Monday, November 26, 2018

My past self speaking at the AEI



I was at AEI a couple of weeks ago and, with the help of Michael Strain, who was sitting next to me, managed to re-find this video of my past self speaking at a 2012 event which had disappeared from the AEI webpage. I do not usually enjoy watching myself on video, but I watched this one and did not mind it too much, perhaps because the remarks have held up relatively well.

On the differences between the teams, or the lack thereof ...

Glenn Greenwald on the bipartisan lack of enthusiasm for press freedom.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Assorted links

1. A fascinating orgtheory.net post about spending a day with a leading art dealer.

2. Sometimes a folding chair is just a folding chair. The history of Franklin in Peanuts.

3. Defacing Soviet statues in Bulgaria. I really like the one with Ronald McDonald.

4. A fine rant by Alex Tabbarok on the too-high cost of getting anything done.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Marvels of the past: Northwest Orient Gong Edition



No one believes me when I say that these commercials used to end with a gong. They did.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Can the end times be far behind?

The Boston Globe endorses a Libertarian Party candidate for statewide office in Massachusetts.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Family Feud: Gilligan's Island vs. Batman



This bit of pop cultural history works on many dimensions of social and technological history.

My favorite bit is when the Skipper can't come up with an answer for the question "name an actor who is also a political activist". Those were the days of specialization and division of labor ...