- Providence Journal: R.I. rethinking pedestrian bridge plan on 195 land after bids come in high
- WPRI: Study: Low infrastructure spending makes RI an ‘outlier state’
- The Economist: America’s growing temporary workforce
America's temporary help industry first emerged after the second world war, when companies like Manpower and Kelly Girl Service began “renting out” office workers on a short-term basis. In those early years, temps numbered in the hundreds of thousands. Today, the industry employs some 2.9m people, over 2% of America’s total workforce.
- The Economist: What if Germany had not Reunified
Joining East and West together within NATO and the European Union was the worst option, except for all the others
- Lars P. Syll: Why Economists Can't Reason Neoclassical economics has since long given up on the real world and contents itself with proving things about thought up worlds. Empirical evidence only plays a minor role in economic theory, where models largely function as a substitute for empirical evidence. The one-sided, almost religious, insistence on axiomatic-deductivist modeling as the only scientific activity worthy of pursuing in economics, is a scientific cul-de-sac.
- Chasing Truth. Catching Hell.: Dear Norm: How Do You Defend Those People? (Part 3,223)
No, I don’t mean “how can you live with yourself ensuring due process for people who have done really really bad things” or anything like that. I mean, how do you actually do it? When you have a client accused of something awful, and he/she has next to nothing by way of a defense, how do you defend them anyway?
- USA Today: Hardwired for happy hour: Primates choose booze
Scientists discovered that the aye-aye and the slow loris species both have a taste for booze, a finding that indirectly bolsters one theory for how humans came to appreciate a stiff drink. The aye-ayes in particular were such enthusiastic tipplers that after draining their cups, they searched for more…
- #fridayreads: Thinking in systems: a primer by Donella H. Meadows
- Foreign Policy: The Soft Logic of Soft Targets
Second, trying to defend “soft targets” is essentially impossible, because such targets are by definition vulnerable and there are an infinite number of them in any minimally free society.
- Columbia Journalism Review: How a regional newspaper pulled off a national investigation into sexual abuse by doctors
- Corey Robin: We can get rid of the Hitlers and the Himmlers, but not the Speers
In 1942, Albert Speer drafted a decree that made it a crime, punishable by death, to provide false information about raw materials, labor, machinery or products. Himmler thought it was too harsh.
- Foreign Policy: Britain Has a New Snooper-in-Chief
“Government hacking powers, mass surveillance, and collection and sharing of data,” is how Gus Hosein, the executive director of Privacy International, summed up May’s agenda as home secretary, a position in which she oversaw the police, the MI5 domestic security services, and border control. In that role, May increased data collection on travelers in the EU and, in Hosein’s words, used “any opportunity to decry human rights laws as the bane of our existence.”
- Open Culture: An 1585 Recipe for Making Pancakes
Take new thicke Creame a pint, foure or five yolks of egs, a good handful of flower and two or three spoonefuls of ale, strain them together into a faire platter, and season it with a good handfull of sugar, a spooneful of synamon, and a little Ginger…
- Providence Journal: Providence-to-Newport ferry has successful launch
- Providence Business News: Has the mall been worth it?
- **The Chronicle of Higher Education:* Law Schools Cut Back to Counter Tough Financial Times**
First-year enrollment at the 204 J.D.-granting law schools accredited by the American Bar Association has fallen 30 percent from its peak six years ago. It’s slumped to its lowest level since 1973, when there were only 151 schools.
- 1843: The West's Biggest Statue
The statue was cast in Russia in 1991 and intended as a gift to the United States to mark the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s first voyage to the Americas. Having been turned down by several mainland cities due to its monstrous size, ugliness and the prohibitive cost of installation, it was eventually accepted in 1998 by Puerto Rico, where Columbus had landed on his second voyage in 1493.
- Quote Investigator: Beer/Wine Is Proof that God Loves Us and Wants Us To Be Happy
- Foreigh Policy: London Should Secede From the United Kingdom
The more countries democratize, the more local populations seek greater self-rule.
- WSB-TV: Poll: Some voters prefer meteor strike to Clinton, Trump
Giant Meteor 2016: Just End It Already
- AP: Britain votes to leave EU: Cameron to resign; markets rocked
- CNN: No-fly nightmares: The program's most embarrassing mistakes
On the same day Kennedy revealed his flight troubles, civil rights icon and longtime Rep. John Lewis revealed he, too, had been snarled by the watchlist dragnet. According to his office, the Georgia Democrat had over the course of a year been held up 35 to 40 times. Despite reaching out to a number of federal agencies over that period, Lewis' name had remained on a list.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education: Does Reading on Computer Screens Affect Student Learning?
The mind-set with reading on a computer or tablet screen, says Ms. Baron, becomes
I’m studying for a test, and this piece of text is not going to become a part of who I am.
- Language Log: Gertrude Trump
You know the Republicans honestly folks our leaders our leaders have to get tougher. This is too tough to do it alone but you know what I think I'm gonna be forced to. I think I'm going to be forced to. Our leaders have to get a lot tougher.
