Friday, March 31, 2006

What's next for the dollar?

The price of money affects everything financial. When the price
changes, so does everything else, including perceptions. Relationships
adjust, risk-reward dynamics move, and investors rethink, recalculate
and review.

Evolution on this plane usually moves at a snail's pace over a day or
two, only to reveal itself more fully in longer stretches, with the
repercussions rippling across asset classes, markets, and borders. So,
when the Federal Reserve raises interest rates for the 15th time in a
row, as it did on Tuesday, and the dollar reacts by slipping, you may
wonder what Mr. Market is thinking.

The U.S. Dollar Index is lower this morning, despite this week's
25-basis-point bump in Fed funds to 4.75%. In fact, the Dollar Index
is considerably lower than compared to mid-November, a moment in time
when Fed funds were a relatively slight 4.0%.

Higher interest rates and a falling dollar. What gives?

In theory, higher interest rates imply a stronger currency. In a
make-believe competitive world, with only those two variables de...


Good summarizing article.. and me testing this gmailing straight to
blog thingamajigybob..

Thursday, March 30, 2006

I am a Grup.

New York Metro article

some excerpts..

"If being a Grup means being 35, and having a job, and using a messenger bag instead of a briefcase, and staying out too late too often, and owning more pairs of sneakers (eleven) than suits (one), and downloading a Hot Hot Heat song from iTunes because it was on a playlist titled "Saturday Errands," and generally being uneasy and slightly confused about just what it means to be an adult in these modern times—in short, if it means living your life in fundamentally the same way that you did when you were, say, 22—then, let's face it, I'm a Grup."

"Our preferred term, grup, is taken from an episode of Star Trek (keep reading) in which Captain Kirk et al. land on a planet of children who rule the world, with no adults in sight. The kids call Kirk and the crew "grups," which they eventually figure out is a contraction of "grown-ups." It turns out that all the grown-ups had died from a virus that greatly slows the aging process and kills anybody who grows up."

"Here's the bad news about kids: They're not cool. Especially little kids. Like, 2-year-olds? Forget it. Left to their own devices, they don't dress well, they have no sense of style, and frankly, their musical taste sucks."

"Here's the good news about kids: They're defenseless. So if you want to put a Ramones T-shirt on your 2-year-old, you don't need his permission."

"Being a Grup isn't, as it turns out, all about holding on to some misguided, well-marketed idea of youth—or, at least, isn't just about that. It's also about rejecting a hand-me-down model of adulthood that asks, or even necessitates, that you let go of everything you ever felt passionate about. It's about reimagining adulthood as a period defined by promise, rather than compromise. And who can't relate to that?"

good stuff.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

tokyo that way

tokyo that way, originally uploaded by Knotty.

good to know

good to know, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Thursday, March 23, 2006


testdrive, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Maiso Beach Sunday afternoon, originally uploaded by Knotty.

HDR again..

Shimoda Sunday afternoon, originally uploaded by Knotty.

HDR shot..

Saturday, March 18, 2006

hill country

hill country, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Friday, March 17, 2006

tokyo citiscape

tokyo citiscape, originally uploaded by Knotty.

was trying to get fuji-san in the far background.. but that meant camera phone was at 45 degrees to the glass.. so unfortunately some reflection from the window.. taken from the 35/F of the Maranouchi Building in Tokyo.. in the foreground are the Imperial Palace grounds..

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


kaiseki, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

42km to kamakura

42km to kamakura, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

more press

more press, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Still waiting for that announcement..

sashimi for dinner

sashimi for dinner, originally uploaded by Knotty.


kyubei, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

the press

the press, originally uploaded by Knotty.

The press waiting for rate comments outside the BOJ..

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

green tea mcvities!

green tea mcvities!, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Monday, March 06, 2006

A Dog Can Fly

Pepper Running 31, originally uploaded by Knotty.

from our Saturday morning walk..