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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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I’m doing letter grades, and I decided I want the letters to all line up, with a + or – appended on the right side, while keeping the column centered.† Normally, Excel does this: I wanted this: I have some... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at voluntaryXchange
I used to be into working on cars. If you ever wondered how and why headers improve performance, here’s a low-level tutorial. The motivation for this is that there’s a famous graduates display case at my kids’ high school, and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Newfoundland: That’s an iceberg. Grounded. Technorati Tags: icerberg,newfoundland Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Not yet for sale, but the future looks pretty cool. Grandchildren are hopefully still several years out for me, but I’ll bet they’ll never know there was a time when we didn’t have this on our phones: This fairly sharp,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at voluntaryXchange
I had not heard this story; perhaps it’s apocryphal: The troops in the first Iraq war wore T-shirts saying “who you gonna call? 001.” It’s still the only number. From John Cochrane’s contribution to a gathering on American exceptionalism. FYI:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
From Quora: Germany, Austria and Italy are standing together in the middle of a pub when Serbia bumps into Austria and spills Austria's pint. Austria demands Serbia buy it a complete new suit because there are splashes on its trouser... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Interesting. There’s a platform to create internet contact that isn’t linked … to anything … even itself. Not only isn’t it linked, search engines spiders are pointed away from it. It’s a project of Rob Beschizza, who’s an editor at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Interactive graphics showing the patterns in which we live together are becoming really common. They’re a useful way to think about our world. This is important in macroeconomics, because we choose to live in places near others, and we agglomerate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Why are so many prime age (25 to 54) men not in the labor force? This has gone from 3% to 12% over the last 50 years. One reason may be jail time. How so? First off, labor force participation... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Spiders eat 400-800 million metric tons of animals every year (mostly insects of course). This isn’t just trivia. Lots of people are concerned about the ecological impact of human meat consumption. So it’s important to note that humans consume less... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Dropped the vXgirl off at high school on Wednesday. Many last minute students walking by the front of my car. One carrying a live turtle in his left hand. Not a baby, but rather a squirming adult about 10 inches... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Attributed to Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut:† In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is. In a nutshell, this is the problem with teaching macroeconomics. Is there any other field where the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
That’s how much pee is estimated to be in the typical swimming pool. What’s that? About 80 “episodes”? Even so, it’s a concentration of less than 1 in 10,000. BTW: clever bit of science to figure this out. FWIW: eye... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Found this ancient cartoon (it looks like 2010) from the New Orleans Times-Picayune: No doubt this was about the Michelle Obama led changes to school lunch menu — the ones my kids (who are generally not very picky) regard as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Cishet.* This is someone who identifies with their birth gender and is attracted to the opposite birth gender. Basically, the vast majority of people now needs a label. Of course, now I’m being heteronormative. * Pronounced by combining “sis” and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
You decide: From the November 18, 2015 issue of Pearls Before Swine. Technorati Tags: professor,academic,boring Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
What if a biological man who presents as a woman rapes a man?* If convicted, where do they serve their time? This is a case from the UK. But I’m pretty sure that they way the law has evolved over... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t this qualify as a commercial, inside Windows Explorer on my own PC? Also note that they’re trying to sell me something, OneDrive, that I already have (it’s in the sidebar). I am really... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Deirdre McCloskey on free trade. She makes the excellent point that jobs are infinite: all we have to do is do them less efficiently. When you put it that way, it doesn’t make sense any more, does it? Technorati Tags: mccloskey,free,trade,jobs,manufacturing,infinite Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
Finally. Finally. They are coming out with expiration dates for food that actually mean what people think they do. Currently, most of the dates on food are there for the shelvers, so they know which stuff to rotate up front.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Newmark’s Door sent me off to a short video giving 3 reasons why men’s and women’s clothing buttons on opposite sides. Those reasons are OK. But there’s a politically incorrect reason that the video fails to mention: women’s clothes were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Try the Upside Down Map Quiz. Fair warning: there’s sideways too. It takes about 2 minutes. You have to identify geographic features — mostly country outlines — on maps that have been rotated 90°, 180°, or 270°. I’m a map... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
New colleague Paul Schneider repeated this example in brown bag seminar on teaching:† Honestly, I wonder how many adults would respond that this question is not answerable. In doing quantitative work, particularly with undergraduates, I run into something like this.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
The Washington Post ran a cool article with several maps and interactive graphics on oil and gas production in the U.S. You need to click through to do it justice. But, here’s an exampls of what you’ll find. This is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
John Cochrane, an economist working on the borders of macro and finance at the Unversity of Chicago is always a good person to listen to. Here’s an hour long interview about where the American economy is right now, and what needs to be fixed. I especially like the point he... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos