by Tyler Cowen
on October 25, 2013 at 12:09 pm
in Uncategorized |
1. Markets in everything, although in this case I am not sure exactly what that is.
2. Kim Jong receives an honorary economics doctorate.
3. The Economist on the economics of interstellar flight.
4. More on the science of ice cubes.
5. New RCT results on cash transfers.
#1: “WOWism”? “Happiness psychologists”? I can hardly imagine a worse place to work.
Imagine if every single employee in your company was a clone of that fat white “just a moooooment” chick from Office Space. That’s this company.
Welcome to neurodiversity. I hear a bunch of people on one side of the autism spectrum commenting on an environment designed to attract extroverts. Luckily, markets work.
I for one am glad that the market has found a place for all the grotesquely obese dead-inside white women of Portland, and that place is mostly hidden from public view.
What are you trying to accomplish when you write a comment like this? Are you trying to show us how good you are at insulting people that you’ve never met? Make us think that you’re such a big rebel? Make yourself feel superior by publically putting down another group? Reduce US soft power by reminding foreign readers that America is still full of churlish fools who are quite happy to attack any business that chooses to employ women, blacks, or gays, or the disabled? Do you find that being part of an online ingroup that attacks the outgroup of normal woman doing their jobs provides fills important social needs for you? Or are you just waiting for someone to write a comment like this so you will know that someone is finally paying attention to you?
mike is as much a part of ‘neurodiversity’ here as I am. I don’t agree with him or his feckless lol-Roissy below but they have a right to their opinion … and I (and you Ronald) have every right to ignore it or counter it. I rest assured that they do not command an overwhelming portion of today’s labor (or dating) market so these attitudes have limited impact. I am not defending him, but silence would be no better as it does not address or try to understand the underlying issues.
Can you elaborate? What’s your point?
Pointing out that a comment is idiotic does not throttle the author’s freedoms.
Ronald asked: “What are you trying to accomplish when you write a comment like this?” and I thought the gist of the rest was that mike should keep his crap comments to himself … and my point was maybe he shouldn’t. I saw a lot of “you” and pointing out mike was an idiot not his comment was idiotic. It’s tricky, my initial mental reaction to lol’s comment was snippier than Ronald’s to mike … just something I worry about in diversity of thought. No real point.
‘Tyler Cowen, of George Mason University, in Virginia, makes another point. Relativity means that on a starship travelling near the speed of light, a handful of years might pass for the crew while hundreds passed on a planet it was travelling from or to. That makes calculating interest rates hard, since savers could pay starship captains to carry them forward in time, to reap the benefits of centuries of accumulated interest.’
I guess someone needs to add Haldeman’s 1974 Forever War (Hugo and Nebula winner) to their reading list. That sort of thinking over long periods of time due to instellar travel is not a minor part of the story – including using thousands of years of back pay to buy a starship.
Given enough time and compound interest, would we all be “rich”? Or would there be unintended side-effects – like everybody wants to travel forward in time so nobody lives in the present? Or perhaps acceptable rate of return becomes so low (measured over millenia) that people living in the present have virtually no incentive to invest?
XKCD covered the related issue of inventiveness; one suspects more mundane sorts of investment would suffer the same fate. I rather hope that both starships and cryogenics turn out to be either expensive enough or dangerous enough to dissuade such “investments” on a broad scale.
Kim Jong Un is perhaps the poster child of the honorary degree. Most of them are essentially a public speaking fee, and I think they just end up insulting the individuals that are receiving the real degrees and hearing the speech.
Next is the Nobel Peace Prize! or has it been sullied enough already?
He knows central planning: GDP no rise . . . I kill you!
#3 Millennium Falcon above Arrakis? Sickening.
It’s not as bad as claiming you made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs
#1: i see fatties. lots of them. markets in eating everything, amirite?
If receptionists are usually hired partly for looks, it makes sense that a virtual receptionist would specialize in receptionists who wouldn’t get those jobs.
Kim’s honorary degree is for his work on shortages: how to create them and how to maximize them.
Krugman’s paper is at available as https://www.princeton.edu/~pkrugman/interstellar.pdf
It’s a fun read.
Unfortunately, the interest rate finding relies on the assumption the ratio of prices is constant. Why would they be?
If you are going to write down Korean or Chinese name for the future, you should try to write one’s full name as it is commonly called than to just write First and Last name, which is common in America.
So, it should be written as Kim Jong Un(or Eun), not Kim Jong.
Not that you would not know of, just a harmless pointer =]
@#4 – ice, ice baby: a cold hard fact is that Pykrete, a mixture of ice and sawdust, is actually almost as hard as concrete, floats, and would make an excellent “seaborne battle station” if refrigeration equipment is used onboard (akin to a “floating island”, not a “ship made out of ice” like in the Mythbusters episode on the same), see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pykrete Pykrete for such a floating platform was proposed by a certain Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (Prince Charles’ uncle) during WWII, but conventional means won out (Google “Mulberry harbours”, anchored, not mobile, platforms). For you haters–you cannot deny you lern alot reading my comments, but you just don’t want to admit it, lol. You’re free to go now.
If Krugman is deserving of a doctorate in economics than Kim Jong sure as heck is too.
Who is “kim jong.” That’s like calling you “Ler Cowen”
Paragraph writing is also a fun, if you be acquainted with then you can write or else it is complicated
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