Archive for December, 2008

Ttl. bllsht. Merrill Lynch edition

December 18, 2008

From Louise Story’s “The Reckoning” feature in yesterdays NY Times:

“A 30-something trader with a $180,000 salary got $5 million [in bonuses].

But Merrill’s record earnings in 2006 — $7.5 billion — turned out to be a mirage. The company has since lost three times that amount, largely because the mortgage investments that supposedly had powered some of those profits plunged in value.

Unlike the earnings, however, the bonuses have not been reversed.”

Sounds kinda like the Mafia. Except with the Mafia these people would have gotten whacked.


Too many f*cking stores

December 17, 2008

“Our country has six times more retail space per capita than any other county,” said Ellen Dunham-Jones, director of the architecture program at Georgia Institute of Technology.”

“We’re just cannibalizing our existing stores by building more stores even when sales aren’t increasing.”



Gifts that keep on giving

December 16, 2008

My books:

A Wanderer's Guide to the Offbeat, Overlooked, and OutrageousA Field Guide to the U.S.A.

A bright future

December 14, 2008

Norwegian YouTube celebrity/animator Lasse Gjertsen: “I should have the most stupid tattoo I could imagine and this is the one.”



Disneyland story

December 14, 2008

My Disneyland story ran today in the NY Daily News.


HST on Letterman, 1988

December 13, 2008

“I’m an extremely stable person.”

Random Friday pic

December 12, 2008

Salton Sea, California


Volcano barnacles

December 11, 2008

These guys live their entire lives doing handstands inside their shells.

‘Tis the season

December 11, 2008


Yellowstone in Winter

December 10, 2008

The park is opening for the winter Monday. Here is Yellowstone’s most cold-resistant resident, thanks to his spindly legs.