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.
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
One day, a few years ago, I got on Facebook and found out that someone I knew and cared about had died. We weren’t in close contact. She lived in a different country, and while I’d seen her a few months previously, we had barely spoken. There’s a small chance I might have seen her … Continue reading Keeping my friends close