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Keeping Cocktails Cold Without Dillution

For many of you, this will be a blinding glimpse of the obvious, but I see so many dumb approaches to cooling cocktails being pushed that I had to try to clear a few things up. First, a bit of physics.  Ice cubes cool your drink in two ways.   First and perhaps most obviously, [...]

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Keeping Cocktails Cold Without Dilution

For many of you, this will be a blinding glimpse of the obvious, but I see so many dumb approaches to cooling cocktails being pushed that I had to try to clear a few things up. First, a bit of physics.  Ice cubes cool your drink in two ways.   First and perhaps most obviously, [...]

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Well, It’s Good Princeton Is Against Gender Stereotyping, Because Otherwise This Would Be Pretty Obvious Gender Stereotyping

From the College Fix (my empahasis added): Are young men at Princeton University violent, aggressive, hyper-masculine, stalkers, or rapists? A new position at the Ivy League institution indicates campus officials apparently think enough of its male students grapple with such problems that it warrants hiring a certified clinician dedicated to combating them. The university is [...]

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Well, It’s Good Princeton Is Against Gender Stereotyping, Because Otherwise This Would Be Pretty Obvious Gender Stereotyping

From the College Fix (my empahasis added): Are young men at Princeton University violent, aggressive, hyper-masculine, stalkers, or rapists? A new position at the Ivy League institution indicates campus officials apparently think enough of its male students grapple with such problems that it warrants hiring a certified clinician dedicated to combating them. The university is [...]

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Public vs. Private Management: Marketing Videos and Hot Dogs

One of the more popular features we have been experimenting with is adding aerial video of campgrounds we operate shot from small drones.  Customers love these and find them a great way to experience the campground before the commit to a visit.  Here is an example: We have done this for all the campgrounds where [...]

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Public Choice and "Privilege"

A key thrust of Nancy MacLean’s book on the great Koch / Buchanan / libertarian conspiracy to destroy democracy is that public choice theory is all about protecting and cementing elite privilege under the law.  This is actually exactly opposite of how I have always viewed public choice theory — public choice theory tends to show [...]

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Controlling Window Opacity With A Switch

I have seen companies advertising this sort of switchable privacy glass, but I had never seen it in the wild.  Had this glass in my hotel this weekend.  Really cool.  If they can perfect glass that goes full dark or opaque with a switch, I have a ton of windows I would like to replace [...]

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Politicians Will Burn Down Anything That Is Good Just To Get Their Name In The News

Via Zero Hedge: a group of 12 Democratic Congressman have signed a letter urging the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to conduct a more in-depth review of e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc.’s plan to buy grocer Whole Foods Market Inc., according to Reuters. Rumblings that Amazon is engaging in monopolistic business practices resurfaced last week [...]

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Movie Special Effects Before CGI

I am a sucker for both 70′s disaster movies and well-crafted pre-CGI special effects.  So I enjoyed this article on the special effects techniques in The Towering Inferno.  The 70-foot high model is amazing.

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[Fill in Name of Government Program] Would Have Worked Had the Right Person Been Running It

I have disputed the meme in the post’s title on many occasions.  For example: No person running any government agency has access to the same information that millions of individuals might have in making decisions for themselves No person running any government agency can create an optimal solution, because millions of citizens all have different [...]

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