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Friday assorted links

1. Interview with Dan Wang.

2. Vitalik on overuse of the Gini coefficient.

3. “…compartmentalizing is a fantastic tool when you’re an athlete, just blocking everything out that isn’t in line with one goal. But it’s terrible for other aspects of your life; it’s terrible for relationships.

4. James Buchanan and club theory.

5. The details of how the delta variant works, better than I was expecting.

6. The laser-created, mid-air plasma columns hypothesis (WSJ).

7. Sriram Krishnan profile and Clubhouse (NYT).

Thursday assorted links

1. Against CBDC.

2. Confirmation of radar data on Tic Tac.  And the Navy filmer, now a commander, claims he received “jamming cues” on his data stream.  Lots of additional detail in the chat.

3. Cowen’s Second Law: “Beer mats make bad frisbees.”  And what’s in the new infrastructure bill (NYT).

4. “The study maintains that the term “rough fish” is pejorative and degrading to native fish.

5. “Joe Biden is overseeing one of the largest cuts in legal immigration in history.

6. Buy property in El Salvador? (NYT)

7. Data on the ideological Turing test.

Wednesday assorted links

1. Renderings of large, extinct animals.

2. Rank size of a minority group matters for hate crime.

3. Is adolescent loneliness rising?

4. Good Klein-Douthat dialogue.  By the way, here is Ross’s forthcoming book The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery.

5. NFTs update (NYT).  To make your head spin: “One issue that has not caught up with the technology is how NFTs will be taxed. Cryptocurrency is taxed at the capital gains rate, and many experts say they believe that NFTs will be considered collectibles, which are taxed at a 28 percent rate. But the tax issue gets more complicated because many NFTs are bought using cryptocurrency. So any transaction would be considered a realization of the gains in that cryptocurrency.”

6. Number of unused AstraZeneca vaccines in Australia tops 3 million.  And yet they are in effect incarcerating significant portions of their citizenry.

Tuesday assorted links

1. Where Elon Musk lives/lived.

2. Are Treasuries undervalued (in absolute terms)?

3. On Medici and Thiel.  On the need to radically scale genius grants.  And Hou Yifan update.

4. Applied Divinity Studies wishes to reform the Olympics.

5. Podcast with Alex T.

6. The vaccine incentive culture that is San Francisco (cannabis).

7. Hermitage will mint an NFT on a Leonardo, other works.

8. Many Americans SUVs are now larger than the tanks that fought WWII.

Sunday assorted links

1. Anecdotal: “But Herring’s refusal to give up his @Tennessee handle, federal prosecutors say, led to a night in which the shocking and confusing sight of police with their guns drawn outside his home caused the computer programmer to suffer a massive heart attack that killed him. His death in Bethpage, Tenn., was triggered by “swatting” — the illegal practice of calling in fake life-threatening emergencies to provoke a heavily-armed response from police.”  Bizarre throughout.

2. What would actually happen if a major asteroid were headed toward earth?

3. RNA breakthrough to boost agricultural productivity?

4. Machtverfall — on Merkel’s final term.  And here is Tony Barber in today’s FT: “Above all, the floods have exposed weaknesses in Germany’s disaster response systems and opened up a debate about the long years of under-investment in infrastructure under Merkel. They indicate that Germany’s much-admired federal model of government can fail the people if the politicians in charge are complacent or slow to act.”  Yes people, I do know that Germany has better bread, streetcars, vacations, whatever.  The point remains that German political norms are not working well any more.  It is time to wake up to this fact.

5. Why is Japan vaccinating so badly?

6. Do data from books indicate we are becoming more depressed over time?

Saturday assorted links

1. New Kalshi prediction markets in beta form.

2. The Austin Vernon blog.  Or better link here.

3. The game theory of the infrastructure bill.

4. Should doctors be on first name terms?  And U.S. rules that Bezos and Branson are not “astronauts.”

5. Using lottery winner results to predict that effects of UBI.

6. Interview in Spanish about Covid issues.  And this far into the pandemic and the CDC still is systematically failing us.

