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In search of the optimal device

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I previoulsy suggested that a Kindel DX would be my optimal device of choice, but recent news of impovements in display technology has made me wonder if I sould hold off until a better laptop comes along.

See also:
http://gizmodo.com/5443895/e+ink-is-dead-pixel-qis-amazing-transflective-lcd-just-killed-it
http://gizmodo.com/5441762/the-best-of-ces?skyline=true&s=i

Written by weso

January 9, 2010 at 13:15

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Changes

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My Go board arrived yesterdya and to celibrate, I have made some changes to the about page (one of wich is adding a link to that page).

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January 9, 2010 at 06:03

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A delicious word

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I am sometimes envious of those who have synesthesia, to be more accurate Lexical-gustatory synesthesia. That is until I found out the limited set of tastes available to those who are wired this way. I say this because language is so rich that wonderous that food is the only equivalent I can conceive of.  Take the word marginalia. Blessed as one of the subset plurale tantum (words that are always plural) this is a word that describes the those notations one makes in the margins. Now why is it necessary to have a word for such things? It is not simply the ability to be terse, but also the tonality of the words. It tastes like a Sauvignon Blanc, not very complex but a pleasure to consume.

There are other thins to praise about this word. If you have ever bought a used textbook and have been privledged enough to find the back of the book filled with answers, comments, and corrections that are nice and accurate.

Written by weso

January 7, 2010 at 10:19

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PackageMapping.com: Package Tracking with Google Maps and RSS

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I recently orderd a Go set through Amazon. The obsessive parts of me demand that I use UPS tracking to obsessivly monitor my package. A realy cool tool allows me to use google maps to track the movments and guess when trucks and planes are used.

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via PackageMapping.com: Package Tracking with Google Maps and RSS.

Written by weso

January 6, 2010 at 11:35

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Is it useful to post prices?

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Tyler Cowen recently wrote a post about some of the problems with the Senate health care bill. Namely the requirement that hospitals publicized the standard rates for their services. New  Hampshire has implemented such a policy and variation in price has not changed since 2007. Professor Cowen has raised questions on the capacity for men to make use of the information, but I would ask what contributions to the lack of variation are due to regulation. If there are certain minimums that an insurance policy must abide by, insurers may hold to this minimum since they cannot make cheaper plans.

Written by weso

December 29, 2009 at 02:49

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A christmas present

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The senate has just passed their version of the House’s helthcare bill. One has to ask if a bill centered around forcing people to buy health insurancea, which is not a garuntee of access, can actualy deal with the problmes of cost. Also one should note that the Congressonal Budget Office does not give the rosey picture one would expect from the news.

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December 27, 2009 at 00:48

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A most intresting thesis

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Two days shy of a  week ago Robin Hanson made not of his being the chairman of a thesis defense committee.  The thesis has a section asserting that companies that self-insure, to avoid the cost of state regulation on health insurance spend 18%-25% more on their employees than companies that do not. The PhD candidate, Iwona Kicinger, makes this assertion while controlling for age, gender, race, poverty level, income, education, geographic region, firm size, industry, other benefits, unions, single vs. family coverage, and profit vs nonprofit.

Now what one can conclude from this is not clear-cut. Assuming this is true, I would have to ask what are the sources of these additional expenses, what are the health outcomes of the employees of both self- insured and non self-insured firms, and is there a marginal benefit to the increase in cost. In other words, ae these cost increases rational? if not, then one may have to turn to behavioral economics for an explanation.

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December 21, 2009 at 07:07

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