au revoir economic and political knowledge

February 20, 2009

Coming to terms with reality, I significantly cut back my blogs. I really came to the conclusion when I was reading The Last Lecture. The video is, of course, exceptional.

The book acts as a good supplement to the video. Some points are better developed because it’s not so cramped for time. Other things that were too emotional to delve into in the video get explored. One of my thoughts coming away from it was that I can’t wait to have children.

Onto the point of this post. I’ve known for a while there’s too much content. Too many books, blogs, movies, tv shows, and artists that I want to consume. In The Last Lecture, Pausch talked about how much he emphasizes time management to his students. That got me thinking.

I really enjoyed following the politics of economic policy, as well as some personal finance blogs. But, they aren’t that relevant to my life right now, and there are more important things to do with precious time. So, here is my funeral for my reading of these blogs.

  • Megan McArdle: Good economic reasoning seasoned with personality.
  • Marginal Revolution: Great pair of GMU Econ Profs. Tyler Cowen is a renaissance man.
  • EconLog: Kling has had some of the best financial crisis coverage that you’ve never heard.
  • Greg Mankiw: Classic
  • Radley Balko: The world would be a better place if people knew about the abuses of the drug war.
  • Jacob Grier: Libertarian Commentator, Bartender, and Barista
  • Clive Crook: Foreign perspective on domestic politics.
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates: Intelligent racial commentary from the other side, with personality.
  • gapingvoid: Interesting cartoons and thoughts on living with the new web.
  • Get Rich Slowly: Good thoughts about personal finance.
  • One Frugal Girl: One person’s journey through finance.
  • I Will Teach You to be Rich: I’d say more of a self improvement site. Interesting.

Maybe in a little bit, I’ll detail the high volume blogs that I do still choose to read.

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yay for failure, seriously

February 11, 2009

Two related things came across my radar recently. The first is a post from Bob Sutton, Reward Success and Failure, Punish Inaction. Failure is a necessary and crucial part of eventual success. What I regret the most is all the ideas I haven’t tried to implement.

The second thing is a video of Conan O’Brian speaking to the Harvard graduating class of 2000. It’s quite entertaining. He eventually goes on to details all of the failures he had, and how they shaped his life for the better. “Success is like a white tuxedo, it’s great when you get it, but then you are afraid to get it dirty.”