Links, 4/21/10

There are these small clouds of bugs swirling around outside on campus. It just rained, and while not all the bugs are mosquitoes, they are still quite annoying. It’s sunny and beautiful otherwise, and one wants to be out working, not cooped up in a room avoiding a few pests.

  • “North Dakota Has Jobs Aplenty, but Little Housing” (nytimes, h/t Josh) – the most interesting thing about this article is how lots of money and opportunity don’t automatically create what is good, let alone what is just. From the article:  If the problems are bad for oil workers, who are well paid, they are worse for locals in less lucrative jobs, who have seen their rents soar. There are still some houses for sale here, but many of the newcomers arrive from grim chapters — foreclosures, bankruptcies, layoffs. They have little hope of qualifying for mortgages.
  • Over in Pakistan, some very brave individuals are standing up every day to extremism (nytimes, h/t Josh) – from the article: The professor was working in his office here on the campus of Pakistan’s largest university this month when members of an Islamic student group battered open the door, beat him with metal rods and bashed him over the head with a giant flower pot.
  • Megan McArdle, “Goldman in the Eye of the Beholder” – from the article: Regulatory agencies should not be in the practice of helping serve the political ends of the party in power, no matter how worthy those ends. In practice, of course, they often do . . . think district attorneys around election time.  But we shouldn’t encourage it.  To the extent that we want to have anything like a working technocracy, we need those institutions to be as independent from politics as possible.
  • Amos Hunt, “More Inelegant Discussion of Confinement” – from the post: “Today the difference between a good and a poor architect is that the poor architect succumbs to every temptation and the good one resists it.” (Wittgenstein)

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  1. “Today the dif­fer­ence between a good and a poor archi­tect is that the poor archi­tect suc­cumbs to every temp­ta­tion and the good one resists it.” (Wittgenstein)

    Great quote.

    Good start to a well written article that you linked to. Was an interesting read.

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