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    Under the Rainbow

    Posted by Jonathan on 23rd January 2015 (All posts by )

    rainbow

    Posted in Photos | 7 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 15th January 2015 (All posts by )

    street

    Posted in Photos | 8 Comments »

    What Chicago Boyz Readers Are Reading (December 2014)

    Posted by Jonathan on 14th January 2015 (All posts by )

    Below is a list of the books, ebooks, music and videos ordered in December 2014 (a record month, for which many thanks) by Chicago Boyz readers via Amazon links on this blog. (A cumulative list of Chicago Boyz readers’ Amazon book purchases is here.)

    Your book and non-book Amazon purchases help to support this blog via the Amazon Associates affiliate program. Chicago Boyz earns a percentage on all of your Amazon purchases as long as you enter the Amazon site via the Amazon links on this blog (including the Amazon banner in the blog header, the link under the Amazon banner and any Amazon links on this blog for products other than the ones you are buying).

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    Posted in Book Notes | 1 Comment »

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 12th January 2015 (All posts by )

    What has changed for the Jewish people over the past 75 years isn’t that we have ceased to love the countries where we live. It is that we are no longer compelled to bet—with our lives—that our love will be requited.

    From: “Two Scenes From the Grand Synagogue of Paris: Netanyahu, the French national anthem, and what it all means” in Tablet Magazine.

    (Via William A. Jacobson)

    Posted in Europe, France, Israel, Judaism, Quotations | 1 Comment »

    Dear Microsoft, Google and Other Retail Software Developers…

    Posted by Jonathan on 9th January 2015 (All posts by )

    [Update: These ideas apply to Web pages as well.]

    A few suggestions from a mere user:

    -Stop using script-based popup menus. Go back to old-style Microsoft-standard (c. 2003) clickable nested menus emanating from a static menu bar, with standard headings (FILE, EDIT, etc.) plus the unique headings needed for each piece of software. If you are using script menus as a workaround for complexity you should redesign your user interface. If you are using script menus for any other reason you should stop.

    -Knock it off with the icons. Use text buttons instead. The point of software it to economize on human effort, not to appear stylish. A trash-can icon is probably OK, but much more than that and users are forced to waste time mouse-hovering over your icons or (worse) looking things up in the online help.

    -Hire focus groups of 75-85 year-old occasional computer users and turn them loose on your products. They may not understand the fine points but they will tell you quickly if your products have any gross UI deficiencies that people like you who use software all day may be overlooking.

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    Posted in Customer Service, Deep Thoughts, Systems Analysis, Tech | 14 Comments »

    Department of Unintentional Irony

    Posted by Jonathan on 9th January 2015 (All posts by )

    House Minority Whip: DC has undermined confidence for too many years:

    Congress has been undermining confidence among the private sector for too many years, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D.-Md.) said on Friday, referring to comments from former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers earlier on CNBC that confidence in and of itself is an economic booster.
     
    “For instance, [the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act] was allowed to expire. The good thing we did with over 415 votes was to approve it this week. Frankly, we could have done that six months ago, and we…

    Now he tells us!

    To which Party does Rep. Hoyer belong, and which Party has done more to undermine business confidence over the past decade by systematically increasing taxation and regulation as a matter of governing philosophy?

    Oh, and which Party is about to take control of Congress?

    Posted in Big Government, Economics & Finance, Political Philosophy, Politics, Quotations | 1 Comment »

    No Submission

    Posted by Jonathan on 7th January 2015 (All posts by )

    Muhammad

    Posted in Islam, Terrorism, War and Peace | 7 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 6th January 2015 (All posts by )

    raise your IQ with Dew

    Visit Chicagoboyz for a 2-liter dose of stimulating ideas.

    Posted in Photos | 3 Comments »

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 2nd January 2015 (All posts by )

    The conclusion of Progressives and Disorder, a WSJ editorial:

    The final two years of the Obama Presidency will thus be the most dangerous since the end of the Cold War as the world’s rogues calculate how far they can go before a successor enters the White House in 2017. A bipartisan coalition in Congress may be able to limit some of the damage, but the first step toward serious repair is understanding how Mr. Obama’s progressive foreign policy has contributed to the growing world disorder.

    Interesting times ahead.

    Posted in Leftism, Obama, Political Philosophy, Quotations, War and Peace | 20 Comments »

    Police Attitudes: Compare and Contrast

    Posted by Jonathan on 31st December 2014 (All posts by )

      

    Gun owners fear Maryland cops target them for traffic stops

    vs.

    Nashville Police Chief Defends Decision Not to Crack Down on Police Brutality Protesters

    Posted in Big Government, Civil Liberties, Civil Society, Law, Law Enforcement | 13 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 28th December 2014 (All posts by )

    knish nosh

    Chicagoboyz contemplate the mystery of choice.

    Posted in Photos | 5 Comments »

    Autocomplete: Threat or Menace?

    Posted by Jonathan on 28th December 2014 (All posts by )

    “I’m losing my house.”

    A friend of mine sent me this text message when I was on my way to meet her. Fearing the worst, I called her. She told me she had just left her house and was on her way. Her fancy new cellphone’s predictive-text feature had changed “leaving” to “losing”.

    This kind of thing seems to happen a lot these days.

    Posted in Deep Thoughts, Personal Narrative | 6 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 18th December 2014 (All posts by )

    what inflation?

