“The failure of the economics profession to address our deeper problems theoretically is mirrored by the failure of other sciences on a more practical level. To wit: America’s best minds are still heading to Wall Street to an unnerving, even pathological degree—further evidence that finance remains the dominant sector of the economy.”—Michael Hirsh, in his final column for Newsweek, on why, with America in trouble, our economists are AWOL and our scientists are off “financial engineering” (via newsweek)
I’m a Scotch man, usually. But during the summer, my brother/roommate and I go for micheladas. There’s a few ways to make this delicious adult beverage. As an end of the summer tribute, this is how we make ours:
The mix: 1. Wet the rim of your pint glass with the lime juice from your half-lime. 2. Dip the rim in a bowl/plate of kosher salt (or other flaky salt). 3. Add ice to the glass. 4. Squeeze the half-lime into your glass, the more juice the better. 5. With the glass tipped roughly 30 degrees, dash the Cholula sauce around the inside of the glass, so it drips down. The hotter you want it, the more you add, but at least a few dashes is necessary. 6. Pour your beer in the glass. 7. Enjoy.
Note: It is absolutely essential to use Mexican beer for this. Most other beers taste like total shit this way. Also, you won’t empty the can/bottle of beer in one pour. The beauty of the michelada is that you add more beer as you go, and it stays delicious.
Also, some people may tell you that a michelada includes any or all of the following: tomato juice, Clamato, Worcestershire sauce. From our experimentation, all of these taste terrible. But it’s always good to be inventive, so do what you like.
“What I will tell you is that their very actions will in fact jeopardize the safety of the young men and women who are serving in uniform over here and also undermine the very mission that we’re trying to accomplish. I would hope they would understand that there are second- and third-order effects that will occur that will affect that young man and woman who’s out there on point for America, serving their nation today, because of their actions back in the United States.”—
Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, head of NATO efforts to train Afghan security forces.
The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, plans to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington by burning copies of the Muslim holy book. (The Quran)
Fucking assholes. Someone needs go over there with a firetruck and a some dunce caps.
Huge news. Tumblr just devised a passive way to structure a whole lot of unstructured data. I’m just hoping API support for looking at source data isn’t far behind. With one, you could:
Build your own Stumbleupon for content outside the Tumblr sandbox.
Publishers could determine what bits of their content are the most engaging.
Visualize the data and better understand the internet as dynamic, multiple ecosystems.
But even more important than any of these possibilities, is the market possibilities attribution enables. For example, people who produce original content on Tumblr could set rates for their content. Editors or publishers could then roll their own magazines, generate a masthead of contributors, and pay all the authors with one checkout process. Tumblr could very well emerge as an iTunes for organic content, taking a small slice off the top and paying artists all the while.
Hopefully such a future is in the cards. I can’t wait to roll my own Gourmet replacement…