New Blog.

September 8th, 2007 by De Onion

Yet another new blog, The Devil Island published by Bermuda’s only true net celebrity – Uncle Elvis.

Blogger fatigue does take its toll – with PLPwatch and BermudaNow both idle or gone… joining politics.bm and limeyinbermuda.com…

It’s true that it’s the same constant BS, and reading old posts from politics or limey it’s pretty clear that the poor decision making in our government does not come back to one person but is systematic and reliable.

Ezekiel 23:20 NIV

September 5th, 2007 by De Onion

It appears that some corporate networks are blocking the New Onion under the category “Sex”. I would like to reassure my readers that 1) I think that’s awesome, and 2) What Bermuda needs is a good sex scandal. Except of course I think we’d probably shrug off even the most lurid scandal because the same thing happened 2 years ago to the girl we work with’s auntie’s ex-stepdaughter.

There you go Websense, a company that couldn’t even pull off a good IPO during the tech bubble. A reason to block us.

Hot air, overheating servers or politicians?

August 15th, 2007 by De Onion

Apparently the New Onion was down for a while this afternoon, I have no idea why – but it wasn’t anything I did and appears to have been related to our host’s sql server.

…and now back to the regularly scheduled social commentary…

Question: How do you tell when a politician is lying?
Answer: His lips are moving.

If you still find the above joke funny then perhaps you haven’t been reading the news, in which case I suggest you take a second to check out this nifty article on detecting BS, then pick up the local papers… any one will do any day of the week, it seems.

Calculator!

August 6th, 2007 by De Onion

In my last post I neglected to include the link to the Bloomberg Savings calculator.

The link is here.

My apologies

I’ll raise you a Mars for a Venus.

August 4th, 2007 by De Onion

One of the more interesting questions in dealing with sexism and racism is to ensure that one actually understands the mechanics behind aggregated differences between populations. In many cases the results are often very surprising as this article discusses. Obviously, the solutions to gender inequality that stem from differences in haggling behaviour are very different than those that stem from outright sexism.

This is one example of a whole slew of similar studies that find surprising explanations for the seemingly obvious (like one I can’t dig up at the moment that finds that a material cause of wealth inequality between otherwise identical black/white American families is a product of different risk tolerance in financial assets and the corresponding higher return of riskier assets). To gain an appreciation of the difference this would make check out this calculator and see the difference in value of $1000 invested at 6% vs. 8% per year over 30 years (don’t forget to set monthly contributions and taxes to zero, that’s Bermuda’s unfair competitive advantage when it comes to savings).

How to bake your noodle.

July 29th, 2007 by De Onion

I did some writing over the weekend – but it’s half-baked.

In the interests of greater perspective, have a read about where we (humans) are (hopefully) headed in the very long-run (ie. after I am dead).


The stages of civilizations

Thoughts for the day…

June 6th, 2007 by De Onion

...Avalance 2007

Chewstick…

June 3rd, 2007 by De Onion

Chewstick open mic night at Champions was awesome tonight. It’s every other Sunday in the winter, every Sunday in the summer. If you don’t go then start.

Excellent vibe, good music, good people.

Politics is by nature divisive and attracts partisans and forces us to pick sides. Chewstick is about not picking a side, about coming together, speaking personal truths. In some cases these are personal and divisive and hurtful, but the bottom line is where we should be aiming… So, we have this good vibe, good honesty, love, and truth… now all it needs is to be able to move that forward into action – so politicians listen up, here is the question: What are your principles? Not your bullshit. Oh yeah, and it seems we need better anti-corruption legislation and resignation of a dozen MPs… but that’s another story and I’ll leave that to history to judge.

Respect. Freedom. Love. Truth

Talking heads…

May 29th, 2007 by De Onion

In policy discussion there’s a very real tendency to simply repeat an incorrect or unusual viewpoint until people accept it. The Bush administration were masters at this – they repeated the same thing until people believed it….

Turns out that repeating an opinion enough times is almost as effective as having a large number of people believe it. This is perhaps especially important on the Bermuda blogsphere where a small number of very loud and very repetitive posters make up a large percentage of total post volume.

Love and money

May 3rd, 2007 by De Onion

Hilarious article on cheeky monkeys and the real role of government…