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Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:1789
Posts / Week:4.8
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

How do Yale professors recommend you teach? The podcast interviews

The Teach Better podcast, from my friend Doug McKee. The Teach Better Podcast is a series of conversations with faculty (for now just at Yale) who care about teaching and are doing interesting things in the classroom. We just published our … Continue reading ? The post How do Yale professors recommend you teach? The podcast interviews appeared first on Chris Blattman.

John Oliver interviews Snowden

Said Snowden: “Well, the good news is there’s no program named ‘the dick pic program.’ The bad news is they are still collecting everybody’s information, including your dick pics.” Hat tip to Quartz. The post John Oliver interviews Snowden appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis at Innovations for Poverty Action. As we expect never to hear from Chris again, here are IPA’s weekly links: With the US, Japan, and North Korea appearing to be the only countries not on board the … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Neil deGrasse Tyson on why the Republican party is not anti-science

I hesitate to publish anything on April 1, but the interview’s dateline was yesterday. What I’m saying is I’ve become much more pragmatic about all of this. Washington is about politics, and Bush has an electoral base that want him … Continue reading ? The post Neil deGrasse Tyson on why the Republican party is not anti-science appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Still, to this day, my favorite April Fools Day

From William Easterly and Laura Freschi in 2011, “UN Revealed to be Gigantic 66-year-old Hoax”: “I can’t believe it lasted this long,” said “US Ambassador to the UN” Susan Rice, laughing, “Who would really believe that there is this magical … Continue reading ? The post Still, to this day, my favorite April Fools Day appeared first on Chris Blattman.

You can now play Pac-Man on any Google Map

Kiss you afternoon productivity goodbye. Here I am playing my commute from home to my Columbia office: Just go to a Google Map page and look for the Pac-Man view at bottom left. (Note: No guarantees this lasts past April 1.) … Continue reading ? The post You can now play Pac-Man on any Google Map appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The problem with literary tattoos

Perhaps most of all with Samuel Beckett. The Swiss tennis champion Stan Wawrinka has the words “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better” tattooed in blue ink on the inside of his left forearm. …In … Continue reading ? The post The problem with literary tattoos appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Why the world is getting weirder Qatar press-gangs migrant workers into running a marathon (to display it’s sports organizing prowess?) Proffesor. We’ve all been there. Astronaut Scott Kelly will return from a year in space both older and younger than … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Can you imagine a modern New York where several million people move apartments every May 1st?

From the pre-Revolutionary period until World War II, tenants in New York City were uniformly given three months’ notice of annual rent increases on February 1 (known as Rent Day). Many then sought cheaper deals, and when all leasesShow More Summary

We interrupt this lovefest for Lee Kwan Yew with this important message

No, I’m not going to complain about the whitewashing of an authoritarian regime. I’m used to people trading off someone else’s freedom for GDP growth. Or forgetting that for every transformative dictator there are many more who takeShow More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis at Innovations for Poverty Action. In case you missed it last week, Chris is letting Innovations for Poverty Action (where he’s a Research Affiliate) share our internal weekly links on his blog, we presume so … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Obama floated the idea of mandatory voting. John Sides says it won’t make a difference. X-Files is returning to Fox for 6 episodes Not The Onion: George Zimmerman compares himself to Anne Frank, blames Obama for his woes. Anne Frank! … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

One for the rabid Star Wars Fans

I’m amazed there are people who make this quality of fan animation on their own. I don’t know if I’m amazed by the talent, the drive, or the sheer amount of free time they seem to have. (As I write … Continue reading ? The post One for the rabid Star Wars Fans appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“Bankspeak” (or, Orwellian development)

What can quantitative linguistic analysis tell us about the operations and outlook of the international financial institutions? At first glance, the words most frequently used in the World Bank’s Annual Reports give an impression ofShow More Summary

Economics has an Africa problem?

A couple of months ago, Grieve Chelwa, a PhD student in South Africa, wrote a much-tweeted and blogged post about Economics’ Africa problem. A huge number of scholars produce a huge amount of research about Africa. Most of them are … Continue reading ? The post Economics has an Africa problem? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Offensive lineman for Baltimore Ravens publishes in math journals in his spare time The science of empathy and why we hate our enemies Story: I, Robot by Cory Doctorow If “heterogeneous treatment effects” is something you do, read this The final … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How much does ___ cost? (Top Google results by US state)

From Wonkblog. Via @ConradHackett, one of the most interesting Twitter feeds I follow. The post How much does ___ cost? (Top Google results by US state) appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Graph of the day: Every aggressive act in all seven Harry Potter books

Via @MonaChalabi. Potter is a sociopath, apparently. The post Graph of the day: Every aggressive act in all seven Harry Potter books appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Bollywood does Seinfeld?

Last week Jerry Seinfeld cancelled his first ever performance in India because of traffic and parking issues. Two Indians responded with this South Asian Seinfeld spoof. Brilliant. The post Bollywood does Seinfeld? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis at Innovations for Poverty Action. Chris has generously offered to let us at IPA (where he’s a Research Affiliate) share the internal links of interest on development and research we send around weekly here, we … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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