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Computer Tan

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So, a theme here is passing on things that make you go “huh?”.  It may be hard to top this for some time.  Apparently, they’re quite serious, and there’s an iPhone version in the works (wow!).  I can’t really rule out that it’s some sort of spoof, but it looks like they are more than happy to take orders, so I’ll assume it’s “real”.

Computer Tan.

The mental images conjured up of people trying to use this product for a complete tan, are so humorous, as to fall into “you can’t make this stuff up” category.

Very Good Explanation of the basis of the Mortgage Crisis

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Do you find yourself a bit confused about how we got into this mess; loaning money to people that couldn’t pay the loan back, every sort of crazy behavior, etc.? The Predictably Irrational blog has a reference to this program on This American Life . I don’t know that it’s possible to make it easy to follow, but this show does a very god job of laying out the history in a way that you can see how we got here. I haven’t exactly been scouring the ‘net looking for the best explanation. But I did find this to be well worth the investment of time, and very enlightening.
Of Course, it still leaves open the question of what should have been done to prevent the situation. Maybe even more interestingly to me, who should be taking the investment beating for risky investments. I am inclined to say that the people that ultimately bought the risk just need to accept the loss (and still think there is legitimacy to that idea). It even makes some sense that, if you took out a loan you couldn’t afford to repay, you deserve foreclosure. Obviously, though, not everyone that’s “caught” did anything that was clearly stupid at the time. I think the show even does a pretty decent job of explaining the dilemma of trying to square things away now.

Think you’re pretty observant?

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As I mentioned in my previous post.  I’m fascinated by those natural tendencies we have that lead us to miss things, and more particularly how “confident” we are that we don’t have these failings.  Most people think they’re very observant, and if they pay close enough attention, you can’t put anything over on them.

Pay close attention to this video.  Did you catch the trick?  🙂

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