Porcupyn's Blog

February 25, 2009

I shot an arrow …

Filed under: Music — Porcupyn @ 10:21 am

Well, I did not, literally speaking. But in school, I did have this H W Longfellow piece as one of my favourite songs;

I shot an Arrow into the air
It fell to earth I know not where,
For so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

I breath’d a Song into the air
It fell to earth, I know not where.
For who has sight so keen and strong
That it can follow the flight of a song?

Long, long afterward in an oak
I found the Arrow still unbroke;
And the Song from begining to end
I found again in the heart of a friend.

Well, more than three decades ago, I lived in a state where I picked up a new language and a bunch of hit songs in that language. The language I lost from disuse, but I kept breathing a few of those songs into the air. Today I located a long-lost friend, and he found me this song – from beginning to end – from within his heart! Glory be to the ‘net!

Here is another of my favourites (as performed in … NJ?):

February 14, 2009

What does a cricket pitch in the West Indies have in common with the US (or World) Economy?

Filed under: Cricket — Porcupyn @ 12:02 pm

I really like Tom Gleason and his report – he appears to be pretty well balanced in his thoughts on the financial sector. So, I read his monthly report on a regular basis (since I learned about him a month ago)! Here is an excerpt from his latest report that caught my attention:

Will all the spending result in inflation? If you pour water into loose, dry garden soil, the liquid is soaked up for quite a while. Then, suddenly, the water pools on the surface as the ground becomes saturated. The government will pour money into the economy until the inflow of cash catches up with the destruction of asset values. As some point inflation will suddenly appear and catch everyone by surprise.

And then, when I ventured to cricinfo yesterday and came across this picture of ground conditions in the West Indies, a thought struck me:

Our financial knuckleheads probably have nary a clue is that this is no ordinary land that they are trying to irrigate, but sand … quick sand. We are mired for the long term! Test matches can be abandoned; I wonder what can be done about the economy!

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