Economist's View

My economics weblog is here:  Economist's View

    Posted by Mark Thoma on Friday, July 18, 2008 at 07:47 PM in Economics, Weblogs | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (1)



    Thursday, February 21, 2013

    It's the Thought That Counts

    That was weird. On the way home, I was thinking how nice it was that, since the recession, the motorcycle cops who give you a ticket for going 28 in a 25 – they hide with radar guns and seemed to be everywhere – have been gone. I hadn’t seen one in a really long time. Budget cuts, I suppose.

    Then I turned the corner, noticed I was following a motorcycle, white helmet, black jacket, something written on it – hmm a motorcycle cop! Wow, I summoned him up from somewhere with those thoughts (I'm thinking as I hit the brakes so as not to close the gap). He then literally led me home, parked about a block from my house, radar gun in hand (on a big hill where people always speed, you can hardly help it), ready to give a ticket.

    Guess I need to be a little more careful about what I’m thinking.

      Posted by Mark Thoma on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 04:42 PM in Eugene | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (0)



      Wednesday, April 04, 2012

      Messing with the Wrong Mellow

      Messing with the Saturday Market types in Eugene is a bad idea:

      Local CraftsJudge sentences man to federal prison for selling corn wrongly labeled as organic, by Karen McCowan, The Register-Guard: "You made a big mistake to commit this crime in Lane County," a judge on Wednesday said in sentencing a Springfield man to more than three years in federal prison for selling 4.2 million pounds of conventional corn he misrepresented as organic.
      U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken referenced the long-running Lane County Farmers Market and strong local interest in pesticide-free foods... Chase pleaded guilty ... to ... wrongfully pocketing an extra $190,000 by passing off the conventional grain as U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified organic corn. ...

        Posted by Mark Thoma on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 08:03 PM in Eugene | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (1)



        Friday, July 15, 2011

        Part of My Garden

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          Posted by Mark Thoma on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 01:30 AM in Home and Garden | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (2)



          Saturday, June 25, 2011

          Hiking at the Dunes

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            Posted by Mark Thoma on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 01:00 PM in Travel | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (0)



            Monday, June 13, 2011

            My Students

            My Students

            John is first from the left, Sean is third.

              Posted by Mark Thoma on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 03:11 PM Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (0)



              Friday, April 15, 2011

              Derrick Thoma: Senior Enologist

              An email sent to empoyees at King Estate Winery, where my son Derrick works (his first job out of college):

              ...Derrick Thoma also joined us in the summer of 2008 and worked as Lab Intern for the 2008 vintage. After the lab internship the production team was quick to recognize that he was a nice asset and we wanted to keep him around. So the very next vintage we decide to try him out in the cellar. Derrick performed and soon advanced his role to Enologist. I am honored to report that Derricks’ diligence, positive attitude, and hard work have him entering into a new position, Senior Enologist here at KE!  Derrick has the perfect combination of a strong chemistry background and an enthusiasm for wine that indicates to me an incredible potential for winemaking in the future.

              Derrick keep up your incredible development – you are already a leader in the cellar and one of King Estate’s most loyal ambassadors. Kudos to you on your rapid progress here. ...

              I couldn't resist bragging. I'm pretty lucky -- all of my kids are doing really well.

                Posted by Mark Thoma on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 09:48 AM in Family | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (3)



                Saturday, April 09, 2011

                The View from the Hyatt on The Avenue of the Stars

                The View from the Hyatt on The Avenue of the Stars

                  Posted by Mark Thoma on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 04:57 PM in Economics, Travel | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (0)



                  Friday, April 08, 2011

                  The View from My Window

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                  Bretton Woods, NH

                    Posted by Mark Thoma on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 08:44 AM in Travel | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (1)



                    Last Week's View from My Window

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                    Kansas City

                      Posted by Mark Thoma on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 08:43 AM in Travel | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (1)



                      Thursday, February 24, 2011

                      A Bit of Snow Today

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                        Posted by Mark Thoma on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 06:59 PM in Weather | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (0)



                        Saturday, February 19, 2011

                        The View from My Window

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                          Posted by Mark Thoma on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 06:11 PM in Travel | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (2)



                          Thursday, February 10, 2011

                          They Kept Muttering About Getting Even for Thanksgiving

                          Turkeys

                          A couple of the visitors I had yesterday

                            Posted by Mark Thoma on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 06:04 PM in Home and Garden | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (0)



