Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Book List -- 2015

Its been a while since I posted my much requested reading list.
These were some of the books I’ve spent time with in the last 14 months.
They encompass multiple disciplines.
The list is not complete — posting stuff that I liked or things that stood out.

- aLV


Holy Bible, King James Version
by Zondervan

Amrut Laya - The Stateless State
Shri Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj

How to Speak Fluent Atheist, Agnostic, and Secular Humanist
I. M. Probulos

On Disobedience: 'Why Freedom Means Saying "No" to Power..
Erich Fromm

The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics, and..
Noson S. Yanofsky

UFOs and the National Security State: Chronology of a..
Richard M. Dolan

1,001 Facts that Will Scare the S#*t Out of You: The..
Cary McNeal

Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior
Dick Couch

Beyond Neptune Spear: The (Open) Secret History of SEAL Team..
Chris Martin

Navy SEAL Tips: Fundamentals of Marksmanship
Brandon Webb

The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and..
Brandon Webb

Shooter's Bible Guide to Rifle Ballistics
van Zwoll

On Intelligence
Jeff Hawkins

Slave Species of the Gods: The Secret History of the..
Michael Tellinger

The Engine of Complexity: Evolution as Computation
John Mayfield

Think: Why You Should Question Everything
Guy P. Harrison

Brian Baker

Iconoclast: A Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think..
Gregory Berns

The End of Days: Armageddon and Prophecies of the Return..
Zecharia Sitchin

Why There Is No God: Simple Responses to 20 Common Arguments..
Armin Navabi

A Manual for Creating Atheists
Peter Boghossian

Hitch-22: A Memoir
Christopher Hitchens

Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens
Christopher Hitchens

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
Christopher Hitchens

Dot, Dot, Dot: Infinity Plus God Equals Folly
James A. Lindsay

God Doesn't; We Do: Only Humans Can Solve Human Challenges
James Lindsay

The Ant and the Ferrari
Kerry Spackman

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Elizabeth Kolbert

How to become a Vegetarian - A Step by Step Guide to Healthy..
Bethany Harper

The Divine Spark: A Graham Hancock Reader: Psychedelics,

Seven Nights with Ayahuasca: A graphic account of heaven and..
Nicholas Floyd

The Ayahuasca Experience: A Sourcebook on the Sacred Vine of..
Metzner Ph.D.

DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research..
Strassman M.D.

The Shaman & Ayahuasca: Journeys To Sacred Realms
Don Jose Campos

The Antipodes of the Mind: Charting the Phenomenology of the..
Benny Shanon

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life
Richard Hofstadter

The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America
Daniel J. Boorstin

The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of..
Christopher Lasch

Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future
Robert B. Reich

The Roman Revolution
Ronald Syme

Deborah J. Bennett

How Sachin Destroyed My Life: but gave me an All Access Pass..
Vikram Sathaye

Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of..
Joe McNally

Rock Breaks Scissors: A Practical Guide to Outguessing and..
William Poundstone

50 Great Myths About Atheism
Russell Blackford

There Were Giants Upon the Earth: Gods, Demigods, and Human..
Zecharia Sitchin

2 of You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment
Hanh, Thich Nhat


The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics
Higham, Nicholas J.

The Princeton Companion to Mathematics
Gowers, Timothy

The Fascinating World of Graph Theory
Arthur Benjamin

Probability Models (Springer Undergraduate Mathematics..
John Haigh

A Student's Guide to Vectors and Tensors
Daniel Fleisch

A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill

Spurious Correlations
Tyler Vigen

Geometric Measure Theory: A Beginner's Guide
Frank Morgan

Statistics Done Wrong: The Woefully Complete Guide
Alex Reinhart

Doing Bayesian Data Analysis: A Tutorial with R, JAGS, and..
John Kruschke

Linear Models with R, Second Edition (Chapman & Hall/CRC..
Julian J. Faraway

The Art of Data Analysis: How to Answer Almost Any Question..
Kristin H. Jarman

Common Errors in Statistics (and How to Avoid Them)
Phillip I. Good

Risk and Asset Allocation (Springer Finance / Springer..
Attilio Meucci

Bayesian Data Analysis, Third Edition (Chapman & Hall/CRC..
Andrew Gelman

Basic Gambling Mathematics: The Numbers Behind The Neon
Mark Bollman

Probably Approximately Correct: Nature's Algorithms for..
Leslie Valiant

Applied Regression Modeling
Iain Pardoe

The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes' Rule Cracked the..
Sharon Bertsch McGrayne

