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Exponential growth

According this chart, there were only 130 websites in 1993, the year I graduated from law school. Today, 26 years later, there are over 1.7 billion websites! (Query: does this astronomical number include the “deep web”?) As a result, given … Continue reading

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Taxonomy of knowledge

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Five-minute train ride

For my 51st birthday (25 August), I invite you–family, friends, or students–to take the fun, five-minute Lego train ride posted above; it’s the music video for Anna Meredith’s latest composition “Paramour.” More details here. Hat tip: @kottke.

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How children update their priors

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Six biased coins

How do you create a biased coin? With pliers! Via Mike Izbicki, who teaches mathematics at Claremont McKenna College (CMC), coin “0” pictured above is unbiased, but coins 1 through 6 were bent to various degrees using a pair of … Continue reading

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Why isn’t Daniel Pantaleo behind bars?

Daniel Pantaleo is the racist police officer who was caught on video using excessive force (an illegal chokehold) against Eric Garner five years ago. Although Pantaleo’s excessive use of force led to Mr Garner’s death, in order to be charged … Continue reading

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The problem with Universal Basic Income (UBI) schemes

How would we pay for these Utopian schemes? Here is one possibility: What if we just eliminated all military spending and Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid entitlements and used those monies to finance a UBI for the USA? Let’s do … Continue reading

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