Assorted links

1. Does Kindle help you concentrate?

2. Do the English age mentally [what's the right term here?] more rapidly?  Compared to Americans, one study found a decade's worth of difference.

3. Temperature trends.  And one look at consequences.

4. Review of Virtuality (full of spoilers, but better than never knowing at all).

5. Can pigeons appreciate good art?


I believe the technical term is stupidificate

That review is certainly strident in its desire for TV executives to commission minority interest programming that happens to coincide with, um, the author's own minority interest.

Can we get a chart of the Mannian hockey stick back through 1000 A.D. with the error bars that are as wide as the recent increase in temperatures?

So a graph from 1880 till now is the appropriate perspective? Really? Really?

Krugman, as always, makes his point with partial data. He posts a chart of temperature that starts at the end of the little ice age. This is how Krugman operates. He uses half truths and distortions. He must of read "How to Lie With Statistics" and assumed it was an instructional essay.

On the cognitive decline of the English and
Americans in age. I lived in England for twenty
years and have lived in the United States even longer.
It has been said that the English
have a melancholy cast of mind, which perhaps
slides over into depression when someone retires
early. An English town of any size can have pubs
practically crowding in on one another, and a
significant proportion of people grow up accepting
that a drink or two is part of the natural order
of the day. And in some cases one and two can be
left well behind. As for hypertension I remember
a doctor in England responding to my request for
a blood pressure check with the comment that
it should be taken only every five years: not that
all doctors there felt that. In America blood presssure
pressure machines in public places have become
almost ubiquitous. 2002 was my most recent year in
England, when I saw none. The English have a
different, stricter view of testing in the absence
of specific symptoms.

The fitted line is nice, but really superfluous. Just eyeball the peaks or valleys of the cycles, and the upward trend is obvious.

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