Housekeeping: Site Suggestions

A couple of house-keeping items: At the end of last year, I asked readers for suggestions for the site. Quite a few of you responded.

•  To use the Search function, type whatever words or phrase you want AFTER the phrase  that’s already in the google box (site:bigpicture.typepad.com);

• If you want to see what the site traffic is, click the Site meter button at bottom. (Or just click here)

• The books I am either reading (or have queued up) have been updated (Worth Perusing), as have the most recent tunes (MP3s Spinning);

• I’ve been posting very long comments in two parts;

• You may have noticed more international coverage and references (by popular demand);

• PNG has become the chart/graphic format of choice — lite, fast loading, little color loss;

• I played with the idea of full-text feeds, but after extensive research (I spoke with 2 other bloggers), the conclusion was that the comments would suffer;

• Lots of new categories added (Wages & Income, Consumer Spending, Data Analysis, etc.); 

• Temporary fix for the printing:  Highlight only what you want, then click the radio button "PRINT SELECTION "   

Things I am working on for the next upgrade:

• I cannot seem to get updates to the Blog Roll to work; (I’m working on it);

• Trying to figure out how to make graphs/charts larger than the 600 pixel limit;

• Coming soon: an email article function; If you want to forward a link or full article to someone else (making sure spammers don’t abuse it is the problem); 

• Making articles easier to print is another goal — but I’m getting nowhere with it. Any ideas? 

 

Category: Weblogs

Cisco Technicals

Category: Technical Analysis

Consumer grows increasingly levered

Category: Retail

The Risk to Equities from Rising Rates

Category: Federal Reserve, Fixed Income/Interest Rates, Investing

iPod Price Cuts

Category: Music, Technology, Television

Still Short Gold . . .

Category: Commodities

Government Budget Number Crunching

I do Larry Kudlow’s show whenever he asks, and while I am certainly not the
political wonk he is, I do keep track of the budget process. I want to see how the deficit is shrinking or growing, what changes to the tax code might be coming, and which sectors of the economy are getting a spending boost from Uncle Sam.

That’s a lot of stuff to watch — Fortunately, there’s a terrific set of charts today via the online WSJ: Crunching the Numbers (click each for larger graphics).

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Gainers and Losers:
 

A broader view of what’s growing and shrinking in Bush’s 2007 proposal, in budgetary authority

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Sources: Office of Management and Budget, AP      
*Includes miscellaneous, undistributed offsetting receipts

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Receipts and Outlays
A look at how the federal government is counting on bringing in revenue, and how it plans to spend it in fiscal 2007. All figures in billions unless noted.

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Did you know that thee Estat Tax weas such a modest slice?

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Category: Economy, Politics

Unemployment Levels and Labor Participation Rate

Category: Employment

State of the Union: Not Very Happy

Category: Politics, Psychology

The Street Get Inflation Exactly Backwards

Category: Commodities, Employment, Inflation