Assorted links

by on April 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm in Web/Tech | Permalink

1. Michael Spence defends the Geithner plan.

2. Chimpanzee markets in everything; research is here.

3. Via Michelle Dawson, more on the fMRI voodoo correlations debate; relevant papers can be found here.

4. A tauntaun sleeping bag: do you get the reference?

Luke G. April 8, 2009 at 2:03 pm

The tauntaun bag (from Empire Strikes Back, natch) is an April Fools, I believe. Sadly. If they had one for a 6’1 man I’d buy it.

Robert April 8, 2009 at 2:37 pm

What an insulting question! Who wouldn’t get that reference?

Bob Montgomery April 8, 2009 at 2:56 pm

April Fools, I believe

Looks like they are trying to bring it to life, though:

ATTN Tauntaun Fanatics! Due to an overwhelming tsunami of requests from YOU THE PEOPLE, we have decided to TRY and bring this to life. We have no clue if the suits at Lucasfilms will grant little ThinkGeek a license, nor do we know how much it would ultimately retail for. But if you are interested in ever owning one of these, click the link below and we’ll try!

And didn’t this happen to ThinkGeek last year as well? …

Yes. And, apparently, the year before…

Andrew April 8, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Hells yes. That’s worth it just to bother the mother-in-law.

Andrew April 8, 2009 at 4:59 pm

1. All other things being equal, the plan is bad in that it finagles price without addressing value and separating the mortgage paper renegotiation one more step from the tradeable security.

David April 8, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Isn’t the fMRI “Voodoo Correlations” issue just an in-sample / out of sample problem? That is, the brain regions in question were not specified in advance and then found to be correlated with personality, but were first found to be correlated?

Jason Malloy April 8, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Chimpanzees exchange meat for sex

Chimpanzee markets in everything

Not really. It’s not a market transaction; it’s closer to a date than prostitution.

And a potlatch isn’t a company.

Doug April 8, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Wait, do the male monkeys get sex because they share the meat or do they share the meat because they get sex? The articles note that there are monkeys who don’t share meat and don’t get sex. Are they not interested in sex, or do they refuse to share because they know they won’t get any sex anyway?

Garrett April 8, 2009 at 9:59 pm

You would have to be incredibly uncultured not to get the reference.

dearieme April 9, 2009 at 6:26 am

Isn’t the fMRI “Voodoo Correlations” issue just an ordinary grant-seeking/tenure-seeking/fame-and-fortune-seeking/is-this-what-science-has-descended-to problem?

davidc April 9, 2009 at 10:28 am

Iceland has collapsed so thoroughly that at this point, it’s only economically viable export may very well be an internet spaceship game, and that internet spaceship game’s kr√≥na is for all intents and purposes a more real and valid and valuable currency than the actual country’s actual money.

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