23 thoughts on “Open Thread XIII”

  1. Last night the Xavier Musketeers defeated the Duquesne Dukes, 75 to 48. With their victory over the Dukes, the Musketeers have now won 9 games in a row.

    Do the Musketeers have a chance for a number 1 seed in the NCAA tournament?

  2. Does anyone know where I can find some good political/national security/military affairs/international Relations/current events type Internet radio podcasts/webcasts? Something with good conversations and interesting guests?

  3. Hunt down Fareed Zakaria's NEWSWEEK articles online. They usually come with streaming video of his interviews with assorted guests.

  4. Seerov, I have quite a few subscribed pod and webcasts. Kent's Imperative also had a few good ones that I pilfered from as well. The ones that are IR, mil and current affairs related are:

    Podcasts

    Council of Foreign relations podcasts.
    CI Centre podcasts
    EconTalk
    NPR series: Intelligence Squared U.S.
    On the Media
    Pritzker Military Library
    I also subscribe to a lot of the Australian Radio National podcasts. Some of them are brilliant, like the psychology one “All in the Mind”.
    The Economist Podcast

    Webcasts

    Library of Congress webcasts
    Conversations with History

    Youtube channels:
    GoogleTalk
    EgsVideo
    ForaTV
    MIT
    National Geographic
    PBS
    PulitzerCentre
    thenobelprize
    uchannel

    You'll have to google them all. Perhaps I'll make a blog post with all the links.

  5. Seerov, if you wanted to save time, the ones you want with good, and interesting, guests are probably ForaTV, Conversations with History and NPR: Intelligence Squared U.S.

    They are all interesting, but I reckon those are the best.

  6. ElamBend,

    The trade deficit is a capital surplus, and vice versa. Sadly, the people and the politicians only focus on which one is the deficit, and never the one that is a surplus. (Nor do they understand what they are saying.)

    Orho Slice,

    Michael,

    Somewhat biased, but a pretty good article. Reminds me of Microsoft's “embrace and extend” philosophy — loving its enemies to death [1,2].

    More practically, the early victory for BluRay is a strategic defeat for Microsoft. They were playing either to win (and have their HD-DVD everywhere) or at least tie (so movies become computerized, and they'd just be a “Rent Movie” link on every copy of Windows '09). Instead, they lost flat-out.

    Sony now has the only future-proof next-gen console (MS will need to make an XBOX 360 BluRay eventually, because they'll run up against the limit of how much can be included on one DVD disk, or else sunset the 360 early). Further, Sony also has the cheapest next-gen disk player on the market in the PS3.

    Really stunning.

    The only real NCAA sport is football.

    Seerov, Michael, and Munzenberg,

    Thanks for the podcast links!

    JJ,

    Interesting!

    [1] http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2007/03/13/jesusism-paulism-part-vi-embrace-and-extend.html
    [2] http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2007/03/29/bill-gates-on-technology-and-strategy.html

  7. Smitten,

    Thank you for the link.

    The headline's somewhat deceptive. In the ethnically-Serbian bordertown of Mitrovica, which has seen Serbian ethnic violence, EU civilian bureaucrats are being withdrawn and NATO military peacekeepers are stepping forward. The militarization of the border may be regrettable, but it signals a stepping-forward on the part of the west.

    Brendan,

    LOL [1]

    [1] http://xkcd.com/123/

  8. Dan,
    I agree, what interests me is how the change in share of the total import market will change the options available for consumers. Will our tastes come to be more defined by the consumer desires in the larger markets (such as India and China)?

  9. Because this thread was live at the time of the move from blogspirit, I think two comments didn’t make it through.

    ElamBend asked:

    “America’s share of global imports has fallen to 14% last year from over 20% in 2000. The import share of the developing countries has grown to 40.6% last year from 33% in 2000.[1]

    [1]
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120364005662584563.html?mod=opinion_main_commentaries

    And I responded:

    “China has invited the US and Japan to have regular high-level meetings to talk about energy issues, North Korea, etc.
    No word on why S. Korea wasn’t included, though I’m sure it’s sending elites there in to paranoiac panic [they should be invited].[1]

    I found this at ‘Contentions’ where this was seen dimly and that agreeing would give China legitimacy. [2]

    I think this is a good thing as it pulls China further into the system aka the Core.

    [1]
    http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUST31751

    [2]
    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/chang/2662

    (That last one is what ElamBend’s comment that starts “Dan, I agree, what interests me…” is referring to.)

  10. China has invited the US and Japan to have regular high-level meetings to talk about energy issues, North Korea, etc.
    No word on why S. Korea wasn’t included, though I’m sure it’s sending elites there in to paranoiac panic [they should be invited].[1]

    I found this at ‘Contentions’ where this was seen dimly and that agreeing would give China legitimacy. [2]

    I think this is a good thing as it pulls China further into the system aka the Core.

    [1]
    http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUST31751

    [2]
    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/chang/2662

  11. Any special plans folks have for Leap Day? I was considering an experiment: no writing, reading, watching, talking, gesturing, eating, riding, grooming, cleaning. Just one and one’s thinking (and some water and light exercise, and intermittent waste functions).

    Super link, Michael. Feel free to send more.

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