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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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A student called me over in class today to tell me she couldn’t see what was written on the board. Generally. Not a specific item that was scribbled. She was not sitting in the front row. She was not sitting... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at voluntaryXchange
From Jezebel (of all places), Joanna Rothkopf wrote: The act of looking for information isn’t inherently honorable … Wow. That’s actually a really cogent observation. A lot of people try to either justify their conclusions or shut down debate by... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Excellent advice from a fighter pilot about how to improve your driving. It’s written for cyclists trying to figure out why drivers don’t notice them. Learned a new word from it too: saccade. Via bookofjoe. Technorati Tags: fighter,pilot,driving,cycling,advice,saccade Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at voluntaryXchange
I’m less than impressed with some of Google’s free stuff. I supposed I shouldn’t complain, right? I use Gmail, and there are some convenient aspects of Calendar which comes with it. Printing isn’t one of them. I don’t need to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at voluntaryXchange
The “argument sketch” from Monty Python’s Flying Circus performed by 2 vintage voice synthesizing machines: I wonder if the bell was synthesized too, or if a human had to ding by hand. Via Kottke. Technorati Tags: voice,synthesizer,vintage,argument,sketch,monty,python's,flying,circus Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Politicians want to sell you infrastructure investment. Don’t buy it. What is infrastructure anyway? It’s basically big capital projects that are kinda’ sorta’ public goods: bridges, roads, airports, and so on. There’s a notion that in the U.S. our infrastructure... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
I’ve had a growing suspicion, the more I learn, that essentially the entirety of one side of my wife’s family moved to the U.S. just before World War I. Every last one of them. Here’s one more bit of evidence.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Word let’s you divide documents into sections. Those sections can get their own page numbers (starting at anything you like, and even with different formats). One possibility is that the whole document is numberered normally starting at one. This is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
In 1845, Sir John Franklin led two ships, Terror and Erebus, into Canada’s Arctic archipelago. He was searching for a Northwest Passage. They were never heard from again. It is known the crews abandoned the ships and tried to march... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
It’s called Mascots. It comes out October 13. Here’s the trailer: Technorati Tags: mascots,trailer,christopher,guest Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
In America, students from American Samoa are regarded as exchange students. You can’t make that stuff up, but I suppose it’s a lot better than many other countries that don’t even let their own domestic minorities get into college. Anyway... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
From this morning: That’s alternative spelling would only barely be worthwhile if you were texting and driving and needed to cut it short. I suppose I’m supposed to be glad it’s not leet. Technorati Tags: reax,leet,foxnews Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Tim Worstall is not innumerate. He crunched the numbers out, and found out this is what the Joseph Rowntree Foundation says is the borderline for poverty (in the U.K.): The JRF is using a definition of poverty that is higher... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
In our family, where we cultivate healthy skepticism and basic science, one of our favorite movie scenes is from This Is the End where Seth Rogen tried to explain “whenever you feel shitty, that’s because of gluten.† Now there’s a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of the original Star Trek today. I’m a big fan, but not a Trekkie. Everyone has their preferences: I like the original series, and the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th movies, plus all the reboots.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
The vXgirl would agree with this: From the November 18, 2015 issue of Pearls Before Swine. Technorati Tags: professor,boring Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Checked heights last night — and the little bubble in the spirit level shows that the vXgirl is now taller than her mother. FWIW: the vXboy still thinks he’s going to be taller than me, but I don’t think it’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Reinhard Selten passed away last week. He shared the 1994 Nobel Prize for developing the idea of subgame perfect equilibrium. As a professor, I am always on the lookout for good examples of subgame perfect equilibrium, because it’s a fairly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Tell Schrodinger I survived: Craig Newmark laughed. Me too (and the vXboy). Technorati Tags: schrodinger,cat,survived Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
There’s a big fat Gary Johnson for President on a Grateful Dead site I’m on right now. BTW: If memory serves, this was a pretty good show. I know I had a really good time afterwards, a no-harm no-foul run... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
A professor at Lehigh is going on hunger strike because he was denied tenure. He was apparently denied because the University’s president decided “he didn't exhibit ‘distinctive’ teaching abilities”. That sounds like they’ve written intentionally vague policies so administrators can... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
I’m sure the title got your attention: I have some troubling data. For years, in my principles of macroeconomics, I’ve given a pre-test on the first day: ten questions, drawn from the whole semester the students have yet to take... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Word doesn’t always cooperate. One area where I’ve had trouble is appropriately sizing images in table cells.† So, you’re taking photos of different sizes, and trying to put them into a table, so that you can have a grid of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
I have got to find the cojones to say this to a bureaucrat some day: From the March 24, 2016 issue of Dilbert. Technorati Tags: dilbert,gut,instinct,preconceived,notion Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
The vXfamily was up in Park City last week for a wedding. And who was playing at Deer Valley on Friday night? The Steve Miller Band. I have loved the Book of Dreams and Fly Like an Eagle albums since... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at voluntaryXchange