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 »

Lies, damned lies...

August 26th, 2008
On the way home from work last night, I listened to a few minutes of NPRs coverage of the Democratic convention. Just before I got bored and switched to my ipod, a female reporter/commentator/random voice asked a male r/c/rv about Hillary Supporter supp… more »

Things that I strongly do not like

August 26th, 2008
I've long disliked BMWs rather intensely, based on the behavior of the vast majority of BMW drivers. Recently, however, that knee-jerk dislike/annoyance (it's hardly up the level of a good, sincere "hatred") has shifted to Priuses. I really, really… more »