Economics and similar, for the sleep-deprived

A subtle change has been made to the comments links, so they no longer pop up. Does this in any way help with the problem about comments not appearing on permalinked posts, readers?

Update: seemingly not

Update: Oh yeah!


Saturday, October 15, 2005

 
Intentionally misunderstanding newspaper headlines is the lowest form of wit

Now I've started, I can't stop. The Express today has the headline "PLOT TO BLACKEN DIANA'S NAME". Apparently they're thinking of calling her DeeAhnia. Stop it, you're killing me.

I used to write about Post-Keynesian economics on this blog, didn't I? It all seems so very long ago.
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Friday, October 14, 2005

 
Betting update

Oh all right, I put my money on Doctor "Doctor Doctor" Fox. On the basis of a tip-off that he was well-liked in the City. I backed him at 12-1 at Ladbrokes; I missed the top tick because I could have got him at 14s the next day, but he is right back down now and I could take a small profit by laying him at 10s on Betfair. Bollocks to that, I'm sticking on for the real money.

I am slightly worried by the Cameron bandwagon obviously; there do seem to be a few rumours flying round that he has taken cocaine in the past, but so what? is the opinion of all the journalists I read (all of whom notoriously vote in Tory leadership elections). As far as I can tell, the only people left who would be prejudiced against someone simply because he snorted a few lines at university are a bunch of old farts in tweed suits living out in the country. Talk about out of touch granddad; they might as well be members of the Conservative Party.

Update: By the way, in further newsboard humour, the Times had a headline the other day saying something like "PRISONERS GET EXTRA TIME FOR STABBING" Is this at all wise? They seemed to be doing enough stabbing during the normal 90 minutes.

late betting update: rassen frassen riam rox.
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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

 
Bulletted lists, I love them so

Back to the mission statement soon as I have been particularly annoying in other people's comments sections of late. Until then though ...

  • I bought a mango from Marks & Spencer a week ago. It is now six days past its "use by" date and still rock hard. Is this a record? Presumably there is a market for unripe fruit, but I am sure that the ripe kind is more popular. Maybe supermarkets could have a special "unripe fruit" section.
  • The Evening Standard newsboards today are advertising "SOCCER STAR RAPE QUIZ". It's certainly an original idea but I still think they would have been wiser to have stuck with Sudoku.
  • Could readers help settle a marital dispute? I am pretty sure that the jingle for Doctor Fox's Capital Radio show sampled "Doctor Doctor" by the Thompson Twins. Mrs Digest however insists that it was "Bad Case of Loving You" by Robert Palmer.

I have also put a bet on the Conservative leadership contest, but I'm not telling you who.


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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

 
The most important weblog in the world

What with British blogging being in a bit of a rut, we need to do something about it. Matthew is going down the advertising route, which is important, but I am now raising my profile by becoming The Most Important Thinker In The World. And guess what? It has turned out to be easier than I expected.

As the American economist Tyler Cowen points out, loony extropian and transhuman nanotechnoartificiallinteligenceoboosterist Ray Kurzweil is, because of his wild technoutopian prophesies, "the most important thinker today, if only in expected value terms".

Or at least he was, until this morning when while having my breakfast, I made the following prediction:

"Everything that Ray Kurzweil says will come true, and not only that but we will all get a pony".

I am now, therefore, the most important thinker in the world today, leading Kurzweil by the market value of a healthy New Forest pony. Stay tuned for future important thoughts. My consultancy rates are decidedly reasonable.
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