Something to add to the list of things I find strangely fascinating: TheSpeedGamers.com is doing a Final Fantasy marathon all week to raise money for charity (ACT Today). Why watching some people play FF, even with commentary and a chat, is so fun to watch, I don’t know, but I’ve watched it for a few hours total over last few days.
Check it out.…
Today, I got a glimpse future leadership of the nation, and the view is not good.
The venue was a debate at my university among Student Government candidates for president and vice-president. These five yammerheads went on for about an hour, mostly about the importance of representing “the students.” What none of them seemed to grasp was that “the students” are not a homogenous mass, but a collection of individuals who have differing, perhaps even conflicting, opinions on what their “representatives” should do.
Actually, the vast majority of students probably don’t care about Student Government, since they don’t seem to accomplish much beyond the occasional idiotic expenditure; for example, the purchase of three “spirit rocks” for students to express school spirit (i.e., graffiti) for several thousand dollars.
One of the vice presidential candidates was especially honest when he stated that he may not have totally agreed with a particular bill he had recently voted for, but since surveys indicated “the students” approved of the bill, “the students'” opinion became his opinion.
Too bad more politicians don’t admit they’re cowards who just do what’s popular!…
I just took the Mises Institute’s “Are You an Austrian?” quiz. Apparently, my economic views are 82/100 Austrian. A couple of my answers to the 25-question quiz were more in-line with the Chicago school, and a couple others with Keynesian/neo-classical economics. Somehow, I even managed to give one socialist answer(!).
Though my final score is probably accurate, and no such quiz is perfect, there were a few questions I had to hedge on. For example, one question asked about government involvement in endeavours like schools and roads. Well, I think government should build roads, but should not involve itself with schools.
It’s also really tough for an online quiz, with questions like “What is the reason for the interest rate, and should the rate be regulated?” Well, shit, I don’t know.
That aside, it’s definitely a step above the typical “What Pokemon type are you?” fare (I’m psychic-type, BTW). Check it out, and while you’re there read up on some Austrian economics too.
As some of you may have noticed, WordPress has this neat effect in wintertime of snow falling on blogs on their network.
It’s neat and all, but… I have a white background, so they’re invisible on my blog.