Saturday, August 16, 2014

David Skarbek's Book Trailer

Pretty cool to have a book trailer.  *I* don't have a book trailer.  But David Skarbek does:

Friday, August 15, 2014

It could be worse, I could live in Dallas!*

LeBron points us to David Yves' 2012 paper on quality of life in America.  Tyler is interested in whether big cities are bad places to live (I read Yves as saying yes, unless they are on the ocean), but I am interested in how the piece illustrates my current situation.

Oklahoma City is ranked 137 (out of 276), right in the middle of the pack. Santa Fe is 6th.


However, my best employment bet in Santa Fe looks to be either community college instructor or free-lance woodworker, while Mrs. Angus and I have amazingly great jobs at OU. We also have season tickets for the Thunder.

People, we badly need one of those Elon Musk tunnels between Santa Fe and Norman.

(*FYCI Dallas is ranked 206!)

Separated at Birth?

(with thanks to Mark at )

Thursday, August 14, 2014

G-Bike Found?

You may recall the G-Bike.  It was a German girl's bike (actually, a German bike that happened to be set up for a girl.  I did NOT take a bike from a German girl).  Story and pictures here.  Last I knew of the G-Bike, it was stolen, in Erlangen. Stolen by the police.  Because I left it in a "no bikes" zone where there dozens of other bikes.  Okay, maybe not stolen, exactly.

Anyway, Tommy the Tenured Brit wonders if perhaps it has been found.  With John Kerry riding it.  And TtTB may be right.  But they took off the pirate flag, in that case.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Good Dog

The LMM went out to the mailbox, and found this:

Hi my name is Haley. I was going to leave a very important tract about our website at your door but your dogs were guarding the property. Here it is have a nice day.

And the "tract" was was a flyer from the "Jehovah's Witnesses."  Thanks, Skippy, you saved everyone some time!

The Anti-Science Left

The crude anti-scientism of the left is actually more dangerous than that of the right.

The creationists want to argue about evolution, but don't really have a forum where they can do much harm.

And the climate change deniers don't do much harm, because the interest groups that run Congress would prevent any action in any case.

But the left...the left keeps insisting that:

1.  kids should not get vaccines
2.  GMO food is dangerous

Well, they should, and it's not.

A very nice, short discussion by Neil deGrasse Tyson on the GMO idiocy.

Comparative Politics

As far as I can tell, this is a near perfect description of empirical work in comparative politics.

In honor of Scott de Marchi.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What Color is Your Unicorn?


The curious task of the liberty movement is to persuade citizens that our opponents are the idealistic ones, because they believe in unicorns. They understand very little about the State that they imagine they can design.

 The article is here.

Monday, August 11, 2014


What would Angus do?

This.  In a heartbeat.

Except he couldn't eat the pies.  But Paco might enjoy one.

With a nod to Angry Alex.  Would also do it, by the way.

Monday's Child

1. Only if the "gay agenda" involves speaking English... Those crazy Mormons.  (Or is there something more to the story....)

2.  U.S. Population center:  It's in Missouri.  But where will it go next?

3.  There's something wrong about this.  About ALL this.

4.  But there is even more wrong about this.  Ironing?  If that was your only cause for suspicion, sir, I think that the person you married was in some important sense a woman.

5.  This is why Mr. Overwater invented the internet.  Best line: "The video shows him sitting alone in a field playing his instrument."  No wonder the cows wanted to see that.