Inte så mycket, om lite av varje

Ibland tycker jag något, ibland vill jag komma ihåg nåt jag läst…

DNs skarpsinne

Kortare DN:

Tillväxt i storstäderna borde alla tycka om för det ger resurser som kan spridas. Men bara så länge vi inte sprider resurserna, för då hämmar vi tillväxten.

Kahneman & happiness

Experiencing self vs. remembering self:

Overthinking a problem…

Food for thought

If you happen to have some time on your hands these videos may well be worth your time. First, on our inability to understand the exponential function, a lecture:

Although it is not news (and has not been for a few hundred years), it certainly is a reminder of things I sometimes conveniently forget.

Second, a simple, but effective summary of what the climate change options are:

More here.

OK, I’m getting a Tablet PC…

From the Engineering Windows 7 blog:

The Math Input Panel or MIP is designed to be used with a tablet pen on a Tablet PC, but you can use it with any input device such as a touchscreen, external digitizer or even a mouse. MIP outputs the recognition result via the clipboard in MathML format, a standardized mathematical markup language. Any equation you write and recognize in MIP reaches your destination application in a completely editable form – you can insert and edit the output as you would edit any text.

Future mobility

Read this:

Cellphones – Third World and Developing Nations – Poverty – Technology – New York Times

Things will be very different in the future…


Sometimes American politics is just too much. Josh Marshall:

Sen. Vitter, fresh off his prostitution scandal might be challenged for his seat by the chief of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, who presumably doesn’t sleep with prostitutes.

And if porn star Stormy Daniels gets into the race, it’ll be a threesome.

How to Save the Suburbs

This interesting interview reminds me of something i think Krugman has said somewhere, that economics is about telling stories.

Energy prices have nothing to do with it. I said that at the time. They can accelerate the process, but what drives it is the shift in consumer preferences. Gen Xers and Millennials want a lifestyle closer to Friends and Seinfeld (that is, walkable and urban) than to Tony Soprano (low density and suburban). It’s not that nobody wants Tony Soprano. About 50 percent of Americans actually do want that configuration. But if we’ve built 80 percent of our housing that way, that’s the definition of oversupply. The other 50 percent of Americans want walkable urban arrangements and yet that’s just 20 percent of the housing stock. That’s called pent-up demand. So the market is just responding.

Via Matthew Yglesias.


I agree with Josh Marshall:

This is a seminal piece of video. You have to see it. I’m not sure I’ve seen anything that captures — albeit unintentionally — the vast disconnect over what is happening today in the US economy.

He is talking about this video


Duty calls

Duty calls