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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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I love what3words. I am hopeful this is the killer app for global addressing. And, I grew up around World War II veterans in the northeast. Swearing was part of normal conversation. So this parody site made me laugh pretty... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
I’m getting to used to rock stars from my teens dying. Here’s some more unusual choices that you may not see elsewhere: Up until I was 15 I was into records and tapes, mostly my older brother’s. My range was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
I’ve been using What3Words since it first came out. The thing is, I can’t use it much yet. But Mercedes-Benz has started putting it into its cars for finding directions. The idea is pretty simple: every 10 foot by 10... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
In the U.S., the 1% are getting richer, and no one else is. Right? That, at least, has been the narrative over the last fifteen years or so. The first pass research on this, by Piketty and Saez in 2003,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
There’s a free calendar we got from our State Farm agent in our sewing room. It featues stock photos of national parks. For September, it shows the southeast face of El Capitan in Yosemite. This is where the fatal rockfalls... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Has anyone else noticed that the wall has now been down for as long at it was up: 1961 to 1989 to 2017? (The wall didn’t go up or come down in a day, so depending on how you count... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Motherf***er is used (in books) 700 times as often as it was in 1950. But sh*t is the big winner in the proliferation of swearing over the last 70 years. Read the whole thing. There’s graphs and shit too. Technorati... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Wage inequality is increasing. In America, contemporary discussion often presents this is in political and social terms: market-oriented policies pushed by Republicans (and some Democrats) over the last 35 years have increased inequality. This argument has a serious weakness, that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Cochrane and Henderson published an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal about potential policy responses to climate change (you can read the whole thing here). It included this proposition: If it is not clear enough, … [emphasis is mine] Yes.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Let me state out front that I do not have a predisposition to believe this set of arguments. But I’m watching the evidence pile up higher. First, growth rates in the U.S. have not been as good as we might... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
I have a thing about octopi. Via bookofjoe from caretta156. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
From Saturday Night Live: SNL "Turlington's Lower Back Tattoo Remover" from Alexander Serpico on Vimeo. Do watch through the whole thing; the last joke might be the best one. When I watch contemporary shows that are supposed to be about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
The vXboy, first mentioned in the (fourth overall) and first real post on this blog, moved away to college last Thursday, and has his first class in about an hour. Technorati Tags: vxboy,college,dorm Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
I don’t think they could have been clearer: Climate policy advocates’ apocalyptic vision demands serious analysis, and mushy thinking undermines their case. If carbon emissions pose the greatest threat to humanity, it follows that the costs of nuclear power—waste disposal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
I do not go in much for reality TV. The one show over the last 25 years of this fad that I have watched dutifully is The Last Alaskans. Bob Harte was as close as you could get to being... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Symbiosis, as a concept, got its start with lichens. Every biology student learns that a lichen is a bunch of fungus and algae living together in peace and harmony. But, they’ve been unable to culture the damn things in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Doug Fabrizio of RadioWest interviews Ted Koppel (yes, that Ted Koppel). He’s retired from network TV now, and he’s written a book about the threat of terrorist attack on our electical power grid. Think about it: what exactly would you do if there was no power for a year or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Tufte's Curated Economics Podcasts
Doug Fabrizio of RadioWest interviews Ted Koppel (yes, that Ted Koppel). He’s retired from network TV now, and he’s written a book about the threat of terrorist attack on our electical power grid. Think about it: what exactly would you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
The website Pornhub showed a huge decrease in activity in a window surrounding the premier of Game of Thrones. Does this mean that better TV would get people to reduce their porn consumption? Where I live, the LDS church is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Progressives seem awfully tied up in magical thinking these days. How else to explain the certainty that nonsense like a $15 minimum wage just must be a good idea? Betsy’s Page quotes and writes about literary criticism, and finds much... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
John Cochrane: Fracking developed in the US pretty much because property rights include subsoil minerals, which are retained by the government in most other countries. Wait … you mean the oil boom, which was so essential to Obama’s success, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
That’s a school principal in a remote part of Canada. Count me among those who thing Walmart should get a Nobel Peace Prize for their contributions to improved well-being through lower prices. Read the whole thing. Via Marginal Revolution. Technorati... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
This isn’t so much a pro-fracking video, as a video about whether a particular anti-fracking video activist is being truthful.* There’s some interesting economics in here, particularly about the rates of workplace absence. These are higher in industries like entertainment... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Not to be age-ist, but if the shoe fits: Honestly, I have some sympathy for (fellow former-Buffalonian) Perez, who seems to have been dealt a bad hand in the aging-with-grace category. Not much sympathy for the Democrats though, who seem... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
You’re going to wish you could do this for real: How did he make this? Stoney Emshmiller did the interview of his future self in 1977. Then he kept it for almost 40 years, and edited his older self into... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at voluntaryXchange