Sunday, September 13, 2009

Gran Torino

I have just watched Gran Torino and I think it's an under-rated movie. It is extremely contemporary for many reasons
  • unemployment in post manufacturing US (I assume it was written before GM's collapse)
  • old age
  • racial inequality and brutality
The story is admittingly simple and the movie is carried by Eastwood who has tremendous economy in his acting. Walt's grumpiness and sarcasm is even funny. I also like how the movie plays with the Dirty Harry theme which is then chucked away at the end.

It deserved more awards than it received.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

When should you check in your bags at the airport

I have analysed this problem using 4 scenarios or quadrants. Let's assume it's a big flight and there is two cars which carry the bags from the terminal to the plane.

If you check in the 4th quadrant, then your bag goes to top of 2nd car B and you luggage is loaded as the third, it is unloaded as the second and goes on top of car A which brings the bag to baggage reclaim and the conveyor belt where it will be unloaded first. Reversely if you check in first you'll leave the destination last. This is all based on the first in last out principle and implies 'Take your time'.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009


Greenspan's prediction that there will be more financial crises in the future is hardly noteworthy. For one his lax monetary policy caused some of the present crisis, and it is obvious that the capitalist system cannot escape the business cycle (boom and bust). His over-cautiousness now is part of the same animal spirits which caused the crisis in the first place - everyone's a bear now.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Polish power - German quality

This is a slogan I saw at a building site in London.

It seems that the stereotype about Germans that they are thorough and
love detail and has helped me because people think this would apply to
me. Now in fact I am not so much into detail and live the big picture
more - I have a can do attitude which can be at odds with pedantry.

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