Applied Predictive Modeling
Max Kuhn

Probabilistic Graphical Models: Principles and Techniques..
Daphne Koller

An Introduction to Statistical Learning: with Applications..
Gareth James

Introduction to the Math of Neural Networks
Jeff Heaton

Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking
Richard E. Nisbett

The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate..
Pedro Domingos

Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction
Philip E. Tetlock

The Gödelian Puzzle Book: Puzzles, Paradoxes and Proofs
Raymond M. Smullyan

Quantum Computation and Quantum Information
Michael A. Nielsen

The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible
Lance Fortnow

Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of..
Douglas Hofstadter

————— PHYSICS —————

The Theory of Almost Everything: The Standard Model, the..
Robert Oerter

The Theory of Almost Everything: The Standard Model, the Unsung Triumph of Modern Physics
Oerter, Robert

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
Greene, Brian

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical..
Randall Munroe

The Quotable Feynman
Richard P. Feynman

Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science (Great..
Lawrence M. Krauss

The Large Hadron Collider
Don Lincoln

Hidden In Plain Sight: The simple link between relativity..
Andrew Thomas

Willful Ignorance: The Mismeasure of Uncertainty
Herbert I. Weisberg

Modern Particle Physics
Mark Thomson

Elementary Particle Physics for Enthusiasts
Yoshiki Teramoto

Feynman Lectures Simplified 1C: Special Relativity and the..
Robert Piccioni

Hidden In Plain Sight 3: The secret of time
Andrew Thomas

Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space (Kindle Single)
Lisa Randall

Reinventing Gravity
John W. Moffat


Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Thomas Piketty

Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda..
Noam Chomsky

Edward Bernays

The Psychology of Revolution
Gustave Le Bon

The Crowd; study of the popular mind
Gustave Le Bon

Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises
Timothy F. Geithner

How the World Works (Real Story (Soft Skull Press))
Chomsky, Noam

Year 501: The Conquest Continues
Noam Chomsky

Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises,..
Charles P. Kindleberger

Exorbitant Privilege: The Rise and Fall of the Dollar and..
Barry Eichengreen

The Fourth Turning
William Strauss

The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International..
James Rickards

The Trial of Henry Kissinger
Christopher Hitchens

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass..
Edward S. Herman

The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself
James Grant

Pragmatic Capitalism: What Every Investor Needs to Know..
Cullen Roche

The Tragedy of the European Union: Disintegration or..
George Soros

The Kelly Capital Growth Investment Criterion:Theory and..
Leonard C MacLean


Caucasian Mountain Dog (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
Stacey Kubyn

How Dogs Work
Raymond Coppinger

Behaviour of Wolves Dogs and Related Canids
Michael Fox

Wolves: A Wildlife Handbook (Johnson Nature Series)
Kim Long

The Company of Wolves
Peter Steinhart

Three Among the Wolves: A Couple and their Dog Live a Year..
Helen Thayer

In the Company of Crows and Ravens
John M. Marzluff

Barking: The Sound of a Language (Dogwise Training Manual)
Turid Rugaas

Canine Ergonomics: The Science of Working Dogs
William S.

The Gap: The Science of What Separates Us from Other Animals
Thomas Suddendorf

Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed: The Fascinating..
Marc Bekoff

The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think
Brian Hare

Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition (Oxford Biology)
Miklosi, Adam

Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and..
Matthew Scully

The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the..
de Waal

Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You..
John Bradshaw

How Many Dogs?!
Debby McMullen

The Wild Canids: Their Systematics, Behavioral Ecology and..
Michael W. Fox

Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History
Xiaoming Wang

How the Dog Became the Dog: From Wolves to Our Best Friends
Mark Derr

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
Matt Ridley

Thursday, December 4, 2014


About a month and a half ago I decided to trade in my Hasselbad
60MP back, Hasselblad H4D camera body, the Alpa TC, Alpa 12-SWA
for a system built around the Phase One CMOS IQ250 back. I wanted
to do the move while being able to keep all my H lenses and knew beforehand
that I'd have some changes to the Alpa lenses I had (all Schneider Kreuznach).

