Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sunday Night Comedy

An Iranian news agency has reported as fact an entirely fictitious survey carried on The Onion website earlier this week which claimed that most rural white Americans would vote for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ahead of Barack Obama. The English-language service … Continue reading

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From Delusion Comes Grandeur

When I was in University we played this team building game where we were given a block building puzzle of some sort to solve. We were timed. After putting everything together the best time in the room was announced, let’s … Continue reading

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How to Build a Windmill

Admit it, if you’ve ever been surprised by a big electricity bill you’ve fantasized about generating your own power at home. Be it solar or wind or whatever. Electricity’s expensive! The sun shines and the wind blows every day. Why … Continue reading

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Teach Children Grit and Set Their Ideas Free

Here is Econtalk: Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about why children succeed and fail in school and beyond school. He argues that conscientiousness–a mixture of self-control and determination–can be a more important measure of academic and … Continue reading

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And Now For Something Weird

I’ve been following this blog for years called “Kim Jong-Il Looking At Things“. I find it funny, ok. It might make more sense if you got to the site and see them all in succession. Anyway, today’s picture (“Looking at … Continue reading

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Will Google Write Catastrophe Insurance?

Catastrophe insurance is the sexy part of my industry: lots of data and “analytics” and in tune with the information age. It’s also alternated between the most and least profitable line of business in the business. Here’s what you need … Continue reading

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Who *Gives* High Grades

Nice people. When I give A’s, students are happier and complain less, I get to feel like a nice person, and I give my own students (whom I generally have somewhat warm feelings toward) a benefit in their future lives…. … Continue reading

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