Econlinks: The applied maths edition

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Sondheim, Burton, Depp and Rickman’s “Pretty Women”

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

Ah não ser eu toda a gente e toda a parte!

I’ve watched it most recently via this smart* video rental & online streaming service called Netflix : a true gem of a movie, albeit one of the most underrated cinematographic creations of the past decades (does not have a RottenTomatoes critics’ rating!  → Read more

A little blizzard. Treated with Tanya.

Will it beat the legendary 1967 one? My Lakeview Lake Shore apartment windows are shaking,  but so far holding up (they’d  better: in Chicago terms, I am paying a fortune for this place). Yes, somehow  I made it home; Evanston likely cut off from Chicago for the next couple of days, Northwestern closed for the time being.  → Read more

Econlinks: In degrees of awesomeness

  • Greg Mankiw seems to be arguing for a European-type separate master + PhD graduate Econ program– such as those at LSE, Oxford, Pompeu Fabra, Tinbergen Institute, and (I guess) the newish Paris School of Economics entity– rather than the US-type graduate PhD package, which comes with a (usually elective) master on the way (that is somewhat ironic, given the desire of the typical high-aspiring European place to ultimately emulate the US top places).
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Des petits trous, des petits trous, toujours des petits trous…

I attended two excellent jazz events last week, jazz being one thing the Chicago music scene excels at (*).
The first was “Brazilian Nights” with Paulinho Garcia and some very talented NU jazz students, at the Regenstein Hall in the NU campus.  → Read more

Econlinks: On crises. And opportunities

  • Crises and opportunities in Balkan science policy (start, more). A word of caution for my Romanian pals, among whom a new risk of self-denying optimism– expected to turn into the usual complacency– appears contagious: con calma, this is at best a mediocre start (though, granted, a start it is).
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Take 5 in 2011

Let us start this new year with a legendary jazz piece: Paul Desmond’s “Take Five”; recall first the original instrumental version, superbly interpreted here by The Dave Brubeck Quartet, exactly 5 decades ago. Once you’ve got the feeling, proceed to the vocal variant–with lyrics by Iola and Dave Brubeck– to capture the whole message; one of my favorite versions must be the very creative Dave Brubeck- Al Jarreau ’97 get-together, the first and likely the only time they performed on the same stage.  → Read more