Santa Barbarian at the Gate

Musings on a barbarian's interests

Reflections on Ecuador and Colombia

I went to Ecuador thinking it would be a parallel to Peru, where I had the opportunity to travel several years ago.  I went to Colombia thinking it would be … Continue reading

December 28, 2009 · 2 Comments

Bull Fighting

Having now seen it, I can’t justify bullfighting.  In my mind, there is no question that many aspects of the sport stray far too far into the realm of animal … Continue reading

December 28, 2009 · Leave a comment

Doddsville: The Intelligent Investor

Simple, logically self-sufficient, and reflective of norms now outside much financial thinking: focused the values of transparency and simplicity.  If you are at all into investing (or want to understand … Continue reading

December 28, 2009 · Leave a comment

Quick review: Tournament of Shadows – The Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia

A post long-overdue: I chipped away slowly at this 560pp beast.  Overall, would strongly recommend for anyone deeply interested in the minutiae of central Asian history. Liked: the flow and … Continue reading

June 24, 2009 · Leave a comment

The false temptations of a wealthy company

Response to DealBook entry on having large cash-rich technology companies dividend back to shareholders rather than use it to make acquisitions.

April 7, 2009 · 1 Comment

My new “new” Asian Gateways

Over the past two weeks I’ve been working in Asia — Hong Kong, Taipei and Singapore — assessing market opportunities for my employer, SecondMarket.  A few interesting observations out of … Continue reading

March 26, 2009 · 2 Comments

Innovation on Wall St.

The weekend’s financial and popular press was rife with it: “Soros sees no bottom for world financial ‘collapse’” screamed one Reuters’ headline that received wide syndication.  But the NYTimes counterposed … Continue reading

February 23, 2009 · 1 Comment