Mike Beversluis

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I think we're going to be friends


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Random Thought

Someone should write a sequel to Zero Effect. Just raid the old Rex Stout plot library or some such, and away you go. Ben Stiller optional.


time to do the tell about sky captain

Sydney dust storm.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009


So, I have an Amazon Prime trial subscription that'll work for the next few weeks. What shovel-ready projects should my one-man stimulus program tackle?

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Monday, September 21, 2009

the leaves are leaving

New England Foliage Map


Five o'clock world

What we do for a living - sliced & diced for your graphical enjoyment
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Saturday, September 19, 2009

youtube's like a box of chocolates...

More noir:


Friday, September 18, 2009

On Utopia

"I'm interested in keeping other people from building Utopia, because the more you believe you can create heaven on earth, the more likely you are to set up guillotines in the public square to hasten the process."
James Lileks

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The "I am dangerous" edition. (I almost went with "ride into the danger zone", but you know...)


Thursday, September 17, 2009

several light-years apart

Yeah, technological progress is pretty sweet.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

random quotes

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”
Samuel Johnson

"Television is more interesting than people. If it were not, we would have people standing in the corners of our rooms."
Alan Corenk

"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work."
Richard Bach

"The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office."
Robert Frost

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."
Carl Jung

"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives."
Abba Eban

"Politics is made up largely of irrelevancies."
Dalton Camp


Sunday, September 13, 2009


Norman Borlaug: The Man Who Saved More Human Lives Than Any Other Has Died


Friday, September 11, 2009

Harder better faster stronger

Scribing a bible the new-fashioned way:

Installation art is generally tedious, but this is a clever idea.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

service vs manufacturing: FIGHT!

An interesting article on why healthcare is expensive, and what can be done about it:

What I have yet to see (and apologies to those who have said it but I have not seen their doing so) is the simple and obvious explanation for why medical treatment costs keep going up. No, it is not because of insurance companies gouging us all, no, it is not the American Medical Association restricting the number of doctors. Nor even is it an aging population, a lack of government involvement, or too much of such—and it is not even the fact that good 5-cent cigars now cost $5.

It is because healthcare is a service, dunderheads. Services go up in cost relative to manufactures. That is just what they do. This does not contradict Robert Fogel's point in THE AMERICAN that we desire to spend more money on healthcare as our incomes rise, it is rather an explanation of why medical costs, rather than the amount of income we spend on them, rise over time.

The go-to economist here is William Baumol, who explained back in the 1960s that it is much more difficult to increase productivity in services—the productivity of labor, that is—than it is in manufacturing. His example was that we cannot make a symphony orchestra more productive by asking them to play faster: add to this the well-known idea (even New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has been known to make this point) that average wages in an economy are determined by average productivity, and it is possible to construct an argument that services will become more expensive relative to manufactures over time.

I for one welcome our future robot proctologists.


Le Bonkers



See The Curvature of the Earth edition

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009


Chuck Klosterman reviews The Beatles new box set.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

I have been wearing this out

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

absolutely nuts

Check out the monster trimaran that BMW & Oracle are putting together for the next America's Cup. May the best lawyers win!


Saturday, September 05, 2009


Wondermark: The route must be perfect.

NYCotD: I heart American Gothic.


Thursday, September 03, 2009

very tasty

Special edition 911SC, with retro-inspired looks along mit more power, brakes, wider stance, and etcetera. Like the Fuches inspired wheels, love the double-bump roof. Obvi.

At the risk of alienating the cognoscenti, I'm ambivalent about the duck-tail spoiler, but if you are going to have a spoiler at all, sure why not. In a purely academic mode, I'll note that US availability is TBD.

On a related note, 12-year old fixes Panamerica, pointing out that it would make a sweet new 928.


Tuesday, September 01, 2009


The ability to delude yourself may be an important survival tool.
Jane Wagner