Open Thread

It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these. This is where you share interesting stuff you’ve come across since the last time I posted one of these things (or perhaps it is where you don’t share interesting stuff; the latter is by far the most common decision, after all). I don’t really have anything interesting to share here myself, but I figured I should post something anyway, so… :

I was considering adding this lecture as well, but it’s not a particularly good lecture so that seemed like a bad idea.

A friend of mine recently made me aware of the existence of this resource, which one of two of you may consider to be worth checking out.

June 28, 2014 - Posted by | Cancer/oncology, Lectures, Medicine, Music, Open Thread, Philosophy


  1. Since you posted a video of a piano performance, here is another one that might appeal to you:

    Comment by Manfred Bühler | June 29, 2014 | Reply

    • Thank you for the link, I’ll check it out later.

      Comment by US | June 30, 2014 | Reply

      • I’d have to say I prefer Brendel’s version of Beethoven (I’d never heard the piece that came after the applause). It’s slightly hard for me to be critical of an atheist pianist who’s being persecuted by religious nutters, but the performance did have a few errors/inaccuracies and he does in my mind take a few ‘liberties’ a couple of places (then again not everyone likes Brendel’s slightly ‘dry’ style). I think Say plays the Largo much too fast – Brendel spends 10 minutes on that part, he spends what, 8 and a half?

        An enjoyable performance, but I’ve heard better. Thanks for the link.

        Comment by US | July 1, 2014

      • It is not just the Largo that he played too fast — he has a general tendency to play all pieces too fast. But I decided that his videos might be worth sharing anyway, if you’d not heard of him before.

        Comment by Manfred Bühler | July 1, 2014

      • “he has a general tendency to play all pieces too fast”. I did not know this (I think I’ve heard Say’s name, but it’s most certainly not a pianist I’m familiar with) – but even so, in this case it might well be argued that it’s only really the largo that’s ‘problematic’. It’s often during slow movements that such behaviour does the most damage.

        It may not be necessary to point this out, but you are of course very welcome to share music in future open threads as well, regardless of whether I’ve included such stuff in the post. I don’t know a lot of people with musical tastes similar to my own who might also be able to point me in the direction of new interesting stuff (my parents like this stuff, but they rarely listen to music and like most people they can’t tell Beethoven from Rachmaninoff).

        Comment by US | July 1, 2014

  2. This might interest you:

    Comment by Maxwell Bühler | July 17, 2014 | Reply

    • I recently acquired a physical copy of the textbook Modelling Transport, which seems to be a more recent publication than any of the travel/transportation-related texts in the link; so I think I may have a go at that one before I check out the travel-related books in the link (if I even decide to do this at all). But not all the books at the link deal with travel and transportation..

      I had a brief skim of Variaya’s text – much of it seems to be review, and most of the review stuff I’d actually not consider to be econometrics at all; for example the optimal control stuff included is usually covered in macro texts, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that stuff covered in econometrics courses. LP stuff and stuff like Kuhn-Tucker has in my case I think mainly been covered in courses not dealing with econometrics, i.e. undergrad introductory math courses as well as various decision theory courses where that stuff was an integrated part of the course-work (2 specific courses in the latter category spring to mind), so I’m not sure I’d agree with these people that categorizing all of these books as ‘Econometrics Texts’ is ‘correct’ – some of it is just ‘economics’, though categorization is of course in cases like these always to some extent somewhat arbitrary. Incidentally the model coverage of ‘Control of water quality in a stream’ in that text overlaps with coverage in Gurney and Nisbet‘s chapter 7, so some of the stuff seems to be somewhat multidisciplinary.

      Anyway, a ‘thank you for the link’ is certainly apt!

      Comment by US | July 19, 2014 | Reply

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