"It is easy to confuse what is with what ought to be, especially when what is has worked out in your favor."
- Tyrion Lannister

"Lannister. Baratheon. Stark. Tyrell. They're all just spokes on a wheel. This one's on top, then that's ones on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel."

- Daenerys Targaryen

"The Lord of Light wants his enemies burned. The Drowned God wants them drowned. Why are all the gods such vicious cunts? Where's the God of Tits and Wine?"

- Tyrion Lannister

"The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are."

- Jorah Mormont

"These bad people are what I'm good at. Out talking them. Out thinking them."

- Tyrion Lannister

"What happened? I think fundamentals were trumped by mechanics and, to a lesser extent, by demographics."

- Michael Barone

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."
- Dorothy Parker

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Krugman writes about how sticky prices are the prices to worry about, not volatile price.

He blogs about it here too.
Greg Ip on Sebastian Mallaby - that great fawner of hedge fund managers:
Like Mr Mallaby I regret the retreat from financial globalisation, but if it substitutes for naked protectionism, I can live with it. One thing other countries should not do is ask America to leave unused one of the few effective policy tools it has left to stimulate the domestic economy. The world needs higher unemployment and deflation in America like a hole in the head.
(via DeLong)

Friday, November 05, 2010

I was talked into seeing the new Clint Eastwood/Matt Damon movie Hereafter* even though communing with the dead isn't my cup of tea. (However I do love the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead which sounds like a zombie horror flick**) I do like Eastwood and Damon however and was willing to give it a go even if burblings from the beyond bore me.

Damon's character is psychic and can communicate with people's dead loved ones, but it is upsetting for him. To calm himself down at night he listens to audio recordings of Charles Dickens' works, which I thought was interesting. There can be something soothing to an articulate old-timey British accent for an American for some reason.

The video is a recording of the new Chicago-based band the Secret Colours whose influences are Blur, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Stone Roses, Charlatans UK and the '67 London UFO scene. I'm looking forward to seeing them in concert.

* Saddest movie ever made is Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter. I like to give "hippie peaceniks" a hard time but this scene about hippies is great.
**Maybe because there is one. AMC's new program The Walking Dead is pretty good zombie fun.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010