Monthly Archives: January 2012

They Are Among Us

And they don’t need to sleep. Not only are their circadian rhythms different from most people, so are their moods (very upbeat) and their metabolism (they’re thinner than average, even though sleep deprivation usually raises the risk of obesity). They … Continue reading

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Peddling Trifles

Here’s Suster and Wilson on “Mobile First”. Wilson’s post is the original, but Mark Suster does a better job on the discussion. Here’s what makes Mobile (capital ‘M’) so interesting to a tech VC: Mobile has many attributes that are … Continue reading

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It’s About Saving Political Keister, Not Astronaut Lives

This story has been making the rounds: Starting with near zero space capability in 1961, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) put men on our companion world in eight years. Yet despite vastly superior technology and hundreds of billions … Continue reading

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Some Links

First, some whining about Siri. I take pleasure in being a Siri contrarian for some reason. Next Scott Sumner links us to a paper on the old school banking systems of the late 19th century. Also here. Never forget that … Continue reading

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Stats Status: Too High

Their star course, called “Modern Applied Statistics: Learning,” started a decade ago with 30 students. Its current enrollment just closed off at 190. “We try to give them long and difficult homework assignments,” Mr. Hastie says. “Nothing works.” More here. … Continue reading

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Where Chickens Roost

Home: Households, in other words, typically clean up banking messes. That’s Michael Pettis with another great post. Some more great bits (all on China): For years China bulls have been arguing that because the Chinese save so extraordinarily much money, … Continue reading

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Your Commute Has Never Been Better

Looks like an immense downshift (HA!) in driving activity. Who is driving so much less? We are WAY below trend, folks. Could some of it be supply-driven? (ha aGAIN!) Here’s Calculated Risk: The decline in miles driven is probably due … Continue reading

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