Econstudentlog

Quotes

A longer than average selection this time but I think there’s a lot of good stuff here:

1. In a war of ideas it is people who get killed. (probably) Stanisław Jerzy Lec

2. To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven. Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. People accept their limitations so as to prevent themselves from wanting anything they might get. Celia Green

4. When someone says his conclusions are objective, he means that they are based on prejudices which many other people share. -ll-

5. Whoever says that he “belongs to his time” is only saying that he agrees with the largest number of fools at that moment. Nicolás Gómez Dávila

6. To tolerate does not mean to forget that what we tolerate does not deserve anything more. -ll-

7. The appropriate age for marriage is around eighteen for girls and thirty-seven for men. Aristotle

8. Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods. -ll-

9. The image of myself which I try to create in my own mind in order that I may love myself is very different from the image which I try to create in the minds of others in order that they may love me. W. H. Auden

10. Most people call something profound, not because it is near some important truth but because it is distant from ordinary life. Thus, darkness is profound to the eye, silence to the ear; what-is-not is the profundity of what-is. -ll-

11. The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. Friedrich Nietzsche

12. One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear. -ll-

13. We are always in our own company. -ll-

14. Question the status quo at all times, especially when things are going well. Garry Kasparov

April 28, 2010 Posted by | quotes | 2 Comments

Et parti

Jeg har ingen energi til blogging (eller ret meget andet) lige for tiden, men synes alligevel jeg bør give bloggen kunstigt åndedræt nu og da, for lettere at kunne få den bragt tilbage til livet når/hvis den tid kommer. Når to af verdens bedste skakspillere lige nu spiller en match om verdensmesterskabet (følg matchen her) er det selvfølgelig ikke oplagt at bruge tid på partier af en amatørnisse som mig, men hvis det har din interesse…

Har lagt partiet op her. Det var et parti på computeren, 10 minutter, og der var en enkelt museklikfejl, der gjorde at jeg var lige ved at opgive partiet: 21.f3 er et horribelt træk, og det var selvfølgelig meningen, at f4 skulle være blevet spillet med det samme. Det var ikke det eneste træk, der gjorde det, men det var et af dem (25.Rf1 var et andet; der skulle Qg4 altså være blevet spillet – og der var vist også nogle overflødige eller kontraproduktive kongetræk hen ad vejen), der gjorde, at jeg kom til at stå ganske forfærdeligt, og reelt var i forsvarsposition i en meget stor del af partiet. Partiet nåede aldrig helt ned i den kritiske tidnødsfase, og selvom 60…Nc5?? kunne ligne sådan en klassisk fejl pga. tid, havde min modstander mere end et minut tilbage på det tidspunkt. Efter 60…Nb3 står sort i øvrigt stadig klart bedst.

Min viden om den pågældende åbning stoppede omtrent ved træk 14-15 stykker (a4 er tematisk, men i partiet opnås omtrent det samme med b3) – på det tidspunkt er sort naturligvis ude af åbningsbogen, eftersom 11…Nc6 er et skidt træk, han næppe har studeret sig frem til. Jeg er efterhånden på den anden side af træk 10 i en del åbningssystemer nu. Men givet at kompleksitetsgraden øges betydeligt fra træk 1 og frem kan jeg konstatere, at der er lang vej fra træk 10 til 15 i mange åbninger (# undervarianter vokser ofte eksplosivt, især i åbne stillingstyper).

Jeg hepper i øvrigt på Anand. Topalov spiller fremragende skak, men folk som Danailov repræsenterer næsten alt det, der er galt med skakken i disse år, og så længe Topalov omgiver sig med den slags mennesker vil han aldrig fremstå særligt sympatisk i mine øjne.

April 26, 2010 Posted by | skak | Leave a comment

Promoting the unknown, a continuing series

If you like this, here’s a link to the first movement of the Concerto, you can move on from that.

This is the first movement. Part 2 here, 3 here.

April 23, 2010 Posted by | music | Leave a comment

Inside

Link. Just felt like sharing. In marginally related news; I recently stumbled upon this website. Haven’t taken a closer look yet but I probably will at some point.

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Cartoons, personal | Leave a comment

Quotes

1. Some see private enterprise as a predatory target to be shot, others as a cow to be milked, but few are those who see it as a sturdy horse pulling the wagon. (Winston Churchill)

2. If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law. (-ll-)

3. The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best – and therefore never scrutinize or question. (Stephen Jay Gould)

4. Only the shallow know themselves. (Oscar Wilde)

5. I don’t look to find an educated person in the ranks of university graduates, necessarily. Some of the most educated people I know have never been near a university. (John Keegan)

6. Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. (Bill Watterson)

7. The word ‘politics’ is derived from the word ‘poly’, meaning ‘many’, and the word ‘ticks’, meaning ‘blood sucking parasites’. (Larry Hardiman)

8. The fact that the Vatican is concluding a treaty with the new Germany means the acknowledgement of the National Socialist state by the Catholic Church. This treaty shows the whole world clearly and unequivocally that the assertion that National Socialism is hostile to religion is a lie. (Adolf Hitler, July 1933)

9. Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely- read man never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely. (Hesketh Pearson)

April 12, 2010 Posted by | quotes | Leave a comment

Wikibooks

In case any of you don’t know about this ressource, here’s the link. I will probably try to find the time to read this over the next couple of weeks, but I doubt I’ll blog any of it (update: Just realized that the book still needs a lot of work (lots of empty sections), so it probably won’t take very long to get through the sections of the book that are available now).

