Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Too Soon

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The foregoing concerns everyone, albeit obliquely:
  • On Sunday I completed the Run Like Hell half marathon in 1:37:32 (7:26 mi/min, full results). I loved the changes to the course compared with the last time I ran it -- backwards with respect to the more or less standard downtown Portland area race course, which makes a bigger difference than it might seem. I didn't love that, as usual, I didn't cover the 13.1 miles as quickly as I wanted to do, and while the event was superbly organized overall, it could have done with a few more water stations along the way.
  • The trouble with Wall Street is the cheating, as Matt Taibbi explains:
    [S]erial financial fuckups like Citigroup and Bank of America overextended themselves by the hundreds of billions and pumped trillions of dollars of deadly leverage into the system -- and got rewarded with things like the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program, an FDIC plan that allowed irresponsible banks to borrow against the government's credit rating. This is equivalent to a trust fund teenager who trashes six consecutive off-campus apartments and gets rewarded by having Daddy co-sign his next lease. The banks needed programs like TLGP because without them, the market rightly would have started charging more to lend to these idiots. Apparently, though, we can’t trust the free market when it comes to Bank of America, Goldman, Sachs, Citigroup, etc.
    That's not even the worst of it; read the whole thing if you are of the mind that the outrage behind Occupy Wall Street is not justified. The banksters' credo: free markets for thee, but socialism for me.
  • Here are more reasons I am not a fan-boy of Steve Jobs:
    "You're headed for a one-term presidency," he told Obama at the start of their meeting, insisting that the administration needed to be more business-friendly. As an example, Jobs described the ease with which companies can build factories in China compared to the United States, where "regulations and unnecessary costs" make it difficult for them.
    Think different, indeed. Pointing out that China makes it easier to construct factories than the USA is the laziest, most insipid Chamber of Commerce boilerplate imaginable -- and this from the towering genius who took the idea behind the Sony Walkman and applied it to digital music files. Or maybe I speak too rashly -- perhaps more insipid was the part where Jobs, who dropped out of college after his first semester, went on to demand that Obama snap his fingers and force schools to stay open until 6pm and for 11 months of the year. Jobs apparently couldn't decide if he loves China's children more for the work they do in his factories or for the long hours they put in at school.

    None of which should be construed as a defense of President Chickenshit, who can fuck off.
  • Windows or Mac? Wii or PS3 or XBox? Is Death Cab for Cutie the very best band you've never heard about? Was the USA within its rights to participate in the removal of Qadaffi from power in Libya? Delight in these and other powerful troll vacuums at Outkube, as inspired by The Onion.
  • Even huge stacks of money can't change the fact that climate change is real
Too soon?


The Duchess of Cookies said...

Zombies!!! Now THAT looks like my kind of half marathon!

Last night I was with a gp of friends who tried to rope me into their team for the Vegas marathon next month. Since my running attention span is set to 20min, I wasn't sure it would be a good fit.... I wonder how much interval training till I can work up to a 13mi run in 20min... right now I'm just over 4mi. *snort*

I still remember you talking about nipple blisters *shudder* and the mental impact of that was deep. Masochist!

Dale said...

DC, 4 miles is nothing to sneeze -- or snort -- at. It's widely recognized as the gateway to running 5 miles, which is the gateway to six, and so on. Keep at it!