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Has "micro" officially obtained annoying buzzword status?

What really annoys me is the word "microchip". It implies the existence of chips that are not micro, otherwise you wouldn't need to make a distinction. Until somebody invents giant macrochips, the word "chip" should always be used in place of "microchip".

2. If she's going to complain about the name of a play, how about Julius Caesar? The titular character is barely in the play and he dies at the start of Scene III.

Dude, spoilers!

Its not that bad. Act III, Scene 1 of a 5 Act play.

Beckett may be worse ? "Waiting for Godot " , forgetting that Godot never comes ( in the entire play) to those who wait.

#3 is misleading. Their model starts with the assumption that the older fish have memory with the properties described.

Guess we think alike, but you get the prize based on priority!

3. From the abstract, it is not clear that this model of the fish population is based on actual knowledge of the behavior of fish (i.e., fish "micro-foundations"). They appear to have an idea of how fish behave and are now going to see if it predicts the behavior of fish populations.

Sounds like contemporary macroeconomics.

2. Is Tyler a carnival barker trying to drum up traffic for 538?

contemplation: To what degree are the disappointents of "Gig Work" simply revealing the Real Marginal Value for the people involved? That is, if selling all available working hours at any Gig Work you can do yields $400 a week, why do you think you marginal product to most any employer is more than $400 a week net total cost?

There may be well be efficiencies that would improve these numbers (see Theory of The Firm), but at a gross level, it's hard to imagine that somebody who can't hold $20K per year payroll work can really expect drastically more than $20K per year doing legal Gig Work, barring striking it big in music or the like. The reverse will also be approximately true.

Social constructions that change the share of revenue division between capital and labor may change this some, but they don't really change the reality that a lot of people just aren't worth very much in the labor market. That is a very real issue, but I doubt it has much to do with Gig Work versus payroll work.

It's worth noting that there are businesses that have traditionally often been Gig Work and which pay pretty well, if sometimes erratically - consulting engineers of various sorts, contract programmers and IT consultants, etc. But most of those people could hold well compensated payroll jobs as well.

second contemplation: To what degree do web paced services lower transaction and reputation costs enough to make small Gig Work operations competitive with efficiently sized firms?

#4 has a lot of similar themes to the "The Tyranny of Experts"

Hey, look: it's like the x-ray version of Modern Principles -- writing from Alexandria, VA

#2 is the best argument I've ever read against 538 and it's entire underlying principle that everything is best understood by counting things.

God yes,

My Dad who just died at 90+ taught dramatic writing, he told me this fact about Romeo and Juliet when I was in High School, he said that this is why the play works. Lover's prattle is tedious, they are teenagers, the romantic obstacles are all external and in any love story that is not yours, it is the obstacles that are of interest. If you ever read a mass market Mills & Boon type romance novel you will see that they hero and heroine are apart for more of the book than they are together, and if you get rid of the non verbal heaving bosoms and sex scenes this is even more the case.

You know you could probably statistically model this, but you would have to know something about the subject. Imagine someone with no prior knowledge of baseball and no understanding of the rules deciding to do statistical analysis without having prexisting categories. I am sure Silver would not hire that person.

#1 cry me a river. No one forced her to do those jobs. If the pay is beneath you, acquire skills that command a higher pay like engineering. The freelancer economy is part of a growing trend where people are being paid for the value they truly create, instead of the inflated wages of the pre-2008 economy. This helps restore the equilibrium between labor and capital, which until recently was too skewed in favor of labor.

I think the point is that all that TED talk of a new sharing economy of micro-entrepreneurs talk is complete bullshit.

Fiver.com lets you hire anyone in the world for gigs. So even if you do have a skill that ummm finds valuable - like graphic design- you have to charge one dollar less than the guy in Peru or girl in Poland. But hey - what right does an American have to earn more than someone in China?

She does acknowledge that there are a few who do really well at on these gig sites. She also declined to acquire basic tools of trade (such as a bicycle) that could have increased her income substantially.

I suspect that in this micro-entrepreneur line of work, just like regular entrepreneurs, one needs to find a niche in the market, or find a series of shortcuts that enable you to be more efficient than the competition. As a newbie, she had neither.

Re. #2: The comments (except maybe mine and one about a forthcoming book) may be more interesting than the post about Shakespearian conversations.

Actually I appreciated Lois Leveen's popping up in the comments to announce her upcoming novel. Her previous book was a historical novel, _The Secrets of Mary Bowser_, which was based on a stunning historic subject (a freed slave woman who returned to Richmond VA during the Civil War to pose as a slave in order to spy on the Confederate government's leaders -- even the guy in _12 Years a Slave_ was trying to escape slavery, not voluntarily risk life and freedom to further the cause of union and freedom). I'd been wondering what Leveen's next book would be about.

#2 if my memories of Jr. High are accurate, Romeo & Juliet probably has the conversation ratio about right for romances between 14 year olds. He/she says a few words to you, and you spend the rest of the day analyzing that conversation with your friends. I certainly spent vastly more time talking/thinking/agonizing ABOUT my girlfriends than I did actually talking TO my girlfriends at that age.

#2: Did Emma examine how much conversation takes place between Mortimer and Lady Mortimer?

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