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Sunday, February 10, 2008

hip hop honors

more e-mails that I'm converting to blog posts. this one is from early Oct '07:

bit of music spam..also a bit late, as this was on vh-1 earlier this

but it's not like vh-1 has that much programming ('i love new york'!)--looks like they're replaying it plenty this week. you might want to set your tivo, dvr, vcr, etc. as you'll see on the site, honorees are tribe, whodini, snoop, missy, new jack swing (genre), and wild style (film).

the website has a decent little video jukebox for each.

unfort didn't motivate myself over to bklyn saturday for some panels
and book signings that were taking place in conjunction with this:

(ny people, i.e., joel, aaron and dax: let me know if you'd like to
make it over there sometime this month to see the photo exhibits


nor did I motivate to get us tix for the shows in times square fri
night (roots w/ big daddy kane) or sunday (common w/ q-tip)! got to


Saturday, February 09, 2008

Obama changing the game

like the previous post, this is something I slapped together a few weeks ago and e-mailed to myself:

Fascinating article from the WSJ about how Obama's SC strategy may change the game:

Echoes some themes from a previous WSJ article (front pager on Tuesday Jan 22) about how Obama's candidacy maps to class and generational divisions within the black community:

Also resonates w/ the repeated mentions of "the ministers" in "The Wire"--in typica Wire fashion, it's never explicitly laid out, but it's clear they hold a lot of political power. Go back to Carcetti's campaign, Herc's dismissal, and in the current season, the politics of replacing Burrell--all of it goes through the ministers.

Finally, a tangentially related link--a very interesting article about Charlie Rangel and his endorsement of Hilary Clinton, and how that maps to the structure of black political power in NYC:

Google Books

this is something I wrote a few weeks ago, in mid-Jan, originally as an e-mail to a friend who works in publishing. but figured it worked better as a blog post:

I just had my 1st real experience w/ Google Books. It's pretty amazing, really. Here's how it came about:

On a Wed afternoon, was prominently featuring preview from the upcoming Sunday Magazine--a profile of Ben Bernanke, written by Roger Lowenstein.

Lowenstein sounded familiar, b/c he'd written the big book on Long Term Capital Management, "When Genius Failed." That plus a couple other titles turned up as book search results when I did a (regular) google search on him:

I followed the link to another one of his books, "The Origins of the Crash: The Great Bubble and Its Undoing." That caught my eye b/c the title seems timely, even though it was published in '04--it's about the great equity (stock market) bubble of the '90s.

(Which really was remarkable run--earlier in the day I happened to be looking at some graphs of the S&P500..unfort only goes back to 2001, but here's a chart from Yahoo Finance:
Though that chart is not as striking b/c it's on some sort of log scale)

So I started reading the 1st chapter off of Google, which was pretty cool. Some pages were omitted here and there, so you can't read the whole thing, but still..

(Another tangential thought that all this reminded me of: someone should publish a book on the origins of this crash, i.e., in the housing and credit markets, which encompass the history (and future) of securitization). The ideal guy to write it would prob be Michael Lewis..)

But that got me thinking about another finance book I've been wanting to read. I found that you can you not only read the whole book on Google--the pdf is available for download:

"Lombard St: A Description of a Money Market" by Walter Bagehot

Bagehot was one of the first editors of The Economist, 1860-1877; he published "Lombard St" in 1873. The version you can read or download from Google is a scan of a 1896 edition that's in the Univ of Michigan library.