Recently an article by Gudula Walterskirchen in the Austrian daily Die Presse about evidence based policy making (EBPM) caught my eye. EBPM has been kicking around since the 1980s. Essentially it is the idea that policy decisions should be based on comprehensive, meticulously established, objective evidence as opposed to intuition, ideology, or common sense. It … Continue reading Can EBPM work?
I like unintentional prophets in popular culture, for example Larry the Liquidator. For those unfamiliar Larry, he is a corporate raider played by Danny Devito in the 1991 romcom Other People’s Money. Larry tries to buyout “Jorgy” Jorgenson’s (the amazing Gregory Peck in one of his final roles) company. Jorgy hires his stepdaughter Kate (Penelope … Continue reading Device addiction 1990s style
As we move out of the shutdown here in Austria, people are turning facemasks into fashion statements. I couldn’t find a mask to fit my style until I found the DEVO – Energy Dome Personal Protection Equipment Kit. Devo already knew back in 1980 what to do when a problem comes along: You must whip … Continue reading COVID 19? Just Whip It!
Thinking about all that corn yesterday got me pondering another really big number. In an earlier post we noted that 3,7% of all CO2 emissions are caused by on-line video streaming (BTW a pre-corona statistic). We also mentioned that 27% of that streaming is porn and that this would be a topic for a future … Continue reading 359.640.000 tons of porn
Everyday I do the NYT crossword puzzle – a great source for factoids like clue 57 across. After completing today’s puzzle, I started thinking – just how much corn is that and how much land is needed to grow it? In 2018, the 142.86 billion gallons of finished motor gasoline consumed in the United States contained about … Continue reading How Corny
The corona shutdown eliminated our primary source of income, so we have turned to ghost writing to compensate for our shortfall – a natural option for a novelist and a philosophy student. Ghost writers are paid by the word. You receive a short briefing and an expected word count. Today, Astrid is writing a 3.600 … Continue reading What really matters in life
Astrid wrote a great op-ed piece (in German) about the dangers of gloomy economic forecasts turning into self-fulfilling prophecies. Read it on Page 30 of the Friday April 24th print edition of Die Presse or on-line. Photo credit: Gerd Altmann on Pixabay
It’s been a week since John Prine died. The past few days I have been listening to his eloquent lyrics, raspy voice, and humorous anecdotes on a continuous Spotify loop. Rather you’re a long-time fan or new to John Prine’s extensive work, here are a few of my favorite songs and video clips. Enjoy. RIP … Continue reading It’s a happy enchilada.
Scrolling through my news feed this morning I was thrilled to learn of a new posthumous novel by Robert A. Heinlein. According to my sources, The Pursuit of the Pankera is a parallel novel to Heinlein’s The Number of the Beast published in 1980. My well-worn copy is this post’s photo. Apparently the first third … Continue reading The Grand Master of science fiction is back
It has been one month since we last posted. Like many, we have been preoccupied. Preoccupied watching our business wither. Preoccupied finding other sources of income. Preoccupied tracking global outbreak maps, infection graphs, and mortality charts. Preoccupied overcoming ennui despite the extra time on our hands. Preoccupied sending dumb messages on WhatsApp. Too many journalists, … Continue reading This is Wilson. He now works from home.