Adventures in Smarshland

January 29, 2010

Obama at his best

Filed under: Politics,Worth Sharing — Tags: , , , — smarsh @ 6:49 pm

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October 24, 2009

Fresh Install

Filed under: Computer,Worth Sharing — Tags: , , — smarsh @ 5:17 pm

In preparing for Win 7 fresh install I needed to make an inventory of all the applications I wanted on my machine.  It is a good opportunity take stock of what I used and what was just clutter.  If you find this post helpful, please write your own post on you blog and leave a link in the comments.  Or if you don’t have a blog, just leave a list in the comments.

So without further ado:


Firefox Extensions

March 23, 2009

How will you use your corpse?

Filed under: Worth Sharing — Tags: , , , , , — smarsh @ 11:42 pm

Ingrid Newkirk of PETA has just posted her will. It has been quite some time, or perhaps never have I ever read anything so provocative as what she has committed to in her will.  It reminds me that arguments frequently fall flat even if they are sound in logic unless they appeal to the reader’s innate sense of empathy.  Here are several passages which left my jaw on the floor.

the “meat” of my body, or a portion thereof, be used for a human barbecue…

my skin, or a portion thereof, be removed and made into leather products…

my pointing finger be delivered to Kenneth Feld, owner of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, or to a circus museum to stand as the “Greatest Accusation on Earth”…

Although I don’t necessarily argree with much of logic because I start from different axioms, I do find -given her own set of beliefs and axioms- she has created a powerful and persuasive argument.  I wish I could find such forceful and shocking arguments for my own worldviews.

March 9, 2009

Romer’s Insights on Economic History

In my training as an economist, I must admit, studying the Great Depression was barely on my radar.  I have for some time wanted to read more about economic history.  I found Chistina Romer’s speech to the Brookings Institute delivered today to be very educational in that vein, the essay for which can be read here.  Maybe I’m just to much of an economics dork, but I also found the footnotes to be very helpful as well, as they contain many primary sources of scholarship and data I was unaware of.  I cannot speak to the degree of bias or lack thereof in the speech, I would assume– given her status in the Obama Administration as one of his economic ad visors– she would hold back views she privately held that are in contrast to those of the Administration in general.

December 1, 2008

Obama spoke at Carleton in 1999, Thank You RSS

Filed under: Politics,Worth Sharing — Tags: , , , , — smarsh @ 7:11 am

I recently returned from a trip to China and have been digging my way out of backlogged emails, Tivo’d shows, RSS Feeds, and Podcasts.  One that I came across was from a podcast of my Alma Matter Carleton College entitled “Convocation: Barack Obama: Politics, Race, and the Common Good”.  My first thought was how did a President Elect in transition find the time to give a lecture at a small college.  Typically this podcast is devoted to recent Convocations (lectures), but in this case it was a reposting of an archived speech he had given in 1999 as when he was only three years into his formal political career as a State Senator in Illinois.  It is an interesting speech to listen to because he largely spells out his entire domestic policy worldview without any of the filters that come with high pressure national politics.

Link to the release of the archive

Link to the 6 part audio recordings and Transcript

Link to the Carletonian newspaper article

June 7, 2008

TED Conference: Mushrooms save the world

Filed under: Worth Sharing — Tags: , — smarsh @ 12:14 pm

This is a particular good TED Talk that was recently released: Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world

May 24, 2008

Reading, Getting Started Today

Filed under: Computer,Innovation,Worth Sharing — Tags: , , , — smarsh @ 1:04 pm

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

I’m getting started today.  If your time is too committed to work, family, … then you might enjoy Librivox which is like the Wikipedia of audiobooks from the public domain.  Although the books are read by volunteers, the ones I have listened to have been of acceptable quality, especially considering the price (Free).

December 2, 2007

Useful add-on, BugMeNot, avoid pesty registration for websites

Filed under: Computer,Worth Sharing — Tags: , , , , — smarsh @ 5:52 pm

Hate having to register for websites that require you to give your email and a thousand other personal information items? Do you keep a separate junk email address just for these registration websites to avoid getting spam like I do? I think you will appreciate a handy plugin for Firefox called BugMeNot. You can download the extension here. It has a sister plugin called RetailMeNot, which will inform you of available coupons and promo codes for websites you are browsing. Although I have yet to try RetailMeNot, I have been impressed with the BugMeNot plugin and will give it a whirl as well. Both plugins rely on the users to some degree to update the backbone website with information. For instance if you come across a website that requires registration, you can volunteer yourself as the guinea pig and fill out the information to get a valid username and password which everyone else can benefit from. A similar concept applies to the retail version, if you are aware of a promo code you can enter the information on the RetailMeNot website which will in turn alert everyone who visits that retail website with the plugin installed.

November 28, 2007

Interesting Experiment (Living the Bible Literally)

Filed under: Worth Sharing — Tags: , , , — smarsh @ 2:11 am

I came across a review for the following book “The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible” by A. J. Jacobs, who is also the person who was made famous for reading the whole encyclopedia Britannica.  Just reading the blurbs makes me excited to give this book a read.

November 8, 2007

Comic Genius

Filed under: Worth Sharing — Tags: , — smarsh @ 8:48 pm

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while:

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