Tour De France Wrapup

Lynne Kiesling I controlled myself this year and decided to summarize all of my Tour thoughts in one post, as opposed to last year. It’s been difficult, because I’ve enjoyed this year’s Tour more than any other in recent memory. That’s partly due to the Floyd Landis yellow win and Robbie McEwen green win, but … More Tour De France WrapupMore Tour De France Wrapup

The Decentralization of News

Lynne Kiesling Forbes has an interesting article today on the increasing use of viewer video in news stories. The concept is a potentially revolutionary one for TV newsrooms and their Web sites, which rely on their own camera crews and news services such as Reuters and the Associated Press for the vast majority of their … More The Decentralization of NewsMore The Decentralization of News

Pete Boettke’s On A Roll

Lynne Kiesling While I was otherwise engaged this week, Pete Boettke was on a roll over at Austrian Economists. First was this post about economic discourse, building off of earlier posts by Tyler Cowen and Greg Mankiw, both addressing various aspects of how economists develop and communicate their ideas. Pete picks up on the apparent … More Pete Boettke’s On A RollMore Pete Boettke’s On A Roll

Profits: Apple and Intel Going Opposite Directions

Lynne Kiesling Earlier this week Apple announced its quarterly profits for Q2; profits increased by 48 percent. Unexpectedly continued strong iPod sales combined with a 61 percent increase in sales of laptop computers. What the WaPo article doesn’t say, but I saw in other places, is that the power and operating system flexibility of the … More Profits: Apple and Intel Going Opposite DirectionsMore Profits: Apple and Intel Going Opposite Directions

Seminar: Freedom, Tolerance, and Civil Society

Lynne Kiesling The radio silence from yours truly has been due to the concatenation (one of my favorite words) of two events: a project deadline today and my participation as a faculty member in the Institute for Humane Studies seminar Freedom, Tolerance, and Civil Society (note the serial comma, so there, Tom!). I gave three … More Seminar: Freedom, Tolerance, and Civil SocietyMore Seminar: Freedom, Tolerance, and Civil Society

International Football Labor Market: Juventus Fire Sale

Lynne Kiesling The Italilan football league scandal has brought the relegation of the four culprit teams, including Juventus, the best team in the Italian Serie A. If I understand the stipulations of the contracts, this relegation means that players are not obligated to remain with the relegated teams. It is better for their careers for … More International Football Labor Market: Juventus Fire SaleMore International Football Labor Market: Juventus Fire Sale

The Wisdon of Crowds Tech Support

Lynne Kiesling OK, this is the kind of creative thinking that makes life beautiful. This CNET News article discusses a new service, Qunu, that aims to unleash distributed tech geek knowledge on tech support problems. In my experience, the best technical support on any product will come from somebody who actually uses and likes the … More The Wisdon of Crowds Tech SupportMore The Wisdon of Crowds Tech Support

Are Economists Tactless?

Lynne Kiesling Let me just state for the record that Alex’s telling his wife that he’ll appreciate the peace and quiet of an empty house is not a function of gender (or, at least not solely). I have been know to make similarly tactless (to use Tim Worstall’s word) remarks to the KP Spouse, who … More Are Economists Tactless?More Are Economists Tactless?

P.G. O’Rourke on Adam Smith

Lynne Kiesling One of the casualties of my ISP’s DNS server failure yesterday: Alex Tabarrok beat me to linking to his comments on The Theory of Moral Sentiments. In any case, O’Rourke’s review is a good read. … More P.G. O’Rourke on Adam Smith

Welcome Back, Mr. Seat! Have Some Manure

Lynne Kiesling Please do go over and welcome back Mr. Seat, who has been away for far too long. He offers sympathy to our Indian friends, and links to an Environmental Economics post about generating electricity from cow manure. One company I know of that does great energy things with manure is Real Energy. As … More Welcome Back, Mr. Seat! Have Some ManureMore Welcome Back, Mr. Seat! Have Some Manure