I tend to watch great movies with a considerable delay…, but then again, my feeling is that I get to appreciate them much more in this way, aside all the initial hype and the turmoil associated with a new release (an auxiliary gain is that I can discard– without having to go through the pain of actually watching them– a lot of movies which were released with high expectations, only to turn out total flops, hence really what remains is above average or, in the best case, excellent). → Read more
Before I come up with my Econ Nobel forecast — a week to go, stay tuned– let us take a look to the 2010 Nobel Ig prizes related to Economics. The Economics Ig Nobel itself is perhaps not very unexpected this year–though not very creative either (I wonder whether Oliver Stone is behind this too; his latest movie gets pretty mediocre reviews– IMDb, RottenTomatoes— despite all the hype).
It is great, truly great. In fact IMDb and RottenTomatoes do not give it sufficient credit. I was told I would love it, by people who know me, but I didn’t just love it: I adored it. One of my favourite scenes is also one of the most brilliant dialogues/pick-up strategies, on screen and beyond. → Read more
I don’t think it has occured to any of you that simulated maximum likelihood OX programs, which often take days to converge (given I do not–yet!– have the parallel computing power I would love to possess…), run much faster if in the meantime one listens to Albert Einstein Committee’s brilliant music. → Read more
PS. Recall also a most interesting analysis of Irving Berlin’s creativity profile, once you wake up from the hangover :-). → Read more
On the poetic prehistory of development economics: a very interesting post by Adam Martin on Easterly’s Aid Watchers blog.
A month-old, well done portrait of Ben Bernanke in the NewYorker, on the background of the financial crisis, in both white and black shades, and…in light-tan socks :-).
“Tudou.com” (=”Potato”, in Romanized Chinese) is one of the several Chinese “Youtubes”, seemingly the largest one at present (possibly larger than YouTube itself in some dimensions). Tudou’s stated goal is “to move couch potatoes from the TV screen to computer screens, a process very much under way in China“. → Read more