Miscellany — interesting items that caught my eye during the week.
James Ulvog writes the Attestation Update blog. He weighs in on the professor/accountant blogging issue in, “Can’t find anything in the accounting world to blog about? Are you kidding me?“
James does a really good job on his blog.
David Milstead writes for the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest national newspaper. He has an interesting perspective to share in, “A desperate Obama kicks Sarbanes-Oxley halfway to the curb,” published Monday, October 17, 2011.
A desperate politician will do anything to get reelected. Obama has already signaled his willingness to ditch LIFO. What’s next, IFRS?
The New York Times on Wednesday ran an editorial, “Not Their Job.” It argues that the Jobs Council overstepped its bounds. Since the proposal is approved by President Obama, it should have been titled, “Hey Prez, Shame on You!”
Deloitte has become a regular in the accounting news cycle, but not in a good way. Peter J. Henning’s blog at the NYT, White Collar Watch, has an interesting article on it, “Deloitte’s Quandary: Defy the S.E.C. or China.”
I don’t have an iPhone, but that doesn’t stop me from typing, “Sent from my iPhone,” at the bottom of every e-mail I send. But I try to stay current on iPhone news just in case anyone ever donates a new phone.
David Pogue, columnist for the New York Times, blogs about iPhone’s new personal assistant Siri in, “Siri Is One Funny Lady.” He writes about Siri’s responses to his question, “What is the meaning of life?” Because he kept re-entering the question, he received various responses including the classic, “42.”
I’ve never understood why the film directors for THGTTG considered 42 so funny (the basis for its selection). Why is 42 funnier than 43, 44, or my personal favorite–63?
Sorry, I just can’t resist posting a link to: ” ‘Man-flu’ is real to a fifth of British women.”
(Reuters) – One in five British women believe that the debilitating “man-flu” disease which temporarily leaves sufferers prostrate on the sofa watching televised sports is real, according to a new study.
Are you curious about how a professional sports team uses accounting to prepare financial statements? I’m not sure you’re going to learn anything from this error-filled and mistaken Deadspin article, “Exclusive: How An NBA Team Makes Money Disappear [UPDATE WITH CORRECTION].” Thanks to professor Mark Holtzman, the Accounting Ethicist, for the tip.
Shouldn’t a prerequisite to writing an accounting article be that the writer actually knows and understands proper accounting?
Debit and credit – - David Albrecht
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