I've been a lot more chill over the past few weeks. I'd been stressing for a long while about my career and wanting to get to a point where I can professionally work on #economics or #statistics stuff that interest me, but I think I'll just do that in my free time for now. (As an independent scholar.)
My current job is fine for me, seems secure, and is quite complimentary to my interests, so I'll just find fulfillment on my own time instead of struggling to force it into my career. 😅
In the past month I got into a new relationship with a woman who seems weirdly perfect for me and who I will likely marry and have children with. We'll likely be at least engaged in a year's time. She's sweet, funny, smart, and, I admit, really frickin' gorgeous.
Prior to starting to date we also arranged for me to move in with her at the end of July, and we're keeping those plans. We're both quite excited about it. We have spent lots of time at each other's places and around each other's family and friends, and we feel like we'll get along well when living together.
Everyone in our lives who have met us both have remarked on that we seem like a good match and that they like and enjoy being with us both. :)
It makes me laugh because this phrase would only be used by someone that's working with a very different idea of how the economy works/should work. It's like expecting the economy to be centrally planned and that in this case some person/policymaker arbitrarily set a high price and wiped out "demand" overnight, similar to as if they killed off a whole industry with strict regulations, but the gas prices thing is affecting the consumer side of the market instead of the producer side.
For those interested, I'm thinking of one's limits as a stock while one's boundaries are flows (dimensions over which there's threshold levels of acceptable demands). If the demand level is exceeded (by demands from others), limits are eroded and may fall to zero, at which point the relationship (of any sort) hopefully folds.
One of my core beliefs is that ideas can be powerful. They aren't always, but they can be. And their power can come from very subtle parts of them — so subtle that you can easily overlook them. So you must be sensitive to them. But you also must work to not be blind to the big, obvious things, too — not just seeking after the small and trusting that surely something there will be big.
In a roundabout way, some recent relationship turmoil has provided great substance for my pet theories of interpersonal economics.
I even have good foundations now for one idea I've had about why jerks can persist in society:
People are more than happy to just shirk off the jerks than deal with their heavy demands, so the jerks are likely to only slowly (if at all) learn how to perceive and effectively respond to people's boundaries and the rewards of doing so.
This morning I realized that "inflation" means that there's price increases across the board, so you need to think about factors that increase prices in order to understand it. And until now I'd overly associated the term "inflation" with the concept of there being expansions in the money supply that in turn drove price increases. (That's evidently only one factor that can cause it.)
I figured this out after looking into why the Fed would think that instituting a hiring freeze would help to curb inflation. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-the-fed-wants-corporate-america-to-have-a-hiring-freeze-morning-brief-100055174.html
I'm giving a short intro to #openscience (very broadly defined) to PhD students this week.
What are the things you wish you had been told as a PhD about how to practice Open Science?
What still confuses you to this day?
Are any of you familiar with #podcasts that deal with/are for people who have academic/scholarly interests but aren't in academia? Please recommend them if so.
and if any of you know anybody who might want a statistician/data scientist, let me know!
An academic blogger and vlogger that I used to follow seems to have yanked down all the content they'd produced for years, and they seem to have become way more selective with who they share educational resources. :(
It's weird to kinda have a public good taken away, especially when the good seemingly required no significant added cost to continue to provide.
Very nice website. How do you make it? I was extra excited when I saw the TOC button - I love sites with TOCs. (I need to add a way to do them to my site.)
Not really an academics or working at any academic institution, but I still doing research in my free time. I'd very happy to hear your tips to publishing paper as an #IndependentResearcher.
@bthall "I'm the engine driver, not the oily rag" - Mr Kinnoch, Chemistry (used to assert his classroom dictatorship!)
"Your manuscript 'Don't Pay $25 to Access Any of the Articles in this Journal: A Review of Preprint Repositories and Author Willingness to Email PDF Copies for Free' has also been rejected, but nice try."
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