Tesla X vs. Ferrari

April 27, 2016

Tesla in Ludicrous mode smokes the Ferrari…

Police vs. Prisons

April 26, 2016

Via Mark Thoma, I came across this post. I haven’t digested whether I agree or not, but interesting:

Increasing the number of police on the street, for example, would increase capture rates and deter crime and by doing so it would also reduce the prison population. Indeed, in a survey of crime and policing that Jon Klick and I wrote in 2010 we found that a cost-benefit analysis would justify doubling the number of police on the street. We based our calculation not only on our own research from Washington DC but also on the research of many other economists which together provide a remarkably consistent estimate that a 10% increase in policing would reduce crime by 3 to 5%. Using our estimates, as well as those of some more recent papers, the Council of Economic Advisers also estimates big benefits (somewhat larger than ours) from an increase in policing. Moreover, what the CEA makes clear is that a dollar spent on policing is more effective at reducing crime than a dollar spent on imprisoning.

Unfortunately, selling the public on more policing is likely to be difficult…

Music Bliss

April 25, 2016

My 13 year old fell asleep after school and my 9 year old is hanging out in her room. I’ve been playing the Amazon Prime “Miles to Go: A Jazz Roadtrip” playlist for almost two hours…


Skyscraper Approved

April 23, 2016

I mentioned this a while back, that a 1000+ foot tall skyscraper was being planned near our place. The only obstacle was that the site contains a famous landmarked bank. So plans had to meet the approval of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

It was apparently approved with flying colors. The design does look cool and they will be renovating the interior of a historic building, so that’s clearly a good thing.

But damn, it’s gonna be tall…

Naked Backdoor

April 17, 2016

From SMBC, of course…

SpaceX Falcon 9

April 14, 2016

A nice video history of the SpaceX Falcon 9 that recently landed on a barge in the ocean:

What will happen in another four years?


April 13, 2016

I’m partial to 42 but I like this article, referencing the possible record breaking 73 wins for the Warriors tonight:

In an episode of “The Big Bang Theory,” the character Sheldon Lee Cooper says that this is one of several properties that make seventy-three “the best number.” As for the other properties: “It is the twenty-first prime number. Its mirror, thirty-seven, is the twelfth. And its mirror, twenty-one, is the product of multiplying—hang onto your hats—seven and three.” He goes on to add, “In binary, seventy-three is a palindrome: 1001001.”

42 is merely the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything