Saturday, September 06, 2008

Debate: 'Behavioural economics: is it such a big deal?' by Pete Lunn | Prospect Magazine September 2008 issue 150

Debate: 'Behavioural economics: is it such a big deal?' by Pete Lunn | Prospect Magazine September 2008 issue 150: "Meanwhile, a revolution is under way in economic thought. Behavioural economics is no bell or whistle on the contraption of traditional economics; it is a big departure which will deliver a revolutionary new way of understanding the world. The founding assumptions of orthodox, neoclassical economics—that people can be thought of as rational, selfish and independent—are collapsing under the weight of empirical refutations."

I stopped going to my economics class.
The one I had left to graduate.
The assumptions were so asinine,
so perverse as to be ridiculous -
but for me infuriatingly ridiculous
sure b follows a but when yr looking at
some monstrous hybrid of c and d and calling
it a you can't be sure b is coming along right quick...
classic economics pisses me off.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Rant: Take Your Greasy Fingers Off The Reboot Button, Hollywood!

Rant: Take Your Greasy Fingers Off The Reboot Button, Hollywood!:

"But anyway, the idea behind CIOE was to make things simpler and more friendly to new readers. And at first, this worked reasonably well. Creators like Frank Miller and John Byrne put their stamp on the old-school DC superheroes, and everybody had a clear backstory. Until each new batch of creators wanted to put their own stamp on the characters, and you ended up with things like: 'Hawkman is a Native American Egyptian archeologist from outer space.'"

The other day in the back room of the candy store I was giving a brief history lesson on the DC universes and all I could say about Hawkman is that there would have to be a separate class to cover him. Seriously.

So, the crazy thing is that there are at least 4 multi-verses, right?
The DCU proper, The Animated DCU, Smallville DCU, and our actual universe.
See, the DCU proper is the only one that has gone through the crises. So the other universes must represent other multi-verses. I suppose there could just be two multi-verses. The one with the crises and the one without.
eh, see...
go faux complexity...

Urban Surprise: More Bicyclists Means Fewer Accidents | LiveScience

Urban Surprise: More Bicyclists Means Fewer Accidents | LiveScience:

"'It appears that motorists adjust their behavior in the presence of increasing numbers of people bicycling because they expect or experience more people cycling,' said Julie Hatfield, an injury expert from the university."

Join me! I am afraid I am becoming a bike evangelist...
I regularly reflect
on how much better
my life has become
on bicycle

Exclusive: David Cronenberg Knows What Defamer Is And Still Lets Us Interview Him

Exclusive: David Cronenberg Knows What Defamer Is And Still Lets Us Interview Him:

"CRONENBERG: People don't pay enough attention to the body. My understanding of life is very existential. I think that we are our bodies. There's nothing else, and when we die, that's it. No afterlife. I'm very anti-religious because religion tends to disembody you. There's an emphasis on your spirit, or where you'll be when your body's gone, and that's misleading. I think the world would be a better place if it we admit that's not the case."

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Palin on Guns

well, we agree on one thing...

Palin has also endorsed an insurrectionist interpretation of the Second Amendment. In February of this year, she signed Alaska on to a multi-state amicus brief authored by the State of Texas in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller. The brief reads, in part: "The Framers were understandably wary of standing armies and the powers of a potentially oppressive government ... The introductory clause [of the Second Amendment], properly understood, confirms the primary benefit of the operational clause -- a citizenry capable of defending its rights by force, when all other means have failed, against any future oppression."

fact checking palin

Just to reiterate what others have said: Congress' requirement that funds be spent on that bridge (aka the 'earmark') were removed before Sarah Palin became governor. She was therefore in no position to tell Congress anything about the bridge, one way or the other. During her campaign, she said she supported funding for the bridge. Brad Plumer, citing the Anchorage Dialy News via Nexis:
"5. Would you continue state funding for the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina Island bridges?
Yes. I would like to see Alaska's infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now--while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist

Monday, September 01, 2008