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Dave
Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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Ask a Librarian: $100. When I called the most recent patron, she wasn’t home, but her husband took the call. Respecting privacy, I simply said, “We have something at the front desk that she may have left in a book.”... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at voluntaryXchange
This mathematical problem was proposed 50 years ago, and there are as yet no proofs, only demonstrations that larger and larger shapes are possible. Interestingly, some of the biggest one look sort of like ‘conversation pit’ couches of the 1960’s.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at voluntaryXchange
@nearmap does high resolution photos for maps. Here is there flyover of the damaged primary spillway at the Oroville Dam. That’s not the whole spillway, but it gives you an idea of why there’s a problem. Yeah, that’s a paved... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at voluntaryXchange
So cool: if your miles are the lower value in a Fibonacci sequence, the kilometers are approximated by the next value. FTNItK: the Fibonacci is what you get when you start with 1 and 1, and the next value in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at voluntaryXchange
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What if capital owned the labor instead of the other way around? In growth theory, it’s called augmented labor, when we invent technology that allows a worker to control/use more capital at the same time. The robot above is capital,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Can’t wait until this picture starts getting circulated as evidence of a UFO, maybe with a tractor beam. Here’s the Alt-Text: A helicopter flies over Oroville Dam late Sunday night, Feb. 12, 2017, shining a spotlight near the damaged spillway... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Find someone the right age: probably in their 40’s or 50’s. Ask them if they remember a movie from the early 90’s called Shazaam! that starred the comedian Sinbad as a genie. Better yet, ask them one part or the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
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What can I use to make risers to allow airflow around wings as they dry marinate? Pedastals made out of Lego bricks: The phrase “a million household uses” comes to mind. I was using the baked wing recipe developed by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
In it’s original form, Keynesian theory is sometimes pejoratively called “hydraulic macroeconomics”. The reason is that the model envisioned, roughly, economic actions flowing through the circular flow of the economy like fluids. In that context, we macroeconomists used to talk... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
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It’s only Monday: From the May 27, 2016 issue of Sally Forth. P.S. Actually, while it didn’t happen at home, I did have one college student beg off a due date they’d blown today. Technorati Tags: teenagers,deadline,panic,due,date Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
I have no f***ing idea. The only NFL exposure I have this year was listening to part of the second half of the Packers/Cowboys playoff game while doing some mindless copying at work on a Sunday. We will be watching... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
It’s big news this week: Trump reversed a late in the game rule change from the Obama administration about coal pollution in rivers and streams. Lots of people are in a riduculous tizzy about this. Bill Mahre’s show last night... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Oops. Gun ownership is not that correlated with religion. “It is true that gun ownership is more common among rural residents and Southerners,” Yamane explained. “But in terms of religion, Evangelical Protestants are no more likely to own handguns than... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
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From some parking lot in June 2013: Technorati Tags: mordor,photo Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
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Reportedly disgraced progressive think tanker David Brock, and the Little Britain character Ray McCooney (played by David Walliams): Is it a coincidence that in this scene McCooney was trying to pay the tax collector with 6 magic beans? And when... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Perhaps my favorite actor, Sir John Hurt, has passed away. These days most people know him as Olivander from the Harry Potter movies. And the obits all mention The Elephant Man. But for me, there are two roles I will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Unlike most homeowners, I actually clean my gutters most summers. So this is a very cool result: a Norwegian musician found, and geologists confirmed, that there’s about one meteorite in every pound of gutter sludge. They’re small though — little... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Just got out of a very good, albeit required, faculty meeting about Title IX. And the speaker presented the following helpful video: Except this is not the video the speaker linked to. The exact same production company has two versions... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
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From (actual defense attorney) L. Scott Briscoe’s Free Legal Tips Facebook page. Technorati Tags: credit,card,proof,length,girth Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Is Trump playing liberals for fools? Maybe. Trump specializes in lower-status lies … The lie needs to be understood as more than just the lie. … Long-term credibility does not need to be maintained. Once we get past blaming Trump... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
How fascinating is this: the largest “propaganda” program in human history doesn’t do much propaganda! China employs 2 million people to flood the internet with posts that are broadly supportive of the Chinese government, the party, and its policies. Ridiculously... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
San Francisco has the highest proportion of parents choosing to send their children someplace other than the public schools. That’s not the metropolitan area, chock-full of quasi-libertarian programmers. That’s the city itself: arguably the strongest Democratic/Progressive enclave in the country.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
The Washington Post (not exaclty Trump supporters) reports that 2 days before leaving office the Obama Administration published its findings on improving K-12 education: they admitted their signature program was a bust. Test scores, graduation rates and college enrollment were... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
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About a month ago, Obama set aside a chunk of Utah as the new Bears Ears National Monument. To people from outside the southwest, it’s difficult to judge the significance of this. First, let’s talk size. It will be about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Spotify is cool … but like a lot of sites there is a big fence around it. Cool on the inside, not too easy to escape from. I have a playlist inside Spotify that I’d like to get out. You... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at voluntaryXchange