August 11, 2006
So, big terrorism scare, albeit one that seems to have been foiled.
Still, it definitely woke me up about the upcoming half-decade anniversary of 9/11. There's certainly a chance that this was just one facet of a multifaceted attack. It also shows the desperate importance of treating the "War Against Islamic Fascism" as a police affair more than a military one.
New idea for a business: a series of stores called "Liquids Pastes -N- Gels" to be placed right around incoming flight gates, with a gigantic selection of toiletries and booze, so travellers can replace anything they had to leave behind.
Art of the Moment
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"November", by Timna Woollard
from Where The Heart Is.
Quotes of the Moment
I got the chance to catch up on some reading this week, and one of the books was Nick Hornby's "The Polysyllabic Spree", from a monthly column about the books he read, and the books he bought. He quotes some of them himself:
"The truly cultured are capable of owning thousands of unread books without losing their composure or their desire for more."
--Gabriel Zaid... very self-referential, that.
At one point Lewis describes an older trader throwing a ten-dollar bill at a young colleague about to take a business flight. "Hey, take out some crash insurance for yourself in my name," the older guy says, "I feel luck." As a metaphor for what happens on the trading floor, that's pretty hard to beat.
--Nick Hornby on Michael Lewis' "Liar's Poker"