- ANOTHER USE FOR PHILOSOPHY. (1)
- Mary Jane Schaefer: Sic transit gloria mundi.
- MONEYBALL AND BASEBALL PROSPECTUS. (1)
- Nick: What’s exciting is the statistical developments haven’t stopped. Harry Pavlidis & Co. continue...
- MAYBE SHAKESPEARE NEEDED A COMPLICATED BLOODBATH AT THE END OF “HAMLET”. (1)
- Nick: I have to go back and read it again as a whole, but I don’t see why Brecht needs elaborate explanations...
- IF YOUR FLU SYMPTOMS GET BETTER AND THEN GET WORSE, CALL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY !!! (1)
- Nick: Not to be melodramatic, but whenever I read about some exotic or rare disease which can be lethal, it seems as...
- DEBRA TANNEN: EVERY USE OR NONUSE OF TEXTING SENDS OUT METAMESSAGES. (1)
- Nick: I recently learned that in the UK it is much more common to include affectionate signatures / signoffs at the...
- HOW AN AIRLINE CUT COSTS. (1)
- Nick: The article also discusses trimming sales of perfume and chocolate in duty free on flights. I have always been...
- “NOBODY, NOT EVEN THE RAIN, HAS SUCH SMALL HANDS”. (1)
- Jane: Nick and I love this poem. We are lucky to have a friend who gave it such a great reading at our wedding! It is...
- MY EFFORTS TO REPLACE A SET OF STEPS. (1)
- Annalisa Schaefer: Did Grandma Schaefer sit there and watch you and Elmer work on building the steps? My only...
- HOW BUILDING A SET OF STEPS ILLUSTRATES “A FUNDAMENTAL PROPERTY OF THE UNIVERSE”. (1)
- Annalisa Schaefer: I really like that lesson at the end! Wow! When you were quoting the fundamental principle of the...
- EMMA RICE’S PENULTIMATE SHAKESPEARE PRODUCTION AT THE GLOBE. (1)
- Annalisa Schaefer: I hope everyone who was in attendance of that production knew what they were getting into. I would...
- AN INFLATABLE IRISH PUB. (1)
- Nick: You do have a front yard, though…
- CAMUS AND SIMENON AND THE NOBEL PRIZE. (2)
- bill johsnon: Just read Maigret in Society-rather long short story with an ending that was a bit dismaying after the...
- ANOTHER USE FOR PHILOSOPHY. (1)
Category Archives: Economics
THE REJECTION OF THE WHIG THEORY OF HISTORY. When I was a college student some fifty years ago, the Whig Theory of History seemed to be dominant. This wikipedia entry defines the theory as: “an approach to historiography that presents … Continue reading
WAS IT A GREAT MISTAKE FOR HUMANS TO BECOME FARMERS? Professor James Scott has a new book out, AGAINST THE GRAIN, A DEEP HISTORY OF THE EARLIEST STATES, in which he argues that the discovery and adoption of agriculture by … Continue reading
CREATING A SMELL FOR A HOTEL. Scott McCartney had an article in the Wall Street Journal (November 9) about efforts hotels are making to create a pleasing smell to associate with their brand. McCartney quotes the description of the Holiday … Continue reading
HOW AN AIRLINE CUT COSTS. Nick sent me a link to this article on the Gizmodo site by Tom McKay about how: “Switching its in-flight magazine Hemisphere to a lighter variety of paper that saved an ounce a copy has … Continue reading
MY EFFORTS TO REPLACE A SET OF STEPS. Salvataier’s essay about building things with his brother brought back memories. There came a summer when my mother decided that my brother Elmer and I could and should replace some steps to … Continue reading
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BUILD A SET OF STEPS. One of Katja Grace’s initial observations is that: “Inventions are usually more ingenious than they seem”. She links to this blog post by John Salvatier, who supports the proposition … Continue reading
SOME PROPOSED EXPLANATIONS FOR WHY IT TOOK SO LONG TO INVENT ROPE. Katja Grace received a large number of proposed answers to her question. She summarized them here three days after she posed it (link via Marginal Revolution). The first … Continue reading
WHAT IF I HAD HAD TO INVENT ROPE? I have said for years that if human progress had required that I invent rope or the wheel, it would never have happened. Technological progress has depended on people who are “handy”, … Continue reading
WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG TO INVENT ROPE? Katja Grace posed a great question here on her Meteuphoric blog (December 28, 2017): “One of the biggest intuitive mysteries to me is how humanity took so long to do anything. … Continue reading
ALGORITHMS SENDING TRAFFIC TO BUSY STREETS. Rick Paulas describes here what is happening to traffic all around the country: “All that extra traffic down previously empty streets has created an odd situation in which cities are constantly playing defense against … Continue reading