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Words Found and Argued

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Some time ago, I wrote this: “The low barrier of entry to accessing and interpreting economic data has created unrealistic expectations of its accuracy and relevance.” I don’t know if that was me writing down my own thoughts or someone else’s, but I agree. Incidentally, regarding the dust-up caused by the WSJ’s style guide change […]

Houses on Sand

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

As the crest of the Mississippi’s flooding rolls southward, I notice that a lot of people are linking to the piece The Control of Nature: Atchafalaya, which was published in the New Yorker and adapted from John McPhee’s book, also titled The Control of Nature.  I strongly recommend it; McPhee does a beautiful job of […]

Google’s Cycling Directions are Very Much Still in Beta

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

I’m excited that Google has published cycling directions, but as they are right now, they might get me in trouble if I follow them:

A Quick Note on Interpreting Poll Results

Monday, November 9th, 2009

In The New Republic: “In Virginia, I’ve argued,Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds, who on his record and on the issues had much to recommend him, suffered at least in part from identification with Obama and the national party. “The disapproval of Obama among Virginia voters, which began to climb in late July, may have affected their enthusiasm about […]

Happy Fall!

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Two melons were laying in a field when one turned to the other and said, “You know, we’re going to have to invite my family to the wedding.”  The other asked, “Why?”  “Because we cantaloupe!”

On Enjoying Your Work

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

From a friend: One thing that’s hilarious to me is, I had this job that paid me well.  I saved up.  I bought a nice blender.  Instead of buying a 2-dollar skirt at goodwill, I bought an expensive one at a real store.  It was lovely, but it didn’t fill the void.  I think the […]

Fail-Safe Design

Friday, June 26th, 2009

A quick lunch-hour observation… Quincy Adams at The RBC is absolutely right that the control system for Metro trains, as described in the Washington Post, contains a fundamental design flaw.  I’d argue, however, that an effective solution can be designed that is far simpler than Quincy’s suggestion.  In fact, the system could have been designed […]


Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

WMATA currently: Red Line Disruption at Fort Totten in both directions. Trains are turning back at Rhode Island Avenue & Silver Spring due to a situation outside of Fort Totten station. Shuttle bus service has been established. Expect delays in both directions. WMATA between 9-10 PM yesterday (unofficial twitter re-broadcast): Red Line Disruption at Fort […]

About Iceland

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Because Iceland is really just one big family, it’s simply annoying to go around asking Icelanders if they’ve met Björk. Of course they’ve met Björk; who hasn’t met Björk? Who, for that matter, didn’t know Björk when she was two? “Yes, I know Björk,” a professor of finance at the University of Iceland says in reply to […]

Dear Barry Ritholtz

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Dear Barry, Please confine yourself to talking about things you understand. Items I’d specifically suggest you exclude include the alleged mis-measurement of inflation, and any technical aspects of the measurement of GDP. This morning, you suggested that TARP artificially increased GDP. Unfortunately, you apparently did not read the passage you quoted in your post, or […]

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