Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Assorted links

1. P.J. O'Rourke on the pursuit of happiness.

2. What internet censorship looks like.

3. How to make a clarinet with a carrot.

4. I'm not convinced this Elizabeth Warren video isn't a parody.

5. Interview with Christina Hoff Sommers

Hat tip on #3 to Jackie Smith

Econometrics and statistics

I agree with a lot of what this writer has to say, though I think he understates the extent to which the differences result from trying to accomplish different things. Much of what statisticians try to do is not locate causal relationships but rather just fit the data or find patterns and so on. In contrast, endogeneity is not just a topic in microeconometrics, it is the overarching theme of microeconometrics.

He is surely correct that both tribes have much to learn from the other. In some ways it is resembles the commonplace that one of the best ways to really understand English is to learn a foreign language.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Doonesbury on college application essays


Once in a while the reader is reminded of Doonesbury's glory days.

Hat tip: Charlie Brown

In the Chronicle again

The Chronicle ponders various papers in the literature on college mismatch (may be gated).

Includes comments from yours truly, as well as my co-author Nora Dillon, along with a preview of the still-in-progress findings from our next paper.

I was positively impressed by my interactions with the Chronicle reporter, who did a good job of capturing the main points of our discussion.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

How deep is your love?

Paris Review on the history and influence of the BeeGees, with some bonus pop psychology.

The radio station I listened to in high school, KISW in Seattle ("if it's too loud, you're too old"), had a nightly feature called "Disco Destruction" in which they would play a disco song at varying speeds and overlaid with the sounds of chain saws and wolves howling. After a minute or so, the DJ would drag the needle across the remainder of the record and immediately transit into some head-banging hard rock song. Good times.

Note to younger readers: the needle refers to the bit of the record player that came into contact with the vinyl record.

Friday, July 18, 2014

520 off-ramp to nowhere

Seems that after 50 or so years, Seattle is finally planning to tear down the off-ramp to nowhere on highway 520, which runs just south of the University of Washington campus and includes a floating bridge on its way to the east side of Lake Washington.