My Life With Henry Kissinger, Susan Sontag, Walt Frazier, Philip Roth and others

  First Susan Sontag: way back 30 years ago, a few seconds ago, my girlfriend was a…do I say? am I breaching thin confidentiality? or like everything else, are enough people dead, that it doesn’t matter? It won’t for this, but will for other parts. As my young son says when I tell him a story, though none yet like… Read more →

Interdisciplinary & follow the money

This is the unfinished sketch of the curriculum for my 12 year old who homeschooled last year, and this year is half homeschooling and half auditing community college and high school classes where he has the interest and ability to hold his own with older kids (socially — it’s an ok fit, they all work well together, he has ‘younger sibling status’ it seems).… Read more →

My reply to this story re Vegan future / tech / food in labs / GMO – on Medium:

‘The Future of Food’   Nope. The future was already here 60 years ago; the current technology focus is a solution in search of a problem. We f*cked it up 60 years by permitting our economy to reward farming using factory made fertilizers and pesticides; by shutting down local farms and outsourcing 95% of our farm needs to Florida, California,… Read more →

Homeschooling / not for the faint of heart

A Slightly Radical Experiment A few things we learned about homeschooling this last year: homeschooling our willful, impetuous, determined boy, widely read, fierce 12 year old fox of a boy. He’s got good manners, a strong handshake, and intense curiosity about science, about literature and history, about construction and design, but him, this shining boy was being extinguished by his… Read more →

Cheap goods

Manufacturing in China leaves a lot to be desired. I could show you with statistics and charts why this is so, and how the Chinese government figures are full of lies (as are all government’s figures). However, that’s tedious – the precis is this: it’s a fucking disaster, costs are way understated, unrealistic downstream cost (ie zero). Here’s what you… Read more →

Perhaps I should get one hand

I am an economist by training and by trade a consultant to corporations and individuals looking to understand how to extract value, and what value actually is. By the standards of businesspeople, entrepreneurs, press – i’m moderately successful, could be dramatically successful; by my own standards I’m reasonably ‘successful’, but what is success? This is among the first questions I… Read more →