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Audubon Park

Audubon Park

Originally uploaded by nola-shiva.

There were some glorious mornings in the park this fall.



The FrontPiecesHalf-AssembledThe BackOut the DoorAt the Post Office
7From Hawaii to Massachusetts (Front)From Hawaii to Osaka, Japan (Front)From Hawaii to Seattle, Washington (Front)From Hawaii to Massachusetts (Back)From Hawaii to Osaka, Japan (Back)
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Cameramail, a set by Matthew McVickar on Flickr.

I’ve been thinking about Mail Art lately, and came across this project on Laughing Squid. Brilliant!

Scariest Thing I Saw On Halloween.

Scariest Thing I Saw On Halloween.

Originally uploaded by Elisha Cook Jr..

Just keeps getting scarier. Not so much her, but the whole industry growing around her.


Jellyfish in Little Lagoon

Originally uploaded by nola-shiva.

Sitting in the garden in the sun on a clear February day with a chilly air temperature. The radiant heat from the sun, some 290 million miles away, is palpable. You can feel it pressing on the bare skin. And you think about how hot the sun must be, how large it must be and about the distance and you realize that we and the sun exist and have being on incomparably different scales.

Life on earth appears to exist within a very narrow temperature range, from about -30 C to about 120 C. The known temperature range in the universe is from -269 C to about 40 million C (interior of a star). Our little biological range here on earth represents only 0.0004% of the known range. And it is at the very cold end of the known range.

On the universal temperature scale with units of say 500,000 C the earth’s bio-range is completely invisible.

What’s amazing is the sheer complexity of material life within out infinitesimal temperature range, such as the behavior of water. Water is liquid at such a micro range that it is incredible that life seems to depend almost entirely upon that property of the molecule.

New Year’s day

We took a walk on the abandoned golf course in City Park.  Overcast sky, not cold.  Lots of birds.  I went with Cathy and Dorree.  dscn5744

They had recently mown the fairways.  I like them better when they are left alone, wild.  Let it go wild.  


We saw pelicans. dscn5742Egrets.









Fire-breathing green dragons. dscn5745

SNOLA: 2 Mexicans and a snowman

SNOLA: 2 Mexicans and a snowman

Originally uploaded by nola-shiva.

I snowed in New Orleans last Thursday, Dec. 11. A very rare event–especially if there is enough snow for accumulation. In this case we got about an inch in a couple of hours. Enough to jazz everyone up. I went out as it was ending to a couple of parks. Here, on the Audubon Park golf course, I ran into two Mexican guys who were also out enjoying the event. I took their picture with their disposable camera, and then one with mine. View my Flickr page to see more SNOLA pics.

Bubbles are a natural aspect of capitalism

Speculative bubbles have been around as long as capitalism has existed.  We look back at things like Tulip Mania of the 17th century with wonder.  But bubbles have continued to emerge in diferent forms ever since.  Each tie the prevailing feeling among speculators is, “this time it’s diferent”.

Two recent articles in The Atlantic explore the reasons for bubbles in some detail.   Exercises in “experimental economics” have shown that even under carefully controlled conditions, traders will behave in a way that creates speculative bubbles.  It rather comes down to a game in which the players place bets based on what they know and what they think the others in the game know (or don’t know).  It seems a little like poker.  See Virginia Postrel in the December 2008 issue.

In the same issue Henry Blodget discusses how the financial bubble grew and what lessons can be learned from it.  He feels that bubbles are to be expected as a natural partof a system as dynamic as capitalism.  A web of relationships, fears and expectations connecting Wall Street banks and you and me created and fed the financial bubble.  Although bubbles destroy a lot of wealth they also create it, and allow for the financing of new technological innovations, such as the rapid growth of the Internet.