31
Aug 15

After fifteen years I finally see Robbie Fulks

In Duluth of all places


19
Aug 15

New insight

As I approach middle age the harder it becomes to distinguish between hobbies and divine purpose. Hmmm…

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16
Aug 15

First concrete lion

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13
Aug 15

The Soviet Star Wars Fallacy

A new concept I sort of came up, or at least categorized – I define it as not taking easily available substitutes into account.  For example it is a common belief that the Soviet Union collapsed because Reagan (and Congress) tricked them into an arms race, and they went bankrupt trying to keep up.  However, this does not take into account that the Soviets were going to spend the money on something, and spend it poorly.  Failure to use resources wisely is pretty much the definition of the Soviet system, and if they didn’t spend it on their military they would have blown it on a five year plans, canal to nowhere, sea draining or something like that.

For econ nerds, let it be said that they did not have a meaningful price structure, which basically meant that whatever they did was inherently wasteful.

Similarly people claim that if drugs are legalized that hard drug use would skyrocket, forgetting that the readily available hard drug, (and substitute) alcohol is already legal.  There would be some switching between the two, but no meaningful increase, or so I would predict.


23
Jul 15

Across the street

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14
Jul 15

The internet of things and the garrison state

This is more of a placeholder – but one thing I need to think out is how the Internet of things will come to resemble Woodrow Wilson’s idea of the “Garrison State”, i.e. something wonderful, the internet in our case, democracy in Wilson’s, stuck in a world so dangerous that it can’t survive in it’s wonderful form, but instead much become permanently occupied by security concerns if it’s going to survive at all.


07
Jul 15

More quotes of the day from Slate Star Codes

from this post

Communism, which basically took all of the worst ideas in history, combined them together into a package deal, and said “Let’s do all of these at once”


19
Jun 15

Random thought about the SC horrors – illustrated nicely by Marginal Revolution

From this post

Normative sociology, the study of what the causes of problems ought to be, greatly fascinates us all

That sums up a lot of the next round of media coverage.  The navel gazing has begun about the killings, namely media criticism about differences in coverage, the deeper motivations of the shooter, making him the internet celebrity he seems to want to be.


10
Jun 15

I found a turtle by the creek

Not sure what we’re going to do with him.
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10
May 15

Me and mo

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