Sunday, April 30, 2006

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

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Monday, April 24, 2006

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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Thai Cooking School?

So I've been doing some research on what I should do this summer, and one idea is to go to cooking school in Thailand.

I guess a bunch of schools do this in Thailand, and I'm not sure which one is the best one. It looks like it costs about $20 for a day of classes, they usually take you out to the market to buy and learn about ingredients and you usually get to eat everything that you cook.

Richard Barrow posted a great overview of various Thai cooking schools.

So I don't know, is this a good way to spend free time? I want to do something abroad this summer, but I'd rather be doing something sort of productive.. Hmmm.

So here are some links I've found sorted by school:

Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
Apparently this school has been around the longest. It also costs the most and is located 20 minutes outside of Chiang Mai central:

Friday, April 21, 2006

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

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Fight inequality or fight poverty?

On fighting inequality or fighting poverty, this person argues that we should fight against poverty [FT]:
"What to do, then? Let us stop fighting a battle we cannot win and concentrate all efforts on a fight that can succeed. The best tools to achieve a long-term, sustained decline in inequality are the same as those that are now widely accepted as the best available levers to lift people out of poverty. Provide access to better education and health, clean water, justice, steady jobs, housing and credit. The recipe is well known, even boring. These goals are not good fodder for a rousing speech. And they will not bring down inequality as quickly as one would wish. But focusing on these indispensable goals will certainly close one important gap: the gap between our good deeds and our best intentions. "

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Best Salad Dressing - Ever

I have found my new favorite salad dressing - Trader Joe's Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette . It is SOO good!!

The new Trader Joe by Union Square seems to be a lot less busy.. isn't that weird? A couple weeks ago I waited 45 minutes in line just for the privilege of shopping in there and today I was in and out in 10 minutes!

Friday, April 14, 2006

The Waiter Rule

"A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter, or to others, is not a nice person."
Raytheon CEO Bill Swanson

Thursday, April 13, 2006

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

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Monday, April 10, 2006

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Sunday, April 9, 2006

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Friday, April 7, 2006

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Cliffs

In South Africa, Poor AIDS Patients Adopt Risky Ploy [WSJ]:
"Her decision represents an unexpected twist in South Africa's AIDS crisis. The South African government gives Zolile antiretroviral "cocktails" to make her healthier. It will also give her a $130-a-month disability grant -- but only if she gets sicker than she is now. And if she takes the drugs, she probably won't get sick enough to qualify for the cash."

Does social assistance creates a cliff for people to get to the next level? It becomes like a step function. Let's say you get $30 if you do nothing.

Well to work a lot and get only $31 isn't worth it if you get $30 for doing nothing right? You're only getting aincremental $1 for your efforts, so why bother? Only when you get magnitudes above the social assistance level is it really worth trying harder..

I don't know what the solution to that is..

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

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