A simple theory of liberal arts education

At the margin, that is.

Information in the modern world is virtually free, and well-defined tasks can be outsourced very cheaply, if need be.  Don’t specialize in those.

Bias is everywhere, and overcoming bias yields great gains.  Empirically, our biases stem strongly from our nationality, our language, and our cultural background.  (It is, by the way, remarkable how much libertarianism is an Anglo-American phenomenon.)

To overcome those biases we should travel, spend some time living…


A simple theory of liberal arts education

Dutch Advertising Graphics

Wilhelmina Cycle 1897-1898

Wilhelmina Cycle & Co. Ltd. Zeist-Holland. rijwielen 1897-1898



Viskwekerijen (Arnhem) 1950-1975
Bezoekt onze Viskwekerijen - Koninklijke Nederlandsche
Heidemaatschappij (Arnhem) - 1950-1975



Ranja en Rojo 1925-1950
Drinkt èchte Ranja en Rojo 1925-1950



Pope globes 1939-1940
“In 1889, the light bulb factory Goosens, Pope & Co. was founded in Venlo. The driving force behind the enterprise was the English engineer Frederic Pope. In 1920, Philips acquired a controlling interest in the share capital of the factory….
Dutch Advertising Graphics

Tiny Business Card Calendar [Calendars]

Thumb-Calendar.pngWeighting in at the size of a business card, the tiny Thumb Calendar makes it possible to keep a calendar on you at all times. The Thumb Calendar is two sided and in order to use it, you must cover the dates that are not directly below the month header with your thumbs. The designer only has a PDF version for 2007 on his homepage, but you can grab a 2008 version from Flickr (linked below). The Thumb Calendar is a free download and makes a great addition to any purse or wallet.


Tiny Business Card Calendar [Calendars]

Lay-It-Out

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Last time I moved I threw out my back repositioning Grandma’s china cabinet for the 10th time. My latest (and hopefully last) moving experience was a dream because of the Lay-It-Out furniture templates. These unique life-sized paper furniture templates are the shape of your bed, sofa, tables, chairs, rugs, billiard table. After trimming them to the appropriate size (measurements are in inches and centimeters), we placed them on the floor and – as I was directed to the appropriate…


Lay-It-Out

Olive sizes

Mark Hurst at Good Experience wonders today about the words used to classify olive oil — pure, virgin, and extra virgin: “I mean, what’s the difference between ‘virgin’ and ‘extra virgin’ in any other context?” Mark’s conclusion: “Olive oil suffers from name inflation.”

Which reminded me of the strange array of words used to size olives, something I first learned about (and still vaguely recall) from a Marshall Efron skit on The Great American Dream Machine.

You can find the…


Olive sizes

Dick on Kipple

Quote:
There’s the First Law of Kipple… ‘Kipple drives out nonkipple.’

…Kipple is useless objects, like junk mail or match folders after you use the last match or gum wrappers or yesterday’s homeopape. When nobody’s around, kipple reproduces itself. For instance, if you to go bed leaving any kipple around your apartment, when you wake up there is twice as much of it. It always gets more and more.

No one can win against kipple, except temporarily and maybe in one spot.
- Do…


Dick on Kipple

The H.O.F. Holiday Gift Goad (Or, Pay Attention, You Cheap Bastards)

At a loss for a gift this holiday season? Screwing over friends and family and buying crap just for yourself? Bad with your money in general and need to splurge on something pointless to help bloat your credit card bills? Dirt poor and reckless?

We could care less what your situation is, really. We just want to point out that a lot of our comics-related junk is still available from SLG Publishing and you could still spend your goddam money on it if you had half a brain. And maybe you’d get…


The H.O.F. Holiday Gift Goad (Or, Pay Attention, You Cheap Bastards)