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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

First Comes Love, Then Comes Obesity...

I've believed for a long time now that there is a hint of truth in every joke...and never did I learn that more than this weekend. Word to the wise: don't joke about somebody's girlfriend getting fat because she's in a relationship. Just don't. Even if it makes perfect sense. Luckily, the response I... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Economy, West Side Story Style...

I can't decide how much I like this- it's clever, not very long, and makes fun of a lot of stuff, so I suppose it's right up my alley. (That also explains my fascination with Eminem's "We Made You" video, come to think of it.) For your viewing pleasure... (Hat tip to Calixto Lopez, via Facebook.) I... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Ten Commandments Of Microeconomics...

You may remember that earlier I gave you a humorous version of Greg Mankiw's 10 Principles of Economics, courtesy of The Stand-Up Economist. I don't know about you, but I consider those ten principles to be decent rules to live by. Also, as a random sidenote, I used to teach in the Holden Chapel at... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Dogbert On Executive Compensation...

So I had this grand master plan for a great post this morning, but then I realized that it was the start of a holiday weekend and people probably aren't clamoring for 1500 words with some snarky lesson about economics. As such, I present to you instead two comics with snarky lessons about economics,... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

From The Vault: Incentives Aren't Always About Compensation...

(Originally published 7/18/2008. I've started to go through old posts to see which are worth some renewed attention, especially since I am swamped with work right now. It's kind of interesting to see how the tone of writing, among other things, has changed over time.) Author's note: I've written... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Everyone Responds To Incentives, Apples and Livers Edition...

Here's the deal, which you may have heard by now: Steve Jobs underwent a liver transplant back in April 2009. This just came out a few days ago, since the Methodist University hospital in Tennessee originally denied him being a patient there. (A blurb on the hopsital's statement can be found here.)... Sign in to see full entry.

Awesomely Terrible: Boys vs. Girls...

In the red corner (pun intended), courtesy of Real Time with Bill Maher, we have The Young Cons, a couple of rising Dartmouth sophomores who seem to be trying to make being right-leaning cool. Too bad they don't have the shiny hair and pretty smile of Meghan McCain... You can find the lyrics here.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Economics Of Crime, Summarized In A Cartoon...

A friend posted this on my Facebook profile, courtesy of rall.com: Hee. This is particularly funny to me considering that I tutor for the LSAT. It also reminded me of a paper that I read a while back. It's unclear to a degree whether criminals are acting rationally- i.e. whether they are considering... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Follow Up: From The I Told You So Desk On Executive Compensation...

A couple of weeks ago, the Obama administration named attorney Kenneth Feinberg as compensation czar. (I must point out that it's really not helpful to allow someone to be referred to as a "czar" when you have a bunch of people worried that you are trying to turn the U.S. into a socialist state.... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Goldbricking In A Machine Shop, And At Micro Center...

You, as my dear readers who have been putting up with me taking iPhone pictures of my hand-drawn graphs, will be pleased to learn that I finally went and bought a scanner. It was a surprisingly painless process, and not nearly as fraught with the perils of overchoice as I would have guessed. I was... Sign in to see full entry.

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