Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Some meaty humor

Jim Gaffigan on steak.

For some reason this reminded someone of me, though I regard steak sauce as an abomination.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Merla Mae (sad) news

The owner of Merla Mae's, my favorite ice cream place in London, Ontario, has passed on. I always arrange my trips so that I can make a stop at Merla Mae's whenever I make it back to Western Ontario.

Hat tip: A fellow member of the "Merla Mae nation"

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Adventures in applied epistemology in other disciplines

From the Atlantic, a very entertaining piece about a very entertaining professor who does not think the dinosaurs were done in by an asteroid and, as such, received a truckload of awful treatment from her colleagues in the worlds of geology and paleontology.

From Quartz, a story of false positives from fMRI.

My calm assurance that such things never, ever go on in economics gives me great comfort.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Assorted links

1. An entertaining obituary (from a couple of years ago)

2. Thoughts on choosing the players on your soccer team.

3. Good for Monica.

4. Emotional support animals on the frontier.

Hat tip on #2 to Peter Dolton

Dissertation prizes

Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award

HCEO Dissertation Prize

Both require a little bit of work, but if you win, you get some money and some attention.

Note that both cover limited substantive domains.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Assorted links

1. The War on Drugs marches on .. to cotton candy.

2. Communists left behind in Mozambique

3. On populism in France. I think there is much to be gained from thinking about populism in terms of a cultural dispute between social classes.

4. WaPo interview with Charles Koch from a couple of years ago.

5. Advice triage

Monday, January 21, 2019


As this article in Quartz notes, fusion power is always 20 years off. I can remember reading that in Galaxy and Analog - two of the science fiction magazines to which my engineer father subscribed - when I was growing up. But the Quartz piece sounds a bit more serious. This would be a game changer.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Yoram Bauman's standup routine at the AEA meetings in Atlanta

Book: None of My Bueinss by P.J. O'Rourke

The new (last fall) book from P.J. is not his best work ever, and the contents do not quite match the description on the cover, which suggests a narrative on a single top (like his book on Adam Smith) rathre than a collection of loosely related essays, but if you usually like P.J.'s work, you'll like this too.