Twitter Digest: 2012-03-29

  • Those were the days when you could travel from Okinawa to Tokyo with a Hattori Hanzō sword as carry-on. ->
  • Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan, and the 25th anniversary of 'WrestleMania III' ->
  • How phrasing affects memorability: The case of movie quotes – ->
  • I dig the gallows humor from Yahoo employees. Met one last night in Palo Alto who could do entire dystopian standup act. ->
  • Kids get non-linearly more complicated to deal with after age 10. The fun of the challenge wears off quickly. ->

Twitter Digest: 2012-03-27

  • Best-performing stock today: Intrade odds of Scotus overturning Obama healthcare individual mandate – ->
  • Whatever your feelings about Obama's healthcare plan, the insurance incoherence of some Scotus arguments today was breathtaking. ->
  • Scalia QotD: "… everybody has to buy food sooner or later, so … you can make people buy broccoli" ->
  • Idly scanned transcript of today's Supreme Court healthcare hearing. Justice Thomas maintains his spotless record of questionlessness. ->

Twitter Digest: 2012-03-26

  • At 12.6% to-date, Q1 2012 is merely the 9th best Q1 in S&P 500 history. Best? 1987, which was 24% ytd. ->
  • A flood of semi-random twitter spam has been showing up in last 24 hours. Apparently twitter spam algo needs work. ->
  • I have no idea how/whether this will work, but it's damn clever: Pagerank for deals – ->
  • Next week: Medical academics prove that many doctors order too many expensive tests. More at 11. ->
  • What? Financial advisors sell short-run crap that helps themselves? Never. – /via @TimHarford ->
  • BBC Start the Week with Werner Herzog and Geoff Dyer on conundrums ->
  • Never fails to amaze what a transformative difference fat skis make on powder days. Like a different sport. ->

Twitter Digest: 2012-03-25

  • Pettis: Japan's debt disaster and China’s (non)rebalancing ->
  • Novak Djokovic: From war to Wimbledon – 60 Minutes – ->
  • Elizabeth: Taffeta, darling. Dr. Frankenstein: Taffeta, sweetheart. Elizabeth: No, the dress is taffeta. It wrinkles so easily. ->
  • Freeman Dyson on the role of dissidents in science, from Thomson & Tait to Velikovsky /cc @arbesman ->

Twitter Digest: 2012-03-24

Twitter Digest: 2012-03-23

  • Playing with new Bloomberg Anywhere app on iPhone. Surprisingly functional. Weird no streaming news tho. ->
  • Today in bad timing: "… ticker symbols in the A-BFZZZ range “encountered a software bug related to IPO auctions”" ->
  • Sending a passport and a credit card number in the mail? No, I can't imagine what could go awry there. ->
  • Pecked to death by blogs: Reed Elsevier puts Variety on block ->
  • Climate change may have favored evolutionary shift to human bipedality – ->

Twitter Digest: 2012-03-18

  • Good thought RT @ssotka: @pkedrosky Bringing in Smaug as security consultant for it? ->
  • Eurosport: Athens derby abandoned due to violence ->
  • QotD: Apple® will not be providing an update on the current quarter nor will any topics be discussed other than cash. ->
  • There are days when 8 yo boys fly kites, and days when kites fly 8 yo boys. This was the latter. ->
  • Apple to announce … something or another to do with its cash hoard – ->
  • You're in a maze of twisty Korean grocery store checkout lines, all alike. Drop kalbi. ->
  • Nothing like a bit of walkie-talkie hide-and-go-seek in rain-soaked canyons with my rain-soaked kids. ->

Twitter Digest: 2012-03-17

Springsteen Speaks at SXSW

This talk by Bruce Springsteen at the recent SXSW on music and fragmentation  surprised me with its thoughtfulness and insight.

Twitter Digest: 2012-03-15

  • It's the 124th anniversary of the Great Blizzard of 1888; America’s greatest snow disaster – ->
  • Great read from @andrewchen: What he learned from being horribly wrong about Facebook – /via @mathewi ->
  • Good news for United haters: United exit with whimper, City out with bang – ->
  • I sometimes get urge to solve a problem with 2-way data tables in Excel. Problem almost always goes away before remember how to use it. Win. ->
  • The U.S. consumer is roughly as important to world economy as all of Asia plus Latin America – ->
  • CBC Ideas: Demon Coal, Part 1 – ->