January 4th, 2008

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*Astounding* weather in Sacramento

We're having very high winds (40-60 mph) and heavy heavy rain. It was hailing as I walked from the parking lot to work and there were tree parts and fences down all over the place.

They say that in the Sierras it's near-blizzard whiteout conditions. The last couple days they were advising skiiers to either leave or hunker down somewhere safe and warm.

It's a wild, wild day and it might go through the weekend.
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[links] the blowing of the economic winds

In general, I find government and economic policy and philosophy fascinatingly useful for future world-building. I'm not as schooled in it as I could or should be, but I still find things like the below good mind food.

- Salon's How the World Works on Huckabee economics and Ron Paul economics. Very interesting stuff, and I'd like to see the same thoughts for other candidates as well such as Clinton or Obama.

- Marginal Revolution economic thoughts, both certain and uncertain. I'm not sure what to think about Marginal Revolution's site, but it certainly makes me think.

- Is another Dot-Com crash coming? (from Screenwerk). I missed out on the whole first crash (part of working for an old-time company), and it looks like I'm going to miss this one too.

- Political books Americans have been reading (at orgnet.com, via Bruce Sterling's WIRED blog Beyond the Beyond. Not completely economics, but very interesting and you can play with the cool network map!

- Fresh Air interview with David Cay Johnston, author of "Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill". I think there's some sort of relationship between the sentiment of a book like this and the results in Iowa caucuses, but I haven't sussed it out yet.

Addendum: On a lighter note, here's Good Experience's year-end list of fun links. There's some serious time-wasting available here.
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Mother Nature takes a break

Well, things have finally calmed down in Sacramento. Neither wind nor rain are battering us right now.

At work, a 40-foot tree and a big fence were blown down. At times, the hard rain on the roof sounded like a fleet of jets passing overhead.

At home, power went out for a bit and there are dropped and splintered limbs all over the neighborhood.

Pretty danged impressive, this storm was. And supposedly another one is coming tomorrow night! Watch out, it's going to be a bumpy ride.