Something awesome

Dungeons & Dragons is the gift that keeps giving, even lo, these many years later:

Steve: How do you know he does nothing all day? Maybe he keeps busy.

Zack: Doing what? He doesn’t have any opposable thumbs.

Steve: So?

Zack: He couldn’t have built a civilization. He’s a brain smarter than the average human trapped in a huge cat’s body. He’s not going to be well mentally from just sitting on a cliff all day waiting for some bug-eyed goofs like this bunch to walk up and interrogate him.

Steve: Maybe he lives with someone. Watches their TV all day. Has them open jars for him. Maybe he has a girlfriend.

Zack: The lynx has a girlfriend?

Steve: Could be. He used his superior intelligence to seduce her.

Zack: How did he even get near her? He’s a giant wild animal.

Steve: Maybe he pretended to be hurt and when she brought him a bandage he seduced her.

Zack: No, she wouldn’t. A giant lynx is dangerous.

Steve: Women like dangerous men. The lynx could have treated her badly.

GPL licenses

This one is for the OSS boys. Under which license would you prefer to release open source code? I’m especially interested in opinions on the Lesser Gnu Public License.

For boldness in central banking

The New York Times lobbies for Ben Bernanke’s second term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors:

Fellow economists, however, are heaping praise on Mr. Bernanke for his bold actions and steady hand in pulling the economy out of its worst crisis since the 1930s. Tossing out the Fed’s standard playbook, Mr. Bernanke orchestrated a long list of colossal rescue programs: Wall Street bailouts, shotgun weddings, emergency loan programs, vast amounts of newly printed money and the lowest interest rates in American history….

Amid the chaos, Fed and Treasury officials made numerous mistakes. Their original idea for the $700 billion to buy up bad mortgage assets held by banks has yet to get off the ground. But economists say Mr. Bernanke’s most important accomplishment was to create staggering amounts of money out of thin air.

That’s certainly new. And bold! I mean, who would have ever come up with the idea of using a central bank to create vast sums of money out of nothing? And who can doubt that this will permanently solve the problems originally caused by creating large sums of money out of nothing? Bernanke’s helicopter money approach isn’t going to work; extend and pretend is only a delaying measure that makes the major statistics look better for a little while until reality again intrudes.

The map is not the territory.