Milton Friedman, the Chicago School, and Austrian Economics

Lynne Kiesling Today is Milton Friedman Day, and although the Day Job has kept me from much reading and writing today, I would like to point you to this nice article from the Freeman about Milton Friedman and the Chicago School. In the course of the discussion Richard Ebeling contrasts the Chicago School with Austrian … More Milton Friedman, the Chicago School, and Austrian EconomicsMore Milton Friedman, the Chicago School, and Austrian Economics

Commitment, Commitment

Lynne Kiesling Now I’ve gone and done it; I’ve registered for the Olympic distance Pleasant Prairie Triathlon on 19 August. In triathlon lingo, this race will be my A race for the summer. Anxiety over this will surely get my butt on the bike rollers this winter, even when I’d like to stay in bed … More Commitment, CommitmentMore Commitment, Commitment

Randall Parker and David Victor on Ethanol Policy

Lynne Kiesling Randall Parker at FuturePundit has a post noting Stanford economist David Victor’s analyses of ethanol, as found in this Technology Review interview with him. I generally agree with David’s remarks (we met several years ago in Mexico, and he has lots of expertise in energy and environment, particularly in developing countries), and with … More Randall Parker and David Victor on Ethanol PolicyMore Randall Parker and David Victor on Ethanol Policy

Frivolous Fun on Friday

Lynne Kiesling This novelty is tailor-made for a Fry-and-Laurie loving, Wodehouse reading, pathetic Anglophile like myself: the Voco clock, an alarm clock programmed with 50 different messages from Stephen Fry as the consummate valet (Mr. Jeeves). Imagine waking up to the voice of Stephen Fry saying I’m so sorry to disturb you sir, but it … More Frivolous Fun on FridayMore Frivolous Fun on Friday

Good Things to Read This Morning

Lynne Kiesling Tyler Cowen on income inequality in the NY Times; see also comments from Don Boudreaux at CafĂ© Hayek and Mark Thoma at The Economist’s View. This Technology Review article on EEstor’s new battery-ultracapacitor for energy storage. EEstor claims that their battery hybrid has 10 times the capacity of a traditional battery at half … More Good Things to Read This MorningMore Good Things to Read This Morning

Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos’ Food Book

Lynne Kiesling Speaking of music, the leader of my current favorite band, Franz Ferdinand, has written a book called Sound Bites, which is largely a compilation of his food columns for the Guardian. Alex was a chef before he was a rock star, and he writes with a lot of humor about his culinary experiences … More Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos’ Food BookMore Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos’ Food Book

Music Patrons or Pirates

Lynne Kiesling Grant McCracken has a good post on the music industry’s recent behavior toward its customers. Lately there has been some softening toward digital music and fair use. But, as Grant asks, how to capture value? Here’s a thought. What if the music industry came up with a new pricing scheme? What if the … More Music Patrons or PiratesMore Music Patrons or Pirates

Washington Post Summary of Energy Points in Sotu

Lynne Kiesling The Washington Post gives a ummary of the energy policy points in the State of the Union address. The consensus: no big change. John Whitehead concurs at Environmental Economics. … More Washington Post Summary of Energy Points in Sotu

Npr on Smart Meters

Lynne Kiesling Check out this NPR story about the installation of smart digital electric meters in the Southern California Edison service territory. Millions of Californian consumers could soon know the real costs of their electricity with the debut of the Smart Meter. Environmentalists and economists believe this will make them more careful about how and … More Npr on Smart MetersMore Npr on Smart Meters

Should We Abolish the FCC?

Lynne Kiesling Up early for a Saturday, for a 6:45 AM Liverpool/Chelsea game (which the good guys won 2-0, even though fave KP hottie Xabi Alonso took a knee to the mouth and had to have stitches) … so inevitably I am trolling for geeky network regulation fodder now that the game’s over. And I … More Should We Abolish the FCC?More Should We Abolish the FCC?