All Sorts of Things

Random posts on all sorts of things designed to inform and provoke.

Monthly Archives: October, 2012

Movies: In Appreciation of Quantum of Solace

As the US prepares itself for the unveiling of the latest Bond movie, I thought this would be a good time to look back at the last Bond movie, Quantum … Continue reading

October 31, 2012 · 2 Comments

Islam: Yay or Nay for Haaj Protests

There was an interesting story in the Pakistani English newspaper, The Dawn, the other day about Syrian Hajj pilgrims protesting against Bashar al-Assad while hurling pebbles at the Satan pillars. … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

US Elections: Vote Early and Relax on Voting Day

The United States is currently in the middle of election fever and those affected by it – especially those on talk radio – are literally going insane. Tangentially, if you … Continue reading

October 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Wallander: Continuing Moroseness and Shallow Mysteries Dampen the Mood

Wallander, the BBC show whose third season (or “series” as they call it across the pond) was telecast earlier this year, holds a special place for this television viewer. To … Continue reading

October 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

US Culture: Come In So I Can Shoot You

The New York Times’ report on the shooting and killing of Dan Fredenberg provides a vivid example of the US gun culture and its recent growth. While there is nothing … Continue reading

October 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Technology: Is 7-inches Too Small or Is it About How Consumers Use the Inches

Barely two months after launching the iPhone5 – a great product, by the way – Apple launched a new and smaller version of its iPad today. The “iPad Mini,” is … Continue reading

October 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Movies: The Campaign Totally Sucks

Political movies are a rare breed in the current film culture. Some of its understandable since consumers get more than their fill of political shenanigans from the 24 news-cycle and … Continue reading

October 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Global Economy: The Oil Market Helps Almost Everyone

It’s truly a special time when market conditions coalesce in such a way so as to benefit a majority of a commodity’s market participants. Such is the case with the … Continue reading

October 10, 2012 · 2 Comments

Baldness: The Golden Age but Better to Go Early than Late

Every man lives in fear of going bald, especially early in life. Many a tear has been shed and prayer been … prayed, in the hope of reversing nature’s cruel … Continue reading

October 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Pakistan: Proof that Financial Markets are Run by Self Serving Geniuses

According to a report published in the Pakistani newspaper, Dawn, on October 1, 2012, the Pakistani stock market closed on a four-year high as investors expressed optimism about declining inflation … Continue reading

October 2, 2012 · Leave a comment