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Revamped Home Page

Just an administrative note, I have re-vamped the home page of this site:

https://justinowings.com

In the process, I have killed my “Furl” page and eliminated the “Out & About” page, as the latter is sort of what I was going for on the index page, anyway. Now, my main index has considerably more purpose as it is serving as a map to the content on this site, as well as off-site content that you might (or might not!) enjoy. It contains a lot of what you’ll find in the sidebar to your right, but perhaps in a more user-friendly, grid format. Feedback is welcome!

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The Last Viridian

Though I know little about the Viridian Movement, I stumbled on an allusion (and quote) to a writing by Bruce Sterling titled “The Last Viridian” over at Patri’s livejournal and took the time to find the full-text. It’s worth the read — mainly because it has some thought-provoking ideas.

A sample:

Anything placed next to your skin for long periods is of high priority. Shoes are notorious sources of pain and stress and subjected to great mechanical wear.

You really need to work on selecting these — yes, on “shopping for shoes.” You should spend more time on shoes than you do on cars, unless you’re in a car during pretty much every waking moment. In which case, God help you.

I have spent a good deal of thought and money the shoes I purchase (Evidenced on this blog — zappos, chacos, and vibram five fingers). I’ve not minded spending more on shoes that are comfortable and function the way I like because I find these items to be ones I spend so much time using. They are important and I use them until they fall apart.

I also carry a nice knife, a useful tool that makes me more useful (This is another idea Sterling alludes to in his manifesto here).

Take a few minutes and read it.

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Mortgages are Forever

So a guy I ping emails with mentioned to me that Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson made a great “Dr. Evil” considering his bailout bill had a pricetag of $700 BILLION. What really made the situation humorous, though, was that the bald Paulson appointed shaved-head Neel Kashkari to oversee the bailout. Thus, rather than obsess over the crashing market (1,000 point amplitude today on the DJIA!), I determined to mock up a movie poster:



This might not be funny to a lot of you, but I enjoyed making it. And after this week of atrocious market performance, even for a bear like me, I needed the comic relief!