I placed a call to Capture Integration and it just happened to be their CEO,
Dave Gallagher, that answered. After explaining my plan to him, I was told
that I would be contacted back soon. From that very first call and to several
subsequent dealings with other fine folks (Dave McRitchie, Chris Valites,
Anthony Festa, Josh Booth) its been an experience of its own while wading
through the various logistics of extending my existing platform in an
economical/sagacious manner.

The approach at Capture Integration has certainly captured my admiration and
respect - optimizing the system for the long term benefit of the client.  Its a wake
up call for many in the business on how to conduct business. Capture Integration,
in my mind, is a benchmark.  Truly, a very special and unique dynamic is
evolving at CI.

My newer system is now as follows

Bodies : Hasselblad H5X, Alpa STC, Alpa 12-XY-Mark IV
Back : Phase One IQ 250
Lenses : 40mm, 70mm, 90mm lenses for Alpa & my old H lenses from Hasselblad

Definitely take your business and form a long term relationship with the folks at
Capture Integration -- especially if you are tired of the underlying arrogance and a
singular penchant to practice "JUST SELL" that pervades so widely in many a
high-end photography business.

I love the Phase One platform and the overall integration. 

Thank You!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Readings 11/12 - 12/13

Here it is again : my readings that transpired from
Oct 2012 - Dec 2013. I've left out a whole bunch of
books, especially the ones I kept referring to about
Guns & Ballistics....since I'm moving to my new pad
soon, many of these have been put away, or when
lucky I was able to get 'em on Kindle.

You might have seen some of these in prior years but
I often go back to reading books again.

- aLV


What Makes You Not a Buddhist
Khyentse, Dzongsar Jamyang

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Suzuki, Shunryu

Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm

Man for Himself: An Inquiry Into the Psychology of Ethics by Erich Fromm

The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness by Erich Fromm

The Way of Zen
Watts, Alan W.

Not for Happiness: A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics)
Pema Chodron

Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Richard Bach, Russell Munson

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
Richard Bach


A Palette of Particles
Jeremy Bernstein

The Essence Of Chaos (Jessie and John Danz Lecture) by Edward Lorenz

Time Reborn
Lee Smolin, Henry Reich

A Question of Time: The Ultimate Paradox
Scientific American Editors

21st Century Astronomy: The Solar System (Third Edition)
Jeff Hester, et al

Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images
Terence Dickinson

21st Century Astronomy (Full Third Edition)
Jeff Hester, et al

21st Century Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies (Third Edition)
Jeff Hester, et al

A Briefer History of Time
Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow


Probably Approximately Correct: Nature's Algorithms for Learning and Prospering in a Complex World
Leslie Valiant

The Nature of Computation
Cristopher Moore, Stephan Mertens

Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking
Douglas Hofstadter, Emmanuel Sander

Doing Data Science: Straight Talk from the Frontline
Cathy O'Neil, Rachel Schutt

Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking
Daniel C. Dennett

Probably Approximately Correct: Nature's Algorithms for Learning and Prospering in a Complex World
Leslie Valiant

The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell Us
Noson S. Yanofsky

Think: Why You Should Question Everything
Guy P. Harrison

The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible
Lance Fortnow

The Engine of Complexity: Evolution as Computation
John Mayfield

Thinking: The New Science of Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Prediction in Life and Markets
John Brockman

Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing (Dover Children's Activity Books)
Martin Gardner

Cracking Codes and Cryptograms For Dummies
Denise Sutherland, Mark Koltko-Rivera, Christopher L. Hodapp

The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Simon Singh

Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Sean Murphy, Fred Piper


Caucasian Mountain Dog (Comprehensive Owners Guide)
Stacey Kubyn, et al

How Many Dogs?!
Debby McMullen

Tibetan Mastiff (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
Juliette Cunliffe

