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Re #1:

Well played sir! LMAO

#1 - So, they seemingly measured wide-set eyes - how large was the four eyes effect? And how would that impact the nature/nurture debate when it comes to perceived intelligence?

Thanks for dusting off my work on eugenics you wankers. Seriously, you guys are getting paid for this? Hope you're tenured. Don't you know this is *racist*!

| "In a genetically informative sample of 1660 twins and their siblings, we measured IQ and also perceptions of intelligence based on facial photographs. We found that intelligence judgements were associated with both stable morphological facial traits..."

Yes, typical non-scientific social science study, peer-reviewed by people who produce same types of non-scientific studies. As a bonus, you must pay to read it in full. Publish-Perish lacks enough emphasis on the latter.

"1. Smart people usually look smart." Cheer up, Mr Cowen. It's not a universal rule.

#3 - pho is everywhere so...maybe.

20 miles from where I sit (near the Sepulveda Pass in L.A.) to the nearest Yunnan restaurant, so I would say it hasn't hit here in a big way.

Yelp says there are more than a dozen pho joints within 5 miles.

Pho? That's Vietnamese soup.

I think the Yunnan cuisine headline should read as follows: "China’s Yunnan Cuisine Is About to Sweep the U.S.—Here’s Where to Fry It Try It "

Technically it is -a- Vietnamese soup. They are soup fiends. Don't forget to try Bun Bo Hue. You gotta dig oxtail to really enjoy it. Or the party hot-pot where they just keep adding things ..

Yeah, meaning Vietnamese soup is everywhere here in Seattle. So Yunnan is not a big jump. Just looking at the photos in the article.

#5 - Old joke about NY Yankees greats Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle start-up investing acumen: "If they invested in a funeral home, people would stop dying."

#5- is this the place for Twitter infrastructure comments? I think with Twitter, since they used caches and distributed databases that don't all sync with one another except probably once a day, you can have, if you're a jet setter who constantly travels, a tweet that shows up in the Asia Twitter server but doesn't show up (until 24 hours later) in the US/Euro data server. This is a common problem with distributed databases that sacrifice accuracy/repeat-ability for speed.

One funny thing is that many apps are 2 days behind on location. So yelp "new restaurant near you" is often where I was. Right now Twiiter is giving me Ohio promos, missing by a few days and 2000 miles.

#6 The very first line is beyond mockery, even considering it in light of the author attempting to make their point about language changing - 'The complexity of Shakespeare's language is a well-known and easily mocked feature of his works.' Shakespeare's language was not complex to his intended audience, of course.

In several generations, people will be wondering about dialing a phone or playing a record - and who knows, an author from 1985 might be a rich source for mockery for their archaic language.

'So I want to close by noting that almost any translation/modernization effort is better than the idea of losing Shakespeare to future generations.'

One assumes that the term 'bowdlerise' is not unfamiliar to her - 'Thomas Bowdler, LRCP, FRS (/ˈbaʊdlər/; 11 July 1754 – 24 February 1825) was an English physician best known for publishing The Family Shakspeare, an expurgated edition of William Shakespeare's work. The work, edited by his sister Henrietta Maria Bowdler, was intended to provide a version of Shakespeare that was more appropriate for 19th century women and children than the original.

The eponymous verb bowdlerise (or bowdlerize) has associated his name with the censorship of elements deemed inappropriate for children, not only of literature but also of motion pictures and television programmes.

Bowdler also published several other works, some reflecting his interest in and knowledge of continental Europe. Bowdler's last work was an expurgated version of Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, published posthumously in 1826 under the supervision of his nephew and biographer, Thomas Bowdler the Younger.'

Though there is not much information about Sarah Skwire (or her husband co-author of the $99.95 'Writing with a Thesis'), it seems reasonable to assume that she is American, like so many freedom lovers of FEE's variety.

Making one wonder if she actually thought to ask anyone from the UK about how hard it is to understand Shakespeare's writing?

I was a follower of Mahomet, wen to church, prayed five times a day…. The Lord put religion in my heart about ten years ago. I turned away from Mahomet to Follow Christ…I loved and served the world a long time, but this did not make me happy.

I've taken a job driving the Bang Bus

#1 Has been known for some time. I seem to remember that earlier studies concluded that the largest portion of the correlation was on the lower end of the curve.

#4 Broken link? Looks like this is the correct link: (there are two spaces between entry and Mankiw)

#5 Likely the players investing in startups will end in some tears.

Since beauty always lie in the eyes of the beholder we should perhaps question the eyesight of those arguing smart people always look smart

Or at least their interpupillary distance.

#3 - I certainly hope so. Visiting Yunnan was one of the most wonderful culinary experiences I've ever had. Yunnan-style beef is beautiful and tasty, Yunnan beef Pho is fantastic, and that dark purple drink is so, so wonderful....

xishuangbanna breakfast noodles (i don't know if that's what they're actually called, it's just served there every day for bfast with your choice of various condiments) is one of the greatest dishes in the world.

