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Sunday assorted links

1. Somehow the places that don’t make such a big deal about Covid are not such great places to live (…and have to keep the truth a secret…Russia in denial about the high number of Covid deaths, NYT). 2. NYT covers WSJ. 3. Tribute to Marshall Sahlins. 4. Ross Douthat on god and the meritocracy (NYT). 5. John Williamson has passed away. 6. The shape of Rome.  And Brazil building new and larger Christ statue. The post Sunday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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How to extract information from on-line reviews, or why Star Wars is still a thing

Online reviews promise to provide people with immediate access to the wisdom of the crowds. Yet, half of all reviews on Amazon and Yelp provide the most positive rating possible, despite human behaviour being substantially more varied in nature. We term the challenge of discerning success within this sea of positive ratings the ‘positivity problem’. Positivity, however, is only one facet of individuals’ opinions. We propose that one solution to the positivity problem lies with the...

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My Conversation with Lex Fridman

2 hours 9 minutes long, Lex is one of the very best interviewers/discussants in the sector.  Here is the video, here is the audio.  Plenty of new topics and avenues, including the political economy of Russia (note this was recorded before the massing of Russian forces on the Ukraine border).  Lex’s tweet described it as follows: Here’s my conversation with @tylercowen  about economic growth, resisting conformity, the value of being weird, competition and capitalism, UFO sightings,...

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Saturday assorted links

1. Your Ponzi career? 2. People systematically overlook subtractive changes.  And a Patrick Collison comment: “An obvious point that took me way too long to appreciate: in software engineering, you should probably optimize for speed even when you don’t have to, because it’s one of the easiest/best ways to prioritize subtraction and parsimony in the solution space.” 3. Against alcohol. 4. Ezra Klein interviews Brian Deese about the economic thinking of the Biden...

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New York City estimate of the day

In only a year, the market value of office towers in Manhattan, home to the country’s two largest central business districts, has plummeted 25 percent, according to city projections released on Wednesday, contributing to an estimated $1 billion drop-off in property tax revenue. JPMorgan Chase, Ford Motor, Salesforce, Target and more are giving up expensive office space, and others are considering doing so. Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, the largest private-sector employer in...

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Friday assorted links

1. New Melissa Dell project Layout Parser. 2. Speculative Jungian neuroeconomics theory of stock prices? 3. The Merry Clayton story. 4. New major discovery from ancient Egypt.  And more here.  And Ronald Bailey summarizes the AEI great stagnation panel. 5. Japan interviews me about Japan. 6. The vaccine deregulatory wisdom of Garett Jones. The post Friday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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What I’ve been reading

1. Susan Bernofsky, Clairvoyant of the Small: The Life of Robert Walser.  I believe you need to have read Walser first, but if so this is a far better biography than what you might have expected the English-speaking world to have produced.  It is also an implicit portrait of where pre-WWI Europe went wrong, the history of micro-writing, and a paean to general weirdness, noting that Walser in both his life and writing is inexplicable to this day. 2. Andy Grundberg, How Photography Became...

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Additional Thursday assorted links

1. Will Greenland let China mine there? 2. How regulators are starting to think about Coinbase.  And interpreting bitcoin as a better chain letter. 3. Neopronouns: “but what does thon think?”  And today’s Ezra Marcus NYT piece on neopronouns is first-rate.  Can I use “Tyler” as my neopronoun?  Can I choose to be pronounless?: “Instead of using third person pronouns, a nullpronominal person is usually referred to by name, or can be referred to with an...

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Vaccine passport sentences to ponder

From New York State: Using Excelsior Pass is entirely voluntary, but it requires learning about the state’s system and mastering a few different websites and apps. It took me 20 minutes over Zoom to help an octogenarian set up his pass, though it was certainly simpler than mastering vaccine-appointment websites. And even when we thought we understood the system, Excelsior Pass didn’t always work: My tech-reporter colleague tried to use it to enter Yankee Stadium, but the system didn’t update...

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Thursday assorted links

1. Douthat on Crichton (who was really good, by the way). 2. Vitalik on sharding. 3. Caleb Watney on solving the global vaccine shortage. 4. Why don’t lower income countries adopt more advanced technologies? 5. The next Bryan Caplan book is a pro-YIMBY graphic novel. 6. Aidan and Tristan Caplan on Mormons and Mexicans.  Ungated here. 7. New results in particle physics? (NYT)  And some science coverage of the same. 8. Pandemic reverses southern Italian brain drain (FT), and NYT. 9. New...

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