My Seven Things

Was tagged by Daniel Cousineau in some kind of chain letter style fun game so here goes, my seven things, mostly shameless plugs but whatever 🙂

1.) Update: Not applicable anymore.

2.) Lately I’ve become a sucker for popular economics, here’s what I’ve read so far:
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

The Economic Naturalist: In Search of Explanations for Everyday Enigmas

The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich Are Rich, the Poor Are Poor–and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car!

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-By-Numbers is the New Way To Be Smart

3.) I don’t really have an education geared towards programming, not if you count some Pascal, Lingo, AS and Java. In fact during my time at Stockholm University I studied multimedia and at one time I was really interested in CG animation/modeling. The job market really sucks for this kind of thing in Sweden though, and let’s face it, my talent was maybe not top of the line, judge for yourself.

4.) For me the capabilities of a programming language is what matters most, not the syntax even though it’s nice to have something consistent and pretty (Pico Lisp). I’m still waiting for first class functions in PHP, just like JavaScript has, it won’t be Lisp but it will at least be there.

5.) I don’t really believe that the kind of FDR stuff Obama is planning is going to work, we’ll see for how long US T-bills will be in demand but I’m scared of the day when they won’t be sold out anymore. In general, having money as debt and interest on top of the debt and then having to take from the principal to pay the interest just doesn’t make sense, neither does bailouts, or even having banks that are “too big to fail”. There is too much moral hazard everywhere, it has to go.

6.) My political hero is Ron Paul, too bad he is not younger and black. He’s the only politician I’ve had any respect for in my whole life, it was a weird feeling when I realized that I was actually feeling that way towards a politician, refreshing.

7.) Why can’t western governments invest more in fusion, even more radical approaches like the pollywell?

So there you are Daniel, now you know more 😉

I’m not really going to forward this stuff to 7 more people, I just checked my reader and basically all programmers in there have already been tagged, nothing more to do there so this one stops here.

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