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Book Notes: “Land of Promise”

I recently read Land of Promise, a book by Michael Lind on the economic history of the US. The book is currently being discussed in Breakthrough Institute circles and was reviewed by the NYT last week. Land of Promise provides an anecdotal history of the American economy, framed by the competing philosophies of Hamilton (large […]

Amazing Video

Terje Sorgjerd writes: This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide. Spain´s highest mountain @(3715m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories. (Thanks […]

My New Gig(s)

It’s been almost a year since the Oracle deal closed, and I’ve been fortunate to work on a lot of interesting projects since then, including the Energy Innovation Tracker, which I’ll write more about soon. By last fall I was feeling like it was time to settle down somewhere again. I talked to a number […]

Citizen Engineer: The Book is Out!

This week our book, Citizen Engineer, made it out the online bookstores and is supposed to hit the bricks-and-mortar stores next week. The book was written by myself and Sun’s CTO Greg Papadopoulos, with tons of help from John Boutelle. Of course its also important to recognize our publisher, Greg Doench, at Prentice Hall. The […]

Obama to detail further compensation limits – Yahoo! Finance

Obama to detail further compensation limits – Yahoo! Finance: this is just the tip of the iceberg on this, and I suspect its why Ford is being so vocal that they don’t want government help.


Just flew from Boston to San Francisco. Heavy snowcover the whole way until we got over the Central Valley in CA. Can’t remember ever seeing it so consistent before.

Moonrise at 35,000

Moon rising over the clouds during a flight from SFO to DC.

Emergency Bill…yeah, right

The Senate version of Emergency Bailout bill is now 451 pages, up from the 113 page House version that was defeated earlier in the week, which was up from the original 2 and a half page proposal. All of the extra stuff is pork. (here’s one of the many descriptions on the internet). Is anyone […]

Boston, Nevada

Our governor has decided that either a) we dramatically raise taxes, or b) we open the state to casinos. Argh. Part of this is driven by the large number of Mass residents who visit the Connecticut casinos. Part of it, I suspect, is the big success of the Mass Lottery, which distributes over $761M a […]

United coming unglued again?

One of the summers around 2000 United Airlines just totally lost it. Huge delays all of the time, cancelled flights, no reasonable options when your flights were cancelled, etc. Seems like it might be starting to happen again. There’s only a couple of non-stops between Boston and San Francisco anymore, and they’re all pretty full, […]