    Chicagoboyz closely monitor all relevant information sources for clues to the direction of Federal Reserve policy.

    Posted in Economics & Finance, Photos | 4 Comments »

    Chicagoboyz Commenting Issues

    Posted by Jonathan on 18th December 2014 (All posts by )

    A frequent commenter complained to me that he had tried to post comments and the comments either didn’t appear or he received a WordPress error message telling him that he had tried to post a duplicate comment. I’ve had similar problems myself once or twice. Is anyone else experiencing such issues? Please let me know if you are. There may be a tech issue, perhaps with our WordPress plugins. In that case it would help if I knew the scope of the problem so that I could find its cause.

    Thanks.

    UPDATE: The problem appears to be a browser issue.

    Posted in Announcements | Comments Off

    Happy Hanukka

    Posted by Jonathan on 16th December 2014 (All posts by )

    I’m going to make a suggestion that you will thank me for when you eat your potato latkes: cranberry sauce.

    latkes

    Posted in Holidays, Photos | 3 Comments »

    Finally!

    Posted by Jonathan on 15th December 2014 (All posts by )

    A truly important article from the NY Times:

    That’s why, I’m sorry to say, if you want a truly great, hot, crisp doughnut, chances are you’re going to have to make it yourself. Like anything involving deep-frying, D.I.Y. doughnuts are a bit of a project, but they’re less work than you might think. And once you’ve mastered the basic recipe — this one is for fluffy yeasted doughnuts, as opposed to the denser cake variety — you can geek out to your heart’s content on the glazes, toppings and fillings.

    Happily the NYT article actually links to some recipes.

    My aunt has a great recipe for sufganiyot, which are a sort of jam-filled Israeli yeast donut that’s traditionally made for Hannukah, at least by my aunt. I ought to ask her for it.

    Posted in Holidays, Recipes | 6 Comments »

    Don’t Worry, Be Happy

    Posted by Jonathan on 14th December 2014 (All posts by )

    Or at least try sometimes to be happy despite your worries. But it’s not like we’re giving advice here, because what do we know. In any case a catchy tune couldn’t hurt.

    Posted in Music, Video | 3 Comments »

    What Chicago Boyz Readers Are Reading (November 2014)

    Posted by Jonathan on 12th December 2014 (All posts by )

    Below is a list of the books, ebooks, music and videos ordered in November 2014 by Chicago Boyz readers via Amazon links on this blog. (A cumulative list of Chicago Boyz readers’ Amazon book purchases is here.)

    Your book and non-book Amazon purchases help to support this blog via the Amazon Associates affiliate program. Chicago Boyz earns a percentage on all of your Amazon purchases as long as you enter the Amazon site via the Amazon links on this blog (including the Amazon banner in the blog header, the link under the Amazon banner and any Amazon links on this blog for products other than the ones you are buying).

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    Posted in Book Notes | 9 Comments »

    Come Blog Away

    Posted by Jonathan on 12th December 2014 (All posts by )

    flying metaphor

    Chicagoboyz soars on modern, all metal, streamlined rhetoric built on a time-tested structure of empirical rationality.

    Posted in Photos | 14 Comments »

    The Bee’s Knees

    Posted by Jonathan on 10th December 2014 (All posts by )

    beelines

    Posted in Photos | 13 Comments »

    Deal of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 8th December 2014 (All posts by )

    I don’t know if this is a short-term offer or a closeout or what, but this camera is a great deal at this price. I have a previous version (S95) and it is about as good as it gets for a small-sensor point-and-shoot. Very small yet highly configurable with excellent controls. You can get better at this size (e.g., the Sony DSC-RX100M III or one of its predecessors) but not at anywhere near this price.

    Posted in Product Reviews/Endorsements | 6 Comments »

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 8th December 2014 (All posts by )

    Henry Kissinger, World Order (quoted in a review by Niall Ferguson):

    …If the balance between power and legitimacy is properly managed, actions will acquire a degree of spontaneity. Demonstrations of power will be peripheral and largely symbolic; because the configuration of forces will be generally understood, no side will feel the need to call forth its full reserves. When that balance is destroyed, restraints disappear, and the field is open to the most expansive claims and the most implacable actors; chaos follows until a new system of order is established.

    Posted in Book Notes, History, Human Behavior, International Affairs, National Security, Obama, Quotations, USA, War and Peace | 1 Comment »

    Posted by Jonathan on 6th December 2014 (All posts by )

    limit up

    Chicagoboyz take a large cash wheat position in anticipation of price increases.

    Posted in Photos | 2 Comments »

    Layers

    Posted by Jonathan on 5th December 2014 (All posts by )

    The brightening morning sky silhouettes distant ridges beyond Buck Canyon and the White Rim mesa in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. (Jonathan Gewirtz   jonathan@gewirtz.net)

    Posted in Photos | 4 Comments »

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 2nd December 2014 (All posts by )

    Richard Epstein, The flawed 75% tax solution from Hollande and Piketty:

    The basic question is why would anyone assume that major shifts in tax rates should have only relatively modest effects on the production of wealth. No one would say that about a cut in market wages of over 50 percent. So why assume otherwise in a tax context?

    Posted in Big Government, Economics & Finance, France, Leftism, Political Philosophy, Quotations, Taxes | 6 Comments »