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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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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 2 days ago at voluntaryXchange
A knowledge spillover is when someone thinks up a new idea, that might be more valuable privately if it didn’t spillover into public use. If the alphabet had been copyrighted, would it be used as much? Probably not, and that... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at voluntaryXchange
A skill that was almost lost to the ages has been resuscitated. And the skill is completely bizarre, but scientists think they have an explanation. In the Marshall Islands of the central Pacific “wave-pilots” would attach sails to glorified canoes,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at voluntaryXchange
I learned a new word. Here’s Peggy Noonan: I end with a new word, at least new to me. A friend called it to my attention. It speaks of the moment we’re in. It is “kakistocracy,” from the Greek. It... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Penrose tiling is cool: you completely cover a surface with choices from a limited set (there are 3 possible sets) of geometric shapes chosen so that there are zero repeating patterns (I can’t wait until I see these for sale... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
“Kinky Reggae” is a song of Bob Marley and the Wailers album Catch a Fire. Listening to the lyrics closer than usual today. And I thought … whoa … what’s the sexual innuendo here. Turns out I’m not the first... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
The Summer Olympics are running right now. And in swimming there are a lot of ties. How is it possible that there are ties when we can measure time accurately to 3 to 6 digits? Here’s why: because in 0.001... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Tim is not an economist, but he likes to play one on the internet Anyway, he’s stated this more clearly than most economists I’ve known: [Economics] assumes that that which is known is included into prices. What is unknown is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
There’s a move women gymnasts are doing in the Olympics that cannot be spoken of. Because the straightforward name for it is “The Dick”. It was invented by gymnast Marisa Dick, and moves are usually named after the person who... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Americans (and others in developed countries) get paid a lot. We also hear a lot of naive people remarking that this makes it difficult for us to compete with workers in other countries who are paid less. That sort of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
The New York Times has outdone itself with this one. They have a whole series, by sport, of flowing time series charts showing weighted medal counts. Here’s Women’s Gymnastics: It was dominated by the Soviet Union, but first Romania, then... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Chernoff Faces are a statistical technique for finding similarities/differences between many variables measured across many observed units. In database lingo, it’s for data that has lots of fields and records. The method exploits human facial recognition abilities. Similar observed units... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
From the 2/1/13 The Argyle Sweater: The fat man rocked. Technorati Tags: jerry,garcia,heaven,grateful,dead Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
The vXboy and i hiked up Rocky Peak the other morning.† At the top there were large black wasps with dusky orange wings flitting around the junipers. When we got home, I looked them up. They are a type of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Karol Markowicz makes the case that the legacy media is way past crying wolf the first time: If every Republican is always unfit for the presidency then Trump is no different and it shouldn’t be surprising that rank-and-file Republican voters... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Sugar House is a neighborhood in Salt Lake City. The actor Matthew Modine moved to Sugar House in the mid-60’s: … I hated the place and the neighborhood. The house was tight, and the area was filled with boys who... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
In case you haven’t been paying attention the last couple of decades, the richest country in Latin America (Venezuela) elected a socialist who became a dictator and then hand-picked his own successor (almost Roman emperor style). In that time, Venezuela... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
I don’t want these guys to be spoilers. I’d rather have them win. Via The Big Questions. P.S. These guys qualify as executive branch veterans. I’ve long maintained that one should never vote for a candidate without executive experience. Who... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
This came up in conversation this afternoon. I suppose it’s not that unusual — what word would you use to describe Georgia O’Keefe’s work? Anyway, we didn’t know. So I looked it up. I am not the first to wonder... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Do not fail to follow Google Maps voice directions. If you do, it will get sneaky. I had free time to get pleasantly lost in the suburbs of Salt Lake City last night. So when Google Maps started acting up,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Mark Perry: I am dreading the next semester a bit. I’m teaching 3 sections of principles of macroeconomics back-to-back. And I expect to have to deal with a lot of students who are in that purple region. Also, I think... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
I think this could be applied to my chair, dean, and provost: I suspect one or two of them may have even meant well. Technorati Tags: dilbert,promotion,boss,effective Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Holy shi*t. Quoting Landsburg in full: In 2016, one of the country’s two major political parties was rocked by an insurgent demagogue who prospered by pandering to ignorance, xenophobia, blind hatred and outright stupidity. So was the other one. One... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Wondering if something is wrong at Typepad. This blog still looks fine on my end. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
After sunset the family split up last night. Most of the vXfamily went wardriving for Pokémon. I took the vXdogs for a walk. I got back a little too soon. Between 10:30 and 11:00 I got a call from them.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at voluntaryXchange