On Borrowed Time is a both comprehensive and concise study of the economics of mined resources and their related commodities. It is the perfect resource for anyone interested in investing or working in these commodities or their related industries or getting a better handle on how to interpret physical and economic measures of resource availability.Continue reading “Book Review: On Borrowed Time”
Moneyball is an amazing multi-genre book that is changing the way that millions of people think about sports as well as other topics. The statistics used to evaluate baseball players were not an accurate portrayal of player value. When Bill James blew that wide open with his Baseball Abstract, most of baseball didn’t notice. Those who did shrugged.
Once Oakland A’s manager Billy Beane started winning against all odds by using sabermetrics as the basis for player selection, people finally started paying attention. Even then, it took a long time for baseball to come around.Continue reading “Book Review: Moneyball”
I am an educator. I have been teaching for 10 years. This week, as I reach a huge milestone in my own continuing education, finishing my Master’s degree, the field of education is facing an existential crisis. K-12 schools are underfunded by state and local governments and have huge issues in inequality. College educations are increasingly necessary but wildly expensive. Covid-19 has magnified many of these problems and brought to our attention how vulnerable the system is. To use a finance metaphor, our society is in a period of price discovery for education. We cannot figure out what it is worth to us.Continue reading “Education and a Happy Life”
Our society increasingly relies on complex, tightly coupled systems that handle our healthcare, finances, travel, and more. While those systems can be more productive and theoretically safer, they have vulnerabilities, including the complexity in itself. Sometimes, the addition of more safety features can actually make something less safe by making it more complex and therefore more likely to allow for a mistake to be made. Continue reading “Book Review: Meltdown by Chris Clearfield”