While not technically "">big-timing", I was able to get an action shot of a big-time economist at an SBCA session.
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“There aren’t hard-and-fast solutions yet, but from my early conversations with the director, there are really only two options: Drain it and leave a big hole, and that’s not really an option. Or spend hundreds of millions to replace it. I think that’s what will occur.”
[State Sen. Jay Hottinger] said he’s heard that a new dam would take 15 to 18 months to start, then three to five years to complete.
“I believe the [Ohio Department of Natural Resources] director is very committed to doing what’s necessary to create a healthier, stronger, better asset than we have today,” he said. “It’s going to be painful to get there. But at the end of the day, it will be a much nicer Buckeye Lake.”
The guardian of academic integrity or something? I should blissfully enjoy being snowed in and not having to teach negative externality in an 8 am micro class. From the inbox:
Classes that begin before 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, are canceled. Classes that begin at 12:30 p.m. and later will be held as scheduled.
[ begin rant ]
I understand the need for safety. But the university has absolutely no plan for snow cancellations. Three ideas are:
Adding make up days to the end of the semester
Saturday make up days
Online lectures / assignments on cancelled days (some faculty already do this; others take a holiday)
Tuesday / Thursday morning classes have now missed two weeks out of the semester. Classes later in the day also get cancelled so that different sections of the same course don't get off track. At some point the students aren't receiving the equivalent of 3 sh of college instruction. The above suggestions may be too costly or impractical but cancelling classes without any discussion of the academic implications is not acceptable.
A message from my oldest (a freshman(person) in college):
"I googled a question for economics and your blog came up as the first answer"
A few comments:
I have taught all of my kids "Before you ask a question, try to find the answer on your own. Google is a great place to start." Google is by far the greatest invention since Al Gore invented the internet tubes.
Because the message was a text I don't know the tone. The message expresses either admiration that Dad came up first in a Google search, or teenage embarrassment that Dad came up first in a Google search. I'm hoping for the former, but would put money on the latter.
Should google as a verb be capitalized? No, really? Should it?
I have a paranoid vision of her econ professor telling the class, "Whatever you do, don't use the Environmental Economics blog as a source for real economics. Those Haab and Whitehead guys are idiots.
I conducted a hypothetical Vickrey Auction for a coffee mug using Poll Everywhere in class yesterday. Here are some of the better bids:
My beat up 96 Volvo with 465k miles 3 fabroje eggs and the dutchess of Cornwall 3 unicorns and a milking goat One sherpa, Ok fine. Two sherpas, Five goats. One hundred million dollars!! A half eatin wheel of cheese from schlivakia
Appalachian State’s basketball teams could probably qualify for bonus frequent flier miles after the past week.
App State’s men’s basketball team has traveled all over the Southeast to play basketball. Of the Mountaineers’ 13 games, 10 have been away from Boone, which includes eight different states, if a trip to Charlotte is included.
Charlotte, a large city in the Piedmont region of North Carolina near the South Carolina border, is a 2 hour bus ride from Boone, a small college town in the mountains. Naturally, one would want to count the trip as a trip to another state. In fact, given the differences between Boone and Charlotte it is worlds away!
"This blog aims to look at more of the microeconomic ideas that can be used toward environmental ends. Bringing to bear a large quantity of external sources and articles, this blog presents a clear vision of what economic environmentalism can be."
Don't believe what they're saying
And allow me a quick moment to gush: ... The env-econ.net blog was more or less a lifeline in that period of my life, as it was one of the few ways I stayed plugged into the env. econ scene. -- Anonymous
... the Environmental Economics blog ... is now the default homepage on my browser (but then again, I guess I am a wonk -- a word I learned on the E.E. blog). That is a very nice service to the profession. -- Anonymous
"... I try and read the blog everyday and have pointed it out to other faculty who have their students read it for class. It is truly one of the best things in the blogosphere." -- Anonymous