Talking with Shana and EricAndreychek yesterday, Shana said that the variance of high school test scores between rich and poor had steadily gotten worse since the late 80's, and that the driving factor appears to be not forcing school integration along racial and economic lines. This reminds me that I still need to read Tufte's Visual Display of Quantitative Information.

Saw Van Helsing; It's good fun action-horror, but it's not much of a ride. I think I'm just stuck waiting for The Day After Tomorrow and Hero(I really hope this is subtitled).

I can't think of one major financial fraud in the United States in the last ten years that was uncovered by a major brokerage house analyst or an outside accounting firm. Almost every such fraud ultimately was unmasked by short sellers and/or financial journalists.
-- Jim Chanos