Post # 6,000

Yes, that is correct — this meaningless meta-data point is post number 6,000

Here is what the specifics look like before this one:

•  5,999 Posts
•  2,066 TrackBacks

On a related note, the new site design is all done — its pretty slick — and the programmers are working on importing every last post and comment.

I had a few goals with the redesign:

1) Have the site load much faster: We did that by cleaning up all the loose junk on the front page that had accumulated using tabs, moving to my own domain, and moving all of the audio/video to a tab so as not to slow down the front page. 

2) Clean up the design: I like the current design, but its been a few years and I wanted something fresh. We came up with something neat — with a little animation — and a simple navigation system.

3) Create additional space for related material: Essentially, all of the various stuff I do is spread out all over the place. The new design allows me to tie everything together, in one place.


I expect after the Fourth of July weekend, we should be good to go. I’ll maintain both sites, forwarding everything from here to there . . .


Category: Weblogs

Wall Street Roller Coaster

Category: Markets, Psychology

Harvard’s State of the Nation’s Housing 2008

Category: Data Analysis, Real Estate

Chart of the Day: VIX versus SPX

Category: Contrary Indicators, Markets, Psychology, Technical Analysis

Did Bank of America Write the Housing Bailout Bill?

Category: Credit, Politics, Real Estate

George Carlin (1937 – 2008)


Seven Words You Can’t Say on Television

And the Supreme Court decision relating to the above: FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION v. PACIFICA FOUNDATION, 438 U.S. 726, 98 S.Ct. 3026 (1978).

Other videos after the jump . . . Home Page:

Other remembrances:

George Carlin, Splenetic Comedian, Dies at 71 (NYT)

It Ain’t So: George Carlin Dies
(Village Voice)

George Carlin: American Radical (The Nation)

George Carlin Changed Comedy

From our files: The
nonconforming George Carlin
(Christian Science Monitor)

The complete works of George Carlin


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Category: Video

MFR’s Shapiro Sees Federal Reserve on Hold for Next Year

MFR’s Shapiro Sees Federal Reserve on Hold for Next Year:

Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at Maria Fiorini Ramirez Inc., talks about the outlook for U.S. economy, housing market and Federal Reserve monetary policy.

Click for Audio

00:00 U.S. equities; economy; housing market
10:12 Fed policy; liquidity; inflation expectations
16:15 U.S. spending on energy; U.S. auto industry 
Running time 19:14



MFR’s Shapiro Sees Federal Reserve on Hold for Next Year: Audio

Bloomberg, June 20 2008

Category: Economy, Video

Not-Quite-a Linkfest

Category: Economy, Financial Press, Technology

Revisiting the Underlevered American Household

Category: Credit, Economy, Financial Press, Wages & Income

The Pursuit Of Happiness

Fascinating stuff:  Little Denmark, with its five-and-a-half million people, is the happiest country in the world, says a study done by an English University. 60 Minutes reports why the Danes are so happy and explores why the U.S. is way down the list.



See also this study:

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the happiest of them all? (PDF)

Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts, May 2008

And The Happiest Place On Earth Is…
Morley Safer On Why The Danes Are Considered The Happiest People On Earth
60 Minutes, June 15, 2008


Category: Psychology, Video