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Tuesday assorted links

1. John Naisbett has passed away.

2. Suicides down for 2020, misery loves company?

3. What it is like to be in a human challenge trial.  The argument that the muon results are for real.

4. Eric Weinstein on geometric unity.  Is he right?  Is that the right question?

5. “Dowbak utilizes the mechanics of the smart contract imbedded in the NFT to create a self-generating Genesis piece which will continue to create new, discreet NFTs over the course of approximately one year.”  With sixty bids, the current value is well over $2 million, do take a look at the image.  And it is stochastically not a Crusonia plant: “However, Dowbak has also introduced the element of chance into the work’s algorithm through another self-referential twist–REPLICATOR can also jam. A jam comes in the form of a unique “Jam Artwork,” which will stop a generation from continuing to replicate, curbing exponential growth.”

6. In Houston, autonomous cars are delivering Domino pizza.

7. DC’s rising libertarian star.

8. Canadian border quarantine arbitrage.

9. Mariner Eccles poem about the New Deal.

Monday assorted links

1. The economics of Substack and Ghost (NYT).

2. Short SNL video if The Woke invaded Star Trek.  And “Atomic Superyacht to Offer $3 Million Eco-Tours With Scientists” (Bloomberg).

3. Exaggerated, but an update on Sweden (and Uruguay).  And perspective from Andreas Backhaus.  And excess pessimism from some experts.

4. “Now, great economists often change their views over time, as they should when new information arrives. Mundell, however, changed his whole intellectual style; if you were to read his Nobel lecture without knowing who wrote it, you might never have guessed that it was the same man who devised those crisp little models several decades earlier.”  Paul Krugman on Mundell.

5. Antibodies through injection, seems to work.

6. Advance viewing of the Boring tunnel in Nevada.

Sunday assorted links

1. Somehow the places that don’t make such a big deal about Covid are not such great places to live (…and have to keep the truth a secret…Russia in denial about the high number of Covid deaths, NYT).

2. NYT covers WSJ.

3. Tribute to Marshall Sahlins.

4. Ross Douthat on god and the meritocracy (NYT).

5. John Williamson has passed away.

6. The shape of Rome.  And Brazil building new and larger Christ statue.

Saturday assorted links

1. Your Ponzi career?

2. People systematically overlook subtractive changes.  And a Patrick Collison comment: “An obvious point that took me way too long to appreciate: in software engineering, you should probably optimize for speed even when you don’t have to, because it’s one of the easiest/best ways to prioritize subtraction and parsimony in the solution space.”

3. Against alcohol.

4. Ezra Klein interviews Brian Deese about the economic thinking of the Biden Administration (with transcript).  A good instantiation of “where they are at.”

5. Various observations on the Biden corporate tax plan.

6. ‘Sense of Disappointment’ on the Left as the N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race Unfolds.” (NYT)  Again, I’m going to double down on my earlier claim that the progressive Left has peaked (which is not to claim that statism has peaked, it hasn’t).  This is NYC people!

7. Fact and fiction about Ethiopia’s ethnofederalism?  The content is hardly controversial to most readers I suspect, or even deeply committal on main issues, but the author chose anonymity nonetheless, which is itself a meta-comment on the piece’s own topic.

8. Map of all the physics particles and forces, highly useful, good explication, I don’t find any of this stuff intuitive.  “Strangely, there are no right-handed W bosons in nature.”  What is wrong with you people!?  Why can’t it all be windowless monads?  Or is it?

Additional Thursday assorted links

1. Will Greenland let China mine there?

2. How regulators are starting to think about Coinbase.  And interpreting bitcoin as a better chain letter.

3. Neopronouns: “but what does thon think?”  And today’s Ezra Marcus NYT piece on neopronouns is first-rate.  Can I use “Tyler” as my neopronoun?  Can I choose to be pronounless?: “Instead of using third person pronouns, a nullpronominal person is usually referred to by name, or can be referred to with an epithet, or the sentence can be rephrased to omit pronouns, typically by using the passive voice.”  I like that, should I put it on my Twitter profile?

4. Ezra Klein (NYT) has a very good take on the Biden administration, though I would frame the described truths in a quite negative manner.  I would say that in essence they are making decisions based on their own sociology and class and conformism, and also on the basis of what they think (poorly informed) voters want, rather than focusing on scientific reasoning and trying to see that through.  And whatever problems economics might have, including as a predictive tool, one does not do better with those who are trying to take its place.  Further interpretation from Ezra here.

