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EclectEcon
I have "delusions of adequacy."
Interests: economics, policy, theatre, music, hiking, geocaching
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My friend, Jack, is older than I am. He recently wrote Old age survival is all about adaptation. Some start at a very high level of function, and can ride for a while. But eventually the genetically programmed collapse of the critter cannot be denied. I keep fighting this collapse, but every setback takes a tad longer to recover from,... Continue reading
Posted 48 minutes ago at EclectEcon
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I know I am addicted to the internet, to email, to Facebook, to blogs, etc. In fact I put off getting a smartphone for a year or so because I knew I would be addicted to using it. And indeed, I have a strong urge to pull it out all the time to check something. So as of midnight tonight,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at EclectEcon
An overwhelming number of Arabs who lost their Israeli homes in 1948 left them at the urging of neighbouring Arab gubmnts who essentially told them, "Leave now. We will drive the Jews into the sea, and then you can return." [Yes, I know the Jews committed some atrocities during that war and drove some Arabs from their homes. ] When... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at EclectEcon
A few days ago I noted on Facebook that most Canadians I know pronounce the word "asphalt" as "ash-fault". Where did that "h" after the "as" come from, and how did this happen? The first time I heard this pronunciation after moving to Canada from the US, I thought someone was mispronouncing the word, but judging from the comments on... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at EclectEcon
I recently came across this article about why associate professors are such an unhappy lot. New national data show that associate professors are some of the unhappiest people in academe. I was a career associate professor. Being an associate professor for three decades can be difficult in many ways, including but not limited to those set out in the article.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at EclectEcon
I value freedom more than most other things. And while I guess I'd have no problem with polygamous arrangements between freely consenting adults, it is difficult to believe the parties are freely consenting in situations like this one. Forced marriages, accompanied by or following threats of kidnapping or other reprisals should not be acceptable. The leader of Russia's southern region... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at EclectEcon
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Several years ago, when Lara was an infant, I notice that her nostrils were heart-shaped and posted a picture of them. Last year I posted an update. I recently visited with Lara, and here are some photos I took, trying to update photos of her nostrils. In the first one, she hid her nose: Funny girl. But in the second... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at EclectEcon
David Henderson at EconLog has this wonderful post about a debate/discussion on global warming and climate change. It is worth reading his summary even if you don't listen to the actual discussion or read the transcript. In his introduction, David writes: In the area of global warming, it's hard to find a civil discussion between two experts who disagree. This... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at EclectEcon
I'm just jaded enough to believe these "facts" will be countered by evidence from further studies; that's the nature of scientific inquiry. But they are worth contemplating [via Marilyn via George via?]. Here they are with my comments added in square brackets]: 1. Your favorite song is likely associated with an emotional event. You and everyone else. (source) [EE: And... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at EclectEcon
I think there's a good chance someone or several someones from the Patriots, possibly including Tom Brady, knew and/or had something to do with the low pressure in some of the footballs used by the Patriots during the 2014-15 NFL season and playoffs. But a good chance is not a very high standard. Given the Patriots' response, I am quite... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at EclectEcon
Bill Szymczyk was a year ahead of me at our grade school, junior high school, and high school. He was the producer for BB King's most popular albums. From Wikipaedia [via HR], He [Szymczyk] successfully lobbied ABC to let him work with B. B. King, whose own record label was a subsidiary of ABC and who was a long time... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at EclectEcon
Bjørn Lomborg is one of my heroes. He cares about making people better off, and he cares about doing so efficiently, without regard for the heavy emoting that comes from too many different sources. Here is his latest piece from the Wall Street Journal as he reproduced the column on Facebook: My new op-ed in Wall Street Journal: Opponents of... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at EclectEcon
World Whisky Day is Saturday. To celebrate, we're gonna call around and find a shop in Houston that carries Ledaig! Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at EclectEcon
We all (lots of us, anyway) saw it coming even 50 years ago, and I hate to say it is inevitable... but it is inevitable no matter what nuclear non-proliferation treaties might be attempted. And there's no way to stop it. "And you don't believe we're on the Eve of Destruction?" From the NYTimes: When President Obama began making the... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at EclectEcon
Before you comment, please read the entire article. It's long, it's detailed, and it raises some serious doubts about the NFL's position. From the conclusion, Because the NFL had little or no experience with measuring psi in the heat (or cold) of a championship game, it is not surprising that the initial readings, from either gauge brought by Walt Anderson,... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at EclectEcon
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Once again we hear of controversies surrounding the invitations to some people who have been invited, not invited, disinvited, uninvited, etc. to give commencement addresses. I have a solution. Invite me. I have openly and unashamedly in the past campaigned to be invited somewhere --- anywhere --- to give a commencement address. Here is a posting (revised, updated, edited) from... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at EclectEcon
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The Play, "Neville's Island" ended yesterday. It will be nice to have a rest now. I expect the other three who were in the play (and had bigger, more active roles than I) as well as the wonderful crew will also welcome the rest..... and feel a bit at loose ends. There are some photos that the spectacularly good photographer,... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at EclectEcon
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I drink coffee at home from a glass cup/mug simply for the aesthetic appeal of the layers and the colour blends: This mugful was made in our Tassimo using Cadbury hot chocolate, Cadbury steamed milk, and Maestro Lorenzo Crema, in that order. And of course before I drink it, I stir it; and I use a straw. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at EclectEcon
Last night was our best performance yet of Neville's Island. The timing was great, and all four of us on stage were right on top of the character-roles and the actions. It was dynamite. It was a nearly full house and another standing ovation! There are two shows remaining, and tickets are available for each of them: Saturday, 8pm (tonight)... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at EclectEcon
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Neville's Island by Tim Firth (who also wrote Calendar Girls) continues tonight at The Princess Avenue Theatre in St. Thomas. Tonight's show is pretty much sold out, but there are still tickets available for Friday and Saturday (8pm) and Sunday (2pm). After these shows, it's done, so don't put it off. It's a comedy with tonnes of darkness and sarcasm,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at EclectEcon
This spyware sounds like a nasty piece of work: Rombertik is spyware designed to collect data on everything a victim does online, doing so in an indiscriminate manner rather than focusing on areas such as Internet banking or social media accounts. After being loaded into a system via a phishing campaign and malicious email attachments, Rombertik runs a series of... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at EclectEcon
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Last Saturday night, during a scene in "Neville's Island", I twisted my ankle and sprained my knee as I took this pose atop some rocks (yes, those are my bare legs and knees... you'll have to come see the play to see the rest!): I somehow made it through the rest of that performance and took a megadose Vitamin I... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at EclectEcon
On May 6, 2015, $1 from every Big Mac® sandwich, Happy Meal®, and hot McCafé® beverage sold in McDonald’s restaurants will go to local children’s charities across the country, like Ronald McDonald House®. Ronald McDonald House is a charity that consistently receives very high ratings from various assessment organizations because so much of the money donated to it actually goes... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at EclectEcon
From Wikipaedia, Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States[1] and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla,[note 1][2][3][4] where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla).[5][6][7]Mexican Americans also often see the day... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at EclectEcon
My son, David Ricardo Palmer, has been working on this project for some time. It sounds like exciting stuff. I know he's been mighty busy on the project. More here. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at EclectEcon