover, and some big names could be available. In the mean time, maybe Dalglish can be persuaded to accept a caretaker role.
What a mess.
12 January 2010
Consider that on this very day about 6,700 Americans will die.... Consider then that around 1,900 of the Americans who die today will be less than 65, and that indeed about 140 will be children. Approximately 50 Americans will be murdered today, including several women killed by their husbands or boyfriends, and several children who will die from abuse and neglect. Around 85 of us will commit suicide, and another 120 will die in traffic accidents.Which is more likely to be on the news tonight (or indeed, around the clock)? Any of these 6700? Or the unsuccessful terrorist attack of almost three weeks ago in which exactly zero people died?
In Dune, Frank Herbert provides a litany against fear that we should take to heart against terrorism:
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
10 January 2010
08 January 2010
07 January 2010
Britain has had to deal with considerably more. If you've got a good internet connection and a little time, take a look at one of these. They're basically the same view taken by a NASA satellite around noon (UK) today. The difference is scale (and image size); the first (and smallest) is one pixel per km, the second is twice as big, and the third is twice again as big. (1km, 500m, 250m). Brrrr.
03 January 2010
01 January 2010
Happy New Year!