How Big Is The Universe?

The Universe is big, but how big is it? That all depends on whether the Universe is finite or infinite. Even the word “big” is tough to get clear. Are we talking about the size of the Universe we can see, or the Universe’s actual size right now?


Hat tip io9


Category: Science, Video, Weekend

How to sort through garbage online investment advice

    My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. This morning, we look at how the internet evolved as a source of bad investment opinion. The print version had the full headline How to sort out the garbage of online investment advice; I like the online version hed, Hey, investment cranks: The Internet never forgets. Here’s an excerpt from…Read More

Category: Analysts, Financial Press, Investing, Really, really bad calls, Weblogs

10 Sunday Reads

Good Sunday morn. Round out your weekend with these expert hand curated reads: • Macro Markets Risk Index: US Trend Remains Modestly Positive (Capital Spectator) see also As Fed Rate Rise Nears, Traders Obsess Over Data (WSJ) • Swedroe: ‘Gurus’ Without A Clue ( • It’s Amazon’s World. The USPS Just Delivers in It (Bloomberg) • 10 Quick Topics to…Read More

Category: Financial Press

Bad special-effects supercut

Bad special-effects supercut is hilarious and sad at the same time The Worst Movie Special Effects Ever Compilation by worldwideinterweb dailydot via Reddit

Category: Film, Humor

The Amy Winehouse Movie

What impressed me most was she was singing her truth, unselfconsciously, in a world where we’re all too guarded, posting on Instagram about our fabulous lives when the truth is so often we feel tortured and unsure, insecure. Amy Winehouse was insecure. And she dealt with this by doing her best not to be too…Read More

Category: Markets

MiB: Arthur Levitt, former SEC Chairman

This week on our Masters in Business radio podcast, on the 5th anniversary of Dodd-Frank, we discuss regulations with former SEC chairman Arthur Levitt. The longest serving SEC chair, Levitt remains one of the most insightful influential people regarding market and investment regulation and structure. Some of his views on regulations — what works and what does…Read More

Category: Podcast

10 Weekend Reads

Pour yourself a tall glass of slow brewed Iced Coffee, and start your Saturday with our longer form weekend reads: • Jonathan Miller is the Most Trusted (and Quoted) Man in New York Real Estate (Observer) • The Future of Cancer: Closer to a Cure. Sloan Kettering CEO Craig Thompson on the revolution under way in cancer prevention…Read More

Category: Financial Press

Amy Winehouse, Back To Black (Acoustic)

Amy Winehouse died 4 years ago last week (July 23, 2011). She was a singular talent:


Category: Friday Night Jazz, Video, Weekend

Succinct Summation of Week Events (7.31.15)

Succinct summations of events for the week ending July 31, 2015 Positives: 1. Durable goods increased 3.4% in June, above the 2.6% expected. 2. Case-Shiller home price index rose 4.4% y/o/y. 3. Weekly jobless claims rose to 267k off historically low levels; still very positive number. 4. July Markit services PMI rose to 55.2 from…Read More

Category: Markets

Who Benefits from Bailouts?

I always find it amusing whenever someone expresses surprise that the financial bailouts for Greece haven’t benefitted Greek citizens. “Bailout Money Goes to Greece, Only to Flow Out Again” in the New York Times is just the latest example. “The cash exodus is a small piece of a bigger puzzle over why — despite two…Read More

Category: Bailouts, Philosophy, Really, really bad calls