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2022-11-30 “I rob banks because that’s where the money is.” This is what the bank robber Willie …

2022-11-29 I consider myself a fairly rational creature, and yet… Mastodon out of the box: An eye sore! …

2022-11-28 Magpie Murders were an absolute delight, even if the modern-day mystery was somewhat predictable. …

2022-11-28 The principal-agent problem of medicine

2022-11-26 Finished reading: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow 📚 Three remarkable achievements here: …

2022-11-25 Today I learned that the IMDB rating of This Is Spinal Tap… goes up to 11! Many thanks to Russ …

2022-11-24 This is the perfect number of times a year to have cranberry sauce: one. John Roderick (or was it …

2022-11-23 “…and Neymar will fall and cry like a baby”, predicts a boy in Belgrade about …

2022-11-23 In a last-minute change of plans we will be roasting our own turkey for the first time since 2015. …

2022-11-22 The Washington cottontails

2022-11-21 Schroedinger's civilization

2022-11-21 Found on Mastodon via @m_clem@econtwitter.net, a passage from The Enchiridion by Epictetus, …

2022-11-20 An homage to M.C. Escher’s Three Worlds, shot at he US National Arboretum, which is another one of …

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2022-11-20 So, for people new to soccer watching the World Cup, just to clarify: that wasn’t an offside, …

2022-11-20 Over the years, I turned from a book highlighter — because that is what they said you should do with …

2022-11-19 There is a good overview of the two ways Micro.blog can interact with Mastodon, from @pmcconnell. I …

2022-11-19 Today I found, via a (paywalled) Janan Ganesh article, an hour-long conversation between Cormac …

2022-11-19 So it looks like the new Pokemon game is buggy as hell. This brings back fond memories of TES II: …

2022-11-18 Public health, lead time bias, and The Dude

2022-11-17 Not a tourist trap, DC edition

2022-11-16 ☕️ After a few decades of making coffee with various techniques (including a dual boiler ECM …

2022-11-16 🎙️ Two recent episodes of EconTalk reminded me why it was the best podcast around: Devon Zuegel on …

2022-11-16 Lists for weekly review

2022-11-15 After a 10-month hiatus I am reactivating my linkblog account on Radio3, one of Dave Winers’ …

2022-11-15 David Simon on Twitter: The worst and most cancerous campaigns on the internet are not to be …

2022-11-15 It is remarkable how quickly the new Verge homepage became my go-to for tech information. Nilay …

2022-11-15 Misfortune without delight

2022-11-14 Don't go there, it's a tourist trap

2022-11-14 Still standing! And even more impressive in person. The “new” museum, 3 years old now, is also …

2022-11-14 In the late 1700s, America’s founding fathers had a fight over the best treatment for yellow fever, …

2022-11-13 Notes on Twitter

2022-11-11 Eleven years have passed since the 11/11/11 release of Skyrim. Tempus fugit.

2022-11-10 The Wizards’ new cherry blossom styling is quite fitting for DC, and even more pink than this photo …

2022-11-10 Guillermo del Toro is single-handedly saving Netflix, first with his Cabinet of Curiosities, now …

2022-11-09 The driveway test

2022-11-08 Today is Election Day in America. By law, this is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in …

2022-11-08 This was, in fact, a trick question. They are all stalactites, the ones at the bottom being a mirror …

2022-11-07 Which ones are stalactites and which are stalagmites?

2022-11-07 This wishing well in the Luray Caverns must be the most American thing I’ve seen yet. Nature: …

2022-11-05 Do better cancer drugs cost more?

2022-11-05 Notes on Nashville

2022-10-16 Downtown Nashville TN, October 15 2022, 1:15pm CT.

2022-10-14 Madam’s Organ/Adams Morgan, Washington DC, October 14 2022, 8:30am EST.

2022-10-13 I love Hamilton the musical, but the opening 5 minutes didn’t quite capture the absolute horror of …

2022-10-12 Angela Lansbury (1925-2022). The original production of Sweeney Todd is my favorite work of hers, …

2022-10-07 And the day is off to a great start! I have heard nothing but good things about the Playdate, save …

2022-09-24 It took me a while, but I finally got it: The Road Not Taken is not about individualism and thinking …

2022-09-23 Pre-weekend reading: How to nurture a personal library. Just lovely.

2022-09-13 Orange tabby cat wearing a crown: Stable Diffusion running on a meager M1 versus Midjourney running …

2022-09-12 Thanks to a weekend trip to the DC zoo I now know about bear-cats, who are neither bears nor cats. …

2022-09-10 Junkspace

2022-09-09 This FT lunch interview with Piers Morgan was written for someone more clued in to British media …

2022-08-31 Charlie Warzel puts out a brilliant newsletter every week, and today’s is no different. …

2022-08-30 📚From The Complacent Class by Tyler Cowen, February 2017.

2022-08-17 Miško (Mouser) the cat, living up to his name.

