I’d rather go to work than go to Bonnaroo

I have absolutely no desire to go to  Bonnaroo.  I just can’t be a hippie whatsoever.  I’m sorry If I like to bathe and that I don’t really dig VW buses.  I do like that one kinda disco song by Grateful Dead, but that’s about it.  OK I do have Ummagumma from Pink Floyd but that’s different.  I didn’t know what the f&^% patchouli oil was until about two years ago.  I am sick of hearing about how awesome flippin Woodstock was.  Eat your brown acid and leave me alone…………………….well okay don’t eat the brown acid, sorry I don’t really want to be hatin’, I’ll just politely opt out of your drum circle, thanks. 

Honestly I’d jump at the chance to play at Bonnaroo…….(but that’s different)


Criminal Minds


Good grief, a network crime show I actually like???It’s no Wire, but… Criminal Minds
*Update* I only lasted two or three episodes, then lost interest…

Happiness and Public Policy


Now, it would be extra special had this been published in the WSJ!

From the NY Times: All They Are Saying is Give Happiness a Chance. Excerpts:

“The era of laissez-faire happiness might be coming to an end. Some prominent economists and psychologists are looking into ways to measure happiness to draw it into the public policy realm. Thirty years from now, reducing unhappiness could become another target of policy, like cutting poverty.

“This is another outcome that we should be concerned about,” said Alan Krueger, a professor of economics at Princeton who is working to develop a measure of happiness that could be used with other economic indicators. “Just like G.D.P.””

“Most disconcerting, happiness seems to have little relation to economic achievement, which we have historically understood as the driver of well-being. A notorious study in 1974 found that despite some 30 years worth of stellar economic growth, Americans were no happier than they were at the end of World War II. A more recent study found that life satisfaction in China declined between 1994 and 2007, a period in which average real incomes grew by 250 percent.

Happiness, it appears, adapts. It’s true that the rich are happier, on average, than the poor. But while money boosts happiness, the effect doesn’t last. We just become envious of a new, richer set of people than before. Satisfaction soon settles back to its prior level, as we adapt to changed circumstances and set our expectations to a higher level.”

“Despite happiness’ apparently Sisyphean nature, there may be ways to increase satisfaction over the long term. While the extra happiness derived from a raise or a winning lottery ticket might be fleeting, studies have found that the happiness people derive from free time or social interaction is less susceptible to comparisons with other people around them. Nonmonetary rewards — like more vacations, or more time with friends or family — are likely to produce more lasting changes in satisfaction.

…More broadly, if the object of public policy is to maximize society’s well-being, more attention should be placed on fostering social interactions and less on accumulating wealth. If growing incomes are not increasing happiness, perhaps we should tax incomes more to force us to devote less time and energy to the endeavor and focus instead on the more satisfying pursuit of leisure.

One thing seems certain, lining up every policy incentive to strive for higher and higher incomes is just going to make us all miserable. Happiness is one of the things that money just can’t buy.”

Photo by Aaron Logan

Northeastern University Patent Suit Against Google Search; E-Trade Stocks Down 59%


What a Monday. Suit filed last week by Northeastern University and Jarg, owner and sole licensee of a patent on splitting up search queries to search them over multiple databases to speed up the search, which basically is how Google’s search capabilities function–the suit is for an injunction and damages. That would be insane if it got to the point of Google settling; if I were Northeastern and Jarg, represented by the biglaw law firm Vinson and Elkins, I would play no holds barred. Take it to a jury! Refuse settlement! Of course there’s the KSR case which makes it easier to invalidate patents–at any rate however, they could OWN Google if they won. The patent was issued in 1997, Google was incorporated in 1998.

Northeastern sues Google over patent

Read a transcript of an interview with library advocate and NYU Associate Professor of Culture and Communication Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of a law review article against critiquing the Google book project on the web magazine First Monday.


E-trade stocks down 59% on an analyst’s report that there was a 15% chance that E-trade would go bankrupt, apparently due to exposure in the whole subprime mess. (I thought these financial people were paid so much money because they were geniuses at dealing with and diversifying risk. It’s more like a few become billionaires and hopefully don’t wreck the economy for the rest of us with their exotic shenanigans.)

The way this highlights the psychological aspects of the financial markets is really interesting, since it was just one analyst’s report, and only estimating a 15% chance of bankruptcy…read the comments, a lot of people think the sky could be falling on many of the big financial houses…quite a lot of speculation.

E*Trade’s ‘Bankruptcy’ Risk: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

Warm Widow–Return of the 80s/90s Noise Rock

Now THIS is cool–the band Warm Widow from the UK. Sounds like vintage Drive Like Jehu, Live Skull, Sonic Youth, Gordons, Fall, Husker Du, Mission of Burma,  maybe some touches of Swervedriver occasionally, etc–indie/postpunk/noise rock. Very nice, chaotic sounds coming out of that guitar. Totally rockin’. Like 80s/90s noise rock never disappeared. I hope they can ever play in the US. Here’s their MySpace: Warm Widow.  Possibly the best music of this type I’ve heard since Drive Like Jehu, which is saying a lot.

Spank Rock–Rick Rubin

Swervedriver 2008 reunion; Adam Franklin


Just missed Adam Franklin/Toshack Highway on tour…doh!

Anyway, there’s going to be a Swerverdriver reunion tour in 2008; no way anyone should miss this one.

Here’s a great Swervedriver video, Rave Down live: remember when Tower Records existed? Check out the great noise freakout starting at 3:13!

And here’s a great Adam Franklin video;