Another Book I Want to Read – Freakonomics…

Amazon.com describes the book: “Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences. The annual Nobel Prize winner in that field never receives as much publicity as his or her compatriots in peace, literature, or physics. But if such slights are based on the notion that economics is dull, or that economists are concerned only with finance itself, Steven D. Levitt will change some minds. In Freakonomics (written with Stephen J. Dubner), Levitt argues that many apparent mysteries of everyday life don’t need to be so mysterious: they could be illuminated and made even more fascinating by asking the right questions and drawing connections. For example, Levitt traces the drop in violent crime rates to a drop in violent criminals and, digging further, to the Roe v. Wade decision that preempted the existence of some people who would be born to poverty and hardship.

Elsewhere, by analyzing data gathered from inner-city Chicago drug-dealing gangs, Levitt outlines a corporate structure much like McDonald’s, where the top bosses make great money while scores of underlings make something below minimum wage. And in a section that may alarm or relieve worried parents, Levitt argues that parenting methods don’t really matter much and that a backyard swimming pool is much more dangerous than a gun. These enlightening chapters are separated by effusive passages from Dubner’s 2003 profile of Levitt in The New York Times Magazine, which led to the book being written. In a book filled with bold logic, such back-patting veers Freakonomics, however briefly, away from what Levitt actually has to say. Although maybe there’s a good economic reason for that too, and we’re just not getting it yet. –John Moe –This text refers to the Hardcover edition”

A Book I Want to Read – Blink…

Here is the description of the book on Amazon.com:

Blink is about the first two seconds of looking–the decisive glance that knows in an instant. Gladwell, the best-selling author of The Tipping Point, campaigns for snap judgments and mind reading with a gift for translating research into splendid storytelling. Building his case with scenes from a marriage, heart attack triage, speed dating, choking on the golf course, selling cars, and military maneuvers, he persuades readers to think small and focus on the meaning of “thin slices” of behavior.

The key is to rely on our “adaptive unconscious”–a 24/7 mental valet–that provides us with instant and sophisticated information to warn of danger, read a stranger, or react to a new idea. Gladwell includes caveats about leaping to conclusions: marketers can manipulate our first impressions, high arousal moments make us “mind blind,” focusing on the wrong cue leaves us vulnerable to “the Warren Harding Effect” (i.e., voting for a handsome but hapless president).

My Computer (Per Scott’s Comment Below)…

Computer Case – Apevia X-Superalien ATXA6SW-GN/500 Green Server Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144006


CPU
– Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHZ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115003


Memory – 4 Gigs
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OS
– Ubuntu 8.04
http://www.ubuntu.com/products/WhatIsUbuntu/desktopedition

Tyler Drank with a Straw Today…

We had lunch at a Thai food restaurant today and they gave him a styrofaum cup of water with a straw.  We have tried having him drink with a straw in the past but today he figured it out and there was no stopping him.  Remember those “crazy straws” growing up?  I can’t wait to give one to Tyler some day.  We’ll stick to the boring ‘ol regular straws for now but we were pretty proud of our little guy.