Monday, December 29, 2008

4 Unforgettable Sports Championships in 2008

4 Unforgettable Sports Championships in 2008

1. New York Giants over New England Patriots in Super Bowl

2. Tiger Woods over Rocco Mediate in U.S. Open playoff

3. Rafael Nadal over Roger Federer at Wimbledon

4. Michael Phelps over Milorad Cavic by .01 of a second at the Olympics


Wednesday, November 05, 2008

4 Cool Things about an Obama Post-Presidency

4 Cool Things about an Obama Post-Presidency

1. Presidential museum and library in Chicago

2. Convention speeches every 4 years for life

3. State funeral

4. Monument in Chicago; maybe D.C.


4 Key Demographics in the Obama Win

4 Key Demographics in the Obama Win

1. African Americans

2. Latinos

3. Young Voters

4. Parents


Friday, October 17, 2008

4 Things Hurting the Oceans

4 Things Hurting the Oceans

1. Overfishing

2. Shipped goods that are lost or left from shipwrecks.

3. Global warming

4. Aquaculture


Wednesday, October 08, 2008

4 Good Questions about the Bailout

4 Good Questions about the Bailout from Time's list of 18:

1. How, exactly, is this bailout supposed to 'save' credit markets?

2. Why should Wall Street be bailed out? Won't it just make them all the more eager to engage in risky practices in the future?

3. Would the money be better spent just buying up the mortgages themselves instead of the securities?

4. What is the difference between Wall Street and a casino?


Monday, October 06, 2008

4 web sites or services I just heard about

4 web sites or services I just heard about at a web conference

1. Lively from Google


3. Sermo

4. MyBlogLog


Saturday, October 04, 2008

4 things I'm still worried about that could help McCain

4 things I'm still worried about that could help McCain, with one month to go:

1. Last-minute undecideds could break for McCain (but are there enough of them in swing states?)

2. Your next regularly scheduled Momentum Change should go to McCain (but will bad economic news ever go away?)

3. It's about to get nastier, and McCain's better at nasty. So are the Swift Boaters. (But does nasty work with independents?)

4. A terrorist attack or another bin Laden video would scare voters away from the newbie and back to the old soldier. (But can national security trump the economy as Issue #1 this year?)


4 ways (some) bloggers make (some) money

4 ways (some) bloggers make (some) money, from Slate

1. Amazon Associates

2. Google AdSense

3. BlogAds

4. "micropatrons"


Friday, October 03, 2008

4 key lines from the speech I heard Obama give in Grand Rapids yesterday

4 key lines from the speech I heard Obama give in Grand Rapids yesterday

1. "This financial crisis is a direct result of ... a philosophy that views even the most common-sense regulations as unwise and unnecessary. Well, this crisis is nothing less than a final verdict on this failed philosophy – and it’s a philosophy I’m running for President to end."

2. "My opponent ... says he’ll take on corporate lobbyists now, but he put seven of the biggest lobbyists in Washington in charge of his campaign. And if you think those lobbyists are working day and night to elect him just to put themselves out of business, well I’ve got a bridge to sell you up in Alaska."

3. "I will cut taxes – cut taxes – for 95% of all working families."

4. "This country and the dream it represents are being tested in a way that we haven’t seen in nearly a century. And future generations will judge ours by how we respond to this test."


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

4 Options for the Failed Bailout from Slate

1. Tweak it to please Republicans.

2. Tweak it to please Democrats.

3. Start over.

4. Do nothing.


Monday, September 29, 2008

4 Executive Orders by Bush that need to be rescinded, from Slate's list of 10

1. Executive Order 13233 (hides presidential records)

2. E.O. 13435 (blocks stem cell research)

3. E.O. 13440 (allows torture)

4. E.O. 13292 (says VP can classify documents)


Friday, September 26, 2008

4 'Genius Grant' Recipients from the MacArthur Foundation

1. John A. Ochsendorf, engineer and architectural historian who uses old technologies that go back to the Incas to improve today’s buildings.

2. Will Allen, urban farmer in Milwaukee, who delivers healthy food to poor city dwellers, and founded the nonprofit group Growing Power.

3. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning Nigerian writer whose most recent novel, "Half of a Yellow Sun," details the horrors following the Biafran civil war.

4. Nancy G. Siraisi, an historian of medicine focusing on the Renaissance.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

4 Numbers Related to the Proposed Federal Bailout

1. 6.4: percentage of home mortgages that were at least 30 days behind in their payments as of the end of June, in addition to 2.75 percent that were in foreclosure (wp)

2. 275: factor by which CEO salaries were greater than the salaries of average workers, up from 35 in the late 1970s, according to the Economy Policy Institute. (nyt)

3. $250 billion: possible actual cost of the bailout (wp)

4. $3 trillion: annual federal budget (wp)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

4 things still on the Oklahoma City NBA franchise's to-do list
with two months until its first game, according to ESPN the Magazine's Sept. 8 issue:

1. Name the team. (now done)

2. Finish renovating the arena.

3. Hire over 80% of the staff.

4. Sell some tickets. (now started)


Friday, September 12, 2008

4 Instructions for Oval Office Movers If Obama Wins

1. Erase penciled-in edits on Constitution.

2. Retrieve red phone from vice president's office, put back in Oval Office.

3. Take presidential approval ratings chart off easel, turn upside down, put back on easel.

4. Take "Whites Only" sign off back of president's chair.


Thursday, September 04, 2008

4 Key Advisors in an Obama Administration

1. Austan Goolsbee, a University of Chicago professor whom many expect to head a President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers.

2. Jason Furman, an economist in the Clinton administration and a top aide to John Kerry in 2004.

3. Tony Lake, Mr Clinton's national security adviser, who taught the ex-president how to salute and who toiled to bring peace to the Balkans.

4. Samantha Power, author of "Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide"


Monday, August 18, 2008

4 Good Things about $4 Gas from Time magazine's list of 10:

1. Some outsourced jobs come back

2. Sprawl stalls

3. Fewer traffic deaths

4. More cops on foot


Thursday, August 07, 2008

4 Photos of the Bird's Nest in Beijing





Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

4 Ways to Fight the Global Water Crisis

1. Conserve Irrigation Water
2. Charge More for Water
3. Invest in Water Infrastructures
4. Ship "Virtual Water"

- sci.amn. (more)

Maybe. But to keep things short and simple, I'll use a "4 Things ..." format.