Sara Bareilles – Sittin on the Dock of the Bay

March 21, 2014

Megan McArdle – On Burning Boats

October 19, 2013

Lesson of the Shutdown: Don’t Burn Your Boats

I think it is very good.

A simple lesson of game theory is that you should visibly throw your steering wheel out of the window in a game of chicken. However, this lesson does not incorporate repeated games, echo chambers inside the cars, and primary politics that produce polarization.

The extreme ends up convincing itself that the only thing holding them back is not driving a hard enough bargain.

Less vs. Fewer is Dead

September 29, 2013

Of all my useless talents, spotting “less” when it should be “fewer” is probably the most annoying to my friends. I might have to give up, though, as it is a losing battle. I could be wrong, but I believe the following is in an error in the NYTimes.

But lawmakers in the remaining 49 states and in Congress, where no less than four bills now sit in various committees, have yet to legislate specifically against patent trolling.

(emphasis added). 

Goodbye WordPress

September 4, 2010

I’m going to stop cross posting with posterous.

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A University President Defends Research Universities

September 4, 2010

At UC Berkeley, I spoke to many undergraduates like that. Most of them, perhaps 90%, were working in a lab because they thought it would help them get into medical school. Almost none were interested in a research career. All of them were being supervised by graduate students and had little or no contact with the “top investigator”.  Because of the mismatch between what working in the lab could teach (what research was actually like) and what the students wanted to do (which wasn’t research) the “educational value” was slight. Knapp fails to understand this basic point about education: It matters what the student wants. Almost none of them, even at UC Berkeley, want to be scientists.

Again, Seth Roberts is worth reading.

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Scott Adams Blog: Future Generations Steal from Themselves 09/01/2010

September 4, 2010

Imagine a 20-something, muscular thug on the street, with a loaded gun in his waistband. A 60-year old banker with a bad back waddles up to him and says, “Give me your wallet!” The thug reaches past his gun and hands over his wallet. That’s how our society is organized. I’m not complaining, since I have more in common with the banker than the thug.


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Dilbert Creator Scott Adams Tries to Build an Eco-Friendly House

September 4, 2010

The greenest home is the one you don’t build. If you really want to save the Earth, move in with another family and share a house that’s already built. Better yet, live in the forest and eat whatever the squirrels don’t want. Don’t brag to me about riding your bicycle to work; a lot of energy went into building that bicycle. Stop being a hypocrite like me.

Worth reading.

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‘Clunkers,’ a classic government folly – The Boston Globe

September 2, 2010

When all is said and done, Cash for Clunkers was a deplorable exercise in budgetary wastefulness, asset destruction, environmental irrelevance, and economic idiocy. Other than that, it was a screaming success.

Powerful indictment.

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Department of Awful Statistics: Small Schools Edition – Business – The Atlantic

September 2, 2010

Victory: math!

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Bre Pettis | I Make Things – Bre Pettis Blog – The Cult of Done Manifesto

August 31, 2010

I swear this poster has meaning. But you have to visit the link. HT soleio.

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