Barking: The Sound of a Language (Dogwise Training Manual)
Turid Rugaas

Dog Language - An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior
Roger Abrantes, Sarah Whitehead, Alice Rasmussen

Behaviour of Wolves Dogs and Related Canids
Michael Fox

The Wild Canids: Their Systematics, Behavioral Ecology and Evolution
Michael W. Fox

Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History
Xiaoming Wang, Richard H. Tedford, Mauricio Anton

How the Dog Became the Dog: From Wolves to Our Best Friends
Mark Derr

Dominance in Dogs - Fact or Fiction?
Barry Eaton

On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals
Turid Rugaas

How Dogs Learn (Howell reference books)
Mary R. Burch, Jon Bailey

Dogs: A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior & Evolution
Coppinger, Raymond

Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You A Better Friend to Your Pet
Bradshaw, John

Excel-Erated Learning: Explaining in Plain English How Dogs Learn and How Best to Teach Them
Pamela J. Reid

Hero Dogs: Secret Missions and Selfless Service
Bacon, Lance M.

Trident K9 Warriors: My Tale From the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy SEAL Canines
Michael Ritland, Gary Brozek

King Solomon's Ring (Routledge Classics) by Konrad Lorenz and Julian Huxley

On Aggression (Harvest Book, Hb 291) by Konrad Lorenz

Man Meets Dog (Routledge Classics) by Konrad Lorenz

The Foundations of Ethology: The Principal Ideas and Discoveries in Animal Behavior (A Touchstone book) by Konrad Z. Lorenz


Suyama: A Complex Serenity by Grant Hildebrand

Architecture of Suyama Peterson Deguchi by John Cava, Oscar Ojeda and Shigeru Ban (Oct 1, 2008)

Architecture: Form, Space, and Order by Francis D. K. Ching (Jun 29, 2007)

A World History of Architecture by Michael Fazio, Marian Moffett and Lawrence Wodehouse (Feb 4, 2008)

The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture by Alanna Stang and Christopher Hawthorne

The Architecture of the Barnes Foundation: Gallery in a Garden, Garden in a Gallery by Tod Williams, Billie Tsien and Kenneth Frampton

Tadao Ando: Houses by Philip Jodidio and Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando: Complete Works 1975-2012 by Philip Jodidio

Tadao Ando: 1941 (Taschen Basic Architecture) by Masao Furuyama

Tadao Ando: Conversations with Students by Tadao Ando and Matthew Hunter

Tadao Ando at Naoshima: Art Architecture Nature by Philip Jodidio and Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando by Yann Nussaume

Dan Kiley: The Complete Works of America's Master Landscape Architect
Kiley, Dan


Dark Pools: The Rise of the Machine Traders and the Rigging of the U.S. Stock Market
Scott Patterson

Mind Over Markets: Power Trading with Market Generated Information, Updated Edition (Wiley Trading)
Dalton, James F.

The Double Auction Market: Institutions, Theories, And Evidence (Santa Fe Institute Series)
Friedman, Daniel

A Primer For The Mathematics Of Financial Engineering, Second Edition
Stefanica, Dan

Principles of Financial Engineering, Second Edition (Academic Press Advanced Finance)
Neftci, Salih N.

Solutions Manual - A Primer For The Mathematics Of Financial Engineering, Second Edition
Stefanica, Dan

Fortune's Formula: The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System That Beat the Casinos and Wall Street
Poundstone, William

The Kelly Capital Growth Investment Criterion: Theory and Practice (World Scientific Handbook in Financial Economic Series)
Leonard C. MacLean

Steidlmayer on Markets: Trading with Market Profile, 2nd Edition
Steidlmayer, J. Peter

Profit with the Market Profile: Identifying Market Value in Real Time
Dr. John Keppler

The Complete Guide to Option Pricing Formulas
Haug, Espen Gaarder

Paul Wilmott on Quantitative Finance 3 Volume Set (2nd Edition)
Wilmott, Paul

Frequently Asked Questions in Quantitative Finance
Wilmott, Paul

Paul Wilmott Introduces Quantitative Finance (The Wiley Finance Series)
Wilmott, Paul

Algorithmic Trading: Winning Strategies and Their Rationale (Wiley Trading)
Chan, Ernie

Market Risk Analysis, Quantitative Methods in Finance (The Wiley Finance Series) (Volume I)
Alexander, Carol

Market Risk Analysis, Practical Financial Econometrics (The Wiley Finance Series) (Volume II)
Alexander, Carol

Beat the Market: A Scientific Stock Market System
Edward O. Thorp

Beat the Dealer: A Winning Strategy for the Game of Twenty-One
Thorp, Edward O.

