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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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They’re working on items that can move itself to where you want it. Not like this: But rather like this: “Who cares?” is a reasonable question. Well … would it save money to have a food court that could set... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at voluntaryXchange
I have this problem a lot when moving grades into Excel. But it comes up in other places too. My data is in a TXT of CSV files, I copy and paste it into Excel, and something that was originally... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
I’m not too concerned about the particular case, but there’s some good economics here: This is a lawsuit … … it claims that CollegeAmerica’s tuition is much higher than at community colleges. But since it takes far less time to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Every winter, a Christmas train crosses Canada (and parts of the U.S.) for charity and entertainment. These are from last year's trip. Via Cold Spring Shops who spotted the Neal Zeller article(s) in Exposure. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Joseph Heath on why professors are often absent-minded: All of this has persuaded me that absent-mindedness should be viewed in much the same way that Talcott Parsons viewed illness. At its root, it is a form of social deviance. Basically,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Is it OK to fat shame a cat? (I know … first world problems). We’ve had our share of overweight pets (no obese ones though). And honestly, I’ve gotten pretty good at how I feed my pets over the last... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
“Mind the Gap” from Granola Shotgun. Read the whole thing (there aren’t that many words, and there are lots of pictures). We have a collection of rules, regulations, social expectations, and a cost structure that reinforces and mandates a very... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
There’s a feature of Excel that allows you to include some rows or columns on each page of a hard copy, while changing the body of the page. It’s useful for headers and whatnot. I don’t use this feature much... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Matthew Hutson in Politico, quoting Maxine Najle: “So higher education seems to instill an understanding of the appropriate levels of intolerance to express,” Najle told me, “not necessarily higher tolerance.” That was just one part of an insightful article about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
I enjoyed “How to Do Hallucunogens Without Freaking Out” by Adequate Man. The best piece of advice: Frozen grapes Just trust me here. The granite countertop of foods. Yes, it’s a serious piece, and so is my opinion about it.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Just wonderin’ … has anyone else noticed that while everyone is complaining about gluten in their food, the craft beer industry keeps producing more and more beer based on wheat? N.B. While gluten is a serious problem for a small... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Correlate these: Highest per capita income High education rates Low poverty rates Low income inequality Second highest rate of opioid-related deaths. This is New Hampshire. Those who believe in root causes — that poverty causes social problems — have a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
This is easy to do, but kind of hard to find. Highlight the selection for which you want spell checking turned off. Then, on your Ribbon, click through Review, then Language, then Set Proofing Language (this ALT+R+U+L). Then click the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
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