September 9: Release Date for Neal Stephenson’s New Book

Lynne Kiesling And it’s called Anathem. It’s an interesting made-up word, reminiscent of both “anthem” and “anathema”. The marketing blurb: Since childhood, Raz has lived behind the walls of a 3,400-year-old monastery, a sanctuary for scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians–sealed off from the illiterate, irrational, unpredictable “saecular” world that is plagued by recurring cycles of booms … More September 9: Release Date for Neal Stephenson’s New BookMore September 9: Release Date for Neal Stephenson’s New Book

Some Anecdotal Data on Driving Behavior Change

Lynne Kiesling This weekend the KP Spouse told me about a couple of his colleagues, both of whom drive Chevy Avalanches, live in the suburbs, and used to drive to work. One of them has started taking the train and is trying to sell his Avalanche, because he doesn’t want to keep spending what he … More Some Anecdotal Data on Driving Behavior ChangeMore Some Anecdotal Data on Driving Behavior Change

Are Oil Prices Going Higher?

Michael Giberson Today a Washington Post article discusses the most recent oil price forecast from Goldman Sachs analysts Arjun N. Murti and Jeffrey Currie, which have oil prices averaging $141/bbl for the second half of 2008. As usual, it isn’t hard to find an analyst with a contrary view, and the article presents some counter … More Are Oil Prices Going Higher?More Are Oil Prices Going Higher?