7. Leopold on Germany’s and Europe’s political stupor.

Friday assorted links

1. “He has struggled to access inheritance payments that have been withheld for more than 15 years, as trustees claim he’s mentally incompetent to receive the money.

2. Daniel Drezner on how to address your professor.  And related ideas from Michael Strain.  And here you can find a list of British titles, hilarious.

3. Fire law incentives.

4. “In the encounters, which lasted 52 and 79 minutes, the chimpanzees formed coalitions and attacked the gorillas.”  The gorillas did not win.

5. Some Indian street food vendors are richer than you might think.

6. The new DeepMind proteins advance (NYT).  And Technology Review coverage.

7. The Icelandic literary world.

Thursday assorted links

1. The Great Apes also have time inconsistent preferences.  And NBC Sports to cover world chess championship.

2. The Norwegian century we were never woke.

3. A case for gdp-linked bonds.

4. Taco-eating job pays surprisingly well.

5. Retroactive public goods funding, partly by Sage Vitalik.

6. Izabella Kaminska on the paradox of DeFi, original paper here.

7. Minerva, higher ed innovator, is now fully accredited.

Wednesday assorted links

1. “…the evolution of peer review is best understood as the product of continuous efforts to steward editors’ scarce attention while preserving an open submission policy that favors authors’ interests.

2. “An estimated 1.2 million people died from snakebites in India between 2000 and 2019, the equivalent of more than 58,000 a year, according to a recent paper.”  Link here.

3. The next wave of Facebook Bulletin writers.

4. Myhrvold says Portland is the best pizza city in the U.S.; I say eastern Connecticut.

5. Mastercard partners with Circle to settle stablecoin payments.  Are we seeing “the rails built before our eyes”?

6. UAPx: new non-profit to monitor UFOs.

7. Ten questions you should not ask in Iceland.

Tuesday assorted links

1. What FARC ate for fifty years.

2. Post 9-11, subsidizing higher education didn’t do much for veterans.

3. Nuclear gender gap uh-oh?  And the French are wavering on nuclear (FT).

4. Notes on persistence and economic development.

5. Dating without looksism? (NYT)

6. Very good Interfluidity post on how crypto might work (but not dominate).

7. Excellent Matt Wakeman post on his Peru trip.

Sunday assorted links

1. “Why did you build such a long piano?”

2. “We estimate the introduction of a new airline route increases the number of shared kidneys by 7.3%.

3. Why do the wealthy buy so much insurance rather than self-insuring through saving?

4. Stablecoins and the history of American free banking.  And improving bitcoin as a unit of account.

5. “Larger Nursing Home Staff Size Linked To Higher Number Of COVID-19 Cases In 2020.”

Saturday assorted links

1. Report on the fighting state of the U.S. Navy.

2. The culture that is Dutch: “Dutch Queen, robot involved in opening of 3D-printed bridge in red-light district.

3. “Drunk Indian buffaloes blow cover on contraband booze.

4. How Giannis could shoot free throws better (of broader performance relevance too, NYT).

5. How do you identify “hot streaks” of individuals?

6. Canada launches a dedicated refugee stream for human rights defenders.

7. Good interview with Zaila Avant-Garde.

Friday assorted links

1. Early Multidisciplinary Practice, Not Early Specialization, Predicts World-Class Performance.

2. Push to free Britney gains traction on Capitol Hill (NYT): ““We don’t even know how many people are in conservatorships and guardianships,” said Zoe Brennan-Krohn, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union’s disability rights program. “We don’t know how long they’ve been there in them. We don’t know whether they want to be there. We don’t know why they’re there. We don’t know whether they have their own lawyers.””

3. David Brooks column on foreign policy (NYT).

4. “A Brisbane man with no formal medical qualifications who filmed himself performing “backyard” consensual castration surgeries on two men has been handed a suspended sentence and will be released from jail on probation.

5. Invest in new preferences to create your own deflation.