Assorted links

by on May 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm in Uncategorized | Permalink

1. How to get out of Sichuanese prison early.

2. Serendipity, the web, and why people move to cities.

3. Critique of the Conley-Dupor paper.

4. Today is the anniversary of Boswell’s Life of Johnsnon.

5. (Partial) survey of how the internet is changing education.

anon May 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm

ad 1.) maybe in analogy the united states could release their prisoners early in return for participating in capitalist cultural activities. many interesting possibilities…

David Sucher May 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Ethan Zuckerman’s talk on “Serendipity, the web, and why people move to cities” is brilliant and should be read carefully, especially for those concerned about the future of Tyson’s Corner.

Barkley Rosser May 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Gosh, I thought the way to get out of a Sichuanese prison early was to promise to start another Sichuanese restaurant in a Northern Virginia shopping center!

Veridical Driver May 17, 2011 at 12:17 am

One man’s Northern Virginia shopping center is another man’s prison.

Andy May 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Noah Smith gets worked up over large standard errors in the Conley-Dupor paper. Fine. What is confusing is that he ignores how those standard errors also admit a VERY LARGE negative impact of the stimulus package. No reason to focus exclusively on how the estimates admit a positive impact. Any economist who says that a negative point estimate with large standard errors means that we’ve learned “nothing”, doesn’t really understand what’s what.

I do agree with his rephrasing of their abstract – failing to find a statistically significant effect is actually quite important, even if it’s just an issue of precision. It should make you skeptical of any claims to the contrary.

FWIW, Smith’s other critique was so bad (accusing Conley-Dupor of not including an intercept) that he actually deleted the comment. I’m glad that he recognized it, but I would prefer thinkers leave evidence of their poor thinking, as an aid in the never-ending quest to optimally allocate my scarce attention.

Slocum May 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm

So I assume the juxtaposition of 2 & 4 was not accidental (“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”)?

I agree that #2 is excellent. The big question, in my mind, is to what extent the benefits of electronic communities will substitute for those of real cities ones and what effect this will have on the kinds of places people choose to live. In the U.S. it seems to be the case that populations of both rural areas and traditional core cities are shrinking or stagnating and that the growth is in the far suburbs, exurbs, and non-traditionally organized cities in the south and west.

Alex Weiner May 16, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Minor point: Chongqing is not in Sichuan. In fact, it has provincial level administrative status.

dirk May 16, 2011 at 10:44 pm

How about a retaliatory bombing on France? They are raping our women. Bomb the Louvre.

dirk May 16, 2011 at 11:10 pm

The French have worse morals than Italians. Why the fuck do we let them in our country? So they can rape the women?

dirk May 16, 2011 at 11:53 pm

A quote from Tyler’s latest tweet: “Dirk is the toughest cover in the playoffs”

Not sure what that means, but pretty sure it’s true.

dirk May 17, 2011 at 2:38 am

The big lie of our culture will be this: that rape and non rape are binary. It is no coincidence that the “great seducer” and the “alleged attempted rapist” one. Alpha males are borderline rapists, period. There is no coincidence here.

Women dig aggressive males.

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