I assume some will find this in bad taste in light of last week’s tragedies in Boston. But just in case anyone was paying attention, we’re closing in on a dozen years since the WTC was destroyed and it’s rebuild is still not complete yet, so I find it hard to read notes that New [...]
Category Archive for 'Extended Order'
Did you ever spend gargantuan amounts of time obsessing about a particular decision or purchase? Which graduate school should you attend? What kind of car should you buy? Or spending weeks and weeks and weeks waiting for the perfect deal, or for a good-used version of some product that you want to come up for [...]
A sort of iconic local steak place (it wasn’t fancy, but a neat place with a neat ambience) has recently shut down (see here). Now, places close for all sorts of reasons. But reports indicate that one reason for the closing is that beef prices have marched too high, and customers simply will not pay [...]
Posted in Extended Order on Dec 31st, 2012
Seen in Northport, Long Island: We’re #1 at picking up #2 They come to your backyard while you are away at work.
A popular sentiment regarding health care is that unlike other goods, we simply cannot tolerate differences in consumption based on income differences. Having a rich guy with a 90-inch plasma TV as compared to a poor guy suffering with a 36″ cathode-ray tube TV is not nearly as intolerable as the idea that if both [...]
Today I reprint a piece I put together several years ago. Happy Thanksgiving to all. Four centuries after the celebration of the first Thanksgiving, there is still widespread disagreement about the reason for the Pilgrims’ feast. But whether it was a harvest festival, a strictly religious observance, or a thank you to the local Wampanoag [...]
Today marks the 11th anniversary of the September 11th tragedy. I share my sympathies with all of the victims and their families and friends. But take a look at downtown and the site of the former WTC. Sure, there are several buildings going up and a memorial, but here we are 11 years later and [...]
This story is a few years old now, but is certainly worth retelling. The city of Sacramento famously has a statute on its books, 17.68.010 (sounds like it came straight out of an Ayn Rand novel) that basically requires residents to keep their properties neat. Now I am not necessarily against these sorts of requirements, [...]
Here is an example of the plea by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, along with the support of various hiking and conservation organizations, for people to practice a “Leave No Trace” ethic when wandering in the New York State Forest Preserve (a designated “wilderness” area: I am extremely sympathetic to the LNT ethic and [...]
The worst peanut crop in three decades and we consumers have to suffer with the prospect of only a half-dozen types of peanut butters rather than the typical dozen or so. By the way, keep your eyes out for similar signs and see how often companies feel like they have to apologize for price increases. [...]