The fantastic familiar, as viewed from atop a hill.

There is a bend in I-94, just past Zeeb, as I head out of Ann Arbor, going west. It marks the boundary of my territory—the area that I know best. I know that beyond Zeeb lies adventure. There's aways a landmark to border my territory. When I was younger, that border was a line of pine trees. They rose … Continue reading The fantastic familiar, as viewed from atop a hill.

The Extraordinary Heroism of Sir William Topaz McGonagall

Recently, I’ve come to love the idiom “put your money where your mouth is.” Basically, it means “do what you say you will,” but I like to think of it in terms of stated preference vs. revealed preference. If you aren’t familiar with those ideas, they basically mean “what you say you want” vs. “what … Continue reading The Extraordinary Heroism of Sir William Topaz McGonagall