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Markets in everything those new service sector jobs work from a distance

Soon, she said, money began flowing into her account. “Please take all of my money for your trip, I don’t deserve it,” wrote Betaboy10, who gave $500, according to screen shots she provided to The New York Times. Another, named SubMike00, sent $250. A user […]

Sunday assorted links

1. Somehow the places that don’t make such a big deal about Covid are not such great places to live (…and have to keep the truth a secret…Russia in denial about the high number of Covid deaths, NYT). 2. NYT covers WSJ. 3. Tribute to […]

How to extract information from on-line reviews, or why Star Wars is still a thing

Online reviews promise to provide people with immediate access to the wisdom of the crowds. Yet, half of all reviews on Amazon and Yelp provide the most positive rating possible, despite human behaviour being substantially more varied in nature. We term the challenge of discerning […]

My Conversation with Lex Fridman

2 hours 9 minutes long, Lex is one of the very best interviewers/discussants in the sector. Here is the video, here is the audio. Plenty of new topics and avenues, including the political economy of Russia (note this was recorded before the massing of Russian […]

India China Canada fact of the day

Kolkata has long been home to India’s largest Chinese community. At its peak, when Calcutta (as it then was) was the capital of imperial India, it was home to 50,000 ethnic Chinese… Yet the Chinese community is wilting, anyway. It now numbers perhaps 2,500. Many […]

Saturday assorted links

1. Your Ponzi career? 2. People systematically overlook subtractive changes. And a Patrick Collison comment: “An obvious point that took me way too long to appreciate: in software engineering, you should probably optimize for speed even when you don’t have to, because it’s one of […]

Economics in One Virus

Here is John Cochrane, Megan McArdle, Ryan Bourne and myself on the pandemic. Lots of good material. John Cochrane was excellent on testing in a pandemic and why it’s different than medical testing, starting around 22:00. My follow-up also had some good material, our antibodies, […]

Which are the most striking elements of Monkey Pong?

Watch this if you haven’t already: What comes to your mind is an interesting kind of Rorschach test. A few options (not necessarily endorsed by me) are: 1. Where did they get that background from? 2. Can I have some of what that monkey is […]

New York City estimate of the day

In only a year, the market value of office towers in Manhattan, home to the country’s two largest central business districts, has plummeted 25 percent, according to city projections released on Wednesday, contributing to an estimated $1 billion drop-off in property tax revenue. JPMorgan Chase, […]

From Charles Kenny

Friends: I’m writing to tell you about my latest book and ask you to take a look (and share the news). Your World, Better is written for the smart and engaged middle school student. It looks at how America and the World has changed since […]