I'm not sure why anybody should care about rock stars' hairlines, but I think the piece is entertaining nonetheless.
Makes sense to me: e-commerce has a difficult time replicating the food court experience.
Portlandia is only #2. I demand a recount.
Personally, I don't want to try anything you have to sign a waiver to eat, but your mileage may vary.
Next week Willie's 73rd studio album drops.
“Willie invites almost universal love from hippies and rednecks, liberals and conservatives — everyone except the professional pot-stirrers,” R. G. Ratcliffe wrote in Texas Monthly last year. He’s right. It’s a wildly impressive achievement. The world of Willie Nelson fandom, thank goodness, is largely a politics-free zone. We need more of that in our country, not less.
Account of the invention of the cellphone.
The Motorola DynaTAC 8000x was 9 inches tall, contained 30 circuit boards and could store 30 numbers. After charging for 10 hours, it had enough juice to sustain 35 minutes of conversation. The price tag started at $3,999; most plans cost 50 cents per minute.
The next time you're tempted to curse some aspect of the Modern Age, pause and give thanks for TP.
So true. Much lower child mortality, recorded music, electric lighting. (And he doesn't even mention grocery stores.)
I really like "options".
"2 formerly obese economists lost a combined 120 pounds in 18 months — here are the best tricks they used"
UPDATE: first link fixed now.
I was listening to this Craig Ferguson interview and Craig said something to the effect that most of the leading philosophers had no kids. I thought: really? I'm empirically oriented, so my first thought was to get a list of philosophers and check. I tried Wikipedia for the list, but it was very, very long. I sampled six I had actually heard of and found . . . they all had no children. But needless to say, a non-random sample of six is not much evidence.
I mentioned this to my wife and she said why not Google it? I did and turned up this piece.
Have I mentioned recently that I love Google?
"Inequality is a complex topic. Ask these questions if you really want to get to the heart of the issue."
Lotsa luck. The usual suspects won't spend a second asking these questions.
Not my field, but it sounds right.
Mark Bauerlein sounds really ticked off, but that doesn't prevent him from being accurate and fun to read.
"Howard Jacobson: ‘Jews know what antisemitism is and what it isn’t. To invent it would be a sacrilege’"
Most Jews know what antisemitism is and what it isn’t. Its history is written on the Jewish character in blood. To invent it where it is not would be a sacrilege.
Article in the New York Times, which at my last check was not a member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.
Governments are struggling as mounting pension obligations crowd out the rest of their budgets. Oregon faces a severe, self-inflicted crisis. . . .
A county road recently washed out, stranding 300 people. Ms. Dwyer, of the Three Rivers School District, reported the problem to a public-works official.
She recalled his response: “I have trucks, but I can’t put gas in them to come to you and dig it out.”
"'Another nail in the coffin for learning styles' – students did not benefit from studying according to their supposed learning style"
I have to say I was always skeptical of the "kinesthetic" learning style.
While I think it's a little early to declare "the end," it sure is trending strongly that way.
How's this for a really bad prediction?
In 1920, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that "the world's supply of recoverable petroleum" was no more than 60 billion barrels. It was wrong. The world has already produced 1,400 billion barrels of oil. Worldwide, there is about 1,700 billion barrels of oil in reserve – nearly a 60-year supply at current production rates. And the size of the ultimate resource is likely to be greater than 10 trillion barrels.
John Cochrane with an excellent answer to the "Democratic economic establishment".
Their bottom line, really, is that entitlements and deficits are not a problem. They put the blame pretty much entirely on the recently enacted corporate tax cut. (I'm simplifying a bit. As did they, a lot.)
By contrast, we focused on entitlement spending -- Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, VA, pensions, and social programs -- as the central budget problem, and entitlement reform (not "cut") together with a strong focus on economic growth as the best answer.
A big knock on economics--mostly macroeconomics, but that's another post--is a supposed lack of refutable hypotheses and accurate predictions. Well, here's Alex Tabarrok using an acclaimed microeconomic theory to make a prediction. Keep track and see how it turns out.
As always, one paper--particularly a paper that "counter[s] the centuries-long paradigm"--needs lots of confirmation. But it could get very interesting soon.
"Costco infuriates customers by constantly moving things around the store — and employees say it's a brilliant strategy"
Supposedly Trader Joe's and TJ Maxx also use the "treasure hunt" approach to some degree. I can't argue with success, but I'm not a fan.
Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, and Malibu are apparently old and busted. Hidden Hills is the new hotness.