by Tyler Cowen
on July 14, 2010 at 11:17 am
in Web/Tech |
1. More on the Chinese ghost town and Austro-Chinese business cycle theory.
2. Toyota update: driver error is often at fault.
3. All Tarkovsky films now free on-line.
4. The power of German norms.
5. Digital drugs?
6. Kling on macro and Sumner.
I have long wondered about the timing of Toyota’s PR woes. What a felicitous coincidence that it just happened to take place at the exact moment when GM and Chrysler desperately needed to start regaining market share in order to remain viable and rebuild after their recent bankruptcies.
Sometimes, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And sometimes there’s just a bunch of folks in a back room somewhere, cranking away on a smoke machine.
“5. Digital drugs?”
Actually, there are many ghost towns in China, although this is one of several “new” ones. My wife spent part of her childhood in a town in Anhui province and went back recently. It’s about 90% empty and the only residents are old people – everyone else has moved to Shanghai or Hefei.
Also, is the digital drug scare the war on drugs jumping the shark?
So binaural sound is being marketed as a digital drug? What a bunch of nonsense! It’s a well-known perceptual phenomenon and potentially even has a calming emotional effect at certain frequencies. But the current news/scare is as misinformed as the old rumor that reversed audio contains satanic messages. Warning! – extremely funky music may make you want to dance too!
The Tarkovsky is lost in a copyright dispute so you bought wisely after all..
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