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Advice for authors

“The first thing you learn in advertising is that nobody wants to read your shit.” That’s from Steven Pressfield’s excellent book “Nobody wants to read your sh*t” on the craft of telling a story. His book is full of practical … Continue reading

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Resisting the resistance (Sabo street art edition)

Why are most artists and intellectuals generally left-wing or left-of-center? One notable exception is Sabo, an alt-right street artist based in Los Angeles. (FYI: Here is a Wikipedia entry about Sabo, and here is Sabo’s home page.) Rory Carroll, who … Continue reading

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Popcorn puzzle (a brief survey of the literature)

Why are concessions like popcorn and candy bars so expensive at movie theaters? Is it due to price discrimination (the standard economic answer), to discrete-discontinuous demand (see this paper by Ricard Gil and Wesley Hartmann), to differentials in ticket prices … Continue reading

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North American Summer Solstice Map

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How to break a deadlocked jury

Update (6/17): The judge in the Bill Cosby case declared a mistrial. (If the jury had been able to engage in range voting instead (see below), there would have been no chance of a deadlock in the first place.) The jury … Continue reading

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Our reply to Jeff Bezos

Via our favorite website Marginal Revolution, we learned that Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos wants to become a philanthropist now. Here is an excerpt from Bezos’s “request for ideas” (via Twitter): I’m thinking about a philanthropy strategy that is the opposite … Continue reading

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Goodstein on Feynman

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