Thursday, December 24, 2009

The "paradox of choice" is not robust

It has been a popular idea, both recently and throughout history, that reducing the scope, variety, or number of choices faced by people is or can be good. But apparently they can't measure the effect any more!

From Tyler at Marginal Revolution.

Font copyright question

Is it a violation of copyright to use a font by copying it by hand? If not, why should we treat computers (and, hence, files) differently?

The gift giving of economists

Do economists only/often/.../ever give cash gifts for birthdays/Christmas/Hannukah/weddings?

And what does that say about the relative importance of signaling in human affairs?

Are economists a stronger or weaker proxy for the importance of signaling in this regard?

In general, are guild allegiances sufficiently strong to counter public hypocrisy?


I thought I was going to watch G.I. Joe.

Instead, I watched Funny People.

G.I. Joe would have been HEAVY – like a truck.

Funny People weighed at least four (4) Earth suns.


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Someone may be reading this (!)

Though she doesn't have a blog of her own.