Assorted links

by on January 8, 2009 at 1:05 pm in Web/Tech | Permalink

1. Via Chug, tips for discovering good local eateries around the world.

2. The influence of Martin Feldstein; he was, by the way, my oral examiner for my public finance field.

3. A whole Chinese mall devoted to fake brands; it includes a "Bucksstar Coffee."

4. Fama and French are now blogging.

5. My Money magazine column, now on-line.

1 fusion January 8, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Regarding the Money column, just because people often see patterns when given bad news where there are none does not mean that if someone sees a pattern after being given bad news there is not a pattern.

2 michael webster January 8, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Re: money column, I wrote a complementary column about this problem which may interest you and your readers:

http://www.bizop.ca/blog2/how-would-you-play-that/why-not-to-trust-our-gut.html

It is about the unreasonableness of water witching, but its continued use in the face of all empirical evidence.

3 bartman January 8, 2009 at 4:41 pm

My opinion of Feldstein took a big dive when he proposed gasoline rationing a couple of years ago:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB114946588448771080.html

Shorter Feldstein: we need certain high prices now to save us from possibly high prices in the future.

4 Nick January 8, 2009 at 11:07 pm

I snapped a somewhat more lo-fi “Buckstars” coffee shop in Tashi Jong, India last year.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicktaylor/2134686507/

5 Daniel C. January 9, 2009 at 10:22 am

There is a suburb called Dafen in China that has a number of artists that create fakes of the masters. Wiki entry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dafen_(town_of_painting_replicas)

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