Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Khan Academy - Brilliant

I'm embarassed to have not been aware of this before. This guy, Salman Khan - who's an ex-SF-based hedgie, has basically created a high quality, free online library of teachings on basically any subject you can think of related to math or science and is below String Theory. I suspect String Theory is coming. He also has extensive playlists that address finance, economics, and government policy (e.g., an entire set of objectively presented lectures on the "Paulson Bailout" and "Collateralized Debt Obligation (CDO)"). I haven't vetted those, but I can tell you the more traditional lectures are excellent - understandable, effective and consumable. This sort of thing has the potential to revolutionize education.

Click here to check out the Khan Academy and spread the good word. Here's his intro video that shows the schematic overview of basically everything that is available on his website.

Welcome to the future, the weather is great.

[HT: TD]

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Yen:Dollar In Freefall

Wow - the yen's strength is remarkable (or is it the dollar's weakness - pick your poison). Say Sayonara to the Japanese government's budget. Say Ohaiyo Gozaimasu to QE52 in Japan and the ultimate destruction of their currency. As we've discussed several times in the past, this is a "when, not if" scenario.