- The Economist: The end of the line
New technologies are poised to abolish many call-centre jobs and transform others. At best, jobs will be created more slowly in the Philippines and India; at worst they will vanish. And it is likely that nowhere else will be able to talk its way out of poverty as they have done.
- Foreign Policy: The Big 5 and the Sad State of Foreign Policy in 2016
You can now see why I find it painful to write about the 2016 campaign. The good news (such as it is) is that no president gets to run foreign policy on their own, and the things they say in a campaign often bear little resemblance to what they end up doing in office.
- Crooked Timber: Q: When is a dollar pegged to gold not on a gold standard? A: From 1934-1971
- Evonomics: More Evidence That Learning Economics Makes You Selfish
- New Republic: Thomas Jefferson Was a Muslim
In the smear campaign before the election for the presidency of the United States, one candidate was accused by his opponents of being a closet Muslim.
viewed all Muslims as agents of religious error and a foreign threat.The United States faced a hostage crisis, as many Americans were taken hostage by Muslim powers and freed only after a ransom was paid. In one country alone,
more than one hundred Americans had been captured and imprisoned.Accounts of these captivities, even forced conversions, were often bestselling books. Piracy off the coasts of North Africa was a major problem for American cargo ships. A
social Christian,hoping to preserve
a purely Protestant Christian America,was worried that aliens might take over the reins of power in the country and opined that
the few … Jews, Mahomedans, Atheists or Deists among usmust, in the name of prudence and justice, be excluded
from our publick offices.
- Gadgette: Homeopathy: the air guitar of medicine
This subhead contains as many active ingredients as your sugar pill
- Tom Weller: Beowulf ond Godsylla
Ne foe beaten/mie færsom cung-fu.
- Providence Business News: Development team claims I-195 Redevelopment District parcels, plans $250M initial project
A development team with national prominence has agreed to purchase two parcels of the I-195 Redevelopment District, as well as adjacent sites, and develop what is anticipated to be a 1.1-million square-foot mixed-use and bioscience center.
- The Economist: The contributory myth: what you pay in isn't what you get out
- The Economist: When Bartholomew meets Kirill: The Orthodox prepare for a great gathering Their meeting, due to take place around the feast of Pentecost, which falls on June 19th, will try to ensure that eastern Christianity punches closer to its weight in world affairs. With Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople presiding, the prelates can be expected to issue a joint declaration on global issues like poverty, the environment and embattled religious minorities.
- WPRI: Vincent
BuddyCianci Dead at 74
[O]ne thing about Buddy Cianci is that he loves this city and no one can deny that.
- Providence Journal: Remembering Cianci: The 'quintessential rogue of Rogues Island'
- The Economist: The Republican establishment battles the party's insurgents
- The Register: Stop the music! Booby-trapped song carjacked vehicles - security prof Savage revealed that his team had been able to get full control of a vehicle by encoding computer instructions into a song. If the carefully crafted .WMA track was played from a CD, the attacker could get full control - the smuggled code would exploit weaknesses in the playback software to commandeer operations.
- #fridayreads: Naked Economics, Charles J. Wheelan
- Tim Harford:
The price of being female
Does a dollar in my pocket buy more than a dollar in my wife's? It seems so, according to a report released just before Christmas by New York City's Department of Consumer Affairs, which was much covered in the US media. The DCA report found that men often paid less for clothes and items such as razor blades and shampoo. Even boys' toys are cheaper than those aimed at girls.
- The Onion: NYC Mayor: 'Reconcile Yourselves With Your God, For All Will Perish In The Tempest'
From last year, but seems relevant now.
- King Arthur Flour: Five Surprising Ways to Use Your Waffle Iron
- NY Times: Dear Powerball Winner: Take Our Advice and Take the Annuity
- Dr. Keynes Was Right: A Bit of a Problem
bitcoin, by design, is a pyramid scheme
- The Economist: Felicitous felicide
Last year Greg Hunt, the federal environment minister, launched a
threatened species strategyto stop mammals' decline. Fire, loss of habitat and foxes, another alien predator, have played a part. But, Mr Hunt says, feral cats are
the number-one killers.
- PostEverything: Donald Trump's Big Lie about the global economy ...while a small fraction of American manufacturing jobs migrated overseas over the past few decades, a far greater fraction of manufacturing jobs simply disappeared and are not coming back.
- Tablet: The Doctor and the Nazis Was Hans Asperger, as a young man, a Nazi?
- PC World: OpenSSH patches information leak that could expose private SSH keys
- #fridayreads: The Black Ice, 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.
I've been experimenting lately with Paper.js,
The Swiss Army Knife of Vector Graphics Scripting.
My first effort is below, an interactive (try selecting lines by clicking and dragging) parallel coordinate plot.
The plot below is displaying the state.x77 dataset
built in to R; I'll think of something more interesting to display with it eventually.
Good to see someone's finally using R for something useful.