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Kinky Labor Supply and the Attention Tax clipping

Posted on January 22nd, 2019

This essay was co-authored by Andrew Kortina and Namrata Patel. Kinky (S1) vs classical (S0) labor supply curve.Over the past few decades, labor force participation has sharply dropped for men ages 20-34. Theories about the root cause range from indolence, to a lack of skills and training, to offshoring, to (perhaps most interestingly) the increasing attractiveness and availability of leisure and media entertainment. In this essay, we propos...

The Supply Chain Africa Needs clipping

Posted on January 2nd, 2019

Chuma Asuzu · December 22, 2018 Comparing product development stories across the continentAt a conference in Nairobi two years ago, an engineer visiting from Rotterdam stunned me with how easy it was for his team to order electronic components: an order for a BLE chip placed on Thursday evening would be fulfilled by lunch on Friday. Only a month before that, my colleague and I had spent two weeks waiting for a Bluetooth module for a prototype ...

How to Use Evernote for Your Creative Workflow clipping

Posted on December 30th, 2018

By Tiago Forte of Forte Labs Let’s imagine how you would use Evernote if you had a brain. I previously explained how the standard tag-based approach basically contradicts everything we know about creativity and how the human brain works. After a few months of tinkering, I’m ready to attempt an answer to the reverse question:What would it look like to use Evernote as the basis for a creative workflow, in line with known neuroscience principle...

Productivity for Precious Snowflakes clipping

Posted on December 29th, 2018

January 28, 2016 By Tiago Forte We’ve been told for years now that what our parents and kindergarten teachers told us is not, in fact, true — we are not each and every one of us special unique snowflakes destined for greatness. In this essay I want to offer a new theory of productivity for those of us who, despite all the evidence to the contrary, still believe there is something valuable about our particular point of view. I will argue that...

How Argentina became white clipping

Posted on December 27th, 2018

By Razib Khan | December 17, 2009 1:42 pm Apropos of my skepticism of Census projections of 2050 demographic balances, there’s a new paper out on Argentina which is relevant. Here’s Wikipedia on Argentina’s self-conception: As with other areas of new settlement such as Canada, Australia and the United States, Argentina is considered a country of immigrants. Most Argentines are descended from colonial-era settlers and of the 19th and 20th ce...

Two Malthusian scares clipping

Posted on December 27th, 2018

Carter lectures the U.S. on energy, 1978 In 1798. the Reverend Thomas Malthus wrote his influential essay on population, arguing that population grows exponentially while the supply of food, energy, and other commodities only grows linearly. As a result, the vast majority of humankind is doomed to be mired in poverty unless some even grimmer reapers than starvation (war, disease, etc.) are brought to bear, or births are moderated. In 1978 U...

Geeks, MOPs, and sociopaths in subculture evolution clipping

Posted on December 27th, 2018

Subcultures are dead. I plan to write a full obituary soon. Subcultures were the main creative cultural force from roughly 1975 to 2000, when they stopped working. Why? One reason—among several—is that as soon as subcultures start getting really interesting, they get invaded by muggles, who ruin them. Subcultures have a predictable lifecycle, in which popularity causes death. Eventually—around 2000—everyone understood this, and gave up hoping ...

The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species - Lightspeed Magazine clipping

Posted on November 13th, 2018

by Ken LiuAuthor spotlight Published in Aug. 2012 (Issue 27) | 2735 words © 2012 Ken Liu There is no definitive census of all the intelligent species in the universe. Not only are there perennial arguments about what qualifies as intelligence, but each moment and everywhere, civilizations rise and fall, much as the stars are born and die. Time devours all. Yet every species has its unique way of passing on its wisdom through the ages, its way...

Learning Economics From Walt Disney World clipping

Posted on October 10th, 2018

By David M. Levy, reason.com October 1st, 1975 Libertarians who are no doubt accustomed to meeting their ideas in caricature have probably been told that in a libertarian world—one with private streets, private mass transit, private utilities of all descriptions, private ownership of redwood trees and alligators—everything would have an explicit price to it. To walk on the streets, to visit the parks, individuals would be required to make an ...

The Chengzhongcun: Urban Traces of the Village clipping

Posted on September 15th, 2018

The Chengzhongcun Urban Traces of the Village Villager going about daily life in the alleyways of Xiasha Village, Shenzhen, 2011 © John Joseph Burns Essay by John Joseph Burns ‘To get rich is Glorious’ Much of modern China stems from the economic reforms brought in by Deng Xiao Ping in the late 1970’s and since that time an unimaginable and unprecedented expansion has occurred in its urban areas. The vast majority of the urban developme...

The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling by Ted Chiang — Subterranean Press clipping

Posted on November 26th, 2015

When my daughter Nicole was an infant, I read an essay suggesting that it might no longer be necessary to teach children how to read or write, because speech recognition and synthesis would soon render those abilities superfluous. My wife and I were horrified by the idea, and we resolved that, no matter how sophisticated technology became, our daughter’s skills would always rest on the bedrock of traditional literacy. It turned out that we an...