Forest Man

Since 1979, Jadav Payeng has been planting hundreds of trees on an Indian island threatened by erosion. In this film, photographer Jitu Kalita traverses Payeng’s home—the largest river island in the world—and reveals the touching story of how this modern-day Johnny Appleseed turned an eroding desert into a wondrous oasis. Funded in part by Kickstarter, “Forest Man” was directed by William Douglas McMaster and won Best Documentary for the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.

India Man Plants Forest Bigger Than Central Park to Save His Island

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See more photos of the world’s largest river island.

Category: Markets

Back to Basics

>   My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. This morning, we look at a few basics of investing that many investors get wrong. Here’s an excerpt from the column: “Today, I am going to suggest you take a different route: Focus on 10 basic, simple truths that many investors seemingly ignore. Some…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Asset Allocation, Investing

10 Sunday Reads

My pre-flight Jet Blue reads: • Strategies Can Beat The Market, You Can’t (Irrelevant Investor) • Wall Street Firms Endure Lost Decade After Goldman Peak in 2007 (Bloomberg) • Swedroe: Hedge Funds Rip Off Investors ( see also Year of man v machine for hedge funds (FT) • The Promise of Smart Beta (Research Affiliates) • The Lessons of…Read More

Category: Financial Press

Millennium Falcon’s Hyperdrive Malfunction

The ‘comical’ sounds that make the Millennium Falcon’s hyperdrive malfunction, as demonstrated by Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt in this 1980 clip. Millennium Falcon’s hyperdrive malfunction SFX demonstrated by Sound Designer Ben Burtt

Category: Film, Weekend

Sony Hack

Yes, the hack was a criminal attack. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ve been laughing over the revelations, while I’m not crying over the racist comments. The truth is these Hollywood mavens think they’re better than us. And they can’t stop crying about piracy, can’t stop bitching that someone moved their cheese,…Read More

Category: Think Tank, Web/Tech

10 Weekend Reads

Good Saturday morning. Pour yourself a strong cup of joe, and settle in for our longer form, weekend reads: • What Happened When Marissa Mayer Tried to Be Steve Jobs (NYT Magazine) • China is Planning to Purge Foreign Technology and Replace With Homegrown Suppliers  (Bloomberg) • The most powerful financial regulators in the world — and they never…Read More

Category: Financial Press

Stephen Colbert Signs Off

On his late night show on Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert made fun of news, and he made news. New York Times journalists bid farewell to the blow-hard character he created.

Goodbye, Stephen Colbert


Here’s Every Time Stephen Colbert Broke Character

Category: Humor, Television, Video, Weekend

Succinct Summations of Week’s Event’s 12/19/14

Succinct Summations week ending December 19th Positives: 1. Standard & Poor’s 500 Index had the biggest daily back-to-back gains since March 2009. 2. Despite last week’s selloff — the biggest in over two years — the S&P 500 is up for the month of December. 3. Industrial production rose 1.3% vs expectations for a 0.7%…Read More

Category: Markets

Climate Change in Perspective

Amazing interactive Climate Change infographic is jaw droppingly beautiful:   click for awesome interactive graphic via Bloomberg      

Category: Digital Media, Science

The Lessons of Mr. Market, Philosopher in Chief

Once again, the markets prove that nobody knows nuthin’. Following a bit of oil-driven turmoil the past few weeks, financial markets took off on Wednesday and Thursday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index had the biggest daily back-to-back gains since March 2009. Underinvested fund managers, short-sellers and even long-only, fully invested money managers worried that…Read More

Category: Markets, Philosophy