September 24, 2019

From Investopedia:

Petrodollars are U.S. dollars paid to an oil exporting country for the sale of the commodity. Put simply, the petrodollar system is an exchange of oil for U.S. dollars between countries that buy oil and those that produce it.

The petrodollar was t...

May 19, 2019

This image is the official and exclusive cover art of Erick Sermon's eighth full-length studio album, Vernia.

March 3, 2019

 This clip of Koyaanisqatsi ( Life out of Balance) is dedicated to everyone in these fraught political times who just need a few minutes to remember the big picture. For the uninitiated, this is an art piece, an experimental moving picture montage released  i...

December 4, 2018

Public Enemy's Chuck D once rapped, "Burn, Hollywood ,Burn"; UC Irvine professor Mike Davis is not by any accounts a rapper but he's written the remix: Let Malibu Burn. Like the LA Times' Gustavo Arellano saw fit to do after the devastating Woolsey fire, we're revisiti...

November 29, 2018

Clocking in at over 900 pages, Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon  tops the list of longest books I've ever read, surpassing the 840 pages of Stephen King's Needful Things, which I read twice. I stumbled upon the 1999 bestseller while researching cryptocurrencies, but the...

August 30, 2018

 

For all its millennia as the world's most valuable/ useful/ rarest precious metal, Canada has seen fit to part with most of it store of gold. While the U.S., China, & Russia appear locked in an arms race to to secure the most physical gold, Canada, one of the world's...

August 4, 2018

In one corner, the fine folks at Demoncracy.info help you visualize otherwise unfathomable amounts of money: 

In the other corner,  Jeff Desjardins at Visual Capitalist identifies the first company to achieve certain market cap milestones in the U.S. Permalink...

July 10, 2018

The NCAA has a dilemma on its hands: revenues from televised college sports have exploded, enriching the institutions but not sharing the wealth with the athletes. Recently the idea of paying players has gained traction, though debates abound the proper way to do so, t...

May 15, 2018

 Artemis' Roman counterpart DIana de Versailles.  Photo by Peter Mulligan via Flickr at the Lourve.

In Greek mythology, Artemis is the twin sister of Apollo and the daughter of Zeus and Leto. In Roman times, she's known as Diana. In both cases, she's the goddess of...

February 4, 2018

[Ed note:  This blog post is not to be construed as advertising but the author of this post may have a financial interest in the product discussed herein.]

The honor of Dystopin Futurez "White Paper of the Month" goes to the team at Brave and the developers of the...

December 19, 2017

When social networking became popular, I remember the impact it had on a few friends who discovered things about people they thought they know. Discovering information online was a new phenomenon that had a learning curve all its own. It was one thing to know that your...