Archives for September, 2008

A thin summer for the bees

I’ve just opened up the hive for the annual end-of-summer honey extraction and anti-varroa treatment. This year its apiguard, which is a bit tedious because you have to do it in two goes at 2 week intervals. But the disappointment was the honey harvest: zero. They did have some honey, maybe six frames worth, but…

Nierenberg: the wiki soap

I’ve been down the pub so no chance for any sensible or sober posts. Roll on wikipedia. So we come to [[William Nierenberg]] and its revision history. Alas, this is an example of wikipedia at its worst: a process-obsessed zealot more interested in policy than reality (thats the other side, not me, before you start…

mpgillusion.blogspot.com

Just a short post to draw your attention to mpgillusion.blogspot.com. Update: now on RC

Bozos

Scenario one: you borrow some money. You exchange the money for shares. The shares go up, you exchange the shares for more money than originally, and so pay back the loan and you have a profit. If you get it wrong, they go down and you lose instead. Scenario two: you borrow some shares. You…

Zut alors: le Nierenberg vieux est arrivee! And you can join in the fun. I’ll be posting up scans (well, actually, photos) of the text as I go along. Aside: I got this thanks to the wonders of the extrawub: abebooks found me a copy for a mere $6.54 (plus postage) delivered from the states…

My paper with Tom Peterson and John Fleck (trailed here) is out in BAMS; you can get it now (for free! [Update: also direct from BAMS]). Nice, isn’t it: And thats just the first page! For those who weren’t paying attention, you may wish to read: The RC post that John Fleck wrote recently My…

Ambiguous dog signs

I walk past this sign every time I take my daughter to school. It irritates me every time. Am I allowed to walk dogs, but only if I’m not doing it in the interests of health and hygiene? Or does it mean that they consider dog walking unhygienic? The ambiguity is annoying: this is in…

Via dubious sources, I’ve just discovered thedailymash, and Obama defends ‘creationist psycho bitch’ remark in particular. Their take on the US housing crisis is good, too. There’s even a bit aboutGW. On a more techie note, I came in at the facebook article before my technical lead directed me to the Lib Dems political plans.…

So I thought I might read the JASON report of doom. TokyoTom has the details; abebooks doesn’t have it, but google books knows it and even has the contents list and pointed me at dualj who I’ve never heard of, and who spell purchase as “Purhcase” which seems curious. It doesn’t seem to have a…

Coal-to-liquids / Oil price

On the list of things to read-n-blog since before the summer hols has been John Flecks oil-to-liquids post. John says, quite perceptively, At some price (the usual number I hear is somewhere at or above $60 or $70 a barrel) it becomes economical to make liquid fuels out of coal… The question has been why…