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I have "delusions of adequacy."
Interests: economics, policy, theatre, music, hiking, geocaching
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My latest snowstomp art. Some people wanted flowers in the spring, so I did a flower pot. The title of this work of art is Ommadawn, named for an album by Mike Oldfield (video and some lyrics are below the photos). Here is a photo of the work in process (thanks to Ms. Eclectic for taking the photo) And here... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at EclectEcon
Signaling, Not Learning A review of Bryan Caplan’s The Case Against Education “We don’t need no education” [Pink Floyd, “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2”] As an undergraduate, I always crammed for exams and rarely remembered anything I may have “learned” beyond the next week. I certainly did not remember much after a several months, not to mention after... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at EclectEcon
When the red, red robin comes bob bobbin' along... The early bird gets the worm. Or is it just an Easter chick? Or possibly a unique species for birdwatchers to add to their lists? Or "The Attack of the Killer Housesparrows"? Oh yeah, Hitchcock already did that. My previous snow stomp art: The First Robin of Spring? (This post) Be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at EclectEcon
Professor Kyle MacLean invited me to present a guest lecture to his bizskool class on Sports and Entertainment Analytics at UWO's Ivey Bizskool today. The talk involved lots of war stories, but some things, too. What a great time!!! Here are the notes for that presentation: Notes for February 26, 2018: Baseball, background Bill James Historical Abstract and intuitive stat... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at EclectEcon
There's about a quarter of an inch of ice on top of the snow. Maybe I'll try to take another photo tomorrow, closer to noon, so the lamppost shadow is photo-bombing this. My previous snow stomp art: Be My Valentine, 2018 (this post) Curling AND the Super Bowl I'm No Escher... Hark! the Herald Angel Sings Nativity Scene, 2017 Planning... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at EclectEcon
Tonight is the final match of the Scott Tournament of Hearts (Canadian Women's Curling Championship). It is also the Super Bowl. So tonight's Snow Stomp Art acknowledges both events, occurring at the same time: My previous snow stomp art: Curling AND the Super Bowl (this post) I'm No Escher... Hark! the Herald Angel Sings Nativity Scene, 2017 Planning an Escape... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at EclectEcon
This afternoon I was in a mystery show called "Death of a Salesman" playing the role of Willy Cheatham. The show begins with Willy giving a long introduction in which he tries to set up the audience so they will want to buy into his pyramid-selling scheme with Scamway Corporation. I was about 3/4 of the way through this introduction... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at EclectEcon
We have had tonnes of snow here, but most of it blew off our condo lawn [otherwise known as "my palette"] until last night. In fact, until last night most of my previous work, "Hark, the Herald Angel Sings" was still quite evident on the lawn. As the temperatures warmed and the winds died down, last night's and today's snow... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at EclectEcon
Today is Boxing Day in Canada (and throughout much of the former British Empire). As in the US, it's a great day for sales. For nearly a decade, my older son (David Ricardo Palmer) has joined me in going to the Boxing Day sales first thing in the morning, and for the past six or seven years, his daughters have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at EclectEcon
It snowed last night!!! Yea!!! I had a geometric design that I was planning for my next snow stomp art, but this morning I suddenly was inspired to do this angel instead. I think this angel must have imbibed some Christmas spirit(s) -- its halo sure is at a jaunty angle. Ms. Eclectic took some photos from our condo unit... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at EclectEcon
We have had quite a bit of snow lately, but we kept expecting more and it was very windy, and so I held off doing any snowstomp art until this morning. I'm glad I did. This was the first truly snowstomp art that I've done in several years. The snow was deep enough that I couldn't just scuff my feet... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at EclectEcon
In the summer of 2012, I delivered a public lecture at The University of Regina titled "I Didn't Learn a Thing as an Undergraduate." That lecture, inspired by the many blog posts by Bryan Caplan at Econlog, emphasized that even a year or so after graduation from Carleton College [a top-ranked, small liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota], I remembered... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at EclectEcon
