September 2009

The Bugle on quantitative easing

This is probably the best explanation so far of exactly how ‘quantitative easing’ works:

So the [UK] government has responded in traditional style by throwing more money at the problem, more quantitative easing. As St George, our [the UK's] patron saint used to say, the best way to kill a baby-eating dragon is to continue feeding babies to it until it's too fat to breathe. Because in the long run, you'll make a net saving on babies.

Posted Mon 21 September 2009 22:00 (+1200)

Attention single friends

Two interesting links about dating. First @gnat blogged a link to the OkCupid OkTrends post about what not to say when you send contact someone on a dating site: “ur”, “u”, “r”, “ya”, “cant”, and “hit”, “sexy”, “beautiful”, “hot”, and “cutie”. “band”, “vegetarian”, and “zombie” are all good though :). Second there's an amusing article in the home-of-quality-journalism Daily Mail in the UK about the ego epidemic in which we are given the disturbing news that women are now (hushed voice) as egotistical and narcissistic as men:

Posted Wed 16 September 2009 20:22 (+1200)

Wingsuits and cliffs

Wingsuits are automatically pretty crazy/awesome, but when you start flying them along the sides of cliffs and next to mountain road hairpins, it's pretty hardcore:

Posted Tue 15 September 2009 00:49 (+1200)

Refacing government tender

I think the Emo Lincoln is the best of a good set, though the 70's black Washington is a close second. (Thanks Jess)

Posted Fri 04 September 2009 23:45 (+1200)

Installing PostgreSQL and Mysql and the Ruby gems on Snow Leopard

Things have gotten a lot simpler since the write-up I gave for Leopard.

Again, Snow Leopard comes with Ruby preinstalled, and I strongly recommend that you stick with that version rather than using the macports Ruby – no need to have two versions on your system.

Posted Thu 03 September 2009 22:42 (+1200)

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