Documentary: Inside Job & Yoga Recs

“Why should a financial engineer be paid four times to a hundred times as much as a real engineer? A real engineer builds bridges. A financial engineer builds dreams. And when those dreams turn out to be nightmares, other people pay for it.” — Andrew Sheng, chief adviser, China Banking Regulatory Commission, in Inside Job.

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I am continuing with my documentary obsession. Highly highly recommend this one (it’s not on Netflix streaming… yet). It won an Oscar for best documentary last week and Bobby has been bugging me to watch it.

Some little known facts about me that relate to this movie:

  • I interned the summer before my senior year of college at a high profile investment bank on the mortgage backed securities trading desk. I worked 6:15am to 7pm, 5 days a week. Traders did not have to work weekends.
  • I got a job offer from said bank, and accepted it, but reneged on the offer because Bobby didn’t want to live in New York. Ha! Now we are here anyway. (After college we lived in CA for 1.5 years before coming back east.)
  • Up until I was about 21 I thought I was going to be an investment banker.
  • Now I realize that Wall Street only perpetuates the already drastic socioeconomic gap between the rich and the poor. And even though working at the bank would have made me rich, I wouldn’t have been happy and I probably would have burned out anyway.

Inside Job investigates the circumstances behind the financial crisis of the past few years. It focuses on how deregulation essentially screwed the financial system in our country. Increasingly complex financial products, decreased rules and requirements, and greed all contributed to the meltdown. I especially enjoy the fact that this film displays Larry Summers as the pompous, sexist, pig-head that he is. If you don’t remember, Larry Summers was the Harvard president who was forced to resign for a number of reasons, one being that he thinks women are intellectually inferior to men.

Edited to add: You can rent Inside Job at your local video store, or put it in your DVD queue in Netflix. I haven’t been able to find it streaming online.

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What? This is a yoga and food blog?

Okay. I did Yoga For Runners #1 this morning and it was fabulous: challenging, strengthening, stretching, and relaxing. Some highlights:

  • Half moon
  • Twisting triangle
  • Standing splits
  • Boat

Last night before bed I did Lunar Flow #1 which was incredibly gentle and peaceful. Some highlights:

  • Forward bends
  • Half pigeon
  • Twists

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And now I am off to read, or sleep, or yoga, or something!

5 Comments on Documentary: Inside Job & Yoga Recs

  1. Coco
    7 March, 2011 at 8:57 pm (3 years ago)

    Did u watch it online Maggie? Ive been wanting to watch it but couldn’t find it anywhere,

  2. Kath (My Funny Little Life)
    8 March, 2011 at 7:43 am (3 years ago)

    That documentary sounds very interesting. Thank you for the recommendation!

  3. Stephanie
    9 March, 2011 at 4:08 pm (3 years ago)

    I LOVE documentaries. Most are incredibly fascinating. We saw Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work a few weeks again and it was pretty good. Have you seen American Movie? That used to be a favorite of mine.

    It’s not a doc but a movie that I’m currently in love with is Dogtooth. Very strange indeed.

  4. Jill
    10 March, 2011 at 1:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes–That Doc looks like a really good one. I will have to search for it on my apple TV or get NETFLIX. Working in a bank? Ha! Interesting…I never knew those tidbits about you. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Cindy
    14 March, 2011 at 2:27 pm (3 years ago)

    OH I AM SO QUEUE-ING this one.

    I love documentaries too.
    I remember you talking about your econ days (and I remember when you sort of lived close to me)

    I’m off to queue that movie!
    ox
    Happy Monday