                            Saturday, February 05, 2011

                            A Stroll through the Streets of New York

                            Long walk today. For those who know the area, after walking to Wall Street, I headed back to my hotel across the street from where they are constructing the new World Trade Center towers, then walked to Central Park via Broadway. I came back via 5th Avenue, Thompson, and then Church Street (for those who don't know the area, here's a map). It was rainy, cold, and generally miserable weather, but still worth it. Here's a few (iPhone) pictures I took along the way:

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                              Posted by Mark Thoma on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 06:46 PM in Travel | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (3)



                              Thursday, February 03, 2011

                              The View from My Window

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                              World Trade Center construction (click on the picture for a slightly clearer version). One tower is up to 55 stories, but it's too dark to show up in a picture -- I'll try again when it's light (the room came with ear plugs as the contruction is noisy -- stayed here becasue it's close to the NY Fed where I'm attending a conference in the morning).

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                                Posted by Mark Thoma on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 09:06 PM in Economics, Travel | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (2)



                                Burns Night for the Economics Department

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                                I am so glad I was taking the picture instead of being in it.

                                  Posted by Mark Thoma on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 08:57 PM in Economics | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (0)



                                  Monday, January 24, 2011

                                  What's That Yellow Thing in the Sky?

                                  It was actually kinda sorta nice today. In January. In Eugene. Wow.

                                    Posted by Mark Thoma on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 07:07 PM in Eugene, Weather | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (0)



                                    Saturday, October 30, 2010

                                    Kid at Work

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                                    Amy at "our GIANT press conference."
                                    [This is the day after Carly Fiorina was released from the hospital.]

                                      Posted by Mark Thoma on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 12:22 AM in Family | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (0)



                                      Wednesday, September 29, 2010

                                      Frantic Remote Control Button Pushing

                                      Larry King interviewing Ben Stein. I couldn't change the channel fast enough.

                                        Posted by Mark Thoma on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 12:16 AM in Television | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (1)



                                        Saturday, September 25, 2010

                                        The Purpose of a Dissertation Defense

                                        The real purpose of a Ph.D. dissertation defense is to ensure that three people will actually read it.

                                          Posted by Mark Thoma on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 03:12 PM in School | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (2)



                                          Thursday, September 16, 2010

                                          Email Repellent

                                          When someone gets angry about something on the blog and begins sending me email after email, hitting reply and writing the following in the subject works way better than I would have guessed:

                                          Notice: This email address has been blocked - email was not delivered to addressee

                                          I had to do it a second time in one case, but every other time once was enough.

                                            Posted by Mark Thoma on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 07:35 PM in Weblogs | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (1)



                                            Wednesday, August 25, 2010

                                            Moral Hazard

                                            I managed to trash the screen to my laptop today. It turns out that it doesn't like to have objects in the way when you shut it:

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                                            (The background is a picture of part of my backyard)

                                            I'd like to be upset, but it's usable with an external monitor, it can be fixed, and best of all, it may be just the excuse I need to get a new one.

                                              Posted by Mark Thoma on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 08:31 PM in The Dumb Things I Do | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (0)



                                              Missed Connections

                                              At my class reunion, I found out that the pilot of the Northwest Airlines flight that made news when it flew 150 miles past the Minneapolis airport where it was supposed to land was someone I knew pretty well in junior high school.

                                                Posted by Mark Thoma on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 08:22 PM in School | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (0)



                                                Saturday, August 07, 2010

                                                By Ferries

                                                Trip 005

                                                  Posted by Mark Thoma on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 11:46 PM in Travel | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (3)



                                                  Saturday, July 31, 2010

                                                  Blocked

                                                  I got blocked from using the Internet at the first motel I stayed at on this trip.

                                                  Apparently, if you try to open way, way, way, way, way too many tabs in a browser, open an e-mail program at the same time, then open a feed reader looking at several hundred feeds, the surge in traffic in the system generates an automatic block.

                                                  I called the tech people and got unblocked, but then it happened again right away and I gave up. iPhone tethering saved the day.

                                                    Posted by Mark Thoma on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 11:55 AM in Travel, Web/Tech | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (0)



                                                    Tuesday, July 20, 2010

                                                    Lost and Not Found

                                                    I somehow lost the packet of Ph.D. core exams that I need for our meeting later today. That's not good. Not good at all. I've retraced my steps several times and can't find them. I sure hope I left them at home. Grrr.

                                                      Posted by Mark Thoma on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 02:43 PM in School, The Dumb Things I Do | Stumble, Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Tweet, Share, Like | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (4)