Speech at Commencement 2014 to Berkeley MSE Grads
We can use our intuition, our scientific knowledge and our pedagogical skills to paint a picture of how think qualitatively, and then, within limits, quantitatively, about the world of human affairs, and in so doing, have an impact on how other people think.
POSTED — April 19, 2014 — Lectures
On von Trier’s Nymphomaniac as an Representation of The Will
You can do what you want but you can't want what you want.
POSTED — April 6, 2014 — Opinions
The miners who create the money have a phenomenal privllege.
POSTED — March 1, 2014 — Opinions
Instead I tried to turn myself into a recording and copying machine that looked at the scene in front of me, observde little spots of light and dark, as finely as possible, and transcribed that light and dark onto the paper, irrespective of what it represented.
POSTED — February 1, 2014 — Opinions
Financial Valuation Modeling in a Nutshell: Dilution, Diversification and Hedging
Dilution, diversification and hedging allow you to (hope to) eliminate the risk of an individual risky security. The return of the resultant diluted diversified hedged portfolio should then be the riskless return. This constraint determines the expected return of the risky security.
POSTED — January 29, 2014 — Opinions
Lived Too Long?
The exam, which consisted of one question he taped to a store window, involved writing an explanation your mother could understand for why something about the Gibbs Free Energy …
POSTED — January 5, 2014 — Miscellany
Bad Behavior: A Collection of Essays and Stories
Essays and Stories from 2002-2013.
POSTED — January 1, 2014 — Books and Reviews
Just a New York Conversation
Don’t wanna talk politics today
I feel too good, let me have my way
High in the city, high in the city
POSTED — December 31, 2013 — Column, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
On Mandela: Leading From The Front
Today, politicians do whatever it takes to stay in power. They poll the country, find out what attitudes will sell, and then set up organizations to send different messages to different constituencies, trying to make themselves look like what the polls tell them people want. Mostly, they don’t lead at all, and if they do, they lead from behind.
Mandela had a vision for what a good society would look like, and tried to encourage people towards it. “There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way,” he wrote after being freed. He led from the front, having paid the price that guaranteed he knew firsthand what he was talking about.
POSTED — December 9, 2013 — Column, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Knowing The Worlds: Guest Editorial in the FAJ November/December 2013, Vol. 69, No. 6
An editorial in the Financial Analysts Journal on methods of making sense of the world.
POSTED — December 7, 2013 — Links
The Complexity of Human Existence
The movie is about a girl in an overwhelming existential predicament.
I woke up thinking about the movie and its characters.
POSTED — November 22, 2013 — Books and Reviews
Laughing All The Way From The Bank
Could it be that cash machines proliferate in pizza parlors and bankers' crimes don't get seriously prosecuted because money isn't serious anymore?
POSTED — November 11, 2013 — Opinions
Spinoza & Behavioral Economics on the Pinball Table
The difference between LibPat's and Spinoza's analysis of the emotions
POSTED — November 8, 2013 — Opinions
The Crying of America: A Calculated Withdrawal from The Life of the Republic
Behind the hieryglyphic streets there would either be a transcendent meaning, or only the earth.
POSTED — October 28, 2013 — Books and Reviews
Fama and Shiller and Science
Conflicting models don't indicate that economics is not a science.
POSTED — October 24, 2013 — Opinions