Assorted links

by on April 6, 2011 at 11:11 am in Uncategorized | Permalink

1. Good profile of Eric Schadt, “he wants to be a “master of information” instead of simply a scientist.”

2. Diane Coyle reviews the new book by Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel.

3. There is no Great Stagnation (the haircut clinches it).  Or try this video.

4. Paul Krugman on the Ryan numbers, and on the real estate assumptions.  And revision on Ryan and the ACA Medicare cuts.

5. Optimal taxi strategies.

Andrew April 6, 2011 at 11:26 am

“He’s keeping all the Medicare cuts that the GOP ran against in 2010.”

But weren’t Republicans hypocritical because one guy allegedly stood up at a, jeez, I can’t even remember what we called those ill-advised meetings back then, oh yeah, Townhalls, and said “keep your government hands off my medicare! (or was it Social Security?).” Now Republicans are hypocritical because Ryan proposes not being hypocritical?

I can’t keep up with this stuff anymore. Here I stand for zero-based bickering.

David Pinto April 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Two baseball players underwent emergency appendectomies this week, and are only expected to miss a few days of play. In the world of sports, there seems to be no stagnation in surgical procedures. Hip injuries used to end careers, now players like Alex Rodriguez and Chase Utley come back from them with little loss in ability.

Orange14 April 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm

They can afford high priced health insurance that pays for everything.

E. Barandiaran April 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Tyler, regarding the underlying issue to # 3, I have a mission for you. Hope you accept to give an estimate of how much income tax rates must be increased in average to reach the turning point of the Laffer curve on the bases of Federal gov’t revenue for the period 2001-2010 (make explicit all assumptions you need to estimate the rates). As a justification for my request, you may read this Greg Mankiw’s post
http://gregmankiw.blogspot.com/2011/04/things-i-did-not-say.html
Reading GM’s post I got the idea that good estimates of that increase in income tax rates will be an important contribution to the ongoing discussion about how to solve the fiscal crisis. Moreover, it’s quite clear that politicians and their economic advisers that support increases in taxes to solve the crisis will never say so in public and will never provide such estimates –yes, they are cowards and now thanks to Ryan’s proposal they will circulate the sort of diatribes that the NYT editorial board like so much (the first salvo is today’s editorial).

If you accept the mission, you can find some relevant material in the web. But please don’t waste time asking your regular sources of (dis)information and partisan analysis.

agnostic April 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm

The haircut strengthens your thesis. Look at how stagnating the median person’s attractiveness — i.e. signal of health — has been over the past several decades, compared to huge gains before then. Just like with height and IQ, probably reflecting less infectious disease and more animal stuff in the diet.

In the case of hair, things have actually slid backwards over the past 15-20 years. Guys are de facto bald these days — truly balding or clipping their hair super short, so that even Cary Grant’s hair looks hippie-ish in comparison. Girls have shorter and flatter hair than before.

Luxuriant hair has become deflated hair.

Brian April 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I haven’t read the Krugman article yet, but let me summarize what i expect it is going to say….

Paul Ryan is the devil, as are all the Republicans. The data Paul Ryan uses is wrong. There is not one shred of evidence to support one item that he proposes. All republicans are hypocrites.

can anyone tell me if i should bother to click the link and read the article.? thanks.

jbc April 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm

“I haven’t read the Krugman article yet,…”
what’s the saying about parachutes and minds…..

Mateo April 6, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Brian, you forgot about asserting that Paul Ryan makes ridiculous claims that Paul Ryan doesn’t actually make.

Rich Berger April 7, 2011 at 10:20 am

Last line from Krugman’s article-

“This isn’t a serious proposal; it’s a strange combination of cruelty and insanely wishful thinking.”

Brian – how did you know? Are you psychic or something? It’s uncanny.

Dave April 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I don’t get the Japanese video. Explanation, please.

David April 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm

The device is picking up blobs of gel (looks like a combination of a sauce like thinned peanut butter and something similar to ketchup or barbecue sauce) and then putting them back down cleanly. My guess is that the “tongue” of the device has a thin film loop on it that reels “in” to pick up and “out” to deposit.

Very impressive, but the reason this thing exists is not apparent. It looks like it might be useful in food processing – transferring cookie or candy “dough” from a prep surface to a baking surface, for example.

David April 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Looks like that is right. Google translate gives this for two paragraphs of the description:

Revolutionary “machine Sukuiage transferring” development!
Original shape even without a breeze moves mayonnaise and ketchup

Originally developed by the needs and want to automate the manual processes that had been arranged in the line transferring the dough.

curmudgeonly troll April 7, 2011 at 9:27 am

markets in everything – blurring the line between capitalism and prostitution – US Patent Pending Online Dating System – Application No. 61407831

http://gawker.com/#!5789538/new-dating-site-is-indistinguishable-from-prostitution

TGGP April 8, 2011 at 1:47 am

The Esquire profile almost made me dislike Schadt by association. Tom Junod needs to learn to take it easy.

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