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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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I got a zero on this test for color blindness (a zero means no color blindness at all). The test is quick and easy, although I found it worked better on Chrome than Firefox. Interesting. Back 15-20 years ago, color... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at voluntaryXchange
I just came across this useful reference site: It has playlists of snippets of classical pieces you often hear as background music in movies and TV. I thought I knew my stuff, but there were about 20 I couldn’t... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at voluntaryXchange
I’m stunned. The Supreme Court ruled for South Dakota. This is a huge victory for the big guys: large online retailers and various levels of government. Taxes on consumption are a good thing. What’s not consumed is saved. If your... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at voluntaryXchange
I have done the first one: Worth following: Layf Haker, but very infrequently updated (about 2 months back for the last one). Technorati Tags: layf,haker Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at voluntaryXchange
This is more appropriate for 2009 when this was on peoples’ radar screens. It’s still a problem though: I usually try and track down the dates of these to give a reasonable cite and link, but the search server for... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Jonathan Zimmerman excellent turn of phrase: We're trying to be casual about sex but serious about consent, and it isn't working. Perhaps the message is that consent just isn’t something serious enough to be made so serious. Because it’s pretty... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Newton: If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants. From a 1675 letter to Robert Hooke. This is a good one for a macroeconomist to make a mental note of, since the metaphor is... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Legislation to ban sex robots that look like children is working its way through Congress this week. The legislation asserts this is a move against pedophilia. This is all pretty gross, but here’s the thing: are sex robots and pedophilic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
I don’t use it often, but Word does have the ability to do simple arithmetic. This is a useful thing in tables of numbers. I’m not sure if this is a feature or a bug, but I had some difficulty... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
Danny Kirwan passed away this week. No one is quite sure, but he’d been homeless for most of the last 40 years. He needs a lot of peace. I was a Fleetwood Mac teenager in the late 1970’s. I had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
This hotel ad just got through my spam filter in GMail. She’s in an evening dress. In a pool. Not a pool you say? Then why can we see the (straight) opposite side. Also, if it were some inlet from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
Gianni La Cava takes Piketty at face value, but looks at where increasing capital income is coming from. He found that most of the increases in wealth are from owner-occupied housing in locations with inelastic supply. The rich really are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
Via Swiflie (my current substitute for the erstwhile joys of Yik Yak). Got unpacked from vacation at 2 am, and I have my first meeting within 12 hours. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
My daughter and I saw this car driving down Main Street in Cedar City, Utah last week. It looked a lot better when we saw it. Here’s the full article. The wreck was found abandoned in the desert outside of... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
“Wake Me Up” by Avicii came up a few minutes ago on a playlist I put together a little over a year ago, and hadn’t listened to since. I’ve been working through it in my office for a couple of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
For the day income taxes are due, The Washington Post ran an interview with two tax scholars about why the U.S. personal income tax system is so complex. Check it out: you may be surprised at their two main answers.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
Last year, a few students commented towards the end of the semester that leaning about logical fallacies had helped them a lot as economists. I agree: these things are all over public discussion of macroeconomic issues. Logical fallacies are everywhere,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
I’m speculating here, and in a somewhat nasty way: I suspect that personality tests would show that governments are full of “control freaks”. Control issues are how therapists describe behavior in which people think things perform better because they specifically... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
This had never come up for me before last week. It seems straightforward. I always put hyperlinks in my worksheets to move big distances within them, but also to other worksheets. But you can’t link straight to a chart that’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
Today, when I used the arrow keys they didn’t work. Well, they worked, but they did something odd: my selected cell would not move but its position on the screen would change. Why is that? Using arrow keys to move... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
Macroeconomics is hard because we define some things tribally first, then do the economics second … and wonder why it doesn’t make sense. I was discussing this just this morning in response to a student’s question about whether or not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
Volkswagen rigged their pollution tests to sell cars that were not as clean as they claimed. So those cars polluted more than people thought they would. As a form of redress, Volkswagen bought back those cars if their owners asked.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
Here’s a Frank and Ernest from just before Clinton took office. This will make a good one for a macro class. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at voluntaryXchange