5. Bryan Caplan turns fifty, and what did he do in his forties?

6. More on muons.  Best treatment so far.

Thursday assorted links

1. Douthat on Crichton (who was really good, by the way).

2. Vitalik on sharding.

3. Caleb Watney on solving the global vaccine shortage.

4. Why don’t lower income countries adopt more advanced technologies?

5. The next Bryan Caplan book is a pro-YIMBY graphic novel.

6. Aidan and Tristan Caplan on Mormons and Mexicans.  Ungated here.

7. New results in particle physics? (NYT)  And some science coverage of the same.

8. Pandemic reverses southern Italian brain drain (FT), and NYT.

9. New Mars city to be built into a cliff?  (What about Nevada he cries again?)

Wednesday assorted links

1. “The most terrifying words in the English language are Balaji was right.”  Transcript of his now-famed podcast with Tim Ferriss.

2. Physical formidability and acceptance of police violence.

3. The Martians of Budapest.  And Girard, McLuhan, and Robbins on Interintellect.

4. A contrarian view on voting in Georgia.

5. Don Boudreaux upset at me.  I think on some issues he misrepresents my views (e.g., I don’t claim the age of the Covid deaths is irrelevant), and he pins a whole host of interventions on me that I do not favor.  But to respond to the main point on social cohesion, I’ll make a simple prediction: in terms of social cohesion the American southeast will come out of this whole mess looking relatively good, on both a national and global scale.  Countries such as Brazil and Mexico, which have downplayed Covid risks to an extreme degree, and imposed very few regulations on behavior, will come out looking quite bad in terms of both deaths and social cohesion.  I prefer the response of the U.S. southeast to that of Brazil and Mexico, and the response of the U.S. southeast is (broadly) the one I endorse in the podcast with Russ Roberts (assuming you can’t halt the whole thing early, and no we never should have banned any outdoor activities, etc.).  Don is otherwise a big proponent of comparative institutional analysis, but he isn’t doing nearly enough of that in his critique — social cohesion compared to what?  Which is the alternative that was going to give us greater social cohesion than what say Florida will end up with?

6. “Lego enthusiast explains why the black market for the toy bricks is so lucrative.”  Interesting throughout.

7. Marshall Sahlins has passed away.

8. AEI panel on whether the great stagnation is now over.

Tuesday assorted links

1. Promise on an HIV vaccine?

2. “The money itself is programmable. Beijing has tested expiration dates to encourage users to spend it quickly, for times when the economy needs a jump-start.” (WSJ)

3. Soviet LOTR “markets” in everything.

4. Have they ruined Plastic Ono Band? (WSJ, probably)

5. NYT obituary for Robert Mundell.

6. The decline of the Central American elites (The Economist).

Monday assorted links

1. More on why monoclonal antibodies are not being used enough.

2. The world record for number of drones put in the sky.

3. Noted economist and painter Robert Mundell has passed away.  And earlier Krugman on Mundell.

4. More Scott Sumner movie reviews, some of the best content on the internet, mostly because they are true.

5. On-line book on Girardian social theory.

6. Vaccination lags in Ivory Coast.

7. Naval on NFTs.

8. Caplan corrects Hsieh and Moretti.

Saturday assorted links

1. Mistaken Italian Jihadi kidnapping intersecting markets in everything.

2. Dog theft on the rise.  By one measure, the price of a dog is up 5x, and (UK) dog thefts are up 250%.

3. SNL on NFTs.

4. Godzilla movies ranked (not always well).

5. Crypto guy buys world’s biggest painting for $62 million.

6. The Allen Lowe history of American music project, I just dropped $175 on it, has to be amazing, WSJ review here.

7. Journal of Financial Economics already has a submission fee of $1000.

Thursday assorted links

1. “Claire [Weiner] was one of the first babies born during the Manhattan Project; the address on her birth certificate was a post office box.”

2. Starnone as Ferrante?

3. Jason Furman on the infrastructure bill.

4. New theory suggests large blobs of material in Earth’s mantle are remnants of protoplanet Theia.

5. Obstacles to monoclonal antibodies, and for no good reason (NYT).

6. Wolfram on consciousness.

Wednesday assorted links

1. More Robin Hanson.

2. New types of research organization.

3. Which famous economist has views closest to yours?

4. Danny Kaye bits, including some calypso with Harry Belafonte.  And with Lucille Ball and Louis Armstrong.  And 56 Russian composers.

5. Should Amsterdam limit tourism? (NYT)

6. More good news from the UK.  And Nigeria has 500 Scrabble clubs.

7. My Bloody Valentine update and new albums?