Assorted links

by on June 2, 2010 at 9:19 am in Web/Tech | Permalink

1. Should tennis serves be serially independent? (Extra credit: what does this analysis imply for monetary policy?)

2. Review of *Mostly Harmless Econometrics* (which I am also reading and enjoying and finding useful).

3. They will start filming Atlas Shrugged.

4. Wisdom on China.

5. Sumner on Chinese SOEs.

6. Which are the most prestigious diseases?

1 anon June 2, 2010 at 8:06 am

3. Why not name it Wall Street III ?

2 Andrew June 2, 2010 at 8:29 am

That’s an excellent idea. If you absolutely have to go make a crappy movie, do a practice one. People can’t do this though.

4. I’ve never gotten the “China miracle” thing. Happy for them, but on an objective basis, it’s still a disgrace. The Chinese I know seem to like things like The Olympics, but spectacles like that would offend me.

3 josh June 2, 2010 at 8:38 am

#1: Probably not completely. EC) Nothing, unless you are a complete twit.

4 Ted Craig June 2, 2010 at 9:35 am

3. That reminds me that there was an episode of MASH that revolved around the film version on The Fountainhead.

5 E. Barandiaran June 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Tyler, do you really believe that people that spent a few days in China (and read a few papers by people that spent a few days in China) know anything about China? To make things worse you’re quoting people that have been living in the U.S. for most of their lives and can hardly explain what is going on in their country or what happened during the Great Depression or what has been happening since the Great Depression.

6 BKarn June 2, 2010 at 1:09 pm

“Tyler, do you really believe that people that spent a few days in China (and read a few papers by people that spent a few days in China) know anything about China? To make things worse you’re quoting people that have been living in the U.S. for most of their lives and can hardly explain what is going on in their country or what happened during the Great Depression or what has been happening since the Great Depression.”

I’m not sure why you’re miffed here. Substitute “the United States” for “China” in your complaint and you’ve pretty well described the overwhelming majority of foreign commentators on America. Beyond that,

And I agree with one of the comments on Sumners’ blog: I’m profoundly exasperated at Sinophiles like Sumners who continually claim that there is an “American conventional wisdom” that is wrong, and that he holds some magical understanding of China. His ego on the topic underpins everything he writes about China – absolutely everything – and I remain mystified that Tyler has such a preference for him. There are any number of folk who can write objectively on China. Perhaps they aren’t linked here because their profile isn’t high enough.

7 Tom June 2, 2010 at 1:50 pm

BKarn,

I don’t think Sumner thinks he “holds some magical understanding of China”, but is just correcting what a few low power commentators like Ezra Klein print.

The Chinese miracle is not a miracle at all and is pretty much what is expected from a developing country. As a fellow who demonstrates he knows China’s history and present, and one who travels there to visit his wife’s family, he does well in explaining his points.

I remain mystified that Tyler has such a preference for Ezra.

8 bradley stephens June 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm

#3 – not sure if this is a book, or charlie kaufman-esque meta movie – but what might the actor hoping to portray John Galt do to obtain the role?

9 Roland June 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Ramsey Phelps as applied to tennis serves: You go for full power on the first serve, knowing that you can choose a high percentage play on the second, but if the second serve actually comes, you are constrained to choose more power and a lower percentage play–

10 tomhynes June 2, 2010 at 11:56 pm

I think the low prestige diseases are:

A. Thought of as not really a disease
B. Thought of as really being your own fault.
B. Thought of as old people’s diseases

11 d4winds June 3, 2010 at 10:56 am

3. Hasn’t the comic book genre been a little overdone by Hollywood?

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