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Dave
Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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Which country is the most rectangular? Wait for it … wait for it … Egypt! Someone actually coded this out and has a ranking of countries along with images. It seems to work pretty well except for countries made up... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Contemporary obesity rates have never made much sense to me: there are too many just-so stories to explain it. And all of them seem to feature bad guys wearing black hats: gluten, agribusiness, high fructose corn syrup, weak morals, and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at voluntaryXchange
There’s a very interesting answer on Quo... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at voluntaryXchange
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I think this sums up both sides of the debate. What I’m not sure about is, now that I’m in my 25th year as a business school professor (most of them tenured), where I’d fit on this spectrum. From the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at voluntaryXchange
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I’m a non-Mormon living in a community that’s about 70% Mormon. By choice. My kids get invited to activities run by Mormons, most of which are non-denominational. But some aren’t. Fair enough. I’ve waited many moons to post this complaint,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Tim Worstall riffed off an earlier vX post and pointed me to the story of Dame Stephanie Shirley (an English biography that Americans ought to hear). Amongst many things, Shirley practiced taste discrimination against men: her business plan was that... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at voluntaryXchange
I used to be a pretty good jazz guitarist. You learn to think about the silences as well as the notes. I hadn’t heard that the emails that Clinton turned over to the FBI are uneven: some periods have more... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at voluntaryXchange
In case you were wondering, over 25% of shooting deaths of police officers this year have occurred in the last 10 days. That’s about 5% of the days in the year so far. During that time cops have killed 22... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at voluntaryXchange
How about hundreds of drones flying in patterns with lights. Check it out. One thing I’ve been noting for friends and family that I haven’t written up here yet is that … when you consider all the stuff the futurists... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Tim: There’s the corrupt and morally bankrupt one who really ought to be in prison and there’s Donald Trump. Honestly, if I had to choose between these two, it would be pretty rough. I’ve disliked Trump for fairly general reasons... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
ReasonTV mashes it up nicely. Cold Spring Shops also recommends Megyn Kelly and Brit Hume’s review of the video evidence (you may have to search for this string to find it “hume-comeys-statement-blew-up-clintons”). I think it’s useful to point out that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
The whole family went to campus around 9:30 last night. The vXgirl took a scooter so she could cover more ground. The vXpatient got her mile in, I’m sure. It was shocking how many people were out. The small quad... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
I first heard of Pokemon Go sometime at the end of last week (you know … surfing somewhere). So Saturday night when JP’s son tried to explain it, I knew what he was talking about. Then Monday afternoon I was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
I followed Tyler Cowen’s recommendation to read the Tetlock interview (it’s gated, but in the past Financial Times has just wanted you to register for free). Tetlock thinks experts make bad forecasters. That somehow they (and presumably me too) get... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
This is what a liberal New York Times columnists is saying about Clinton: It says a lot about our relationship with Hillary Clinton that she seems well on her way to becoming Madam President because she’s not getting indicted. [emphasis... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Disheartening. This is the title of a piece in Harvard Business Review. It’s mostly about Brexit, but their point is more general. Thirty-five years after I walked into my first economics class, I’d have to say this position seems more... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Still nauseous from just thinking about this event. ************************************* I feel like I ought to post something consistent with the content of this blog, but which sticks to the news of the last 15 hours. So, here goes. Why do... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Speechless is not the right word for how I feel. Numb is better. What is the point of being angry about this when, deep down, I really knew nothing would come of it? I guess, what I would like to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
“Brock” is a trendy first name, and a traditional last name amongst English speakers. There are also quite a few words that contain “brock”. But what the heck is it? ******************* I can’t say I’d normally go off and randomly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Yes, I watched the two big O.J. Simpson shows this spring (the O.J.: Made In America — the 30 for 30 documentary entry from ESPN, and the dramatization American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson). Yes, I thought he... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
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Tim Worstall notes this headline from our capital’s newspaper (regarding who will succeed Cameron as leader of the UK’s Conservative Party): Tim: House of Cards is a novel written about British politics. By a Tory MP. Just saying. Technorati Tags:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
There are bad people out there, and promotion is not automatic (even for those with solid records). I was approved for promotion to (full) professor this past year, effective this week. Sixteen years ago I was a few years into... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Apologies for the two month hiatus. The hiatus was planned (family member with major surgery scheduled), but the length was unknown (recovery is slower than I thought it would be, but still steady). I’ve been thinking I need to get... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Don Boudreaux pointed me to George Will who quotes Russ Roberts (who blogs with Don Boudreaux, so go figure). Imagine that you love pistachio nuts and are given a room filled 5 feet deep with them. But you must eat... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Tim Worstall used hypothecation in a post, and I went and looked it up at Wordnik. What I found is pasted below. Tim’s usage of the word related to discussions of policies in the UK to levy a tax specifically... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at voluntaryXchange