- Providence Journal: Mark Patinkin's judgmental map of Providence
- Providence Business News: House OKs $20M bond for ProvPort
A $20 million state bond issue that would expand the terminal capacity of ProvPort Inc., by adding more land and water acreage at the Port of Providence, is expected to be presented to voters in November.
- The Economist: Where the smart is
Connected homes will take longer to materialise than expected
- Providence Business News: What new residential construction there is in R.I. rarely matches state's needs
Although permit activity has increased, new construction of housing has yet to rebound from the Great Recession, according to builders and state officials.
And where residential building is taking place, it generally is not taking the form of multifamily or increased density. But that is exactly what the state needs, according to housing advocates.
- On the Economy: Read this now: Clyde Prestowitz’s masterful history of the political economy of trade in the US
The idea that more trade is always win-win for everybody is unquestionably wrong in theory and practice.
- The Big Picture: Dani Rodrik on the downsides of globalization
- The Economist: The price of caring
Some reports have it that Thomas Mair, the 52-year-old man arrested for yesterday’s fatal attack on Jo Cox, a Labour MP, was waiting for her outside the Yorkshire library where she was holding a constituency surgery. Whether or not this turns out to have been the case, her murder is a stark illustration of the risks to which MPs go by making themselves so available to their constituents.
- aeon: Disgust made us human
- The Globe and Mail: Dear McDonald’s, your desserts are too sugary. Love, a giant candy company
- Combat!: Citigroup sues AT&T, claiming trademark on phrase “thank you”
Like most consumers, I associate the phrase “thank you” with Citigroup THANKYOU Marks, which the financial-services giant uses in its customer rewards programs. When I hold the door open for a little girl and she says “thank you,” I suffer a moment of confusion. How has this child become employed by Citigroup, and why has my act of courtesy earned me THANKYOU Mark rewards? But then I remember that, oh yeah, trademark violations have diluted the THANKYOU Mark brand to the point where people started using it in non-rewards point contexts. It’s the kind of infringement on intellectual property that has become too common in the modern world.
- The Hard Times: Female Noise Artist Proves Women Can Be Talentless and Weird Too
She's the next big thing in an almost completely ignored scene.
- #fridayreads: The Concrete Blonde, Michael Connelly
All these findings correspond with a substantial body of research in the economic literature, which, with the help of surveys, laboratory experiments, as well as field experiments showed that those who learn about markets (economists) or act in markets (businessmen) are lacking in … ‘pro-social behavior’ … I also use corruption as a proxy to show whether there are any differences in pro-social behavior between economists and non-economists, but unlike them, I observe behavior outside the artificial situation of a laboratory. By analyzing real world data of the U.S. Congress, I found that politicians holding a degree in economics are significantly more prone to engage in corrupt practices.
Does Economics Make Politicians Corrupt? Empirical Evidence from the United States Congress
Yet another PaperJS experiment. This one generates
Sparklines. It simply looks for canvases matching a specific CSS selector (
canvas.sparkler by default), and draws a chart based on JSON-formatted data in the
data-data attribute. Here, I'm displaying some unemployment data from Quandl.
The code is on Gist.
What it's doing: Each
node has a
belief that matches its hue, represented
as an angle between 0 and 359 degrees. Every 25 frames (once a second or so), a node is chosen at random and given
a choice whether to speak; if it does (this is represented by a fading circle expanding from the node). Every other
node has a chance to hear the speaking node based on the distance between the speaker and the listener--the farther
you are from the speaker, the less likely you are to hear.
Once a node does hear another node, it will only care about what it's hearing under one of two conditions:
- The hearer's beliefs (i.e. color) are similar to the speakers, in which case the hearer's beliefs will move slightly closer to the speaker's; or
- The hearer's beliefs are very different from the speakers, and its beliefs will move even further away from the speaker's.
In either case, there is a small chance the hearer will
subscribe to the speaker, which adds a line between the two and
means the hearer will always hear announcements from that speaker.
**NB:* This isn't designed--at least in this incarnation--to be a realistic simulation of anything. It's another experiment with PaperJS.*
This is a minor experiment with Paper.js, made while I (re-)teach myself to animate color and movement. (Click through to view.)
jekyll.R provides two R functions to let you add posts or drafts to your Jekyll blog direct from the RStudio console, by
knit()ing an .Rmarkdown document into markdown with the YAML
front-matter Jekyll expects. This is probably the best option for blogs.
rmarkdown_converter.rb is a Jekyll plugin that provides an Rmarkdown
converter. This lets write your posts in RMarkdown and save them in your site's
_posts directory with the extension
Rmarkdown, just like you normally post standard markdown documents.
The downside here is that changes to your R environment (you get a new computer and don't reinstall all of the packages you had before, you upgrade R and one of the packages you used to use is no longer supported, etc.) can make it impossible to build your blog (or at least some posts). It might be more useful for some non-blog sites.