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links for 2009-01-03

Refuted economic doctrines #1: The efficient markets hypothesis at John Quiggin "I’m starting my long-promised series of posts on economic doctrines and policy proposals that have been refuted or rendered obsolete by the financial crisis. [...] Number One on the list is a topic I’ve covered plenty of times before (in fact, I was writing…

links for 2008-12-29

nanoscale views: More about insulators "I’ve been thinking more about explaining what we mean by "insulators", in light of some of the insightful comments [on the last post]." (tags: science physics blogs materials condensed-matter) Cocktail Party Physics: CSI lies and suspicious science "CSI? Unrealistic? Hate to break it to you kids, but, yeah. At the…

links for 2008-12-22

Tor.com / Science fiction and fantasy / Blog posts / How to talk to writers "Writers are people, and they were people before they were writers. They change light bulbs and buy groceries just like everyone else. Really. Because they’re people, they vary. Some of them are jerks, but many of them are very interesting…

links for 2008-12-18

Barack Obama Defeats Barack Hussein Obama | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source "Though few had heard of the freedom-hating extremist before, Barack Hussein Obama quickly garnered attention in several key regions of the country, and saw his popularity buoyed by conservative talk-radio hosts, mass e-mail forwards, and thousands of Americans riding on the…

links for 2008-12-16

kast_sko Throw a shoe at George Bush. In Norwegian. (tags: politics silly games internet) Kevin Drum – Mother Jones Blog: DC Charters "Look: even your most novice educational researcher knows that comparing test scores is useless unless you control pretty carefully for things like parental involvement and expenditure levels. And most of the studies I’ve…

links for 2008-12-07

Grading Medical Students (and More on Grade Inflation) — Crooked Timber "But, if grade inflation is supposed to be analogous with price inflation, rising grades do not, in themselves, constitute inflation. Rather, grade inflation occurs when grades rise relative to the quality of the academic performance of the students. And because we do not keep…

links for 2008-11-25

FQXi Community: Articles, Forums, Blogs, News "For the current [essay] contest, [the topic] is “The Nature of Time,” including, but not limited to, the arrow of time; the emergence of time in quantum gravity; time, free will and determinism; time travel; the beginning or ending of time; and timelessness." (tags: physics time internet quantum astronomy…

links for 2008-11-21

The End of Wall Street’s Boom – National Business News – Portfolio.com It seems I’m obliged to link to this. Apologies for the delay. (tags: politics economics culture business books) MPR: Challenged ballots: You be the judge Do you like politics? And radio-button Internet polls? Well, this is the post-election article you’ve been dreaming of……

links for 2008-11-10

Warnock’s Dilemma – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "[T]he problem of interpreting a lack of response to a posting on a mailing list, Usenet newsgroup, or Web forum. It occurs because a lack of response does not necessarily imply that no one is interested in the topic, and could have any one of several different implications,…

links for 2008-11-06

stevenberlinjohnson.com: The System Worked "We hear so often that the American political system is broken, but I think the last two years suggest that our national politics are healthier than we have been led to believe." (tags: politics us society culture blogs) Easily Distracted » Blog Archive » Dear President Santa "Here’s a Christmas wish…