Sunday, March 9, 2014

Photos from Camino di Santiago

The Way of St. James was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with Rome and Jerusalem, and a pilgrimage route on which a plenary indulgence could be earned; other major pilgrimage routes include the Via Francigena to Rome and the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. (wikipedia)

When I first here about the Camino, this was my thought: "Why, oh why on earth you ask, would you subject yourself to such punishment?"  (Vagabondish), But, "Just ask anybody who has completed the 800 kilometer Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and they’ll probably have many compelling reasons for you."

Lee Sandstead under took this "insanity" not once, but three times.  In addition to all the "wonderful" things all Camino Pilgrims claim to take away from their journey, Lee has put together quite an impressive portfolio of photographs from his: Camino de Santiago

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Art for Sale

After a ten year hiatus, the Aesthetic Capitalist is back in the art business!

I have partnered with Lee Sanstead and am helping market and sell his incredible photos of great historical works of art, as will as his original photos of landscapes, still lifes, cityscapes, etc.

The prices for the quality of prints we are selling is way too low in my opinion, so come check it out, before I talk Lee into raising his prices:

Thursday, September 5, 2013

I'd Date a Trader :-)

If You Hate Insider Trading, You Also Despise Dating, by David Lewis

"Or what about a man who pursues a woman he's interested in, and comes up with a great first-date idea based on non-public information provided by mutual friends of theirs? Is the man morally corrupt? Should he be sent to jail? No, of course not.
"What about a scientist who does original research, uncovers the cure for all cancers, yet sells his non-public information (and invention) to drug companies for billions ahead of everyone else? Is he a criminal? Hardly. He's a hero. He just cured cancer.
"What's so different about a man pursuing a romantic interest, or a journalist scooping a story, or a scientist making the discovery of the century, and someone investing on non-public information for profit? Answer: nothing."

Friday, August 23, 2013

Rational Education: It's Not About College

A must read: We Don’t Talk About College

"The goal of education is not résumé-building for college admission, nor is it “preparation for college and career” in the pragmatic, “good-of-society” sense that the new Common Core Standards would have us believe. The goal of education is, in the beautiful words of the very educated John Adams, “to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue.” In every subtle facet of child-rearing and education, it is crucial that we preserve—or reinstate—this as the goal." --Lisa VanDamme

Friday, August 16, 2013

Fun with the NSA

More Sunny awesomeness: House of Sunny

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Job Satisfaction

A very nice set of fundamental requirements for what is required for a job/career you will love. A short, great read with fabulous contrasting examples: The Best and Worst Jobs

So why were these my best and worst jobs? Some research by Deci and Ryan suggest a reason why. Deci and Ryan have found that three basic needs fuel our intrinsic motivation and happiness. Those three things are autonomy, relatedness, and competence. Autonomy relates to your freedom to make decisions. The more freedom you have to make decisions in a particular context, the more enjoyable that context will be. This is true on the job, in the classroom, at home, and in politics. Relatedness refers to your ability to relate to people in a context. The more we can relate to people in terms of values and goals, the more enjoyable the interaction will be. When relatedness exists, we gain psychological visibility. The third condition is your feeling of competence or self-efficacy. We naturally crave challenging activities that allow us to test our skills fully. We don’t want things that are too easy nor things that are too hard.

Monday, November 12, 2012

2012 Election Anaylsis: What did It Mean and What Is Required For the Future

An analysis of the election, and the future from an Objectivist perspective by Yaron Brook: Don't Let It Go .

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Democracy: Slavery of the Individual by the Group

"Political Islam has never embraced freedom or rights; historically, its brutality was curbed only when ruled by autocrats like the Shah in Iran, Saddam in Iraq, and Mubarak in Egypt. Democracy zealots among Western intellectuals and U.S. political leaders have sabotaged such autocrats (and U.S. allies) in the region, in favor of overt enemies. Starting in 1979 in Iran, it was out with the secular military regime and in with a tyrannical theocracy; ever since then, but especially after 9/11, the pattern has been repeated in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, and Libya. The U.S. apologized for supporting secular rule and helped oust allies, in favor of elected theocrats and Islamic constitutions. From Carter to Obama the U.S. has preferred cold-bloodied, religious tyranny, as long as it arrived by majority vote. " -- Richard Salsman

The Religion That's Killing The World Isn't Just Islam, It's Also Democracy

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Capitalism Is the Cure, Not the Disease

The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism is the World Economy’s Only Hope

From Amazon...

John A. Allison is the longest-serving CEO of a top-25 financial institution, having served as Chairman of BB&T for twenty years. He currently serves as President and CEO of the Cato Institute and as a distinguished professor at the Wake Forest University Schools of Business. He is also one of the lead spokespersons for banking and policy reform today, appearing at universities and business groups nationwide and serving on the board of directors of the Ayn Rand Institute. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from American Banker and was named one of the decade’s top 100 most successful CEOs by Harvard Business Review.

About the Book: Not only is free market capitalism good for the economy, says industry expert John Allison, it is our only hope for recovery. As the nation’s longest-serving CEO of a top-25 financial institution, Allison has had a unique inside view of the events leading up to the financial crisis. He has seen the direct effect of government incentives on the real estate market. He has seen how government regulations only make matters worse.

And now, in this controversial wake-up call of a book, he has given us a solution. The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure reveals:

Why regulation is bad for the market—and for the world What we can do to promote a healthy free market How we can help end unemployment in America The truth about TARP and the bailouts How Washington can help Wall Street build a better future for everyone With shrewd insight, alarming insider details, and practical advice for today’s leaders, this electrifying analysis is nothing less than a call to arms for a nation on the brink. You’ll learn how government incentives helped blow up the real estate bubble to unsustainable proportions, how financial tools such as derivatives have been wrongly blamed for the crash, and how Congress fails to understand it should not try to control the market—and then completely mismanages it when it tries. In the end, you’ll understand why it’s so important to put “free” back in free market.

It’s time for America to accept the truth: the government can’t fix the economy because the government wrecked the economy. This book gives us the tools, the inspiration—and the cure.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Paul Ryan and Ayn Rand

Yaron Brook, Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute, discusses the Ayn Rand / Paul Ryan connection: Paul Ryan Is No Ayn Rand Disciple: He’s a Fiscal Moderate