Friday, November 25, 2011

Defender of the Idea

Well, I am a little more than 25% of the way through Michael Lewis' book The Big Short and find it fascinating. I will admit that the occasional financial derivative will befuddle me (which is disappointing because I studied finance back in the day), but so be it. As much of a story about the machine that is greed, it is filled with other random insights into human character as well. This paragraph is a good example (written about the man who invented credit default swaps on sub prime mortgage bonds):

"Inadvertently, he'd opened up a debate with his own investors, which he counted among his least favorite activities. "I hated discussing ideas with investors," he said, "because I then become a Defender of the Idea, and that influences your thought process." Once you became an idea's defender you had a harder time changing your mind about it. "

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

We've had a wonderful day out in Hot Springs Village, great company, food, weather and stories - there is more to be thankful for than I can list. I consider myself truly lucky. Thank you for being a reader...despite the lack of posts these days.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I've been neglecting this space recently...and it is making Jozy sad.

Friday, November 04, 2011

My Oh My....

I've been meaning to post this for a while (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - My Oh My). Quite honestly, I think it is fantastic. You won't hear me say that about many rap or hip hop songs so let me provide a few contextual reasons:

1. I love great sport moments and in general, any passion around sport. This has that. And if you're a baseball fan, I think it will give you chills.
2. It's nostalgic. I grew up playing soccer and baseball in the back yard and being one of those kids asking for one more inning. This has that.
3. I took up an independent study in college on cognitive science and one of the areas we dove into was the analogy, comparison and insight into American culture that baseball provides. The last verse of this song, it has that.

So honestly, I can't recommend enough that you check this out if you think any of these concepts will resonate with you. What more could you ask from music, even if you don't like hip hop?