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#2 - I read the column the other day and found it quite interesting. It still leaves me with one big question: if Austrian economics is so good why hasn't it been adopted in Austria (or for that matter any other Eurozone country)? I'm not trying to be flip but as a non-economist would like to understand this.

In Capitalist USA, Austrians adopt us.

LOL +1

#3 How do they manage to get the perfect timing?

in most cases, you just let the shutter open for a few seconds. other cases are pure luck =)

Yep. In a few of the photos, you'll see that many of the details, such as street activities, are blurred, which is a good indication that the photographer left the shutter open for a half-second or more. And they probably did this over and over and over again, getting tons of crappy half-second exposures, before finally capturing the lightning. Of course it helps when the lightning is occurring every few seconds, as it often does in a major lightning storm. You get a lot of chances that way.

Sigh. And here I was imagining away some shutter trigger sensor keyed to the electric field spike or initial burst of bright light......

I like your way better.

Glad the author of the piece on the crazy "awkwardly shy" largely irrelevant economist named Hayek conveniently left out his nobel prize. oh well.

Glad I'm not the only one who noticed this. 2 page article on an economist... don't mention he has a Nobel Prize. They reserve the Nobel Prize bragging for Krugman.

Maybe they didn't mention it because there is no Nobel prize in economics.

Always trust the NY Times for the most ignorant & unreliable 'information' on F.A. Hayek.

And note well, Hayek's books have been blackballedfrom the NY Times Review of Books for over 60 years ...

NYRB? What did we expect? It leans even further to the left than the newspaper itself does. It is a shame though because Hayek has important ideas that don't fit into the usual narratives. However, most references to his work that one comes across in places like the Times -- though not this current piece -- mentions his essay on not being a conservative.

Literally 5 seconds to Google this. It's a review of "Constitution of Liberty" by Francis Fukuyama.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/08/books/review/f-a-hayek-big-government-skeptic.html?pagewanted=all

The NY Times reviewed The Constitution of Liberty in 1960 -- gave it to a socialist, who gave it a negative review.

The NY Times hasn't reviewed another book by Hayek since 1960. That's over 50 years. (I screwed up the math. Sue me.)

So now the NY Times have "reviewed" The Constitution of Liberty twice (actually, Fukuyama's ISN'T a review, its a negative & rather superficial & error ridden commentary) -- and they've given it to two Hayek hostile authors, who both provided negative commentary on the book, from a Hayek-hostile perspective.

Thanks "Original D" for reminding me of Fukuyama's forgettable piece on Hayek.

Well, according to the NYT article, only about ten people have even heard of the guy, so they're actually giving him too much attention by their own standards!

Baron Haussman made Paris look like Paris.

I doubt very many of the American cities listed have had one person influence them as much as Haussman influenced Paris (I could be wrong, I don't know a great deal about the architectural history of Boston and San Fran). Those neoclassic Haussman facades are literally everywhere in the older districts, like clones lining the sidewalks.

But if you go to La Defense and other modern districts that have done away with Haussman's facades and streets, I'm sure the computer algorithm would get quite confused and imagine that it's in Frankfurt or even New York, perhaps).

If libertarianish Republican politicians were smarter, they'd always claim to be influenced not by Hayek, but by 'Hayek & Jane Jacobs' -- always as a pair. It'd be more fun to watch the NY Times spin that.

Elinor Ostrom would be a bit of a timelier one.

My most important influences growing up were my parents, Ayn Rand and F.A. Hayek.

#1 - More of this kinda stuff, please. Every now and then, Tyler, you deliver something very heart oriented. Those are usually my favorite posts/links.

Thx

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