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Posted 22 Jul 10 by Tatyana in General

If you search for the term "bloggers” on New York Times, you will get 10,000+ results, EVEN if you restrict your search to the last 7 days.  There are probably hundreds of millions of blogs today. The word originated in 1999 from the term "Weblog”, according to Merriam-Webster. That pace of change is pretty amazing.

I’m not sure how beneficial blogging actually is, but I’ve noticed that writing this blog forces me to think about things somewhat. Not to mention that it’s good to practice writing.



Posted 29 Apr 10 by Tatyana in General

Apparently, Larry Summers has a protege, a 3L who wrote an email asserting the possibility that intellectual performance differences between races might be partly genetic. As much as the writer tried to be politically correct (if there is a politically correct way to say something like this), the email got passed around (you can read about it here).

What is it about nature arguments that makes them so appealing? (By the way, when I say "nature”, I mean the unexplained gap AFTER you’ve accounted for observable characteristics of individuals).



Posted 11 Feb 10 by Tatyana in General
 Is your life too good? Are you bored? If you need a problem, you can BUY themhere.  


Posted 28 Jan 10 by Tatyana in General
 In a recent Economist article, there was a brief mention about the cost of compliance with the new credit card regulation (something like $500 million for one of the banks). A lot of the regulation was (supposedly) aimed at making it more difficult for companies to take advantage of inattentive or self-control-lacking consumers.
I wonder if anyone would make the argument that this legislation is harmful because it decreases the benefits of education. Think about it: if we allow ignorance to be taken advantage of, there will be less ignorance in the world. The benefit of education will rise, leading to an increase in demand!  


Posted 27 Jan 10 by Tatyana in General
 One of the best things about this new blog that I’ve discovered so far is that I can create posts by sending an email! Lower the cost of creating an entry, and what happens? More entries! Let’s not think about the quality though…  


Posted 27 Jan 10 by Tatyana in General
 This is the new beer-or-quiche (unfortunately, WordPress didn’t let me keep the dashes). As much as I enjoyed having my own domain name, it was infinitely more expensive and the periodic site downtimes got annoying at some point. I was using WordPress anyway, so the cost of switching was pretty low. Now I just have to figure out how to get my posts out of the other website (they might make a nice book of jokes someday!)  


Posted 13 Jan 10 by Tatyana in General

I’m not going to try to make a sophisticated argument about why people should donate money to victims of random disasters. I didn’t even consider making a donation to the victims of the Haiti earthquake (read more about it here) until a good friend of mine sent a mass email to her friends. Her boyfriend has some family in Haiti who are missing right now. I’ve never met her boyfriend, much less his family, but it did make the event slightly more personal to me.

OK, I will make a short argument for donating as little as $10. I personally would not notice if $20 disappeared from my wallet or my bank account. Even though I know that my donation has a tiny chance of making a difference, I do think it makes even less of a difference to my well-being.

Here’s a list of organizations that are accepting donations. I personally donated $20 to the Red Cross by texting "Haiti” to 90999. Each message you send will be a $10 donation, You will also have to send a text to confirm, so you might have to pay something like $0.50 for the donation itself, but I think the convenience is worth it.



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