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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
Still trying to figure all this out. Tyler Cowen pointed me towards this piece, and it helps. As an academic, I can definitely talk the talk of liberals/progressives, but my family and geographical background, and economics profession, pretty much keep... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Bryan Caplan’s got solid deportation data it at EconLog. Yes, Obama deported/removed illegals more than other presidents. But, yes also, under Obama, returns of illegals went down by 80% from Bush II, and over 90% from Clinton. “Returns” is the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Check it out: “heat” maps showing television show popularity. The above shows counties with viewing habits that mach those found in “urban areas”, even if that county isn’t particularly urban. Not the urban sensibility of Colorado. My kids have observed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Generally a good thread, but I felt this single post made a great point that is underrepresented: Prices communicate scarcity not value. Professional athletes don't earn more because they're more valuable to society they earn more because their skills are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
I needed to know some Lego terminology.† The standard pieces are called bricks. The little nubs on the top are called studs. Bricks are described by their array of studs, so the standard piece that everyone knows is the “2x4... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Steve Karlson of Cold Spring Shops sums up what goes on at many potentially decent universities: … Has occurred to you, dear reader, that if college professors were as overpaid and underworked as these polemics suggest, the graduate programs would... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Ask a Librarian: $100. When I called the most recent patron, she wasn’t home, but her husband took the call. Respecting privacy, I simply said, “We have something at the front desk that she may have left in a book.”... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
This mathematical problem was proposed 50 years ago, and there are as yet no proofs, only demonstrations that larger and larger shapes are possible. Interestingly, some of the biggest one look sort of like ‘conversation pit’ couches of the 1960’s.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
@nearmap does high resolution photos for maps. Here is there flyover of the damaged primary spillway at the Oroville Dam. That’s not the whole spillway, but it gives you an idea of why there’s a problem. Yeah, that’s a paved... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
So cool: if your miles are the lower value in a Fibonacci sequence, the kilometers are approximated by the next value. FTNItK: the Fibonacci is what you get when you start with 1 and 1, and the next value in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at voluntaryXchange