- “TO BE A HEDONIST WITH BAD TASTE…” (1)
- Nick: Perhaps acquiring a taste for expensive wines is not one worth acquiring.
- ORWELL—WRITING SHOULD BE LIKE SPOKEN LANGUAGE. (1)
- Nathaniel: That’s why I can’t text. I’m too much of a writer. It pains me to leave out...
- MARSHALL MCLUHAN AND THE INTERNET. (2)
- HOW BASEBALLS ARE MADE. (2)
- Carl Davidson: Re the video on the making of baseballs, it appears that several parts of the process are done by hand...
- SMALL SAMPLES—ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH PUBLISHED ARTICLES. (2)
- Henry Nejako: Just came across this fascinating New York Magazine article about a 28-year-old graduate student,...
- UMPIRE RATINGS. (4)
- Richard C. Northrup: While watching a game on the MLB network on Wed. 4/17/13, KC vs ATL the home plate umpire...
- MY REACTIONS TO THE HAMLET COMIC STRIP—CONTEMPORARY HAMLETS. (1)
- Barb: Probably Jesus and his disciples…and various writers who shared facts or their own fiction :o) (Sitting...
- THE OLDEST FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE STARTS ITS 32ND SEASON. (COMMENT). (6)
- michael gallo: since 1984…..the year the first book came out..stats done by hand when the sporting news arrived
- HOW DID THE ORIOLES DO IT LAST YEAR? (1)
- Nick: And luck can also explain the strong bullpen. The Orioles’ relievers were 9th in the majors in K/BB ratio...
- COMPENSATORY ETHICS—A NEW THEORY OF ETHICS? (1)
- Serhiy: I will not say that people are endowed with different stock of virtue but rather stick to the idea: that some...
- WHAT THE IRISH ATE BEFORE THE COMING OF THE POTATO. (1)
- Barbara Michael: I believe the vegetables, other than potatoes, which could have nourished the Irish, were taken from...
- “TO BE A HEDONIST WITH BAD TASTE…” (1)
Category Archives: History
PUBS AND MONEY. The Irish experience of working around the absence of banks received some attention during the Greek and Cyprus banking crises. Tyler Cowen at the Marginal Revolution website posted on the Irish experience in March during the Cyprus … Continue reading
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ALL OF A COUNTRY’S BANKS CLOSE? This review in the Economist (May 18) of Felix Martin’s MONEY:THE UNAUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY tells what happened when all of Ireland’s clearing banks closed for a 6 month period in 1970 because … Continue reading
THE “SHORTAGE” OF TOILET PAPER IN VENEZUELA. I posted here six years ago about Venezuela’s use of price controls and pointed out that “shortages and price controls are two sides of the same coin.” This article in USAToday by Peter … Continue reading
THE IMPORTANCE OF BARK. It was surprising to see the word “bark” in the list of words that survived because they were used frequently. David Brown cites the explanation given by Mark Pagel, who headed the study which arrived at … Continue reading
THE 23 WORDS THAT MAY BE 15,000 YEARS OLD. This analysis in the Washington Post by Wilson Andrews and David Brown graphically presents the 23 words that researchers have identified as “ultraconserved”, having persisted approximately 15,000 years. Cognates for these … Continue reading
HOW LONG DO WORDS LAST? Lee Bryant sent me this article by David Brown in the Washington Post about the persistence of words. Researchers have taken the controversial position that they have identified 23 words that have survived for 15,000 … Continue reading
THE RISE AND DECLINE OF “SWELL”. Megan Garber’s article called my attention to a wonderful resource, the Corpus of Historical American English, which can be found here. The Corpus is a data base of 400 million words. You can use … Continue reading
TWITTER MESSAGES AS AN AMERICAN ART FORM. It seems to me that Twitter has led to a flowering of a traditional American art form, the wise crack. (I realize that referring to twitter messages rather than tweets in the caption … Continue reading
MARSHALL MCLUHAN AND THE INTERNET. When people speculate on the effect the internet and cellphones will have on ways of thinking —and especially when they make comparisons to Gutenberg’s invention of moveable type—they are reflecting the influence of Marshall McLuhan, … Continue reading