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Merlot Contest

After the wine contest and the Pinot contest, last night was the Merlot contest. And boy did passions run lower. I thought that there would be many more really bad wines, just because people don’t really know the grape, and … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas Bleg

Merry Christmas to you. As for me, all I want for Christmas is… …a very simple WYSIWYG HTML editor. Why can’t I find one? I spend most of my days writing blog entries. Mostly it’s just text inside <p> tags, … Continue reading

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Was LTCM a lower-tail event?

I have to admit I’m a bit vague on the specifics of what happened in the LTCM blow-up. In my mind, it has always been inextricably linked with Russia’s debt default, although this many years later I’m not even sure … Continue reading

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What’s going on in the subprime mortgage market?

Deep breath… and… subprime mortgages! It’s almost impossible, but let’s try to be dispassionate here, in contrast to the hyperbole of, say, Nouriel Roubini. First, where’s the risk? A huge chunk of it resides at mortgage insurers, two of which … Continue reading

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Zipcar insurance

Gearbox has returned! It was launched as a vehicle for Mickey Kaus to blog about cars in 2001. He managed one entry that year, followed by another one at the end of 2002. 2003 was the golden year for Gearbox: … Continue reading

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Saturday @ Phillips

In an attempt to stay young ‘n’ trendy, Phillips de Pury has launched a new auction series called Saturday @ Phillips. The idea is that it’s an entry-level auction, for people who don’t have hundreds or even tens of thousands … Continue reading

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Straight outta Charlie Kaufmann

Not only does New York have a Puppet Lending Library, but it’s in the Grand Arch at Prospect Park! Yes, as in inside the arch. It’s open Saturdays from noon to 4pm, and occasionally there are even performances in the … Continue reading

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The Apple recall

So there’s tons of news about Apple’s battery recall, which involves Apple replacing either 1.1 million or 1.8 million Sony batteries. Obviously the source for all this news is Apple itself. But there’s nothing on the apple homepage, nothing on … Continue reading

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Earthlink alternatives

Just as my cable-modem bill increased to $42 per month, my cable-modem service started getting horrible. Connection is very spotty: internet access seems to come and go on a minute-by-minute basis, and is sometimes very fast and sometimes incredibly slow. … Continue reading

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Ushuaia here I come

So after having to cancel my trip at the last minute in March, I’ve now rebooked, and am all set for a trip all the way down to the Antarctic Peninsula in November. Can’t wait! I’m looking to spending some … Continue reading

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