Assorted links

by on February 16, 2013 at 11:04 am in Uncategorized | Permalink

1. Reddit thread on queuing.

2. Addition by subtraction?, or more on the Patrick Ewing theory.

3. How Australia handles youth, disabilities, and minimum wages.  (Their “assessed capacity” metric seems screwy to me; who gets to decide and on what basis?)

4. Robert Cottrell on how to read the internet.

5. How are the details on the preschool plan developing?

6. The culture that is North Korea (music video, not Gangnam style, recommended nonetheless).

1 Alex' February 16, 2013 at 11:45 am

1.) It’s interesting that Russia still has a culture that respects queues 20 years after communism, but China, n my experience, very much doesn’t.

2.) Fun to speculate about after the fact, but also needs to look at teams that lost their star player, had everyone write them off and then go on to absolutely suck, like everyone expected.

2 el February 17, 2013 at 2:56 am

As far as I know, China has only ever respected queues when forced to by the Manchurians. It has otherwise never been a part of the culture.

3 Alex' February 17, 2013 at 11:42 am

That was pretty good

4 Aaron February 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Achilles is perhaps the most famous Ewing Theory candidate.

5 MC February 16, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Fantastic. I literally burst out laughing at that.

6 gcruse February 16, 2013 at 1:36 pm

The Korean performance is like a human uncanny valley.

7 Ray Lopez February 16, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Those aren’t little kids playing oversized guitars; those are malnourished adults (just kidding).

8 Barak February 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

The fact is that once you remove the need for justice, aka, FIFO. You can reduce the mean waiting time.
A better example (than the one in reddit) for an Israeli queue, is upon arriving to the queue, one looks for someone he/she knows and tries to tag along, although unfair it reduces the service time. Imagine seeing a friend in the queue in a movie ask him to buy the tickets for you as well. Much more efficient, much less pleasant, i.e., Israel.

9 Enrique February 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm

But Justice is central to queuing experience — since there is no way of verifying any reduction in mean waiting time, people care more about equal waiting times for all persons in the line, which is more verifiable

10 Barak February 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm

At least at the HMOs, they started giving non consecutive numbers and only the first two are displayed, this allows them to re prioritize the queue whenever they want (apart from the first two).

11 Carola Binder February 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm

(4) Interesting excerpt from “How to read the internet”:

“As a gross generalisation, academics make excellent bloggers, within and beyond their specialist fields. So, too, do aid workers, lawyers, musicians, doctors, economists, poets, financiers, engineers, publishers and computer scientists. They blog for pleasure; they blog for visibility within their field; they blog to raise their value and build their markets as authors and public speakers; they blog because their peers do.
Businessmen and politicians make the worst bloggers because they do not like to tell what they know, and telling what you know is the essence of blogging well.”

12 TuringTest February 16, 2013 at 3:05 pm

If only I could get the FT’s bs registration requirement to read the essay

13 Ryan Miller February 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm

On #3, it’s worth noting that sheltered workshops are exempt from minimum wage in the U.S. as well. As for assessed capacity, that’s exactly what the VA does for military disability benefits.

14 Brian Donohue February 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm

#1 was hilarious. I get really annoyed at unjust and arbitrary queuing systems. Airports seem especially adept at taking a single line, breaking it up into several lines, then having them converge back down. It’s like a stupid fucking lottery game. More FIFO please.

#4 was very good too. I find I read many fewer books than a few years ago on accounta the Internet. Luckily, I’ve already read all the good ones.

15 Joel Johnson February 16, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Tyler- I am always trying to organize my life better and someday I hope to reach 1/100 of your output. I’m very curious- did you read that whole Bill Simmons column? Do you often read entire Bill Simmons columns?

16 Ronald Brak February 16, 2013 at 9:08 pm

3. That would mean your goal is an assessed capacity of 1% of a Tyler.

17 Willitts February 17, 2013 at 12:51 am

2. It’s a team sport. Of course there are public goods, externalities, complementarities, and free riding to consider. This was the whole concept of Moneyball.

Of course when you have an entire team of superstars who play together for years, and it will likely rise to the top. But a good team can be built with less than premium ingredients.

18 Sam February 18, 2013 at 1:35 am

The preschool idea looks like a huge disaster. The kind of “academic” preschool that it seems to prescribe is completely inappropriate for preschool-age children. Most US preschools are more or less death-by-coloring-sheet, and are basically pointless (little Johnny being able to chant the alphabet in Spanish at age 3 isn’t actually useful, but lots of parents think it is.)

There is evidence that early childhood education has benefits for children from the poorest families, but no evidence that it makes the slightest bit of difference for anyone else. It makes no sense to to what Obama is proposing. Full-day kindergarten is also pretty-much valueless (you can’t tell the difference between full-day and half-day K kids by the end of first grade). It’s useful as free childcare, so parents like it, but it has no educational value.

The US education system has serious problems, and we need to do better – but the way to do better is not to do more of what we’re currently doing!

19 anonymous February 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

I like the Brazilian solution better

20 anonymous February 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

for queues, that is

21 Floccina February 18, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Rondo is a huge liability in a setup half court offence. The guy who guards Rondo can roam and double team pretty freely because he is a poor shooter. He gets great stats but he hurts the team.

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