Posts filed under “Weekend”

Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory

Daniel Kahneman is an eminence grise for the Freakonomics crowd. In the mid-1970s, with his collaborator Amos Tversky, he was among the first academics to pick apart exactly why we make “wrong” decisions. In their 1979 paper on prospect theory, Kahneman and Tversky examined a simple problem of economic risk. And rather than stating the optimal, rational answer, as an economist of the time might have, they quantified how most real people, consistently, make a less-rational choice. Their work treated economics not as a perfect or self-correcting machine, but as a system prey to quirks of human perception. The field of behavioral economics was born.

Kahneman was awarded the Nobel Memorial prize in 2002 for his work with Tversky, who died before the award was bestowed. In a lovely passage in his Nobel biography, Kahneman looks back on his deep collaboration with Tversky and calls for a new form of academic cooperation, marked not by turf battles but by “adversarial collaboration,” a good-faith effort by unlike minds to conduct joint research, critiquing each other in the service of an ideal of truth to which both can contribute.

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Make it Rain – Bank of America

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c

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The State of The Internet

Nice set of data: JESS3 / The State of The Internet from Jesse Thomas on Vimeo.

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10 things you didn’t know about orgasm

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Olympic Pictograms Through the Ages

Steven Heller traces the evolution of the tiny symbols for each Olympic sport since their appearance in 1936. Source: NYT

Category: Sports, Weekend

30 Rock: The Hot Box with Avery Jessup

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Movie Bloopers — “Breakdowns” — of 1936

The Warner Bros. annual blooper reel for 1936. Featuring Humphrey Bogart, Joe E. Brown, James Cagney, Bette Davis, Kay Francis, Leslie Howard, Paul Lukas, Barton MacLane, Fredric March, Paul Muni, Pat O’Brien, Claude Rains, Edward G. Robinson, Warren William, etc. Film was expensive then and stoppages were costly. Film now is the least of the…Read More

Category: Film, Weekend

Spyker Now Owns Saab

Spyker Cars is now the proud owner of Saab. And according to the news release from G.M., the wind down of Saab’s operations is over: “This transaction represents the successful outcome of months of hard work and intense negotiations, all aimed at securing a sustainable future for this unique brand, and we are pleased with…Read More

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How NOT To Use Powerpoint

This is hysterical: A funny PowerPoint Presentation about PowerPoint Presentations from comedian Don McMillan via boingboing

Category: Technology, Weekend

Pittsburgh International Airport After Hours

I cant say I would have used the time as productively stuck in a airport alone for 12 hours: Girl stuck in Pittsburgh airport overnight shoots epic horsing around video My adventures in the Pittsburgh International Airport during the worst snow storm of the century. After arriving late for a flight at 7:40 PM to…Read More

Category: Travel, Weekend