Monday, July 14, 2014

Talk Nerdy to Me


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

House M.D.

First, let me state that I love the show, and I love the actors.

Having said that, there are some glaring issues that I want to address.

1. At the beginning of season 4, there is a whole large group of applicants that want to work with House. But Foreman is having trouble getting a job because of his association with House. Therefore, these people must have some sort of issue that keeps them from getting hired elsewhere (like the guy with no actual medical degree). Otherwise, they would not WANT to associate themselves with House, ESPECIALLY after realizing what happened with Foreman. This means that everyone who applied, but didn't end up working with him, is probably flipping burgers somewhere.

2. Using the above argument, Cuddy holds all the cards. She must know it, House must know it. He's unemployable anywhere else, but he walks all over her. Why?

3. How has this guy not been fired or sued into unemployment? I mean really. While on the subject of House.....

Monday, June 16, 2014

June 2014

On a recent trip to Brunswick......

"Moss! You've got to see this! It's Jen's old boyfriend!"
 At Bowdoin College...


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Bottled Water

Just one of the many reasons I can't bring myself to pay for bottled water.

Friday, May 30, 2014


My kryptonite: hot geek girls.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Macroeconomics Simplified: Factory Capacity

Utilizing the previous post:

Let's for a minute say that factory capacity in the example is at 100%. In that case, even if everyone involved wants to spend 'more' money, and increase the GDP by increasing the velocity of money, they would be unable to do so, as there wouldn't be more "stuff" to buy.

Let's say person #2 has a factory running at 100%. Person #1 wants to buy more stuff from him and give him more money, but he can't. The best he can do is pay more for the items he can get (supply and demand). This causes inflation.

Now if person #2 expands his factory, or makes it more efficient, than #1 can buy more stuff, paying #2 more money, who then goes and spends money with #3, etc, increasing the GDP and improving the economy.

If the factory however is only running at 50% and not increasing, then there is something wrong with the process. Is person #3 not spending his funds, slowing the economy? Is person #2 not buying more products, because there are already too many in the system? Over capacity then leads to lower prices and deflation (see Great Depression). The economy spirals downward as #2 buys less from #3, as his prices are forced lower, or he's forced to cut expenditures due to overhead (the costs of running his company).

Ideally, factory capacity then needs to be high enough to provide income and profit for the owner, while being far enough from peak capacity to lead to inflation and/or stagnation of the economy. Parts of macroeconomics deals with just where this ideal point is located.

Laundry in Portland

I'm in the process of finding a laundromat in Portland that I like. I've tried two, I think I may try a third this afternoon, and thought I'd post my ratings:

Garden Island: very late hours, convenient, plenty of space and machines. However, it smelled funny, there didn't appear to be anyone on duty for assistance, and some of the machines didn't work right.

Union Station: clean, convenient to shopping and restaurants so you have something to do when you're waiting for a machine to finish. Had an attendant. However it was very crowded, the room is narrow and often standing-room only, and the locale is frequented by vagrants and homeless (if I had money guys, I wouldn't be using a laundromat, stop asking).

Pratt Abbott: found one! Clean, new machines, good relative prices. Bonus: ever have to do laundry for 20 people? They have a washing machine you can climb into. It's bigger than those dryers every laundromat has. It's insane. Comes with a warning label to make sure no one has climbed-into it before use, because they will die. If I had my cell, I would have taken a picture for you. Alas, the battery is recharging.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tell 'em Bert

Quill Superheroes

Man, I do NOT want to know who this guy's nemeses are.....
Needless to say, he has the crappiest job at the Hall of Justice.