Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Two Spaces after Periods?

A nice piece , Space Invaders, by a typographer in Slate on why you should use one space after periods rather than two, and a semi-reasonable rebuttal "You Can Have My Double Space When You Pry it From My Cold, Dead Hands" in the Atlantic  (I am particularly sympathetic to the computer science argument).

As a long time typography enthusiast, I've long used 1 space, but realize that most don't. It comes up quite often for me in co-authored papers where I constantly replace the double spaces of my co-authors (fortunately with find and replace, it is quite easy). I actually got into a minor scuffle over this at the White House, it was insisted that we use two spaces in official memos.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

That guy who called the big one? Don’t listen to him. - The Boston Globe

That guy who called the big one? Don’t listen to him. - The Boston Globe

I wrote something similar in my blog back in 2008: Even a stopped clock is Nouriel Roubini.

Nice to see evidence for it.

Foucault and Economics?

Marginal Revolution on Foucault: One further note on Foucault, concerning methodological individualism:

I find myself returning to Foucault's ideas more and more these days, perhaps much to the chagrin of the Ayn Rand libertarian teenage version of myself. Of course I was immersed in the stuff in my political science and education course work in grad school, and I have long agreed with MR's sentiment that you could easily incorporate Foucault's post-structural world of combating ideologies with an economics based micro-foundation (that was actually my goal in grad school until I decided that project was too big until post-tenure). Cowen mentions using imperfect information (ala Hayek) with behavioral notions of reference point dependence. I had been thinking more on issues of equilibrium selection in games with multiple equilibria.

Either way, it seems to come up most talking to people more liberal than myself actually, often about topics like Sarah Palin or Obama, and noting that Foucault might object to branding them either evil or perfect.