Here's a simple way to look at central banks, monetary policy, and interest rates. Interest rates are an effect, not a cause. If central banks increase the rate of growth of the money supply, ceteris paribus, initially interest rates will fall. Call that effect "the liquidity effect". The central bank floods the money markets with liquidity and people try to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at EclectEcon
I wrote this over 25 years ago. So much of it is timeless (the copy and paste below is unedited from the original). I hope the sense of freedom to choose and like whatever you like comes through. ANNOUNCING THE FIRST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE PHILISTINE LIBERATION ORGANZATION Three different locations are being considered to serve you better: 1.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at EclectEcon
Since joining various theatre groups in London, Ontario, six years ago, I have become accustomed to LOTS more hugging than I experience in other parts of my life. Everybody hugs everybody all the time. Well... nearly everybody hugs nearly everybody nearly all the time. In my adult lifetime, I can think of two times when I may have started to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at EclectEcon
I'll probably never get another academic job after posting this information ( ;) ), but my last two "refereed" publications were in so-called "predatory" journals. Interestingly, I never felt preyed upon in any way. My co-author(s) and I agreed to the publications willingly. The first one in the list below was actually a more-than-decent paper, we didn't pay anything to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at EclectEcon
Or is Justin Trudeau ignorant or maybe just afraid that if he mentions the word "Jews" he will be attacked by many Muslims and lose their votes? See this. He failed to mention the Jews last year on International Holocaust Memorial Day. It was an error, the government insisted. An embarrassing oversight. Lesson learned! Only … it wasn’t learned. This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at EclectEcon
I have said this before, but I think the work that Deirdre McCloskey has done for the past 50 years or so merits the profession's top award, the Nobel Prize in Economics. McCloskey is a renaissance person, incorporating a rich understanding of history, literature, culture, sociology, the arts, philosophy, mathematics, and economics into her work. Further, she has done a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at EclectEcon
Via Marilyn: Just in case your church pastor got a little too preachy against Donald Trump during the last service or went a little overboard telling people how important your offering was and you want to flip them the bird, it’s good to know you’re safe to do that, at least in Georgia. The State Supreme Court reversed a conviction... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at EclectEcon
There are national days for lots of things. Some serious, some frivolous; some sad, some fun. But I've searched a bit, and I cannot find any proclamation or declaration for National Community Theatre Day There should be one. By far, the largest community of actors and theatre workers in the world comprises local amateur and semi-professional theatre people. I know... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at EclectEcon
Are there any major (or non-major, for that matter) generic or big-name pharmaceutical or supplement manufacturers who are donating vitamin supplements for Puerto Rican relief. The people on that island, from what I read, will be suffering from food and water shortages for quite some time. Relief organizations are doing what they can to provide water, water purification systems, generators,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at EclectEcon
A number of my friends have noted a marked reduction in my activity on Facebook recently. For about ten days, I have posted nothing there, made one minor comment, and rarely if ever clicked on "like" or added any emoticon to any posts by others. I have, however, continued to read many of the posts and links from my friends... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at EclectEcon
I am gradually losing interest in the NFL, and from what I recall having read, I might not be alone. TV ratings for the National Football League (NFL) are down. I still watch the NFL some, but I don't watch it nearly so much as I did twenty or thirty years ago. My watching of NFL games has slowly, gradually... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at EclectEcon
Most of my friends know that I've been a small-time baseball stats geek for decades. It all started when I read a Bill James Baseball Abstract in the mid 1980s and then became somewhat active on the usenet newsgroup, which was full of lively, brilliant, and very informative discussions. One thing I learned and have used from those early... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at EclectEcon
Recently I received a list of numerous household cleaning/repair tasks that WD-40 can be used for. That message reminded me of how the first time I used WD-40, it smelled exactly like the waxy cloths we used in 1961 to wipe down and clean the stainless steel walk-up window counters at McDonalds. And after reading the list (but see below).... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at EclectEcon