Algorithmic Trading and DMA: An introduction to direct access trading strategies
Johnson, Barry


James Hunt: The Biography
Gerald Donaldson

Tom Rubython

The Life of Senna
Tom Rubython

Rush to Glory: FORMULA 1 Racing's Greatest Rivalry
Tom Rubython, Rainer Schlegelmilch, John Watson

Life At The Limit
Sid Watkins

Ultimate Speed Secrets: The Complete Guide to High-Performance and Race Driving
Ross Bentley


Shooting in Sh*tty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them
Lindsay Adler, Erik Valind

There Were Giants Upon the Earth: Gods, Demigods, and Human Ancestry: The Evidence of Alien DNA (Earth Chronicles)
Zecharia Sitchin

The End of Days (The Earth Chronicles)
Zecharia Sitchin

The Lost Realms (Book IV) (Earth Chronicles)
Zecharia Sitchin

The Cosmic Code (Book VI) (Earth Chronicles)
Zecharia Sitchin

When Time Began (Book V): 5
Zecharia Sitchin

The Wars of Gods and Men (Book III): [Vol] 3 (Earth Chronicles)
Zecharia Sitchin

The Stairway to Heaven (Book II): 2 (Earth Chronicles)
Zecharia Sitchin

The 12th Planet (Book I) (The First Book of the Earth Chronicles)
Zecharia Sitchin

The Earth Chronicles Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Seven Books of The Earth Chronicles
Zecharia Sitchin

Not Because It's Easy (Knox Long Trilogy)
George C. Schellenger

The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
Josh Waitzkin

A Manual for Creating Atheists
Peter Boghossian, Michael Shermer

101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die
Ian Buxton

Totally MAD: 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity
Stephen Colbert, Eric Drysdale

Getting Started with Hobby Quadcopters and Drones: Learn about, buy and fly these amazing aerial vehicles
Issod, Craig S

The beginner's guide to Fpv (B&W)
Protogerellis, Alex

UFOs and the National Security State: Chronology of a Coverup, 1941-1973
Richard M. Dolan

UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record
Leslie Kean

Henry and June
Anaïs Nin

Delta of Venus
Anaïs Nin

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

English Pronounciation

If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you
will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English
speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman
said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six
lines aloud.

-- English Pronunciation --  by G. Nolst Trenité

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, !@#$%^&*, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Euro Bells

Euro Bells (by aLV)

Dashing through the debt
In one bearish open sleigh
O'er the contracts we go
Crying all the way
Debt on derivatives ring
Making leverage bright
What fun it is to default and sing
A bearish song tonight

Oh, euro bellls, euro bells
Euro all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In one bearish open sleigh
Euro bells, Euro bells
Euro all the way
Oh, what fun it is to default and sing
In one bearish open sleigh

A day or two ago
I thought I'd take a ride
And soon Timmy Geithner
Was seated by my side
The bull was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
We got into a defaulted bank
And then we got bailed out

Oh, euro bellls, euro bells
Euro all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In one bearish open sleigh
Euro bells, Euro bells
Euro all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In one bearish open sleigh

Oh, euro bellls, euro bells
Euro all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In one bearish open sleigh
Euro bells, Euro bells
Euro all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In one bearish open sleigh

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Reading List 2011

Dec 18, 2011

Here's another list of books I found very interesting to peruse
through this past year. The list is weighted towards Dogs,
Astrophysics, and Financial Economics. A great many subjects
have piqued my interest over the years, and as I read, I realize
that my level of ignorance about most things reach abysmal levels….

