Categories
observations

values

Look – corn ethanol is basically dumb, and subsidizing it is subsidized dumb. But this isn’t really the problem here:

[From Corn ethanol is the worst thing since sliced Hitler « The Poor Man Institute]

What’s going on? It isn’t that there isn’t enough food. It’s that the ability to fill up a gas tank with gasoline is, in the “wisdom” of the marketplace, the highest value use of the food crop.
[…]
Is the demand for one luxury meat meal really bigger than the demand for ten subsistence grain meals? This is true only if the wealthy person’s desires are valued more than the poor person’s desires. A starving Haitian’s desire for a scrap of bread exceeds your desire for your favorite meal by a considerable amount, but his ability to pay is constrained by your desire for steak.

We’re more concerned with feeding our cars (with corn that could be eaten by people) and housing them (by favoring zoning and urban planning that favors sprawl over density) than in feeding and housing people.

Categories
observations

links for 2008-04-29

Categories
observations

one more time

trying to work out what has changed in either mysql5 or WordPress. Or are they ganging up on me?

Alrighty, then. something was not right in the mysql upgrade of yesterday. for some reason (safety?) the mysql_upgrade script doesn’t run and restarting mysql without it means the internal mysql data tables are out of sync with what the engine expects. and it always helps to go for speed: make BUILD_OPTIMIZED=yes BUILD_STATIC=yes. seems a bit more sprightly now . . .

Categories
observations

muxtape

does anyone have a Muxtape to share? most of my library is in mp4/aac so I can’t use it yet.