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1. Robin Hanson: Is Status-Seeking A Context-Neglecting-Value?
6. “The huge parachute used by NASA’s Perseverance rover to land on Mars contained a secret message, thanks to a puzzle lover on the spacecraft team. Systems engineer Ian Clark used a binary code to spell out “Dare Mighty Things” in the orange and white strips of the 70-foot (21-meter) parachute. He also included the GPS coordinates for the mission’s headquarters at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.” Link here.
1. Thwarted markets in everything: “Indianapolis Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr. says he won’t give up No. 11 to Carson Wentz.”
2. Siddhartha Mukherjee on heterogeneities in relative pandemic performance, revisiting a now-neglected topic (New Yorker).
7. Spotify is going hi fi in selected markets. Civilization has returned (I hope).
1. When it came to actual human affairs, John Rawls was in fact a mediocre, ordinary thinker at best. Yes TJ is a deep and wonderful book. But when he wrote on anything concrete, would it today even make the better half of Twitter?
4. “Mary Beard, a professor of classics at Cambridge University, posited that while Caligula might have been assassinated because he was a monster, it is equally possible that he was made into a monster because he was assassinated.” (NYT) How much do we really know about the ancient world anyway?
3. U-Roy has passed away (NYT).
4. Both The Dig (1939 British archaeology and sexual restraint) and Minari (Korean immigrant family farming in Arkansas) are excellent movies and show that “old school” substantive cinema is alive and well. Given the number (and quality?) of delayed releases, this will be quite a year for moviegoing. At some point. Nomadland, however, did not thrill me. It is ultimately a movie for either critics who wish to condescend or viewers who wish to see another portrait of alienated middle America, at this point a dull and overdone topic. Good negative Richard Brody review here (New Yorker).
5. A 3D map of all the buildings in the Netherlands, colored by their age.
2. Working for Zuckerberg and Bezos, what it is like.
3. How to get cancelled in Iceland, alternatively what not to look for in your supermarket’s PR director.
5. Vitalik on prediction markets, smart contract risk, epistemic humility, and more. Like most Vitalik, it is too good to excerpt.
6. Ezra Klein on work and child allowances (NYT). I agree with some but not all of this, in any case it is already obvious how much Ezra is in the very top tier of NYT columnists after only a few pieces. Every part of it is an actual argument, supported by evidence of some kind or another.
2. SSC on vitamin D. He is fairly skeptical, I am more skeptical yet. The macro correlations that are there could be the result of many different forces, there is not much reason in theory to attribute such power to vitamin D.
4. Human challenge trials coming to the UK. And a brief but important comment: “This is most important experiment on COVID not yet done anywhere in the world. Can give us badly-needed data points on viral load, transmission and infection progression. Can later be used for vastly accelerated trials for vaccines, therapeutics and preventative approaches.”
6. Cowen’s Second Law: “Accuracy of Urologic Conditions Portrayed on Grey’s Anatomy.”
7. Kalshi: real money prediction markets coming later this spring (WSJ).
4. How to reopen your schools?: “Crazy slow spend out rate for the education provisions of the Biden plan. Only $12 billion (7%) of the $168bn set aside for elementary/secondary/higher ed relief fund will get spent this fiscal year”. And Vox on teacher’s unions. And state of Virginia now has a $730 million budget windfall. C’mon people, yes there are still some significant state budget problems, but it is time to put down your Progressive catnip and contorted rationalizations and admit that Larry was right about this one.
5. Further Bloomberg coverage of the China hack. I genuinely do not know what is the bottom line here, but interesting to see that the story still is alive.
6. On late bloomers.
1. Profile of Caroline Shaw, who is good (Atlantic).
4. Scott Sumner on middlebrow. And the Jason Crawford guide to Scott Alexander. And Scott Alexander himself. A devastating reply, though I think the screw-up is less competent than a conspiracy. Do notice Scott’s Straussian choice of photo. Here is Matt. A very good piece. I can’t recall the last time I saw such near-unanimous and bipartisan and also highly reasoned condemnation of a feature profile. And Douglas Murray. Those last two paragraphs are a doozy.
1. Alex Ross on Tarkovsky (New Yorker).
2. On the Facebook Supreme Court (New Yorker). A very good piece.
6. Shooting luck matters more in the NBA than ever before. Are there broader lessons in here about how optimized systems behave?
7. Alas the great Svetozar Pejovich has passed away.
1. Ezra Klein on California (NYT), right on the mark.
2. Interview with Michael Mina, too much common sense for it ever to be heeded.
4. Has semiglutide solved much of the weight loss problem? That would truly end the great stagnation.
6. Cowen’s 17th law: almost all things have origins earlier than you thought, including Covid-19 (WSJ).
Good and important links today, self-recommended.
1. “SARS-CoV-2 infection is effectively treated and prevented by EIDD-2801” (a Fast Grants project, has potential). And a nanobodies approach with promise, also Fast Grants.
2. My talk to Interintellect Salon on Malthus and the Malthusian trilemma, I liked it and the group.
5. California state government now running a $25 billion surplus. How much more aid do they need again?
6. ” After controlling for demographic characteristics, we found no differences in subjective well-being between childfree individuals and parents, not-yet-parents, or childless individuals.” Also no difference in observed personality traits.