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Entries from October 2010

Movie Snobbery Begins at Home

October 22nd, 2010 · 18 Comments

Tyler Cowen Alex Tabarrok considers some economic explanations for the recent inversion of the traditional dominance of movies over television as “elite entertainment,” primarily the rise of pay-TV and the growing importance of the international market for movies. (Explosions don’t need to be translated, after all.) That’s surely part of it, but I’d be more […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Economics

Hard Day’s Night

October 18th, 2010 · 19 Comments

This has always sort of bugged me: You know I work all day to get you money to buy you things And it’s worth it just to hear you say you’re going to give me everything So, first, rhyming “things’ with “thing” is kinda cheating, but let that pass. What’s that “just” in the second […]

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Tags: Art & Culture

Introducing the Ring

October 10th, 2010 · 2 Comments

The Metropolitan Opera has put together a ton of material on the website for their new (and, from the looks of it, absolutely gorgeous) production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Meanwhile, I finally got around to checking out the Radiolab episode “The Ring and I“—which as I’d expect from one of my favorite radio programs, is […]

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Tags: Art & Culture

Could An Omnipotent Being Prove It?

October 4th, 2010 · 54 Comments

Ned Resnikoff ponders the question. It seems to me that the answer is clearly “no,” but for a reason Ned doesn’t actually offer: It would require a good deal less than omnipotence to make a human perceptual system experience any demonstration of omnipotence you might care to suggest. So we might imagine God zipping you […]

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Tags: General Philosophy · Religion

Patent Trolls and Public Goods

October 4th, 2010 · 18 Comments

Mike Masnick writes that a surprising number of online music vendors are choosing to settle rather than fight lawsuits from a company called Sharing Sound which managed to secure a ridiculous patent on, essentially, the very idea of selling music online. They are, one assumes, settling because Sharing Sound is asking less than what it […]

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Tags: Tech and Tech Policy