“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.
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.
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Ever since our last trip to DC (for the rally) Bobby and I have wanted to visit again and have a proper visit with Coco and Star. Last time was too hectic and we only got to see each other for a few hours. This weekend we definitely did it right.
Woke up before 7am to catch the bus at 8:30am from Penn Station. We got there just in time. I brought a yummy breakfast – leftovers from dinner at Gobo the night before. It was brown rice with veggies and a stir fry sauce.
(Photo from Yelp.)
We arrived just in time for lunch at Rice. I got papaya salad, of course. I had shrimp because I wanted them and I haven’t had ‘em in a while. Vegetarian disclaimer: I don’t always eat vegetarian, even though I call myself a vegetarian. It’s easier that way. I generally don’t eat meat during the week, but I will make exceptions for something sustainable and ethical on weekends or on vacation.
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I watched 3 really interesting videos in the last 3 days. The first was a documentary on Hulu called Fat Head. Here’s the summary:
Have you seen the news stories about the obesity epidemic? Did you see Super Size Me? Then guess what? … You’ve been fed a load of bologna.
Comedian (and former health writer) Tom Naughton replies to the blame-McDonald’s crowd by losing weight on a fat-laden fast-food diet while demonstrating that nearly everything we’ve been told about obesity and healthy eating is wrong. Along with some delicious parody of Super Size Me, Naughton serves up plenty of no-bologna facts that will stun most viewers, such as: The obesity “epidemic” has been wildly exaggerated by the CDC. People the government classifies as “overweight” have longer lifespans than people classified as “normal weight.” Having low cholesterol is unhealthy. Lowfat diets can lead to depression and type II diabetes. Saturated fat doesn’t cause heart disease — but sugars, starches and processed vegetable oils do.
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