Welcome to David & Mary's Habitrail! This is a combination of blog and wiki that we're going to be playing with. Aside from the blog content, we'll be slapping whatever we feel like up here. Major categories include:
I was just talking with my co-worker Zoe about the situation with Venezuela and Ecuador at Colombia's throat, and I had an idea for an interesting only resource: The Rankings. It was inspired by our curiosity how Venezuela is actually doing since Chavez took power, relative to the situation in Colombia. The idea would be to construct a multiplicative index of various quality of life indicators compiled by existing organizations such as Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, UNESCO, and so on, which would provide a way of evaluating whether general conditions were improving or worsening in a particular country. If nothing else, I think something like this could make it a bit easier to judge whether we're being fed a line of bull about the evils of a foreign government, or whether they really are screwing with their citizens.
In the interests of giving Google something to chew on, I thought I'd mention that I have a new site up and running: Pingree's Potato Patch, which is focused on the economics of Detroit. So far there isn't a huge amount of content, but I'm working on it. If it sounds interesting, drop by and take a look.
The Habitrail was non-functional for the last several weeks due to a weird interaction between PmWiki and the FastCGI system our webhost is using to cope with the load imposed by the Fractal Farm. Anyway, we're back.
I've posted before about the various snack foods that I've loved which are no longer available. I've got a few more:
Mary and I were just getting set to watch an episode of Heroes, and the DVD player started sowing a "Loading" message, and within 5 seconds I found I was singing:
Loading, loading, loading
Keep those doggies loading
Though they keep exploding
Mary giggled briefly but uncontrollably, and suggested that we'd found the new theme song to Unexploded Cow..
I was just reading a Q&A with Nathan Fillion (of Firefly fame), and it got me to thinking about the fact I've had a variety of RPG character's I'm rather proud of for some reason, so rather than bug people about them in person, I thought I'd write them up here for posterity (which also doesn't want to hear about my character, I'm sure).more...
CNN, by way of Yahoo, recently posted a set of 20 rules for investing which pretty much encapsulates everything that any typical person can do to maximize their success.
This story is a few years old, but good enough I didn't want to lose track of it. The folks at the New York Times' Freakonomics Blog linked to a 2004 column looking at data collected by an economist-turned-bagel distributor that provides some remarkable insight into white collar crime. It's boss!
Yegor Gaidar, former Acting Prime Minister of Russia, has published an extremely interesting paper which traces the collapse of the Soviet Union directly to the fall in oil prices in 1985 after Saudi Arabia abandoned the price-maintenance agreements with OPEC.
Strange Maps is a very cool website featuring a variety of maps depicting either unusual historical/political situations, or interesting depictions of information beyond that normally picked up by maps. Definitely worth a few hours of wandering about.