Whether you’re devoted to Zeus, Vishnu, the Carpenter of Nazareth or perhaps have a faithless quibble with the wisdom and/or signs of any of these fellows and their earthly claimants, I wish you a Happy Easter and hope we can agree that John Prine is a genius.
Stuff I’ll crank in the shop when I finish with regular work.
And if you’re a little more technically-minded and interested in the process of music, even if you have a disagreement on a couple of particulars, I can’t overrecommend Rick Beato’s analyses on engineering and production.
I might dissect the substance of the article and its insights into the economics of energy, infrastructure and transportation later, but I chuckled at the media analysis found Lucas Davis’ recent post at the Energy Institute Blog ( at the Haas Business School at UC-Berserk-ly, of all places).
Here’s the claim simplified down to a graph:
Davis, exercising two-handed charity, noted that the Atlantic as an institution and Mr. Plumer as an individual have changed their tune.
To be fair, many of the same media outlets which initially touted the millennial story have been quick to note the reversal. “Millennials: Not So Cheap, After All,” writes Derek Thompson in the Atlantic. “Why Driving in the U.S. is Making a Big Comeback”, writes Brad Plumer in Vox. Cheap gasoline since 2014 and an expanding economy and, what do you know, this new generation is jumping into car ownership and driving just like previous generations.
Aside from the sober analysis of economics, two points/questions I’ll briefly stress.
- Did any 2012 evolutionary psychologists chuckle at these short-sighted grumps? People are wired to see patterns; when one far-way (but within eyeshot) stretch of land is distinct from the stretch under the berry patch, our caveman forerunners would judge that berries didn’t grow there and they’d probably be right. When trends are far more abstract, how often will panic and hysteria trick you into confusing correlation & causation?
- Did anyone take the original pieces seriously enough to change their behavior? I have a naive analysis of my own: proportionally, more public ink-spillers and writing worriers actually divested shares in car companies than the wider reading public. I don’t know if there are any states or locales that used bonds to construct/maintain toll-lanes or open roads, but if there are any, I’d like to know if their own open-market prices dropped in 2012.
Res ispa locquitur. If you dig the tunes, you don’t have to suck up to Larry Page to listen to them. On the other hand, YouTube is so damn handy.
I better plug in my speakers to do some unwinding of my own.
Buenas Noches to The Disgusted, The Disillusioned, The Diabetic and/or The Disinflated,
My name is LoCo Foco Limo and I’ll be posting here at Disgustabunk. My thanks to the L‘honorable M. Bunk for the invitation to add this distinguished commentary on our odd species and what we think we’ve figured so far. If you haven’t met him, here’s a picture some thoughtful soul on the Internet has presented in a Demotivator format. Say “hi” if you see him on the street.
I’ve known Bunk for some time, though it’s been years since we’ve hung out in Meatspace. I have here a treasured photo of the last time we were annoyed at the world together. That’s me on the left, obviously. Give me money or booze if you see me in a bar.
As for my background, let’s say I’m of an age to be a digital native, but I’m a late bloomer to actually using the internet. I’m bound to format something wrong in within my first 7 posts & within my last 7 posts.
This is a big reason why my tastes and habits overlap with the Luddites on, and off, the Internet. However, I’ve been spared from the reactionary tone, the unhappy pessimism, the “Good Old Days” fallacies and stuck CAPS lock of those folks.
In short, you can expect my posts to link to selections of the 258.75 books, pamphlets, podcasts, vlogs, blogs and wiki-whathaveyou’s that fuel my procrastination. Subjects will sprawl over history, literature, psychology, political and industrial economy, rhetoric, pop culture, food and the soft tissues that link them in my mind. Feedback is welcome, but don’t hold your breath refreshing your browser waiting for replys, as our host can attest.
I believe food for thought should be like jerky: you can keep it in the glove box, you chew on it for a day and spices are not necessary but welcome. Unlike jerky, you should prefer food for though to be double-spaced, size 12 font. (edit: you can’t underline in WordPress? What kind of horseshit is this?)
- “Bel anteman pa di paradi.” – Ostensibly Creole: “A beautiful funeral doesn’t guarantee heaven.”
- “Thus the typical citizen drops down to a lower level of mental performance as soon as he enters the political field. He argues and analyzes in a way which he would readily recognize as infantile within the sphere of his real interests. He becomes a primitive again. ” – Joseph Schumpeter _Capitalism, Socialism & Democracy_, p.262 (1942)
- “‘Minor Surgery’ is when they do it on someone else.” – Some Athlete I Overheard (20??)
- ” Seconds were small things, and if you heaped enough of those on top of one another, they became a man’s life.” – _Towers of Midnight_, ch. 46 (2010)
- “Men of honor will do things for their children that they would never consider doing for themselves.” – Littlefinger, _A Feast for Crows_, ch. 10 (2005)
- “The city’s always thriving/ Hungry bellows of the Minotaur/ Everyday more are arriving,/ And everyday it requires more” – Clutch, _Minotaur_ [From the album “Strange Cousins From the West”] (2009)
- “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. Wars are no longer waged by the will of superior men, capable of judging dispassionately and intelligently the causes behind them and the effects flowing out of them. They are now begun by first throwing a mob into a panic; they are ended only when it has spent its ferine fury. ” – H.L. Mencken, _In Defense of Women_ (1918)
- “From the rocking of the cradle to the rolling of the hearse, / The going-up was worth the coming-down.” – Kris Kristofferson, “The Pilgrim: Chapter 33” (1971)
- “I should liken Kant to a man at a ball, who all evening has been carrying on a love affair with a masked beauty in the vain hope of making a conquest, when at last she throws off her mask and reveals herself to be his wife” – Arthur Schopenhauer _On The Basis of Morality_ (1840)
- ” We should continue to use simple models where they capture enough of the core underlying structure and incentives that they usefully predict outcomes. When the world we are trying to explain and improve, however, is not well described by a simple model, we must continue to improve our frameworks and theories so as to be able to understand complexity and not simply reject it.” – Elinor Ostrom, 2009 Nobel Memorial (Nobel didn’t establish the category in his will) Prize in Economic Sciences
- “To imagine that the gratifying of any sense, or the indulging of any delicacy in meat, drink, or apparel, is of itself a vice can never enter into a head that is not disordered by the frenzies of enthusiasm. I have, indeed, heard of a monk abroad, who, because the windows of his cell opened upon a noble prospect, made a covenant with his eyes never to turn that way, or receive so sensual a gratification… These indulgences are only vices when they are pursued at the expense of some virtue, as liberality or charity; in like manner as they are follies when for them a man ruins his fortune and reduces himself to want and beggary. Where they entrench upon no virtue but leave ample subject whence to provide for friends, family, and every proper object of generosity or compassion, they are entirely innocent.” – David Hume, _”Of Luxuries”- or _”On Refinement of The Arts”_ (1758)
- “The medium is the message.” – Marshall McLuhan, _Understanding Media:The Extensions of Man_ (1964)
- “I don’t like to hearcut-and-dried sermons. No – when I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees!” – Abraham Lincoln
- “About 90% of statistics and probably 85% of quotes you can find on the Internet are completely made-up” – Abraham Lincoln, Address at Sanitary Fair, April 18, 1864, Baltimore, MD
- “When it comes to truth on the Internet, Lincoln’s estimate is correct in vector and too charitable in magnitude.” – Joan of Arc
- “The opposite of success isn’t failure; it is name dropping” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb