The current debate over who should be replacing Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve should be a no-brainer, if you base it solely on abilities and sound judgment. There is no good reason why President Obama shouldn’t appoint Janet Yellen. But there is a lot of resistance to it anyway, and I imagine a lot of it is from the people who would rather see Larry Summers in the position.
Personally, I can’t believe people still take Larry Summers seriously.
Continue reading “Big egos and bad economics”
It’s about time.
After the last 24 hours, this is just awesome news.
The gigantic eruption that made the volcanic island of Krakatau in Indonesia (or commonly in English, Krakatoa) famous down to the present day actually began on August 26th, 1883. But the final eruption that destroyed most of the island happened on the following day, in a series of four gigantic explosions. Ultimately the volcano was blamed for more than 36,000 deaths, although some historians and scientists consider that number (estimated by the Dutch authorities, as it was part of the Dutch East Indies at that time) to be much too low. Krakatoa was the first major volcanic eruption to be studied and measured with modern scientific instruments such as seismographs and barographs.
Continue reading “One hundred thirty years ago today – Krakatoa”
I am a bit of a weather geek, and a history geek, and sometimes a weather history geek. But you knew that already.
So anyway, I heard about this interesting proposal to change the naming system for hurricanes, and I certainly appreciate the sentiment.
Continue reading “A New Storm Naming System Proposal”
I know this may come as a surprise to some of you, but I am asking this sincerely.
Please go away.
Continue reading “Dear City Council Candidates-“
My Uncle Paul and Aunt Pauline had their 50th Anniversary party this past weekend at the same place where they were married all those years ago. The name of the venue has changed, but the place is still there: OceanCliff.
It was the first time that I had been to Newport since high school, I think. And Kelly had not been there herself in at least a dozen years. So we both managed to get the day off in advance so we could go.
Continue reading “Trip to Newport, RI”
Tonight I did something I haven’t done in years.
I unplugged the phone.
Continue reading “Unplugged”
I don’t have a bicycle myself, but I have many friends who do, and I know that bicycles get stolen quite often in Greater Boston.
Continue reading “Smart way to catch some crooks”
If only we could figure out how to harness him up, we’d have a new power source.
Continue reading “John Silber is spinning in his grave”
Today it’s Etsy that brings the goods. Behold.
Continue reading “OHMYGODWHATISTHATTHING”