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kingjaffejoffer:

This happens in 2014

O’Ryan’s take: “Im sure this letter is filled with reasoned, thoughtful opinions about race in the US and what role the media plays.”
Also, should point out that this letter is typewritten.

look, i don’t not love this. 

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kingjaffejoffer:

This happens in 2014

O’Ryan’s take: “Im sure this letter is filled with reasoned, thoughtful opinions about race in the US and what role the media plays.”

Also, should point out that this letter is typewritten.

look, i don’t not love this. 

this song is filthy. in all the best ways.

■ Noahpinion: RBC models we can believe in?
The basic idea here is actually pretty simple. Angeletos actually said it, when he came to present his paper at Michigan: “One firm’s productivity determines other firms’ demand.” In other words, these network models go way beyond the traditional, typical framework of aggregate supply and aggregate demand. (Other models also do this, but usually across time rather than across firms or sectors.) 
Like I said, if you held a gun to my head, I would say that something like this is actually going on in the actual economy. Why? Because aggregate shocks are sometimes really hard to identify. There were the oil price shocks in the 1970s and Volcker’s tightening in the early 1980s, but a lot of recessions don’t seem to be externally provoked. So maybe that means there is some kind of random mass-psychological sentiment thing going on, or maybe it means that recessions are sunspots caused by the interaction of a whole bunch of frictions, and thus completely unknowable. But this network/linkage idea seems like a promising alternative to those unhappy possibilities. That doesn’t mean I think any of these models is right - they’re all going to have empirical issues, because they are basically proof-of-concept papers. But I suspect they’re on to something that many have expected for a long time - the idea that economic fluctuations are the result of the complexity of economic systems.
posting this because it’s a really great understandable (I swear!) explanation of modern macro theory which brings out the aspect of it that I like the best/is worth anything at all.
and I didn’t really think someone could write that post to be honest.

anthonymackies:

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele photographed by Peter Hapak for Variety Emmy Studio.

❝ More like crapitalism ❞

— Karl Marx (via queerandpresentdanger)

■ We Went There: Heems Talks Life After Das Racist and Previews ‘Eat Pray Thug’ in Brooklyn

Could I love heems more? Could I be more hyped for this? Probably not.

via Grantland

■ Chef Roy Choi is getting his own TV show

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

@Urianmannnn vs @Taufiq1926

anagramatron:



this tumblr is incredible. mesmerising, and beautiful.

by Emma Steinkellner via the Toast 

by Emma Steinkellner via the Toast 

■ Stanford's Maryam Mirzakhani wins Fields Medal | Stanford News Release

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Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to ever win the Fields Medal – known as the “Nobel Prize of mathematics” – in recognition of her contributions to the understanding of the symmetry of curved surfaces.

from Nature:

A native of Iran, Maryam Mirzakhani is at Stanford University in California. She won for her work on “the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.”

“Perhaps Maryam’s most important achievement is her work on dynamics,” says Curtis McMullen of Harvard University. Many natural problems in dynamics, such as the three-body problem of celestial mechanics (for example, interactions of the Sun, the Moon and Earth), have no exact mathematical solution. Mirzakhani found that in dynamical systems evolving in ways that twist and stretch their shape, the systems’ trajectories “are tightly constrained to follow algebraic laws”, says McMullen.

He adds that Mirzakhani’s achievements “combine superb problem-solving ability, ambitious mathematical vision and fluency in many disciplines, which is unusual in the modern era, when considerable specialization is often required to reach the frontier”.

i don’t know much about poetry, but i didn’t know that doing stats to poetry made more poetry.

Great map. Emphasises how despite critical opinion, Magna Carta did just fine and Yeezus didn’t do so great. 
via Vox

Great map. Emphasises how despite critical opinion, Magna Carta did just fine and Yeezus didn’t do so great. 

via Vox

bravotopchef:

Richard can barely contain his excitement about his new episode of Top Chef Duels premiering on Wednesday, August 6th @ 10/9c. Can you blame him?

ugh so into this stupid show and there isn’t even an active fandom for it

bravotopchef:

Richard can barely contain his excitement about his new episode of Top Chef Duels premiering on Wednesday, August 6th @ 10/9c. Can you blame him?

ugh so into this stupid show and there isn’t even an active fandom for it

Sexism, Shooting and the Olympic Games

talking to Kris on the weekend reminded me of the story of this lady:

Zhang Shan (simplified Chinese张山traditional Chinese張山pinyinZhāng Shān; born March 23, 1968 in Sichuan) is a Chinesesports shooter and Olympic Champion. She won the gold medal in the Olympic Skeet Shooting event at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.[1]

This event was mixed, open to both men and women. Zhang Shan was the only woman to win a medal in this mixed event from 1972 to 1992. Zhang was not able to defend her title as the event was open to men only in 1996. In 2000 a women’s Olympic skeet competition was added, and Zhang has remained a world-class competitor but failed to win any further Olympic medals.

This seems a pretty outrageous thing to do. That is straight from the wiki. 

USA Shooting says:

At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, female competitor Shan Zhang of China became the Olympic gold medalist that year in mixed-event skeet competition.   Over two days of competition she produced a score of 373 out of 375, a new Olympic and world record.  She also became the first woman to topple the men in the history of the Olympic Games’ shooting competition.  Since that time, no mixed events have been held in an Olympic shooting competition.  

Seems a little insane to not allow the Olympic record holder to compete in the event she holds  the record in, the next year of competition if she is able. Was there a reason?

On, and from, Kim Rhode a medallist in shooting at five different Olympics:

Double trap was created by the International Olympic Committee in 1996 as a sport strictly for women. In fact, it was the only shotgun shooting sport for women at the time because the International Olympic Committee had eliminated women’s single trap and skeet.

In talking about the controversy with Kim, her take on it was that it was a way for the International Olympic Committee to separate men and women in competition. A look back at the sequence of events certainly supports Kim’s theory.

At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, a woman from China named Zhang Shan won the gold in skeet. She became the first woman to earn the Olympic gold in mixed competition. In response, the International Olympic Committee eliminated women from the competition and instituted a “men only” rule for the shotgun competitions.

When Kim made her debut in 1996, “Our scores were made so that women shot 120 targets and men would shoot 150,” she explained. “That meant our scores could never be compared with the men’s, which is kind of an interesting thing. In the following years, they [International Olympic Committee] opened skeet and trap to women again, but with women shooting fewer targets than men. In 2004, they eliminated double trap saying there weren’t enough women competing in it even though we had more than 15 women and normally they only allow 15 women to compete, but they eliminated it and left it in for men.”

The women, being Olympic competitors, fought the ruling. “We signed a petition to get skeet and trap back. When they brought them back for the 2000 games, though, women shot 75 targets and men shot 125. The International Olympic Committee said once again that they didn’t have enough competitors this time in double trap. But we had full teams of double trap shooters.”

After double trap was cut from the Olympics, she turned to skeet. At the 2007 World Cup competitions in Santo Domingo, she set a new final world record in this event with a score of 98 out of 100. In the following year, Kim went on to win the silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in women’s skeet.

Currently, despite being created for as a sport for women in 1996, Women do not have a double trap shooting event at the Olympics while men do. Skeet and Double Trap are dissimilar enough that it means that Zheng Shan was denied the chance to add to her gold medal, while she was in her prime.

I may have posted about this already, but I searched for outrage about this and there seems to be very little of it so I figured I’d put together a post of the basic facts. This whole story is completely outrageous, and a reminder that discrimination is still of the blatant and codified variety, even in high publicity places like the Olympic games. I feel so shitty for Zhang Shan

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littlesmoothieq:

Tobias lounging in fireplaces

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