I'm a life-long resident of Cheatham County. Have a BS in physics from APSU, a MBA from Vandy, and a large chunk of a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Wake Forest, though I don't actually use either in my day-to-day job (high-performance research computing at Vanderbilt).
I'm a moderate (r)epublican. I can't quite say "R" nowdays because ideology, fear, and anger seems to be getting the better of common sense. When Reagan is too liberal for you, you've gone down the wrong path.
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Monthly Archives: December 2011
A few hours ago I read a message from a friend who graduated a few months ago with a graduate degree, but after months had still not found a job. I wanted to write down a few thoughts. Once upon … Continue reading
Total nerd post. If you don’t like reading nerd, please ignore this and accept my apologies for spamming you. I originally wrote this as a reply to a friend who had joined one of the “Cut the Debt Now!” groups … Continue reading
There is a rule-of-thumb in economics called Okun’s law, which says that reducing unemployment by 1% requires a 2% increase in GDP above it’s long-term average. Let’s see what this means for Cheatham County. The average unemployment rate in Cheatham … Continue reading
All cats are animals, but not all animals are cats. Pretty simple logic. All inflation causes price increases, but not all price increases are caused by inflation. Same logic. The past few weeks I’ve seen several friends have Facebook freak-outs … Continue reading
After the accident in Japan, a majority of Americans believe America needs a moratorium on nuclear power. http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/127243/20110327/japan-tsunami-earthquake-fukushima-tepco-daiichi-daini-nuclear-power-plant-nuclear-reactor-nuclear-c.htm Most people are woefully bad at accurately judging risk. This link has a nice graph showing deaths per watt. See for … Continue reading