--- DOGS ---

Excel-Erated Learning: Explaining in Plain English How Dogs Learn and How Best to Teach Them
Pamela J. Reid

Dog Insight
Pamela Reid

Ray Coppinger

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
Alexandra Horowitz

Der Schutzhund (The Protection Dog)
Helmut Raiser

The Dogs of War: The Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs
Lisa Rogak

Schutzhund: Theory and Training Methods (Howell reference books)
Susan Barwig, Stewart Hilliard

Advanced Schutzhund (Howell reference books)
Ivan Balabanov, Karen Duet

Schutzhund Protection Training
Gary Patterson, Linda Jackson

Schutzhund "Top Working Dogs", Training Manual
Dietmar Schellenberg

Decoys and Aggression
Stephen Mackenzie

Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats
Kymythy Schultze

51 Puppy Tricks: Step-by-Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Puppy
Kyra Sundance, Jadie

Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats
Richard H. Pitcairn, Susan Hubble Pitcairn

Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs: The Definitive Guide to Homemade Meals
Lew Olson


How Old Is the Universe?
David A. Weintraub

The Grand Design
Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow

Galaxy Formation and Evolution
Houjun Mo, Frank van den Bosch and Simon White

Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology: An Introduction
P. Schneider

Astrophysics is Easy!: An Introduction for the Amateur Astronomer (Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series)
Mike Inglis

Astrophysics in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (Princeton))
Dan Maoz

The Early Universe: Facts and Fiction (Astronomy and Astrophysics Library)
G. Börner

An Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics
Francis LeBlanc

Foundations of Astrophysics
Barbara Ryden and Bradley M. Peterson

Galactic Dynamics: (Second Edition) (Princeton Series in Astrophysics)
James Binney and Scott Tremaine

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
Brian Greene

The Black Hole War
Leonard Susskind

The Cosmic Landscape
Leonard Susskind

An Introduction to Modern Cosmology
Andrew R. Liddle

Astrophysical Concepts (Astronomy and Astrophysics Library)
Martin Harwit

Quantum Mechanics and Integrals
Feynman and Hibbs

Quantum Physics
Glimm and Jaffe

Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality

The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth's Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom


The 7 Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy
Warren Mosler

Global Imbalances and the Lessons of Bretton Woods (Cairoli Lectures)
Barry Eichengreen

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World
Liaquat Ahamed

Understanding Modern Money:The Key to Full Employment and Price Stability
L. Randall Wray

Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics
Nicholas Wapshott

Free Money: Plan for Prosperity
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

The Holy Grail of Macroeconomics: Lessons from Japans Great Recession
Richard C. Koo

Stabilizing an Unstable Economy
Hyman Minsky

Panderer to Power: The Untold Story of How Alan Greenspan Enriched Wall Street and Left a Legacy of Recession
Frederick Sheehan


The Elements of Style: The Original Edition
Jr. William Strunk

Henry David Thoreau

Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology: Expanded Second Edition

Napalm & Silly Putty

Why American History Is Not What They Say

Voices of a People's History of the United States

About Behaviorism
B.F. Skinner

Escape from Freedom
Erich Fromm

Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge
Edward Osborne Wilson

What Makes You Not a Buddhist
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery
Chogyam Trungpa

Zen in the Art of Archery
Eugen Herrigel, Daisetz T. Suzuki

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Anal Cranial Inversion

Make sure that all your loved ones know that there is a new debilitating disease called ACI, short for "Anal Cranial Inversion", the singular and telling symptom being that the persons' brain is fully lodged into their own rectum, thereby blocking any and all sense of reality/light.

ACI is more dangerous to the general population than to the person or organization that already has a full blown version of the disease, and it takes a real fiendish stance when entire organizations are infected with it. So, beware and shy away from politicians on both sides of the pond that lie through their a$$es and have nothing but "reelection" on their minds, the US Federal Reserve, US Treasury, FDIC....oh, its a bloody long list.

As expected Italian bond yields are north of 7%. Rather than announcing a planned date where there will be an agreement about an agreement to make a plan that will "vow" to fix things while being woefully short on details, politicians in Europe need to plan for this thing to come off the rails.

All symptoms of ACI : Anal Cranial Inversion, indeed....and ACI might be precisely what is needed (picture this in your own cranium!!) to ignore the mega blow up.