Assorted links

by on January 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm in Uncategorized | Permalink

1. The culture that is Sweden (a screaming video).

2. Iranian markets in everything, Ayatollah air freshener edition.

3. The Japanese Kobe beef pizza for $66, by Domino’s by the way.

4. Kevin Drum responds to Jim Manzi on lead and crime.

5. Trudie’s advice to would-be economists (old MR post).

6. Is this for real?  Does WalMart really carry this?

Bob Knaus January 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm

#6 – Wal-Mart does not sell this. Wayfair.com, an Internet retailer of off-price home stuff, sells it through walmart.com. http://www.wayfair.com/about/history.php

Mike January 13, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Correct. And Wayfair itself is simply drop shipping this from another vendor.

Not_PC January 13, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I wouldn’t buy it unless I could get it wholesale.

Sigivald January 14, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I… must admit I found that funny.

I must be a terrible person at some level.

jc January 13, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Aaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

Andrew' January 13, 2013 at 5:39 pm

5. Trudie did not answer the question as quite correctly posed: “What hard things must he love to know it’s the correct profession.” I was again thinking about how horrible our system is for this kind of question.

Claudia January 13, 2013 at 6:07 pm

There is no right answer to the question. Not in economics or any other profession. This was an entertaining but incomplete, flawed and dippy answer to the question … but to be fair it’s an incomplete, flawed and dippy question. It depends on the person, as much as the profession, and there is some element of luck too. Our system would be horrible, in my opinion, if it stamped our optimal profession on our forehead at age 10. But I definitely fall in the silly goose category of reader so my opinion should be ignored.

Curt F. January 13, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Claudia, you are one of the best MR commenters.

Claudia January 13, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Aw, thanks. I was trying to make a joke off part of the Trudie post (not sound grumpy)…it cracks me up when the “silly goose” is brought up here.

Andrew' January 14, 2013 at 7:46 am

I’m not criticizing the answer, it just answers a different question. I think the last part of the question may be THE question, and I do think there is a right answer to it, or many right answers, starting with perhaps the 3 sub-answers Trudie provides. “What is the (typical) bottleneck to being a mainstream, teaching, niche economist?” Our current education system is shit for determining what you actually should do with your life, which is amazing considering how many years they have a captive audience. I was also thinking about how you know our government is for shit…walnut trees. Where are the walnut trees?

Andrew' January 14, 2013 at 7:49 am

And to clarify, by ‘bottleneck’ I mean YOUR bottleneck, not the for shit system’s bottleneck (“good at math so we can present you with some math and then claim credit for you being good at math, or the foreigners that take your slots” how is it that TC still doesn’t believe the signaling and screening critiques of education? Contrarian to the contrarians?)

Highgamma January 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm

#6: Of course, an item like this is sold. Have you ever been in a Jewish neighborhood during Purim? I’ve seen many costumes like this when I lived near Boro Park.

NAME REDACTED January 13, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Tyler is a bit parochial when it comes to subcultures.

John January 13, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Amazon sells the costumes, too. At least there isn’t a “sexy” Jewish Mother costume.

Vernunft January 13, 2013 at 9:27 pm

It would beggar belief.

David Jinkins January 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

I miss Trudie. He never posts anymore. Maybe Tyler could persuade him to guest post in the near future.

Andrew' January 14, 2013 at 8:23 am

Did he/she run off with Tyrone to some hole in the wall Thai joint?

Lee January 14, 2013 at 1:00 am

Hey Tyler,

Life update from the guy you advised in the 2006 Dear Trudie post: I still enjoy the blog, and I made the correct decision to pass on econ grad school and law school. I started a career and have been doing fine. Currently in NYC working in federal statistics–the pay is OK, but I have a boyfriend and plenty of time to read.

Lee

Ray Lopez January 14, 2013 at 6:34 am

See the last line–Hollywood loves TC! From Macroeconomics- Gwartney et al – 10th ed. – “If you find yourself doing well in this course and discover that economics interests you, you may want to think about majoring in it. Graduating with a major in economics provides a variety of career choices. Many students go on to graduate school in economics, business, public administration, or law. Graduate M.B.A. and law programs find economics majors particularly attractive because of their strong analytical skills—economics majors score the highest on the LSAT among common majors taking the exam. A graduate degree (a master’s or doctorate) in economics is typically required to pursue a career as a professional economist. About one-half of all professional economists are employed by colleges and universities as teachers and researchers. Professional economists also work for the government or private businesses. Most major corporations have a staff of economists to advise them. Governments employ economists to analyze the impact of policy alternatives. The federal government’s Council of Economic Advisers provides the president with analyses of how the activities of the government influence the economy. Students who major in economics but who do not pursue graduate school still have many job opportunities. Because economics is a way of thinking, knowledge of it is a valuable decision-making tool that can be used in almost any job. Undergraduate majors in economics typically work in business, government service, banking, or insurance. Opportunities for people with undergraduate economics degrees to teach the subject at the high school level are also increasing. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mick Jagger, and Ronald Reagan are among the long list of famous undergraduate economics majors! “

James January 14, 2013 at 7:13 am

Haha, had a good guess at what the Swedish screaming was about (although was surprised it was in Stockholm). I studied in Uppsala and there was a tradition at 10pm every night for students to scream out the windows of their dorms – it was called the ‘Flogsta Scream’ (Flogsta being the particular student accommodation area where it apparently started). There is limited information on the Flogsta Wikpedia page, hard to tell where it actually started.

albert magnus January 14, 2013 at 7:56 am

I thought Drum’s defense of his lead-crime relation is pretty terrible. The rise and drop in crime is likely a convolution of a dozen different things, but the lead-crime connection is the only one that gives progressives, especially environmentalists, something to do.

Daniel Dostal January 16, 2013 at 3:38 pm

It’s also the only data that has science behind it. Too bad it doesn’t feel good to you.

Nancy Lebovitz January 14, 2013 at 9:38 am

http://bloggingheads.tv/videos/13927

What it’s like to be Jewish in China– people say, “Jews control all the banks. That is so COOL!”, and they mean it in an entirely friendly way.

casey January 14, 2013 at 11:17 am

that was my biggest takeaway from 2 weeks in china (makes me an expert….right)
Chinese respect power.
If you are taken advantage of and a victim, blame the victim. (Including themselves individually and collectively as a nation)

j r January 14, 2013 at 9:40 am

I don’t understand #3 at all, other than from a marketing perspective. I thought the point of Kobe beef was that because of how it is raised and what it is fed, you can sear off a piece and enjoy it blue rare.

If you’re just going to put beef on a pizza, you can take a cheap, fatty cut like chuck and braise it on a flavorful stock for a long time. I’m guessing that most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a well-made chuck pizza and a kobe pizza.

dan1111 January 15, 2013 at 5:41 am

Have you seen what people are willing to pay for, say, a purse that is functionally no different from a $20 purse?

Robert January 15, 2013 at 9:30 pm

How do you eat a pizza with chopsticks?

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