Chompin’ the Snark

Seven Day. Ice Cream. Although that may be contraindicated by the air temperature. 

Not bad in park. Mild breeze,  pleasing air temperature. But no great thoughts forthcoming. 

So home to hawg tabs. First. an article [Link] entitled “Economists discover people don’t behave rationally.” The lead paragraph says most of it:

“Contrary to our original thinking, I’ve come to believe that people don’t behave like the economic textbooks say they should behave,” wrote Dr. Paul Wingfield, an economist at Cato University. “People don’t behave rationally.”

Amazing! Fully validates all my suspecions and concerns about economists and their obliviousness to reality. Now, the question is whether they will actually do so in future or just shrug this off and irrelevant reality?

Next, an article [Link] entitled “Are You a Geek or a Nerd? The Difference Really Is in the Data.” This one is really quite good at both distinguishing between nerd and geek and actually getting it right.

geek – An enthusiast of a particular topic or field. Geeks are “collection” oriented, gathering facts and mementos related to their subject of interest. They are obsessed with the newest, coolest, trendiest things that their subject has to offer.

nerd – A studious intellectual, although again of a particular topic or field. Nerds are “achievement” oriented, and focus their efforts on acquiring knowledge and skill over trivia and memorabilia.

and elaborating differences:

  • Collections are geeky. All derivatives of the word “collect” (“collection,” “collectables”, etc.) are orange. As are “boxset” and “#original,” which imply a taste for completeness and authenticity.
  • Academic fields are nerdy: “math”, “#history,” “physics,” “biology,” “neuroscience,” “biochemistry,” etc. Other academic words (“thesis”, “#studymode”) and institutions (“harvard”, “oxford”) are also blue.
  • The science & technology words differ. General terms (“#computers,” “#bigdata”) are on the diagonal — similarly geeky and nerdy. As you splay up toward more geeky, though, you see products, startups, brands, and more cultish technologies (“#apple”, “#linux”). As you splay down toward more nerdy you see more methodologies (“calculus”).
  • Hobbies: compare the more geeky pastimes (“#toys,” “#manga”) with the more nerdy ones (“chess,” “sudoku”).
  • Brains: the word “intelligence” may be geeky, but “education,” “intellectual,” and “#smartypants” are nerdy.
  • Reading: “#books” are nerdy, but “ebooks” and “ibooks” are geeky.
  • Pop culture vs. high culture: “#shiny” and “#trendy” are super-geeky, but (curiously) “cellist” is the nerdiest…

The only part I couldn’t abide was the claim that the differences are minor. Perhaps to bogs, but not to people who matter – the nerds and geeks.

Third, an article {Link] entitled “Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.” from the Brits. Quite agree with much of this. I look at smart watches every time I receive a diverse advertisement and never find any compelling reason to buy. Yes, I would like the access to my phone without yanking it out but (1) how about when my phone is OFF – what does the watch do then, and (2) can I tune the presentation so it is a watch first and second and maybe a phone appendage third? I thought not.

Lastly, an article [Link] entitled “Elon Musk Thinks There’s A Chance We’re Living In A Computer Simulation.” The irrevrent thought that occurred is that if we are living in a computer simulation then why can’t we make a motorcar or house or whatever simply by writing a bit of code?


Enough for now.