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Weiners & Gorge

"Eat our weiners and gorge", says the sign on this Los Angeles fast food joint. Every time I look at this photo I wonder what that means. Is it an invitation to overeat? Is gorge the name of some American … Continue reading

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Some amazing chess games

After you’ve checked them out and tried to work out whose side you’d rather be on, click the diagrams to see how these guys got into these positions and what they did with them.  Amazing games.

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Introducing Richard Green

Richard Green is an honours graduate from Newcastle who is also an interesting and thoughtful fellow. He is eager for an audience for his work. So I’ve upped his permissions from ‘subscriber’ to ‘author’ so expect some posts from him … Continue reading

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Happy new year

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Web 2.0 and the public service: the column

Here’s today’s column in the SMH which was slightly edited back from the original. Who is Julie Hempenstall? She lives in Bendigo and she likes reading Australias historic newspapers. The National Library has hoisted its collection on the net and … Continue reading

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What use is utility?

"The concept of utility in economics refers to the pleasure, or relief of pain, associated with the consumption of goods and services" writes economist John Quiggin. Another economist, Robert Frank, suggests that it is closer to the idea of satisfaction. … Continue reading

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Paul Samuelson 1915-2009

How will Paul Samuelson be remembered? This is the positive side of the story, the glowing record of  the Nobel Laureate and author of the most widely read textbook in modern times. History may be kind to Samuelson. He had the … Continue reading

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