Friday, August 22, 2008

On Usain Bolt

We haven't seen much of the Olympics (because we have poor television reception) and I'm partial to such feats (because I participated in Track & Field) but I think the story of the games, even more than Michael Phleps, has to be Usain Bolt. The Steves at Freakonomics capture the amazement of his accomplishments and recommend (as do I) this graphical representation of the statisitical significance of his second feat--the 200m WR.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

On the economic views of the modern Democrat party

A must-read, these 8 pages written by David Leonhardt explain well and fairly neutrally much about the present state of the American economy and the leading Democrat's plan to solve its problems. Though it is apparent he is like-minded with the foundations of Obama's plan, he is level-headed and I think even if you're aren't crazy enough to think this is entertaining (because, who really enjoys economics?) I think you'll appreciate the discussion.