Monthly Archives: October 2011

The “total return” for the broad stock market (S&P 500 Index) has declined by 30% in real terms since the March, 2000 peak

If you feel poorer despite continuing to add to your stock market savings, there’s good reason for that. Below is the chart. Note that the “red line” is the one you want. It’s inflation-adjusted and accounts for dividends (not fees … Continue reading

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Need help with your movie popcorn habit? Try eating it with your other hand

Via Andrew Sullivan we come to this study finding that grabbing the popped goodness using your non-dominant hand can significantly reduce the kind of eating that we indulge in out of habit rather than hunger: Participants ate out of habit, regardless of freshness, … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs on mortality as a gift

Today’s New York Times: In [his 2005 commencement address at Stanford], delivered after Mr. Jobs was told he had cancer but before it was clear that it would ultimately claim his life, Mr. Jobs told his audience that “death is … Continue reading

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Westboro Baptist Church to picket Steve Jobs’ funeral

It’s nice to see Rev. Phelps and his congregants continuing to do their bit to make the world a better place: If you’re ever at a loss for what the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, is all about, take … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs’ grass stains — John Gruber’s salute

The best Apple blogger anywhere, John Gruber: After the WWDC keynote four months ago, I saw Steve, up close. He looked old. Not old in a way that could be measured in years or even decades, but impossibly old. Not … Continue reading

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Palin announces that she’s not running. David Frum says amen. Andrew Sullivan grieves awkwardly.

Sarah Palin released a letter yesterday officially announcing the non-news that she’s not running. She explained her low-key statement by telling Greta van Sustern, “I didn’t want my announcement to be all showboaty like that Christie guy.” Because that’s not … Continue reading

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The new iPhone 4S camera seems to take much better photos — not just more pixels, but sharper images, better dynamic range, more accurate colors

Go here to Apple’s website and see a slideshow of unretouched photos taken by the iPhone 4S. As a photography enthusiast myself, I am blown away by the quality of these images. Usually tiny phone-sized sensors imply limited dynamic range … Continue reading

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