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March 23, 2021

Movie review: The Big Short (2015)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 12:08 am
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I have been meaning to watch this movie ever since it came out. It did not disappoint. I was so good I watched it twice over the weekend. It is an amazing movie, Well acted and well directed, Making a movie a bout massive financial fraud, with a ton of numbers is really hard, and they did it well. My real impression from the movie is to increase my doubt about everything we are being told today. I am not a Steve Carell fan, but his performance in this movie is nothing short of amazing. Big props to the writers who made this numbers story understandable. My biggest take away from the movie is a massive doubt about everything we think we currently know about what is going on in 2021. Watch this movie.

March 5, 2021

Read Glenn Reynolds

Filed under: General,Politics — dknights @ 9:52 pm
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As I have said previously, you should read everything Professor Glenn Reynolds writes.

February 17, 2021

German Commerce Raiders

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:17 pm
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I have always been fascinated by this subject.  This is a great video. (P.S. Check out this persons other videos.)

December 21, 2020

You’d have to have a heart of stone….

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:56 am
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Not to laugh at this.  It is richly deserved, thought you feel bad for the common citizen.

August 20, 2020

The coming apocalypse

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:45 am
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Tax apocalypse, that is.  In New York City it will be an existential crisis, but it will happen to a greater or lesser degree everywhere.  The consequences will be political as well as economic.  We are living in interesting times.

August 10, 2020

A good idea

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:25 am
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This is a very good idea, and is in the interests of all the countries involved, as well as the United States.

July 28, 2020

Flooding in China

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:55 am
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The Three Gorges Dam was built in China to reduce the flooding along the Yangtze river.  Even with that massive dam, they are having record floods this year.  Story here, and here.

July 23, 2020

Another flashpoint

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:32 pm
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While this blog tends to pay attention to the flashpoint that is the South China Sea as the most likely place things can go wrong in a big way, there are others.  Here is one that you don’t hear about often, Egypt-Ethiopia.

June 3, 2020

Elon Musk

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:08 pm
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Elon Musk may turn out to be the greatest American of his generation. (yes, he is South African by birth). He may end up contributing more to humanity than anyone since Norman Borlaug.

May 28, 2020

Naval construction

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:56 pm
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An interesting perspective.  If the economy bounces back to pre-pandemic levels quickly, then a wave of retirements really will result in a shortage of skilled workers.  Given the pay and employment security, these should be highly sought after jobs.

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