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The Grey Lady is down; the Grey Lady is down

The New York Times today asked employees at its landmark midtown headquarters to shut down their computers because of “system difficulties.” [NYT Business]

Buffett disclosing some holdings

Even Warren Buffett can’t use the rules to keep all his holdings quiet:

Warren E. Buffett lost a bid for confidentiality from the S.E.C., meaning that the public may learn more about which stocks Mr. Buffett was buying last fall. [NYT Business]

A hill of beans just isn’t what it used to be

Inflation may not be a hill of beans, but a hill of beans is certainly inflating:

A worldwide increase in tomato paste prices has forced up the price of baked beans, says Heinz. [BBC Business]

The Unintended Consequences of Affirmative Action

Facinating new Harvard Press book out next month arguing that discrimination plays little part in reducing the number of minority professors working in universities. Instead, it is affirmative action itself that it is at the root of the problem:

Many universities are trying hard to recruit black, Hispanic, and American Indian professors, says the book. But they end up fighting over the same insufficient pool of minority Ph.D.’s. That group is small primarily because most minority undergraduates don’t earn grades good enough to get into graduate school or even to convince themselves that they are academically suited for careers in the professoriate. The crux of the problem, according to the book: Affirmative action has steered many minority undergraduates to selective colleges where they do poorly.

Comparative advantage in music

From an interview with Gene and Paul of Kiss on their sharing the stage with Joe and Steve of Aerosmith:

“No one does what [Aerosmith does] better. And we tend to think that there’s nobody that does what we do better. Neither I nor Paul nor anybody in the band is going to run around, trying to do what [Aerosmith vocalist] Steven [Tyler] does. Likewise, nobody in that band is going to try to jump up in the air the way Paul does or stick out their tongue.”

This is interesting. I’ve always

This is interesting. I’ve always assumed these mostly vanity services.

Cameron Marlow:

“I’ve added two new RSS features allowing people to track both sites and weblogs via a simple RSS feed.

Here’s for instance the feed to track this blog. Isn’t this something Technorati charges for?

[Lockergnome’s RSS Resource]

Surprise, surprise: “yips” are real.

Surprise, surprise: “yips” are real. The NY Times says so. I feel better already.

Researchers are investigating the whys and the wherefores of the yip the sudden jerk, twitch or spasm that can send an easy two-foot putt right off the green. [NYT HomePage]

Luke Hutterman discovers that Google

Luke Hutterman discovers that Google is enamored of first names. Fascinating.

I was shocked yesterday to find out that on a google search for “Luke”, my weblog comes up as #5, beating Skywalker, Perry, the Apostle, Duke and Cool Hand. My first reaction was that someone at Google must have screwed something up, but then it dawned on me that the reason for this is that webloggers are not only link-crazy, they also typically link on a first-name-only basis, which Google obviously picks up on.

Lance Armstrong’s US Postal

Lance Armstrong’s US Postal win the team time trial of the Tour de France with Victor Hugo Pena taking yellow. [BBC World]

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