Focus is the New Black

I had this sent to me in email, so if anyone knows who created it so I can give proper credit, let me know.

[Update] The source is apparently this.

Focus mindmap for web

Fun with FXF

I was briefly short Swiss Francs via FXF puts back in August, so I missed today’s fun, but made a little money. Check out, however, how epic the moves are in FXF puts today. Incredible stuff on the SNB’s moves to devalue/lock the franc exchange. 1,515%. Beat that.

Fxf puts

Euro Break-Up: The Consequences

Good report.


I’m a VC

My friends at Foundry Group. Beyond words, in a hilarious, middle-aged-VCs-in-Boulder-rapping sense. This is just so good.


Twitter Digest: 2011-09-05

  • 'People Don't Realize How Fragile Democracy Really Is' ->
  • Good new Euro break-up consequences report – /via @zerohedge ->
  • Belay last tweet. It's raining here, but latter part of tweet was errant paste. ->
  • Roger Federer playing tonight at US Open like he's double-parked: 6 minutes, 3 games up. ->
  • John Markoff on bike accident (his own) reconstruction via GPS – ->

Twitter Digest: 2011-09-04

Under-prediction Errors in Life Expectancy

Life exp

Shiller on the Outlook

Yale’s Robert Shiller in an interview worth listening to on the outlook.

More Density in Cities

DENSITY isn’t a magic elixir. One can’t create wealth just by crowding people together; otherwise the super-dense metropolitan areas in emerging Asian countries would be richer than American cities. Density simply facilitates interaction. Interactions translate into wealth when a population is educated and local institutions support private enterprise and entrepreneurship.

via One Path to Better Jobs – More Density in Cities –


Back from ten days of travel, including a too-short week hiking/biking in the Sierra Nevadas.
  • IPads Soon to Be Pricier Than Large-Screen Televisions: Chart of the Day – Bloomberg (Source)
  • Citigroup Sees U.S. Market Liquidity Drying Up: Chart of the Day – Bloomberg (Source)
  • ScienceDirect – Technological Forecasting and Social Change : How many singularities are near and how will they disrupt human history? (Source)
  • [1109.0214] Complexity (Source)
  • Universal laws and economic phenomena – Gerig – 2011 – Complexity – Wiley Online Library (Source)
  • The Area and Population of Cities: New Insights from a Different Perspective on Cities (Source)
  • Five Differences Between Ecological and Economic Networks (Source)
  • Fertilizing Nature: A Tragedy of Excess in the Commons (Source)
  • The God Clause and the Reinsurance Industry – BusinessWeek (Source)
  • One Path to Better Jobs – More Density in Cities – (Source)
  • Hotel guestroom technology trends (Source)
  • Shadow sovereign ratings of the 56 unrated countries around the world (Source)
  • The $500-billion slow-motion European bank run (Source)
  • Pettis: Spain out of euro, Germany to negative GDP growth, BRICs get whacked, etc. (Source)