Traveling for Thanksgiving gave me the opportunity to abandon my daily reading schedule and come back to a stockpile of new posts to read. The highlights thus far from the last 5 days:
– Flowing Data has a chart contest. The winner receives two Tufte books. Entries are due on Friday.
– Andrew Gelman has a interesting stroy of his undergraduate academic years that lead to his publishing a paper from those days over two decades later. If only my undergraduate work was methodologically related to my background now.
– Rodger at The Duck of Minerva watches the History Channel; finds reference to Bruce Bueno De Mesquita as the next Nostradamus. Obviously I will have to catch this when it comes on again.
-Josep Colmer at the Monkey Cage provides a Larry Summer's quote that posits Political Scientists to be less smart than Economists, but smarter than Sociologists. The comments are active.
– Finally, I have started keeping track of The WoW Economist; those who do not play Massive Multiplayer Online Games or do not have an interest in virtual economies will want to avoid this site. Otherwise, the discussion of on-going markets such as the volatility of particular goods or predicting inflation in the World of Warcraft makes for an interesting read (well, I am sure some of the 11 million active players may enjoy a more mathematical and theory based approach to the markets).