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Follow-Up

Posted on June 22, 2017

I sat on the porch Listened to the rain Smoked a cigarette And counted to ten Oh no, here it comes again That funny feeling ― Camper Van Beethoven, Oh No! (1985) A quick post-Fed follow-up to “Tell My Horse”, the best-received Epsilon Theory note to date (thank you!). I’ll jump right into what I’ve got to […]

Hobson’s Choice

Posted on March 16, 2016

If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation. – Don Draper, Mad Men: “Love Among the Ruins” (2009) Dalek: The Dalek stratagem nears completion. The fleet is almost ready. You will not intervene. The Doctor: Oh really? Why’s that, then? Dalek: We have your associate. You will obey or she will be exterminated. […]

Rewardless Risk

Posted on February 1, 2016

Faramir: Then farewell! But if I should return, think better of me. Denethor: That depends on the manner of your return. – J.R.R. Tolkien “The Lord of the Rings” (1954) I’m going full-nerd with the “Lord of the Rings” introduction to today’s Epsilon Theory note, but I think this scene — where Denethor, the mad […]

You Can Either Surf, or You Can Fight

Posted on January 14, 2016

Kilgore: Smell that? You smell that? Lance: What? Kilgore: Napalm, son.  Nothing else in the world smells like that. – Apocalypse Now (1979) Hello, hello, hello, how low? [x3] – Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991) Outside the bus the smell of sulfur hit Bond with sickening force.  It was a horrible smell, from somewhere down in the stomach of […]

Storm Warning

Posted on December 14, 2015

Unfortunately for mariners, the total amount of wave energy in a storm does not rise linearly with wind speed, but to its fourth power. The seas generated by a forty-knot wind aren’t twice as violent as those from a twenty-knot wind, they are seventeen times as violent. A ship’s crew watching the anemometer climb even […]

Funny How?

Posted on October 28, 2015

Henry Hill: You’re a pistol, you’re really funny. You’re really funny. Tommy DeVito: What do you mean I’m funny? Henry Hill: It’s funny, you know. It’s a good story. It’s funny. You’re a funny guy. [laughs] Tommy DeVito: What do you mean? You mean the way I talk? What? Henry Hill: It’s just, you know. […]

The New TVA

Posted on July 23, 2015

War is too important to be left to the generals. – Georges Clemenceau (1841 -1929) Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off. … If we call the method regulation, people will […]

Why Take a Chance?

Posted on February 24, 2015

Vinny Forlano: He won’t talk. Stone is a good kid. Stand-up guy, just like his old man. That’s the way I see it. Vincent Borelli: I agree. He’s solid. An effin’ Marine. Americo Capelli: He’s okay. He always was. Remo, what do you think? Remo Gaggi: Look… why take a chance? At least, that’s the […]