Gene Lewis Perry

If life were like fairy tales, I'd have been devoured by trolls already.

from the Oklahoma Philippines

Via The Marmot’s Hole, this United States Map of the World gives a face to the astonishing extent of global inequality. With each state matched up with the country that has an equivalent GDP, it also puts a new perspective on familiar issues. For instance, immigration from Latin America, legal or otherwise, is not going […]

assault rifles, keyboards, and trains

The AK-47: an open source assault rifle? Andrew Leonard also mentions the QWERTY keyboard, which really has a remarkable story behind it. It just popped up in my reading of Guns, Germs, and Steel (highly recommended, and I’m sure to have more to say about it later): Unbelievable as it may now sound, that keyboard […]

everyone likes cake

Ezra Klein on France: The French like not working incessantly. They are consciously sacrificing a bit of economic growth in order to devote more time to leisure. It’s a perfectly legitimate choice for a society to make. But it’s never represented that way in domestic punditry, as we exclusively evaluate policy decisions based on their […]

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