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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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I got a lot out of “The Western Elite from a Chinese Perspective” by Puzhong Yao. It’s autobiographical: Yao starts as a weak student from a poor family in China, and through many upgrades, ends up at Goldman Sachs after... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at voluntaryXchange
Students have big trouble with this … especially early in their college careers. Hat tip to these two pieces from NPR on how to overcome your fear of office hours, and how office hours are particularly foreign to students from... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at voluntaryXchange
As in “… but do not collect enough cess to even cover the wage bill of the organization.” I was presuming that cess had some similarity to cesspool, but I was wrong. Instead, cess means a tax. The nitpicky economist... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Women work more than men. Everyone knows that. Except the data don’t support that, unless you’re really selective with the categories you call work.† Of all places, Men’s Health came up with this whopper (the article appeared in my feed... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Greta Thunberg (or her supportive mother) made a statement that made it into this book that has been interpreted in two ways. The negative way is that the words meant what they said, and Greta could see carbon dioxide pollution.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at voluntaryXchange
So thankful they did not give it to a teenager who speaks like she has poorly managed issues, and an overactive imagination. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at voluntaryXchange
People do this weird thing — when they get probability advice from two sources: If the probabilities are numerical, they average them. If the probabilities are verbal, they upscale them. This leads to strange outcomes: If two people tell you... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at voluntaryXchange
I do not print from Excel too much. But sometimes ... I have one database-ish worksheet, that I periodically filter and/or sort, and then select a range to print. It's easier to interface with another piece of software from a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Beto O’Rourke, and his handlers, sent him to Kent State University to campaign about removing some guns from private hands. Didn’t anyone … anyone … involved in that campaign know the fact that it was guns in government hands that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
For almost no reason, I’ve been trying to think of the name of a TV variety/talk show host from maybe 50 years ago. For a long time … like maybe 3 years … I’ve had this picture in my head... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
Robin Kaiser-Shatzlein reviews Binyamin Applebaum’s The Economists’ Hour in The New Republic. I dare not link to it; something called “The Tyranny of Economists” does not deserve the SEO boost. I have yet to read Applebaum’s new book. It is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
Microsoft has released PowerToys for Windows 10. While this is a welcome addition, this release is premature and unimpressive. Having said that, they promise to release more. But, there’s a problem for that too: there doesn’t seem to be a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
Had a document with highlights. Tried to print them, and they were not dark enough. How to change all of them at once? Allen Wyatt had the technique needed. Choose the new highlight color first. Now do a Replace with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
I believe Nancy Pelosi may be the most skilled legislator I’ve ever seen. Previously she has resisted calls to allow the House to seriously pursue any impeachment issues. Most of these come from the progressive wing of her party. Now... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
Marginal Revolution (of course, who else?) pointed me to a song from Madagascar. And then YouTube’s playlists carried me to this one. This is “Hay Hay” by Mahaleo. Mahaleo is actually the bunch of guys playing guitar and signing. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
I am not a great fan of the standards, but … they’re standard, so I’ve heard them. This week, “Makin’ Whoopee” came on in the car. I’ve heard it many times, but maybe I never listened to the lyrics. This... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
Scott Galloway: People showed up with this core competency called … math … and said “No!” to this. The context of this is the implosion of the IPO for WeWork over the last two weeks, and as of yesterday, the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
The Daily Chrenk lays out what’s wrong with the new catastrophism that’s getting its 15 minutes of fame: Greta Thunberg, should be going to Beijing or Bangalore and staging her protests there instead of, or at least in addition to,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
From Statistica via Zero Hedge and Newmark’s Door: My inclination is to think we’re going down the right side. Again. Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
The Fed has been heavily buying repurchase agreements (repos). Translated, this means they’re trying to reduce short term interest rates. Quite aggressively too. Nathan Tankus explains that this is a response to the Basel III accords for avoiding and managing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
From the Pew Center, that the U.S. Religious Knowledge Quiz. I got 13/15, and honestly I wanted to change an incorrect answer to the correct one, but my mouse finger betrayed me. The national average is 7.4. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
Via bookofjoe. Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
Here’s what’s happen to real GDP over the last 2/3 of a century: Do note that this chart was produced by serious people/economists, not journalists or graphic artists. So, you should note immediately that the axes are on a log... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
So everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, so I applaud Adam Roberts for the short graphic of his views. But I wish this sort of thing wouldn’t get published on Vox, where it gets lots of views. Here’s some of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at voluntaryXchange