Archives for: August 2008

The History of University Lectures

August 28th, 2008
Good post over at Brad DeLong's blog today about the origin of Big University Lectures. # A manuscript hand-copied book back in 1000 cost roughly the same share of average annual income as $50,000 is today. # Hence if you have a "normal" college--ei… more »

And Speaking of People I Like

August 27th, 2008
As long as I'm on the subject - Charles Barkley. I'm not much of a basketball fan, but I've always had a soft spot for Charles Barkley, even when he was losing his temper. He's refreshingly honest. And as he's aged, the temper has mellowed but the ho… more »

It's Probably a Good Thing Rachel Maddow is a Lesbian...

August 27th, 2008
...because otherwise my wife might become jealous. "[The left-right 'balance' on most cable news shows] creates fake balance," she says. "I'm sorry -- we're going to have a debate about whether or not the Earth is flat? It doesn't make sense to have… more »

Honesty (joke)

August 25th, 2008
A young man works on the farm with his father. Because the "back 40", a parcel of farmland well away from the house, is located so far from the house, the father constructs an outhouse next to the creek at the edge of the property. And when working out… more »

Oil Prices

August 21st, 2008
Oil prices have recently gone from a high of $147 a barrel down to $115. Of course, this is all up from $25 a barrel in 2002. Now, as oil and gasoline prices began to pinch, various talking heads began to blame the high prices on "speculators". I lar… more »