On The Sleeve
of Eliot Y

FEB 21: Still in New York, maybe going to London.
    Thu
    12
    Mar
  1. Tue
    3
    Mar
  2. Sitting around the fire. In my apartment. In Manhattan. The best way to beat a cold day.

    Sitting around the fire. In my apartment. In Manhattan. The best way to beat a cold day.

  3. Sun
    1
    Mar
  4. Hannah Upp in Riverside Park. NYTimes.com

    Hannah Upp in Riverside Park. NYTimes.com

  5. Fri
    27
    Feb
  6. This is where someone works. Honestly, it’s gorgeous, but I wouldn’t spend much time at my desk there. This wouldn’t be a bad thing, though for my work’s sake I prefer the cramped and energetic spaces of NYC. (via cubicle17)

    This is where someone works. Honestly, it’s gorgeous, but I wouldn’t spend much time at my desk there. This wouldn’t be a bad thing, though for my work’s sake I prefer the cramped and energetic spaces of NYC.
    (via cubicle17)

  7. Thu
    26
    Feb
  8. Wired explains the “formula that killed Wall Street.”

    Basically, the Li’s Gaussian copula function was too simple. The formula turns correlation, something that varies and is nearly impossible to determine, into a single constant. Not only that, the correlation measured isn’t even based on the underlying mortgages, but rather between prices of credit default swaps as determined the market, which prices these swaps based on the correlation. It’s like an extremely sophisticated way of begging the question. And, there’s more:

    … because an unlimited number of credit default swaps can be sold against each borrower, the supply of swaps isn’t constrained the way the supply of bonds is, so the CDS market managed to grow extremely rapidly … At the end of 2001, there was $920 billion in credit default swaps outstanding. By the end of 2007, that number had skyrocketed to more than $62 trillion.

    Couple this with a massive expansion of credit during the same period thanks to well-intentioned political initiatives and low interest rates and you’ve got yourself a crisis!

  9. Wed
    25
    Feb
  10. On Negativity

    marco is right that negativity increases when people don’t have to fear the consequences; online anonymity can bring out the worst in people. His post is worth reading, but, and this is a small thing, he goes on to say this:

    But one effect is clear: remaining positive and disarming yourself of negativity is the most effective way to avoid being hit by whatever others are flinging around. Osama bin Laden doesn’t hate Canada or Iceland.

    Not sure why, but this little sentence stood out amidst the otherwise well informed post. I’m sure his intention is in the right place, but seriously, that’s just a silly comment.

    Update: The sentence has been removed.

  11. Tue
    24
    Feb
  12. Safari 4 is fast and the new tabs are great. Now Mint.com is even snappier.

    Safari 4 is fast and the new tabs are great. Now Mint.com is even snappier.

  13. Christopher Buckley remembers his father:

    An article had appeared in the local paper a few days before, alerting the community to this gala event. As I perused the clipping, my eyes alighted on the sentence: “The Buckleys are a well-known American family, William F. Buckley being arguably the best known.”

    I concealed my amusement, and handed Pup the clipping and waited for the reaction I knew would come. Sure enough, within seconds, he looked up with what I would describe as only faintly bemused indignation and said, “Ar-guably?”

  14. Mon
    23
    Feb
  15. Tonight I’m in the mood for hyperbole:

    All I ever wanted, all I ever needed
    Is here, in my arms

  16. Sun
    22
    Feb
  17. Going here now.

    Going here now.

  18. via floraflora
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    21
    Feb
  20. A weekly address really worth watching.

    A weekly address really worth watching.

  21. Spring/Summer 2009 - Paris
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    20
    Feb
  23. Vimeo embeds

    pile:

    Remember two weeks ago when I pointed out that YouTube’s “new” text-over-embeds looks like a shittier version of what Vimeo has been doing for 4 years? I guess they took the hint because today they trashed the gross 1px black stroke and decided to throw a grey box behind it, exactly like Vimeo! Of course they didn’t want to look too good, so they threw in some rounded corners for good measure. WE LOVE BEING GOOGLE’S DESIGN TEAM.

    Well, with all due respect, the embeds on Vimeo have room for improvement. Yes, the YouTube version with the titles and the useless stars are worse (much worse), but whoever said that we needed to put all this, um, junk (title, play button, a white (why?) time box, progress bar, volume, fullscreen icon and a vimeo icon) on top of the video image. Don’t get me wrong, these elements have style, and when you’re playing a video, are absolutely necessary, but why do I need to see all of them if I’m just scrolling by? If you insist, at least make them visible onhover, otherwise clean it up! How about just a play button?

    Other than this, I’d be thrilled if Google did start taking more design cues from Vimeo. Vimeo.com is beautiful.

  24. Loose Money and Politicized Mortgages Caused the Financial Market Crisis - WSJ.com
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