Category : Musings

What Could a Bitcoin Be Worth?

Since I work for the capital markets group of a major financial corporation, I am obligated to point out, THESE ARE ONLY MY OPINIONS.  I don’t know my employer’s opinion on the topic (or any topic), nor is my opinion based in any part on research or analysis completed by…

Systematically Betting on Baseball (fun with Spreadsheets)

If you know me in the “real world” you know that I am a huge Pirate fan.  The part of baseball I have found interesting for most of my life is player development.  Watching players get drafted at 18 out of high school or signed at 16 out of Latin…

Gates and Jobs in the Context of Time

 “I firmly believe that 50 years from now he’ll be remembered for his charitable work. No one will even remember what Microsoft is, and all the great entrepreneurs of this era, people will have forgotten Steve Jobs. There will be statues of Gates across the third world and … there’s a…

Monday Morning Musing: The End of Men

Last month there was an article in The Atlantic that dealt with the increasing education gap between women and men (yes, those are in the right order) and what effect it might have on the world going forward. The interesting part to me was the implication that mens’ advantage in…

Turing Thoughts and Another Reason to Love Startups

I was listening to a pod cast on my way to work this morning that was about Alan Turing.  Turing wasn’t the inventor of the computer, but one could pretty he easily argue he was the conceptualizer (I don’t care what WordPress’ judgmental little red line says, I’m using it).  He sat…

Democratizing Spelling

One of the cool things about big data is that it lets you see every trend, whether you expect it or not.  I remember the old hunch reports that would show interesting anomalies, like the fact that dog owners are 16% more likely to consider Paul McCartney their favorite Beatle.  These…

New York City

I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline. Particularly when one can’t see the details. Just the shapes. The shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible. What other religion do…

Matrix Realities: Corporations for Corporations Sake

The premise of the popular Matrix movies is that the humans have generated robots that have become so sophisticated that instead of simply serving the needs of humans, they reverse the relationship.  Humans become subservient to the robots.  This requires, of course, that the robots grow intelligence.  Anyone who has…

The Technology/Humanities Pendulum

As I read Steve Jobs biography I became very interested in just how non-technical he was.  Don’t get me wrong; he had a grasp for technology and probably as much engineering skills (hardware and software) as most people in technology, but he didn’t become Steve Jobs and Apple didn’t become…

Have You Caught The Irony in Criticizing Romney for Bain Capital?

I have a feeling it’s going to be a theme for the next 10 months or so to criticize Mitt Romney’s role at Bain Capital.  This is just raw ignorance, it shows a lack of understanding about private equity, struggling companies or capitalism in general.  Unfortunately, there’s a very sad,…