Archive of posts from 2015
Some links that will fill you with outrage:
Tuesday morning I was woken up at 5AM by a police siren. As I lay awake, I started thinking. I couldn’t be the only one woken up. Should police cars use their sirens at night? It seems like a classic example of diffuse costs and easy-to-see benefits. But is it worth it? Let’s make a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation.
The list is growing, but I haven’t heard from you yet… recommending a book to a friend is an act of love so please do.
I’ve always wondered exactly how to define an order of magnitude. At ideas42 I had a particular colleague with a PhD in Econ; one time I mentioned that I think use it in a “fuzzy” way, and he responded that he always uses it in an exact way.
I went to a talk tonight by architect Donald MacDonald. The talk was called “Democratic Architecture: Practical Solutions to Housing Crises” but as I’ll get to in a bit, I think the title was pretty bad.
Convene five of your friends who collectively have some expertise in each of the following:
Here are my five tips to be more productive. They are backed by years of economic research:
This is a poem I wrote months ago on a scrap of brown paper grocery bag, on the hood of a stranger’s car parked on Paris Street in San Francisco: