Culinary notes: foods that are good for you, including … duck fat?

Lynne Kiesling A couple of nifty food notes have crossed my path today. First, an incredibly handy list of places to find duck fat french fries around the US, including the fabulous Hot Doug’s in Roscoe Village in Chicago. Yummmmm, encased meats! Interestingly, the hat tip for this article goes to John Hodgman’s Twitter feed. … More Culinary notes: foods that are good for you, including … duck fat?

My benchmark oil price is better than yours

Michael Giberson The WSJ’s Environmental Capital blog notes that the price for “WTI”, which is to say the price for West Texas Intermediate grade of crude oil, a commonly used benchmark for quoting crude oil prices, has been drifting out of the usual relationships with other commonly used benchmarks, like Brent crude. (Here is Wikipedia … More My benchmark oil price is better than yours

What model for the financial system breakdown? Falling dominoes? Cascading outages?

Michael Giberson Simon Johnson reviews and provides a summary of a paper by Daron Acemoglu on the current financial crisis.  Johnson summarizes one of Acemoglu’s points as follows: The seeds of the crisis were sown in the Great Moderation (the low inflation, relatively stable last 20 years or so).  Everyone who patted themselves or others … More What model for the financial system breakdown? Falling dominoes? Cascading outages?