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Guest Post: McAllen

Posted by Heebie-Geebie
on 07.07.15

J, Robot writes: The FBI agent is named Rock Stone. If that's not Unfogged material, I don't know what is. And McAllen is where Atul Gawande did that great piece on medical overcharging.

Heebie's take: I have a deep affection for the valley, despite not having spent much time there. Or maybe because of that. There's not much reason to go besides regional academic conferences. The most striking thing about the various towns is that you feel like distance has warped and you're in some isolated, distant forgotten land, instead of just two hours south of San Antonio. (It's a really dreary two hours, though.) Or maybe I'm romanticizing it unnecessarily.



 

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Chop chop

Posted by Heebie-Geebie
on 07.06.15

My parents gave us a ceramic knife. I'm led to believe that this will be a transformative experience. I've got celery ready to go.



 

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We must. We must.

Posted by Heebie-Geebie
on 07.06.15

Just just just just just just just. Just just. Semantic satiation. Just just.

(Obviously this article is one of those silly things where hey! if it correlates with the group that has less power, then let's admonish that group to stop doing it!)

Just just just.



 

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Games

Posted by Heebie-Geebie
on 07.06.15

Try not to waste too much time playing this game. (Is the game Monument already well-known? The website makes it look so.) I barely like any games, but little puzzles like this are fun.

It won't be hard not to waste too much time playing this game, because the code fits in 144 characters. Still!



 

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A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Posted by Heebie-Geebie
on 07.06.15

Well, we finally listened to the Adnan Syed season of Serial on the road last week. It started out great, but by the end I was unimpressed...

I guess it's still spoilers? Under the cut.


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Reading group update!!

Posted by Ben
on 07.05.15

Still seems like the first two chapters on the 13th is a good plan! But you know what, no one has indicated a willingness to do the summarization/reaction honors. If no one wants to go first, I will, but c'mon, people.



 

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Guest Post - Puzzle

Posted by Heebie-Geebie
on 07.05.15

Witt writes: The NYT posted this very simple puzzle. I was surprised to find myself in a minority subset (9%) among respondents. I won't spoil the surprise, but the fundamental thing that confused me was why that was such a small minority among respondents.

My greatest fear in doing policy work is that I will publish something that will cause people to laugh and point out an obvious explanation that I have overlooked. I would have assumed this was a widespread fear and that my solutions for overcoming it (basically, try to poke and prod as much as possible at my own material before it goes out the door) would also be very widespread.

What am I missing?

Heebie's take: the underlying phenomenon about policy work and corporate America is not well-illustrated by that puzzle. People like to solve puzzles! People sometimes try to solve puzzles without looking at the answer in the back of the book. It's a thing. (The underlying phenomenon is still interesting in its own right.)

Also I recognized the puzzle so I couldn't say whether or not I was a superior being.



 

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Zip Codes That Don't Matter

Posted by Ogged
on 07.05.15

This is just nuts (keep scrolling).



 

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Guest Post - Potato Saboteurs

Posted by Heebie-Geebie
on 07.03.15

E. Messily sends along this very weird story with this great headline:

Canadian potato farmers on the hunt for saboteurs: 'These are really evil people'



 

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