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EclectEcon
I have "delusions of adequacy."
Interests: economics, policy, theatre, music, hiking, geocaching
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Via Jack. Click here (in case embedding the video doesn't work). Continue reading
Posted yesterday at EclectEcon
Last week in a local grocery store the prices for potatoes were as follows: A paper bag, stitched closed, with 10 pounds of potatoes: $5.49 for the bagful Loose potatoes, same variety, $1.99/pound That's right. The loose potatoes were priced at nearly four times the per-pound price of ten pounds of potatoes in the bag. I can think of two... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at EclectEcon
Don Boudreaux has a very good posting at Cafe Hayek, pointing out that just because a firm can (and does) raise its prices, and just because a firm gains market share, those data are not necessarily indications that the firm has market power. His argument is that generally it is the firms that offer better quality, better service, and more... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at EclectEcon
A writer who opposes Israel's policies toward Palestine writes about his experiences at The University of Westminster, the alma mater of Jihadi John in today's Washington Post. Excerpts: As a vociferous critic of the Israeli government, I have participated in demonstrations and activities supporting Palestine for many years. Yet in a discussion about the conflict, I was horrified to hear... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at EclectEcon
I received this information last week. If I were a student, I'd apply for this programme in a flash. The speakers are among the best in the field. Just hearing Munger, Jaworski, and Horwitz [the three with whom I am familiar] will be an experience you won't forget! What a terrific opportunity! On August 10-15 the Institute for Liberal Studies... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at EclectEcon
With the burning of books and the destruction of so many historical items, it is important that archivists digitize everything they can, especially rare books and manuscripts. A month ago, a fire ravaged a Moscow library. Most recently, in Mosul, ISIS burned 8000 rare books and manuscripts at the local library (h/t Jack): While the world was watching the Academy... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at EclectEcon
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My photo exhibition, "It's Only the Beginning..." is on now at The Arts Project (226 Dundas, Downtown London). Tonight we are holding a Meet-the-Artist reception from 5-7pm. Here are a few more of the 81 photos that will be on display. Lightning in a Jar Kaleidoscope University Fireworks Related articles It's Only the Beginning... Busy Day Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at EclectEcon
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A month or two ago, we randomly tried a cheese spread made by Agropur in Canada. It is amazing stuff. It comes in three varieties: Brie, Cheddar, and Oka. It is smooth as silk and great as a dip or spread for crackers or celery or what have you. Yes, it is so smooth, we can use it as a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at EclectEcon
I'm in the office at The University of Western Ontario today*. For some reason, I decided to listen to the music of Steve Reich. Fascinating and intriguing. I first heard the music of Steve Reich while I was wandering the streets of Copenhagen in July, 2006, during a major jazz festival. There was a group performing at one of the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at EclectEcon
Electric cars sounds as if they might be the answer to big-city smog, air pollution, and the contribution to CO2 emissions and whatever those emissions might add to global warming. However electric cars are not now generating net social benefits, and won't be for many years to come. From the very sensible Bjørn Lomborg, The electric car seems great. Except,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at EclectEcon
A few weeks ago, a classmate from gradskool posted a link on Facebook to a site with a number of GIFs that illustrate mathematical principles underlying many concepts from geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. I thought the constructs on the page were fascinating. Some required quite a bit of concentration, and with some I really had to dredge up hazy memories... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at EclectEcon
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Today I'll be transporting 80 photographs to The Arts Project to set up my exhibit, "It's Only the Beginning..." From their web page, It’s Only the Beginning…. An Exhibition of Photography by John Palmer February 24 – March 7 Opening Reception Friday February 27, 5-7pm After exhibiting and winning prizes for his photography throughout Southwestern Ontario, John Palmer didn’t exhibit... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at EclectEcon
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This afternoon I'm playing in a concert with Encore: The Concert Band [2pm, Central Secondary School] in which we're playing a number of really fun pieces. This evening I'm doing a knock-off of Sean Connery for an event at The London Club. Tomorrow I begin to hang my photo show at The Arts Project. I've been coasting up 'til now,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at EclectEcon
Most of us knew that the Crusades were undertaken to capture Jerusalem and Israel from the Muslims and that many, many Muslims were killed during those wars. What is less well-known is that the first major victims of the first Crusade were Europe's Jews. This history is told eloquently here in the New York Times Sunday Review. THE first victims... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at EclectEcon
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I just bought some Atlantic salmon, a product of Chile: I thought, "Huh?" Chile is on the Pacific Ocean side of South America. But then I checked, and indeed down near Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, Chile does appear to reach over to the Atlantic Ocean. But that is likely irrelevant when it comes to Atlantic salmon. These salmon... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at EclectEcon
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Remember my earlier posts about happiness and gratitude? I recently ran across this cartoon: My answer: Better than I ever imagined! (but then I'm not sure I have grown up yet). Another item from Facebook that is related: And yesterday, this very touching piece by Oliver Sacks appeared in the NYTimes, written after he learned he has terminal cancer. Some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at EclectEcon
An insightful comment posted today by Don Boudreaux at Cafe Hayek: …from page 188 of David Mamet’s 2011 book, The Secret Knowledge (original emphasis): Government is only a business. Past the roads, defense, and sewers, it sells excitement and self-satisfaction to the masses, and charges them an entertainment tax, exacted in wealth and misery. It cannot make cars, or develop... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at EclectEcon
Yesterday Fitch, one of the major credit/bond rating firms, downgraded their rating of Ontario bonds from AA to AA-. From HuffPost, "Budget options are likely to prove more limited given the extent of actions taken to date and use of one-time actions to achieve targets, in Fitch's opinion," the agency said. "The downgrade to AA- reflects Fitch's concern that risks... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at EclectEcon
Several friends have highly recommended this piece on ISIS in The Atlantic. I haven't finished it yet. It is about 10K words, a very lengthy essay. For those who don't even want to start it, let me recommend this summary blog post by the Elder of Ziyon. It is lengthy for a blog post, but it's really the equivalent of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at EclectEcon
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FYI: The economist in me cannot help but think about relative prices and the "substitution effect" [see this]. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at EclectEcon
In today's story about the Danish shootings, the New York Times headline reads, Terror Attacks by a Native Son Rock Denmark One might reasonably be led to believe that the most important characteristic of the shooter was that it was a Dane who shot up the free-speech meeting and the synagogue. It is not until the 6th and 7th paragraphs... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at EclectEcon
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Over 30 years ago, I bought a very well-made pair of Timberland loafers. I didn't take great care of them, but I did oil them now and then. They held up despite my lackadaisical care and rough treatment. Slowly they became my slip-on shoes for going out to work in the yard (when we had one) or for short walks... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at EclectEcon
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Shootings in Denmark and now this: France’s interior minister said Sunday several hundred tombs had been defaced at a Jewish cemetery in the east of the country, in what he called “a despicable act.” Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at EclectEcon
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I love the days after major candy-buying holidays: Hallowe'en, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and the best of all is usually Easter. All that half-price (or sometimes even cheaper) candy! #carbsbedamned Posted by several Facebook friends: Related articles Valentine's Day Celebrations Candlestick Salad Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at EclectEcon
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I had very little idea what the book was about until I read a few reviews. They all seem to agree it is turgid writing with very little romance and some shades (!) of S&M thrown in. I've seen other fun on Facebook, such as "Fifty Shades of Black" and "Fifty Shades of Earl Grey" (photos of tea, of course).... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at EclectEcon