Freakonomics readers get a lesson in price discrimination (or bad customer service): Interestingly, as I gave a lecture on â€œPrice Discriminationâ€, using an example of the demand for textbooks (relatively inelastic) vs. novels (relatively elastic), the students pointed out that in our campus textbook store, â€œFreakonomicsâ€ is on sale at the regular price in the […]
On your left, booker extraordinaire Natasha Bishop. On your right, Pollyanna Bush.
Heather and I spotted this on the way out of the hockey arena in Yerba Buena in San Francisco.
The CBC’s The National ran an exposÃ© on Dr. Ranjit Kumar Chandra. It turns out he’s been faking his research data for 20 years: Chandra claimed to have given 96 healthy seniors from St. John’s a daily multivitamin pill for a year. He then tested their memory for improvements. But the test results didn’t make […]
the san francisco bay guardian‘s editor, tim redmond, has been drinking something funny lately, resulting in him ranting against craigslist: The problem with that is simple: When Craig comes to town (and he’s coming to just about every town in the nation soon), the existing community institutions â€“ say, the locally owned weekly newspaper â€“ […]
Ssomeone called me last week and asked what do about his 16-month-old monitor that had just died. He had already shown it to a dealer, and the dealer told him there would be a $500 minimum charge. Since monitors aren’t something you can easily troubleshoot or repair, i started think about ways to avoid paying […]
Thanks, Keith Olbermann â€” that was excellent.
Since January 2004, the US-VISIT program has apprehended nearly 1,000 people. Out of 44 million. At a cost of $15 billion. That’s $15 million per bad guy caught.
at work, i posed the question “can vegetarians have cash cows?” the answer: since a cash cow is something that generates cash, and vegetarians are okay with consuming animal products (but not animals), vegetarians can indeed have cash cows. vegans, on the other hand, cannot.