The Great Wall of China is famous as the world’s longest fortification. I recently encountered a thought that I hadn’t heard before: the great wall runs through much rugged domain and in these areas the Wall is the main source … Continue reading
Right now I am watching The Spirit of St. Louis, which is WETA’s (our local PBS affiliate) movie of the week. The movie, which portrays Charles Lindbergh’s famous transatlantic flight, makes an interesting point: besides the numerous mechanical struggles which … Continue reading
I don’t write as much about pensions on here as I should, considering that it is a large portion of my research. However, there was some news this morning that is idiosyncratic enough to write about. As you’ve probably guessed, … Continue reading
On the PBS Newshour tonight there was a discussion on the future of the Republican Party. Mark Shields made the comment that they needed to become “A party looking for converts rather than heretics,” which is a perceptive diagnosis of … Continue reading
Stata is a program which is usually unforgiving of capitalization and spelling errors. However, as footnote 2 of this article in the Stata Journal points out, there is one instance where such mistakes are allowed, if not forgiven: When the … Continue reading
Over at The Monkey Cage, Andrew Gellman writes about one of the goals for his blog: One of the central goals of our blog is to improve communication between political journalists and political scientists. From one direction, we want to … Continue reading
I came across an interesting graphic which shows how several of the topics in behavioral economics are grouped together. Biology often employs a similar charting technique to show groups of species and I thought this was a helpful adaptation.