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On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures


Charles Babbage

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This is a foundation book in Computable Economics and Economics in general, and its free!


I've been involved with a charity/movement for the last year, working to free an alumnus of our university here, Dr. Berhanu Nega. I'm really, really proud to have been part of this amazing group of people working for someone else's freedom. Read and watch what its all about here. Site was designed in iWeb.

This post is more of a reminder for myself what I did and learned along the way, for when I re-read all this in 20 years.

Amazing what a few committed people can achieve.

New Ideas Conference, Finished

I'm on the committee of the Annual Economics Student's Conference at the New School for Social Research. It was held Thursday, April 20, 2006, and was a great success.

Here's the Conference Website

Download the programme here

Download the poster here.

Here are photos of the conference

Here are some of the presentations:

Dr. Nata Duvurry [.ppt

], Dr. Berk Ozler [.ppt], and Dr. Jose Antonio OCampo [.ppt], all in powerpoint.

It was a great success, and hopefully we'll see more student-run conferences and the workshops

at the New School.

How To Think Like A Computer Scientist

How To Think Like A Computer Scientist:

How To Think Like A Computer Scientist

Learning with C++

by Allen B. Downey

Table of Contents

Contributor List

Chapter 1: The way of the program

Chapter 2: Variables and types

Chapter 3: Function

Chapter 4: Conditionals and recursion

Chapter 5: Fruitful functions

Chapter 6: Iteration

Chapter 7: Strings and things

Chapter 8: Structures

Chapter 9: More structures

Chapter 10: Vectors

Chapter 11: Member functions

Chapter 12: Vectors of Objects

Chapter 13: Objects of Vectors

Chapter 14: Classes and invariants

Chapter 15: Object-oriented programming

Chapter 16: Pointers and References

Chapter 17: Templates

Chapter 18: Linked lists

Chapter 19: Stacks

Chapter 20: Queues and Priority Queues

Chapter 21: Trees

Chapter 22: Heap

Chapter 23: File Input/Output and pmatrices

Appendix A: Quick reference for pclasses


BBC NEWS Britain now 'eating the planet'

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Britain now 'eating the planet':

The UK is about to run out of its own natural resources and become dependent on supplies from abroad, a report says.

A study by the New Economics Foundation (Nef) and the Open University says 16 April is the day when the nation goes into "ecological debt" this year.

It warns if annual global consumption levels matched the UK's, it would take 3.1 Earths to meet the demand.

In 1961, the symbolic "ecological debt day" was 9 July; in 1981, it had shifted forward two months to 14 May.

Author ordering on papers, what a load of bollocks.

...a new paper (free, working version, Winter 06, JEP) demonstrates that these effects have important consequences for careers in economics. Faculty members in top departments with surnames beginning with letters earlier in the alphabet are substantially more likely to be tenured, be fellows of the Econometrics Society, and even win Nobel prizes (let's see, Arrow, Buchanan Coase...hmmm). No such effects are found in psychology where the alphabetical norm is not followed.



New Economist: The Economist: A guide to womenomics: An Economist article on women and the world economy argues that "the future of the world economy lies increasingly in female hands". The piece, A guide to womenomics, claims that:

In rich countries, girls now do better at school than boys, more women are getting university degrees than men are and females are filling most new jobs. Arguably, women are now the most powerful engine of global growth.

The article gives particular attention to the growing role of women at work. The most interesting chart highlights the positive correlation between women's fertility rate and their labour force participation:

It is sometimes argued that it is shortsighted to get more women into paid employment. The more women go out to work, it is said, the fewer children there will be and the lower growth will be in the long run. Yet the facts suggest otherwise. ... Indeed, the decline in fertility has been greatest in several countries where female employment is low.

It seems that if higher female labour participation is supported by the right policies, it need not reduce fertility. ... governments need to remove obstacles that make it hard for women to combine work with having children. This may mean offering parental leave and child care, allowing more flexible working hours, and reforming tax and social-security systems that create disincentives for women to work. Countries in which more women have stayed at home ... offer less support for working mothers...

Magda Fontana: Simulation in Economics

Magda Fontana: Simulation in Economics:

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Magda Fontana (2006)

Simulation in Economics: Evidence on Diffusion and Communication

Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation vol. 9, no. 2

Received: 05-Dec-2005 Accepted: 16-Jan-2006 Published: 31-Mar-2006


This paper presents the analysis of a dataset of publications in economics that makes use of simulations. Data are explored in order to obtain information about diffusion of simulation techniques in time and across sub-disciplines. Moreover, following Robert Axelrod's concerns about the difficulties in sharing simulation models and their outputs, some peculiarities in the communication process among 'simulators' are highlighted.


Social Simulation, Economic Theory, User Community


MIT researchers build tiny batteries with viruses---Skynet just 12 months away.

Now I'm no Luddite, but for fuck's sake, did anyone see Terminator? Self replicating electronic viruses? Phillip K Dick? Hello?

Don't say I didn't warn you.


MIT researchers build tiny batteries with viruses:

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- MIT scientists have harnessed the construction talents of tiny viruses to build ultra-small "nanowire" structures for use in very thin lithium-ion batteries.

By manipulating a few genes inside these viruses, the team was able to coax the organisms to grow and self-assemble into a functional electronic device.