Waze of Knowing

No, I’m not mocking cultural sensitivity classes (not today, anyway), I’m talking about a service I have touted many times on Facebook: Waze.

I don’t have a smartphone, nor do I particularly want one.  However, if “they” ever phase out feature flip phones, I may have to make the move to a dark android phone.  The first app I’ll be installing on that phone will be Waze.  If you are a smart phone user and drive a car, you should use it, too.  It’s an app that uses the crowd-source nature of the internet to connect all the users of the app as well as oracle data from the web in order to give real-time traffic and safety updates to drivers and gives real-time directions so as to get the safest, most efficient route.  This goes well beyond a mere GPS that knows to watch out for rush hour, though: it also tracks speed-traps and other criminal activities on the road that one may want to avoid.

In the interim, though, I want to point you to a Jeffrey Tucker article about the app as the resource suggestion for today.

Thanksgiving Pie

I’m sure everyone’s too busy eating turkey and reveling in the whitewashing of history to read my blog today, so I’ll suggest something short and to the point.

I have, here, a short article that blows open the rhetorical “rich get richer and the poor get poorer” fallacy that everyone (even the Pope) seems to have fallen for.  The reality of the matter is the most valuable asset of mankind is human ingenuity.  The poorest individual in America today lives in such a way that (by most metrics) is more wealthy than the french aristocracy of just a few centuries ago, courtesy of competitive marketplace environments and increasing quality of life due to the free market.

What does all this have to do with thanksgiving?  Well, this flawed rhetoric has a name in economics: the “Fixed Pie Fallacy”.

More Science Complaints

As a fun follow-up to my recent post concerning some of the troubles with how people do science, I present to you an otherwise very smart man who would rather try to fix politics than academia.

This article is primarily about The Needless Complexity of Academic Writing and the ill-effects it has on academia as a whole.

Related to that article is a fun example of what he’s talking about:

20 Grad Theses explained in common terms