Here are the wikibooks related to Economics.

April 11, 2010 Posted by | books, knowledge sharing | Leave a comment

Dagens citat

EU har nu en total fertilitet på 1,53. Det betyder, at hver 100 borgere bliver til 76,5 borgere i næste generation og dermed 58,5 borgere efter to generationer. Og selv om befolkningstallet ikke falder med samme hast pga. forøget levetid er det et udtryk for det såkaldt demografiske potentiale (pensionister får jo ikke børn) – altså Europas magt i fremtiden.

Befolkningsprojektioner viser da også, at EUs indbyggertal vil falde med flere 100 millioner i løbet af de næste 40 år mens befolkningstallene i vores nærområder vil mangedobles. Og det tror jeg ikke, at hverken politikere eller befolkninger har fattet konsekvenserne af.

Link. Det gør jeg heller ikke. Ægypten havde ca. 3 millioner indbyggere da Napoleon i sin tid gik til angreb. Der er lidt under 80 millioner ægyptere i dag. Eksponentiel vækst er noget underligt noget, men så underligt er det heller ikke – og både i forhold til økonomi (vækst, gæld) og i forhold til demografi er det noget, folk tilsyneladende enten simpelthen ikke fatter, eller også bare ikke ønsker at tænke over. Selv små forskelle i vækstrater vokser sig meget store over tid, og de eksisterende forskelle i befolkningsvæksterne på tværs af regioner er i den sammenhæng ganske enorme. Bemærk i øvrigt at en direkte sammenligning af vækstraterne stærkt vil undervurdere konsekvenserne af vækstdivergensen på langt sigt; hvis vi antager, at kvinder i Mellemøsten føder deres børn i en alder af 20 og vi føder vores børn i en alder af 30, vil de Mellemøstlige lande vokse 50 procent hurtigere end os, selv hvis kvinderne føder lige mange børn. Måske taler vi ikke 50 procent, men der er en betragtelig effekt her, som man vil overse, med mindre man er opmærksom på den; forskellene i fertilitetsrater underspiller om noget problemets omfang på langt sigt. De observerede vækstdivergenser er naturligvis interessante både ud fra et intra- og et internationalt perspektiv. Der var ingen skoler med 90 procent muslimske elever i Danmark for 30 år siden, og der vil være mange flere af dem om 30 år, end der er i dag.

April 9, 2010 Posted by | citater, demografi | 5 Comments

Too good not to share

Link. To be fair, the first picture doesn’t tell the whole story; quite a few doctors actually are way too busy working at that particular time of the day (/night) to wonder about these things. I owe more than one of those doctors my life, so I think it’s worth mentioning.

What would keep the average economist up at night? Government stimulus?

Here’s a neat and very relevant link to the engineers reading along (related to the latest xkcd-cartoon).

April 8, 2010 Posted by | Cartoons | Leave a comment

Growth of the human brain over time

Here’s the link, via Razib Khan.

April 6, 2010 Posted by | anthropology, archaeology, biology, data | Leave a comment

Random wikipedia links of interest

1. Higgs boson. I wonder how many of the journalists who have written at least one article about the LHC have read this article, or something similar.

2. Energy storage. Lots of relevant links in the article.

3. Rice. A pretty important crop; it provides more than one fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by the human species.

4. Lipids.

5. Diseconomies of scale. Yes, econ guys can skip this article, there’s likely nothing new in this article you don’t already know.

April 4, 2010 Posted by | biology, economics, Physics, wikipedia | Leave a comment

Trust…

Below is a list of ingredients:

Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Coco-Glucoside, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Phenoxyethanol, 1,5-dichloro-3-thiapentane, Citric Acid, Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Propylene Glycol, Propyl Gallate, Deoxyriboflovic Acetate, Panthenol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Tetrasodium Iminodisuccinate, Cl 16255, Cl 19140.

Now, in case you hadn’t guessed, we’re talking about shampoo. Except, well, the list above is not an exact copy of the ingredients list on the product. I did two things. First, I added one thing to the list that I basically just made up – there’s no such thing in the real world. Second, I replaced one of the ingredients with something else. Now ask yourself this: If you were standing in a store right now, would you know which two ingredients do not belong on the list?

The ‘made up stuff’ is Deoxyriboflovic Acetate. There’s no such thing. The ingredient I replaced with another was 1,5-dichloro-3-thiapentane, which I put instead of ‘Parfum’ on the list. We normally call that stuff mustard gas. In case you don’t know what that is, you can read more about it here.

Something to think about.

April 3, 2010 Posted by | random stuff | Leave a comment