2022-08-17 Word of the day: blankface

2022-08-16 How Unforced Errors Hobbled America's Monkeypox Response

2022-08-12 Associated Press: Next year, the country is set to allow people to be killed exclusively for mental …

2022-08-10 Ah, DC summers… (our office view right now)

2022-08-08 🎬 Luck (2022) was a disappointment in every respect. The awkwardness started with the initial …

2022-08-02 The perils of courting audience feedback, part deux

2022-07-25 Don’t read the comments

2022-07-24 On the scourge of sarcasm

2022-07-23 Suffocating is the right word

2022-07-19 So, we are fine tearing down the beautiful old Penn Station, but want to preserve the concrete tomb …

2022-07-18 Donald McNeil, formerly of the New York Times, wrote a primer on the monkeypox outbreak which is …

2022-07-17 “This was an ambitious report recommending all sorts of ways to reform government, but no one …

2022-07-16 📚 The last paragraph of the last chapter of Fooled by Randomness, and I can’t read it without …

2022-07-15 Social sciences aren't the only ones with reproducibility issues

2022-07-12 “Lazy columnists rest a sweeping argument about political ideology on a tossed-off missive …

2022-07-09 📚 On regression to the mean in Fooled by Randomness. Beware the uncontrolled phase 2 data, …

2022-07-09 📚 Halfway through Fooled by Randomness, the seeds of Antifragile. It’s all one work, all that’s …

2022-07-07 📚 Catching up with John, the busted high-yield trader in Fooled by Randomness. If you are talking …

2022-07-04 📚 Fooled by hindsight bias. This one is for anyone who thinks lockdowns and school closures in the …

2022-07-03 Several imprecisions in this essay on IRBs should not detract from its key point: social sciences …

2022-07-03 📚 Taleb the prophet, writing about cryptobros and the summer of 2022 back in the early 2000s. …

2022-07-01 Give a lecture once and you help a few hundred people (if you’re lucky). Post the lecture to …

2022-06-30 📚 Re-reading Taleb’s Fooled by Randomness for the first time since covid hit. From the preface, on …

2022-06-29 “Whether hot or cold water freezes faster remains unknown.” Thus begins a wonderful Quanta Magazine …

2022-06-28 “A lot of people simply won’t read a 15-page whitepaper, but will be impressed by flowcharts. …

2022-06-26 “If you are trying to figure out a thinker and his or her defects, see if you can spot that person’s …

2022-06-25 “This contains a combination of various life-extension medicines (metformin, ashwagandha, and …

2022-06-25 More art deco than brutalism? Yes, please.

2022-06-17 Hard to say what’s better here, the article or the illustrations that accompany it. Good job, FT …

2022-06-16 All aboard the hype train

2022-06-14 “When people stopped smoking, toxic clouds disappeared from indoor spaces like bars, …

2022-06-10 “The speed of review times and increasing number of FDA-approved cancer medicines has long been used …

2022-06-09 PSA: don’t dig holes in the sand. A few years ago my wife and I finished a Thanksgiving beach …

2022-06-09 The NYT dostarlimab article is reverberating through international media with predictable …

2022-06-08 “It is in the nature of jesters to speak their minds when the mood takes them, regardless of …

2022-06-08 Residency programs’ publication requirements generate the worst kind of scientific BS — …

2022-06-08 “Brilliance represents an upper bound on the quality of your reasoning, but there is no lower …

2022-06-08 The bullshitization of science

2022-06-07 To reform NIH, maybe you should first understand it?

2022-06-06 Walking around Seoul

2022-06-05 The New York Times should have its medical provider license revoked

2022-06-05 📷 Nature is obviously a fan of Escher.

2022-06-05 📷 Reminds me of M.C. Escher’s Three Worlds (Tregaron Park, NW DC)

2022-06-03 “The Cotswolds are like Disneyland, they said. And I suppose that was meant to be pejorative. …

2022-06-02 “Many breakthroughs in scientific progress have required massive funding and national coordination. …

2022-06-02 “We can’t keep making so many scientists tear out their hair over well-intentioned but …

2022-05-31 “…the sheer amount of regulation is so voluminous that if I had to actually read the guidelines that …

2022-05-30 📚 Calculated Risks was funnier than you’d expect from a book about statistical (in)numeracy. …

2022-05-30 Why not let them buy a rocket launcher?

2022-05-29 Norm Macdonald's last show

2022-05-29 📚 Bullshit Jobs ended up being copy pasta of David Graeber’s fan mail. Too bad, as the premise …

2022-05-28 📷 Seriously?

2022-05-28 📷 It’s moments like this when I regret not having a newer phone (shot on an iPhone XS Max, 4 years …

2022-05-28 📷 This is, without a doubt, the best time to visit Kenilworth aquatic gardens in DC.

2022-05-26 🎙 Still, 2022 is the best year to be alive, and 2023 will be better. Many reasons, but JWST should …

2022-05-25 “To be able to suppress your dislike or lack of interest in things and just do them to gain an …

2022-05-24 Funny that the phrase “stylized facts” started out in economics and is being used in social sciences …

2022-05-21 📚 Cal Newport has some good ideas.

