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New Year's Resolutions

First the postmortem on last year's New Year's resolutions:
lose another 10 lbs of fat, gain 15 lb of muscle mass

I actually exceeded my expectations on this one and I intend to continue my trajectory to the point that my body becomes some kind of protein-synthesizing machine by next year.
the above entails going to the gym at least every other day and eat less junk food

I can put a big check mark there as well.
ask out chicks that I previously dismissed as being "out of my league."

I don't know how much I really followed through on that one, but I did date a lot more, although with frustrating results. I've sorta given up. At this point I am just waiting for opportunities to fall into my lap.
Read the following books that I bought (in their entirety):
Side Effects, Woody Allen
America: The Book, Jon Stuart
Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood, Edward Hallowell
Some more stuff by Hayek, perhaps The Constitution of Liberty.

I read all those and then some. This year I would like to teach myself financial modeling in Excel and Visual Basic and read Portnoy's Complaint. Also, I'm going to stop skipping all the fiction in the New Yorker and read at least one story in each issue.
I also piss away too much money money on food, and what I do prepare at home is usually no more elaborate than a grilled cheese sandwich. I am going to cook at least two serious meals a week. Like spaghetti and meatballs. Also, I have to double my fruit intake and eat vegetables beyond what I get at the garnish station at Fuddruckers.
Most importantly, I must get a summer internship, and eventually, a job that starts next January or soon thereafter. Something in finance, of course.


random quote of the day

What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power in man, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? All that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.

Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist, section 2


I passed Microeconomic Theory

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I can't stop laughing at this

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I actually ordered this poster (from the nuts at JPFO) and put it on the kitchen wall of my apartment in college. Being in Canada and all, it freaked out the vast majority of my guests. I just re-discovered this in a Google Image search and I am having spazz-out fit.  The U.N. fez, the stern expression, the pointed finger, the inconsistent typeface.  Everything about it exudes charm.  It's a shame I gave into peer pressure and covered it up with a Guinness poster so that my guests would feel more comfortable...

Be it resolved: Women ARE dumber than men

Hundreds of young Israeli women looking for husbands have been placing their underwear on the tomb of a venerated rabbi in the hopes that their marriage prayers will be answered.

Authorities have collected around 400 pairs of knickers and bras from the grilles of the tomb's window and on nearby trees, the Maariv daily has reported.

According to Jewish tradition, anyone who is unmarried will meet their soul mate and marry within a year if they visit the final resting place of Rabbi Yenothan Ben Uziel in northern Israel.

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you call this torture?

I PAY to listen to this music day and night.
Eminem Music Allegedly Used As U.S. Torture Device

My sex appeal is skyrocketing

Economics is white hot
(I'm currently pursuing my M.A. in Applied Economics)

For those of you not connected to me on Friendster, I shaved my head. And it looks good. Hell damn hell good!

Plus I'm lifting more than ever these days. Three cheers for creatine!


proposal for the anti-smoking fascists

Don Boudreaux over at Cafe Hayek recently put forth a challenge to the anti-Wal Mart types. These people claim that Wal Mart charges below market wages. So Boudreaux says that, if they are right, they have an opportunity to make some money. They can open their own retail stores that pay employees somewhat more, while still making a profit (though not as big).

The obvious problem with this challenge is that it's hard to go head to head with a national chain that has streamlined logistics and inventory management etc. I would like to put this same challenge to the SmokeFree DC people. If there is such a tremendous demand for smoke-free bars in Washington, both among patrons and potential employees, then you have yourself a profit-making situation on your hands! You could charge more for your drinks AND pay your employees less because the of the smoke-free environment you are offering. It isn't even terribly difficult to do this. Just start a bar, or buy out an existing one.

I don't go to bars, partly because I am very sensitive to the secondhand smoke. I'm sure there are others like me. Thus, there could very well be a missing market due to bar owners being unable to gauge the demand for such a bar. SmokeFree DC seems to be certain of their figures, so why don't they put their money where their mouths are?


No more posts till December 19th

It's finals season! See you in a couple weeks.