Thursday, November 30, 2017

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Summer Egg Nog.

6 egg yolks.
1/2 cup of sugar.
3/4 cup of dark rum.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
1/2 shot of coffee liqueur.
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup of cream

Put the sugar in a bowl.
Add the egg yolks.
Beat until thick and creamy.
Add in the other ingredients.
Beat with an egg beater until frothy.

Serve over ice.
Sprinkle on nutmeg.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Mental Illness test

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Mental Disorder Test

Picture the scene: You're sitting at home arguing with some dickhead on the internet who has the gall to disagree with you. Obviously the natural (and correct) inclination is to behave like a dick, because this is the internet after all. But then you have to think about what people might think about you. It's a drag, but you have to show at least a little bit of respect and consideration. You can't get away with it by claiming you have a disorder, like those fucking Aspies...

Until now! Just fill out this simple form and you'll have a 100% guaranteed internet-based diagnosis of your very own personality disorder! And don't worry, I know Asperger's is passé, so we'll hook you up with something a little more exotic. Hell, we might even throw in two or three for the price of one!

Do you find yourself quickly falling for someone
and then rapidly coming to hate or distrust them?
Are you close with anyone outside of your family?
Do you feel that you're more important than people realise?
Do you honour your obligations?
Do you feel that there's some deeper meaning or plan behind things that happen?
Do you often feel empty?
Are you safety-conscious?
Do you feel that people should treat you better than they do?
Do you go to extremes to be liked or avoid being abandoned?
Do you get into a lot of fights?
Do you enjoy a wide-range of activities?
Are you often tense or apprehensive or feel like people are out to get you?
In a group, do you prefer to be the leader or center of attention?
Do you feel you deserve more admiration than you get?
Do you ever try to injure or kill yourself?
Do you like to carefully plan ahead?
Do you prefer to do things alone?
Do you feel you know yourself pretty well?
Do you feel that you're inferior to most other
people or that most people look down on you?
Do you take advantage of people to get what you want?
Do you find yourself always going along with what others want?
Are you very concerned with being positively percieved?
Do you frequently break the law?
Are you emotionally expressive?
Do you often fantasize about having everything you ever dreamed of?
Do you often worry about being criticised?
Do you find yourself suddenly becoming irrationally irritable or anxious?
Do you lie a lot?
Do you laugh and cry a lot?
Do you keep anything you can just in case it comes in handy?
Do you often feel envious of others or feel that others are often envious of you?
Are you a workaholic?
Do you spend a lot of time making lists and schedules?
Are you stubborn or do you hold grudges?
Do you care if your actions hurt others?
Do you take every setback personally?
Do you avoid things you'd like to do because you're too nervous?
Do you insist on keeping very strictly to the rules?
Do you flirt a lot?
Are you free with your money?
Do you let other people make a lot of decisions for you?
Do you usually ask for advice before making any kind of decision?

This was shamelessly ripped off from Wallsy, due to facebook blocking links

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Recalculation in the Labor Market

A new NY times story about how manufacturing jobs are having difficulty hiring people because of a skills shortage.

Some random thoughts:
  • This seems to me to be a failure of education.
  • Eventually companies in the US will have to increase and fund their own education efforts (beyond just specific skills training), because it seems that our k-12 educational establishment has failed to teach a significant portion of our labor force.
  • This all fits Arnold Kling's "recalculation" story.

Monday, June 21, 2010

My entry to win some ammo!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

The Evil of Giving?

We find that,
  • Giving of gifts tends to make givers happy, even happier than spending money on themselves. [1].
  • Gifts that are felt to be unearned tend to make people unhappy in the long run. For example lottery winners and such tend to in the long run do pretty badly in the long run.
Does this mean that giving gifts to individuals who don't deserve them is selfish and evil? Obviously this wouldn't apply to giving gifts to foundations/charities/etc, because those are not really gifts but they are the relationship of agency with the foundation. We give money to charities because we want them to do what they want to do with our money, so really they are just acting as our agents. However, this would apply to many forms of gifts to adult children, such as inheritance. Also, does this suggest that welfare payments would be worse than government mandated unemployment insurance (paid for by the workers)?

For those who don't believe in "evil", replace instances of "evil" with "negative" or "harmful" or whatever similar word suits your fancy.
This talk is what got me thinking about this question.

1. Elizabeth W. Dunn, Lara B. Aknin, and Michael I. Norton (21 March 2008)
Science 319 (5870), 1687. [DOI: 10.1126/science.1150952]

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Same Problem Now as Then.

“The claims of these organizers of humanity raise another question which I have often asked them and which, so far as I know, they have never answered: If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind? The organizers maintain that society, when left undirected, rushes headlong to its inevitable destruction because the instincts of the people are so perverse. The legislators claim to stop this suicidal course and to give it a saner direction. Apparently, then, the legislators and the 
organizers have received from Heaven an intelligence and virtue that place them beyond and above mankind; if so, let them show their titles to this superiority.”
–Frederic Bastiat, The Law, 1850