2022-05-21 “Natural systems … may look like (a Rube Goldberg machine) superficially because we don’t fully …

2022-05-21 That’s one good-looking pig. www.ft.com/content/8…

2022-05-10 🧪 Happy to see Quanta magazine recognized for its outstanding science reporting. Their website is an …

2022-05-08 📚 Social networks aren’t the problem, ignorance is. Carl Sagan called it 30 years ago. So if you are …

2022-05-07 📚 Five months into the year, and I’ve abandoned my first book: The Ministry for the Future. …

2022-05-06 A not so great Plenary Session 🎙 episode this week, in which Vinay wonders why people are leaving …

2022-05-06 Two excellent episodes of Healthcare Unfiltered 🎙 in two weeks: Aaron Goodman on heme malignancies. …

2022-05-03 Secrets of the Moon’s Permanent Shadows Are Coming to Light

2022-04-29 “We all got fooled by the 1990s . . . We got fooled into thinking that liberal democracy is easy and …

2022-04-27 🧪 For the five people out there who are interested in T-cell malignancies, one of the last papers we …

2022-04-26 “There can be found, inside every American, a miniature Puritan yearning to grow large and seize …

2022-04-23 📚 Starting the morning with some Gerd Gigerenzer. Hope he doesn’t get into trouble for implying the …

2022-04-22 Zeynep Tufekci on missed opportunities

2022-04-22 Alan Jacobs on science and politics

2022-04-22 “Whatever its flaws, the NBA is one of the more functional institutions in American …

2022-04-21 The Good Science Project is underselling how good it is. More like this, please. (signatures below …

2022-04-19 Twitter-friendly controversies

2022-04-18 Debates I'd rather avoid

2022-04-18 The most important article you'll read this week

2022-04-09 From David Graeber’s uneven but in parts excellent book BS Jobs. This was my own conclusion after …

2022-04-08 “We live in Applicatia, a world where people must spend their days improving their resumes in …

2022-04-07 🎙 Out of the two podcasts about randomized controlled trials that came out this week, I much …

2022-04-07 Frustrating to listen. Yes, well-done RCTs are prohibitively expensive and many good ideas are …

2022-04-06 🎙 A fantastic episode of EconTalk this week: Richard Gunderman and Russ Roberts discuss …

2022-04-05 🧪 Good morning to everyone except to whomever is in charge of the eRA Commons service desk. …

2022-04-01 “This is the question that haunts me: How much genius are we losing to the compulsive need to scroll …

2022-03-31 Inside the Virus-Hunting Nonprofit at the Center of the Lab-Leak Controversy This gun isn’t smoking, …

2022-03-30 A marvelous xkcd from a few days ago. This one strip explains the trouble with odds ratios better …

2022-03-30 Putin’s useful German idiots 📰 This is not limited to Putin. Germany has a rich history of enabling …

2022-03-28 Invasion of the Fact-Checkers 📰 An uneducated populace with little capacity for critical thought …

2022-03-27 Review: Understanding Nonlinear Dynamics 📚 Thought I’d be too old for textbooks, but here we are…

2022-03-27 Ann Druyan wrote the last paragraph of The Demon-Haunted World (1997). Hate to say it, but darkness …

2022-03-26 American cities never stood a chance 📷

2022-03-26 Ann Druyan on localism. Timeless 📚

2022-03-26 “We are still talking about the original Wuhan strain coronavirus vaccine. Sad!” Attempted Trumpism …

2022-03-26 This whole chapter is striking, particularly when you consider all that came after (the book was …

2022-03-26 A timeless couple of paragraphs 📚

2022-03-25 It’s only the first episode, but The Joy of Why looks to me like the podcast RadioLab used to be, in …

2022-03-24 📺 Station Eleven 👍

2022-03-24 Good morning 📰

2022-03-23 After long last, an episode of Conversations with Tyler worth linking to: Lydia Davis on language, …

2022-03-23 Sagan on sceptics. While true, the paragraph would have to be rewritten for the 2020s: being a …

2022-03-22 Edward Teller is a prime example that you can be a world-class physicist and also as dumb as a rock. …

2022-03-21 Sagan on the perceived benefits of not pursuing truth. He would’ve gotten into so much trouble two …

2022-03-20 Sagan on science and anti-science. This kind of language could get you into trouble nowadays. 📚

2022-03-20 In theory there is no difference between theory and practice (…) in practice there is. Benjamin …

2022-03-20 Back to microblogging. Making blogs fun again!

2022-03-19 On the other hand, this view from Mt Vernon is worth preserving

2022-03-19 American NIMBYism runs deep

2022-03-18 The Top articles feature of Twitter Blue is well worth the price! Now if only there was a Twitter …

2022-03-18 “Most TV shows are not good. The key problems are that too much quality scripting is required, …

2022-03-18 Sagan quoting Harvard’s then-Chief of Psyciatry, Dr. Frankel. Everything old is new again, and …

2022-03-18 Reading The Demon-Haunted World, trying to figure out if Carl Sagan would be disappointed in us or …

2022-03-18 The Worm Moon, looking intense

2022-03-17 🍿 Turning Red: like Bao meeting The Mitchells… to produce something less artistic then either, but …

2022-03-17 Bloodshed in DC last night.

2021-10-28 Godwin’s Law and the Rise of Hyperbole on MedTwitter 🙄 – The Health Care Blog.