#2. Nostalgia for when the era of big government was over.

"To varying degrees, the three see more scope for activist government intervention than do the Chicago and Minnesota economists....The Sachs philosophy rests on a set of interconnected convictions. One is that, contrary to populist dogma, workers and entrepreneurs, not government, create prosperity....Another conviction is that government's job is to create a framework for growth, namely stable prices, a convertible currency, private ownership and legally enforceable private contracts."

It's interesting to remember a time when even the leading left-leaning economists favoring activist government would name as the keys to prosperity stable prices, a convertible currency, private ownership, and legally enforceable private contracts. No wonder there was less partisanship back then.

Isn't that a bunch of globalist stuff, beliefs that sunk Clinton?

The wall is the new economic theory. Try to keep up.

#1 is hard to believe.

I drive the Bang Bus believe me it's true.

1. The fat guy with his ass crack showing looks awfully smart when my toilet won't flush. Smart is as smart does.

Finish these two sentences. A plumber can fix ___________. An economist can fix ____________. Who is smarter, the plumber in dirty work clothes with his ass crack showing or the economist in his cheap suit with his insecurities showing?

1. With hair, glasses, jewelry and make-up diminished/removed, I wonder how different less intelligent people appear?

3. Yunnan will sweep into Kentucky in 20+ years. In the land of Golden Corral, we struggle to keep Indian restaurants in business.

4. Could the negative effects be due to common ownership and cross ownership?

6. Shakespeare’s language was not complex to his intended audience, of course.

Nonce-sense, Shakespeare's language sounded almost as wacky to his audiences as it does to us. Shakespeare's freakish skill at poetic dialogue was enjoyed as a linguistic high-wire act. Look at today's rappers: Nobody can understand half of what they're are saying, yet their audiences perceive the inventiveness and thrill to the velocity of the rhymes. Didn't the College Wits of Shakespeare's day engage in florid cutting contests?

"Three Whiz Kid Economists of the 90's"
Apostrophe abuse from the NY Times.

Any places serving Yunnan cuisine in NoVA?

5b: after watching a bad movie, sometimes I'm amazed at the number of people it took to make it; no surprise that Twitter requires some fancy hardware and clever programming to continue to be the huge pile of shit that it is

#3. Chicago used to have this wonderful Yunnanese restaurant in Chinatown (the old Chinatown in the city, pace your advice about where to find ethnic dining) called Spring World, or Hong Ta Shan (Red Temple Mountain, the Chinese and the English names did not match). The cold appetizers were set out on a buffet so you you would walk up and point at the food you wanted. There was also eventually a separate menu for the mushroom cuisine of Yunnan you could order off of. Just to please conservative American palates, they also had Sichuanese food that was better than the more famous Sichuanese restaurant chain.Then they sold out to the chain, and things haven't been the same since.

I am thinking of making a special trip to NY or LA or Yunnan to have the food again. It's that good. I hope Fuschia Dunlop makes a study of Yunnanese for her next book.

I went to Little Tong after Pete Wells raved about it in the NYT. It was fine -- decent food, and not too expensive -- but didn't really live up to the hype IMO.

A interesting read re# 2 from Feb 2006:

re #1: Taking good care of yourself, getting a good haircut, and in the case of women doing your hair and makeup right are in essence markers of intelligence. Men are equally capable of looking terrible with a bad haircut and awkward facial hair. Show me a retarded person (in the technical sense) who can figure out how to look nice. It is classic that poor women in particular when attempting to dress up look absurd. There was (is) a blond hair color called Ditz which only uneducated women use--hence a "ditzy blond" to indicate not too bright. I did not pay for the article to see if the women had makeup but I presume they were standard pictures, in which case they did.

There's is some other research saying that the number of decisions you have the energy to make in a day is limited. Hence why Mark Zuckerberg wears the same clothes all the time.
After spending so much time picking out clothes and doing hair and makeup, how much of your mental reserves are left over for thinking about work?
Besides, this is hopelessly confounded with class and culture. Knowing what the high-class status markers are depends on prior exposure to upper class culture. A person can be highly fashionable and know exactly what to wear to appear at the cutting edge within their community, and yet still look "low class" to a white upper class person.
Example: Couple of goth chicks might know that incorporating steampunk elements into the design of their outfits will put them on the bleeding edge of goth fashion - but it won't get them a job at Goldman Sachs.

So people who don't have a good haircut are clearly not intelligent:

!. K, guess I should just go around judging people by their looks.

You probably already do.

3. Yunnan (or Hunan) has been popular in Chicago for years.

Hunan is a completely separate province of China, hundreds of miles away from Yunnan, with a whole other province (Guizhou) in between. So, no.

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