Apr 222018
 

Bootleggers and Baptists is a concept put forth by regulatory economist Bruce Yandle,[1] derived from the observation that regulations are supported both by groups that want the ostensible purpose of the regulation, and by groups that profit from undermining that purpose.[2]
— Read on en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bootleggers_and_Baptists

*Concept often brought up in EconTalk podcasts.

Apr 222018
 

Show me someone who sweats every day, and spends as much time at events as watching them on TV, and I’ll show you someone who is good at life.
— Read on www.l2inc.com/daily-insights/no-mercy-no-malice/happiness-the-gorilla

*Lots of interesting and useful advice in this article. Read the whole thing. You will learn something about yourself and life.

Apr 222018
 

CB4 reported that its clients have a 95% compliance rate on recommendations from the stores and see a net sales gain of 0.8% to 3% from its solution.
— Read on www.supermarketnews.com/retail-financial/heinen-s-gets-deeper-insight-store-operations

*How much more in profits after subtracting the cost of the service?

Feb 242018
 

But I’m done looking, and I just want to share what I’ve found so far—and to implore all the outfits that rate earphones and headphones with mics to rate the mics too. It’s a kindness to the people at the other end of every call.

Remember: conversations are two-way, and the person speaking has almost no idea how good they’re sounding to the other person over a mobile phone. So give the mics some weight.

And thanks, Bose. Good product.

http://blogs.harvard.edu/doc/2018/02/07/mics-matter/

*It’s unclear why this hasn’t been a common factor of comparison and consideration previously.

Dec 272017
 

Ben Franklin’s Guide to Spotting Pseudoscience

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-12-22/ben-franklin-s-guide-to-spotting-pseudoscience

“In the 20th century, something like mesmerism returned in the form of “therapeutic touch” — a practice that involves no actual touching. Practitioners run their hands through the air, allegedly realigning patients’ energy fields.”

“He discovered something new — what would come to be called the placebo effect. He also discovered the “nocebo” effect — the experience of side effects when people wrongly think they are getting a treatment.”

“The power of suggestion also explains why so many people felt better after bloodletting and other now-discredited mainstream practices of Franklin’s time.”

*Interesting.

Dec 042017
 

Seth’s Blog: How does the ball know?:

 

” In order to not follow through, you need to start slowing down before you’re done hitting the ball. “

*Best description of what’s really happening.

Aug 212017
 

A 2:15 Alarm, 2 Trains and a Bus Get Her to Work by 7 A.M.

“California job growth has slowed considerably over the past year, in part because high housing costs have made it harder for employers to fill jobs.”

“About 50,000 commuters leave San Joaquin County each day for jobs in the Bay Area, a figure that has rebounded to its pre-recession peak, according to Jeffrey Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. And that has given Stockton one of the nation’s highest concentrations of “extreme commuters” who travel 90 or more minutes to work.”

“Long commutes are, of course, not unique to Northern California. The number of commuters who travel 90 or more minutes to work is almost 3 percent nationwide.”

“the phenomenon is even more evident in the Bay Area, where the numbers rose to nearly 5 percent from 3 percent in just three years, according to an analysis of census data by the Brookings Institution.”

“In Stockton, 8 percent of commuters travel 90 minutes or more.”

“Facing the day ahead, she was mindful that she still had a three-hour reverse commute that would deliver her home 12 hours later.”

*More people than I thought have what I’d deem extreme commutes. This was a good article that gave details on one woman’s commute.