by Tyler Cowen
on April 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm
1. Space-saving sink and toilet combined design.
2. “Dr. Hirotaka Osawa from Tsukuba University, in Japan, has developed a new wearable device to help us with something called “emotional labor.”” The full link is here. Recommended.
3. What is the worst kind of mistake a small German furniture store might possibly make? Note that so far fewer than ten percent of the sold cups have been returned.
4. Indian economic recovery may not be so assured after all.
5. Romantic consensus decreases as individuals get to know each other better.
6. Land, secular stagnation models, negative rates of return, and a new proposed rustication.
7. Prefiero un otro nombre del pueblo, si?
1. Quite green . If care is taken not to clog the sink , the used water from the sink could also be used to flush the toilet?
It is. There is a valve which lets you choose whether the sink drains to the toilet tank or bypasses it.
Looks problematic to clean underneath though.
I remember seeing a sink-toilet combo to get double use out of gray water back in the 1970s. I believe I saw it in Popular Science. I don’t know if the idea was even new at that time.
I like the water saving idea but can’t they separate them physically? It’d be mighty odd staring into a toilet bowl while using the sink. And any dropping your toothbrush etc. plonk it goes into your toilet bowl.
#1) yeah this tech has been around for a while: https://www.google.com/search?q=prison+toliet
5. Could someone translate the abstract? Does “relational perspectives” just mean traits in one person whose value that depend on the other person, like a certain sense of humor? What are “targets”? (People? Traits?) What is “relationship variance”, or “relationship quality projections”?
More importantly, was all this based off of reports written by the subjects (“Participants described their personal conceptions of mate value” i.e. “I like Jill because of how we just click together; looks aren’t that important to me.”)? Or did they actually try to predict relationships that would form by measuring traits with non-subjective metrics? The descriptions of study 2 and 3 are opaque.
# 7 While they are at it, they might change Matamoros and “Depeñamoros”, too, although a word like depeñar, to throw [someone something ] off a cliff should not be lost. Also it is not necessary to write “un otro;” “otro” is enough.
And the Matamoros in Texas, too.
3. Teacups, beer – this web site has your Hitler products well covered – http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2011/07/markets-in-everything-hitler-themed-beer-edition.html
One of the eerie things about Spain is all the places named for absent Jews.
Why are there so many Matamoroses in Mexico?
The Saracens cast a long shadow.
#6. I think I understand Rowe’s complaint in a technical sense: if secular stagnation == 0 real interest (does it?) then it should also mean the real rate of profit (rent) from land is also zero or else arbitrage!
But where do we go from here? I don’t think Rowe beleives that the smart thing for modern youngsters to do is to rusticate themselves, dropping those mechatronics degrees in order to rake it in as a farmers. And if that *is* the smart thing to do, doesn’t that mean that civilisation has stagnated, or even regressed?
Twenty years ago, my parents lived in Japan for a year they had a sink-toilet like that.
I mean WHEN my parents lived… (When are they going to add editing to these comments, for people who hit “return” too quickly?)
Just file the lack of an Edit Feature under the Great Stagnation folder.
Edit is incompatible with anonymity.
I hope never. I like the comments as they are.
That’s because you have better grammar than me. Or a better internal proofreader. In hindsight, my grammar is razor sharp.
I’ve been telling my friends about the economy of a “shoilet” ever since I visited Korea a couple years ago.
I’ve seen sink-toilets (“Stinklets”) in Asia for a while–but these use the gray water” from the sink drain to add to the toilet tank. That makes a lot of sense…..
Innovative bathroom solutions are prone to cause anxiety and embarassing situations.
Using sink water for flushing would normally cause problems with bacterial growth with any normal setup. That’s probably the reason why that obvious water saving technique isn’t used.
“Using sink water for flushing would normally cause problems with bacterial growth with any normal setup.”
That was my first thought, also. Some kind of tablet with a slow releasing chemical to kill bacteria would probably overcome that problem, but that might be less green. The economic fact is that water (at least in the US) tends to be very cheap.
1) A lot of US building codes ban the toilet-sink combo although sometimes not explicitly.
How so? Via what clause?
I remember US codes were conflicting with waterless chemical toilets too.
#1. There’s an obvious way to make it even more compact
My cat figured that one out on his own.
I think your cat is optimizing beyond what @TR had in mind. 🙂
@#5 – “Romantic consensus” – I found this abstract hard to decipher. I think it is saying as couples know each other for decades, what they find romantic is idiosyncratic things that the other person may not be aware of, as opposed to the beginning of a relationship when say a certain muscle group is what is mutually agreed to be “hot”. But I’m not sure. And it’s probably one of those B.S. type social studies that finds statistical significance if a trait is expressed slightly more than it would by chance, say 1 in 20 vs 1 in 33.
you should translate some of these links with unnecessarily technical language to plain english.
Target variance? LOL. obfuscatory jargon ∝ merit⁻¹
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