Blog entries from: Loomnie

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April 18 2014

April 16 2014

From Loomnie Wed Apr 16 2014, 06:14:08

... and ditch its poorer but apparently much cuter cousin, RCT. At least that is what I see as the takeaway from this article about external validity problems with RCT - which by the way is similar to the "how do you scale it up" and "how can we apply what you have found in [...]

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April 7 2014

From Loomnie Mon Apr 7 2014, 10:16:04

There really is nothing much to the rebasing/re-benchmarking exercise. That it has not been done in such a long period, hence making the updated figures sound so huge, says more about governance in Nigeria than anything else. And any serious Nigeria analyst or private sector player is not really surprised by the figures. The point [...]

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October 24 2013

From Loomnie Thu Oct 24 2013, 06:40:47

1. Jay Z Has the Room - A Vanity Fair profile of Jay Z 2. 'Ebony and Ivy,' About How Slavery Helped Universities Grow  3. Why Scandinavian Prisons Are Superior 4. Now We Are Five - David Sedaris on his family and the death of his sister 5. Henry Gustave Molaison: The Basis for 'Memento' and the World's Most [...]

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October 20 2013

From Loomnie Sun Oct 20 2013, 09:08:54

Now imagine yourself in a prison that commands a view from a tourist brochure. Your cell phone lies on a shelf, next to a TV and CD player, inside a prison that lets you go to paid work or study. There is no perimeter wall. Prison staff will help you with free-world social services to [...]

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From Loomnie Sun Oct 20 2013, 06:11:15

From The Economist: Academic scientists readily acknowledge that they often get things wrong. But they also hold fast to the idea that these errors get corrected over time as other scientists try to take the work further. Evidence that many more dodgy results are published than are subsequently corrected or withdrawn calls that much-vaunted capacity [...]

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September 20 2013

From Loomnie Fri Sep 20 2013, 11:02:11

1. In praise of art forgery 2. The Not-So-Great Professor: Jeffrey Sachs' Incredible Failure to Eradicate Poverty in Africa 3. "Mr. Zuckerberg's belief that connectivity is a human right is honorable. Where he and his allies err is in imagining that fun is not, and in underestimating the power of entertainment to [...]

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September 16 2013

From Loomnie Mon Sep 16 2013, 13:00:16

...the pinnacle of aesthetic disregard was achieved upon rollout of Airbus's biggest and most ballyhooed creation: the enormous, double-decked A380. With maximum takeoff weight of more than a million pounds, the Airbus A380 is the largest, most powerful, and most expensive commercial plane in history. And possibly the ugliest. There [...]

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September 8 2013

From Loomnie Sun Sep 8 2013, 02:33:18

1. Keith Hart and Horacio Ortiz are reviewing the anthropology of money and finance 2. "she arrived with a gift of bespoke lingerie: a camisole with an image of Sigmund Freud printed on it--a Freudian slip". A profile of Claire Danes 3. A profile of Paul Kagame. And a critique of [...]

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September 5 2013

From Loomnie Thu Sep 5 2013, 11:25:55

Some friends and I are working on a series of books titled Anthropology for Kids. Each book will contain different ways of relating to a major human question - what Dostoevsky called "cursed questions" - such as death, family, love, state, money, war and so on. The books will contain [...]

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