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22 Oct 14:37

spookyram: teatray-inthesky:

22 Oct 06:39

Wedding ring and ceremony expenditures predict shorter marriage duration

by Tyler Cowen

There is a new paper from Andrew M. Francis and Hugo M. Mialon:

In this paper, we evaluate the association between wedding spending and marriage duration using data from a survey of over 3,000 ever-married persons in the United States. Controlling for a number of demographic and relationship characteristics, we find evidence that marriage duration is inversely associated with spending on the engagement ring and wedding ceremony.

What is the mechanism?  Are signal-requiring and financial commitment-requiring marriages more likely to be fragile?  Or, to put forward a politically incorrect interpretation, do the high expenditures indicate the wife has too much bargaining power in the relationship?  That hardly seems like a plausible explanation.  By the way, weddings with a large number of attendees are likely to last longer, as are weddings accompanied by honeymoons.  Those correlations are easier to understand.

This piece is by a factor of more than five the most frequently downloaded SSRN paper over the last two months.

22 Oct 17:31

Evidence from opera on the efficacy of copyright

by Tyler Cowen

Michela Giorcelli and Petra Moser have a new paper, the abstract is this:

This paper exploits variation in the adoption of copyright laws within Italy – as a result of Napoleon’s military campaign – to examine the effects of copyrights on creativity. To measure variation in the quantity and quality of creative output, we have collected detailed data on 2,598 operas that premiered across eight states within Italy between 1770 and 1900. These data indicate that the adoption of copyrights led to a significant increase in the number of new operas premiered per state and year. Moreover, we find that the number of high-quality operas also increased – measured both by their contemporary popularity and by the longevity of operas. By comparison, evidence for a significant effect of copyright extensions is substantially more limited. Data on composers’ places of birth indicate that the adoption of copyrights triggered a shift in patterns of composers’ migration, and helped attract a large number of new composers to states that offered copyrights.

For the pointer I thank the excellent Kevin Lewis.

22 Oct 21:29

Venezuela estimate of the day

by Tyler Cowen

Venezuela loses $728MM for each 1$ the oil price drops. Assuming oil @ $104 in 2014 and $96 in 2015 Vzla’s $ deficit in 2015 will be $27.8bn

That is from Moisés Naim on Twitter.  Here is more on the same topic.

22 Oct 18:57

bestrooftalkever: Two Waterfalls That Literally Can’t Even

22 Oct 19:34

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22 Oct 23:30

Hey, little privacy here please. #9gag



Hey, little privacy here please. #9gag

23 Oct 08:03

“Ooops.” Basically he can get away with every mistakes he made...



“Ooops.” Basically he can get away with every mistakes he made with this level of cuteness. #9gag

21 Oct 21:03

Yo, Jimmy. You know how to use this thing?

by Kevin Murray
Newly released documents definitively show that local law enforcement in Washington, DC, possessed a cellular surveillance system—commonly known as a "stingray"—since 2003. 

However, these stingrays literally sat unused in a police vault for six years until officers were trained on the devices in early 2009.

"It's life imitating The Wire," Chris Soghoian, a staff technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union, told Ars. "There's an episode in Season 3 where [Detective Jimmy] McNulty finds a [stingray] that has been sitting on the shelf for a while." (more)
21 Oct 02:44

Audi Urban Concept estará no Salão de São Paulo

by Leonardo Andrade
Albener Pessoa

fucking ugly

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Uma das atrações da Audi no Salão do Automóvel de São Paulo será o conceito Urban, que já foi mostrado durante o Salão de Frankfurt de 2011. O modelo conta com versões cupê e conversível, ambos com a mesma proposta de ser um automóvel urbano, tanto é que o conjunto mecânico elétrico conta com autonomia de apenas 70 quilômetros, ideal para rodar nas grandes cidades.

O novo Audi Urban Concept traz como destaque o uso de materiais leves e também algumas soluções visuais, como os para-lamas com feixe de LED. Na versão conversível, o Audi traz portas que se abrem diagonalmente para cima. O cockpit é feito de polímero reforçado com fibra de carbono. O interior do modelo dispõe de apenas dois lugares defasados – o assento do motorista fica mais à frente do passageiro.

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São dois motores elétricos que equipam o Urban, com potência de 20 cavalos e 4,8 kgfm de torque, alimentados por baterias de íon de lítio de 7,1 kWh. O peso do modelo é de apenas 480 quilos.

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A noticia Audi Urban Concept estará no Salão de São Paulo foi publicada no site Notícias Automotivas - Carros.








21 Oct 13:00

Somtimes You Have to Wrestle to Open Your Beer

21 Oct 14:00

The Ladies Love It

21 Oct 15:00

What's Better Than a Day of Costumes? A Month of Costumes!

What's Better Than a Day of Costumes? A Month of Costumes!

Noah's family is dressing him in a different costume every day right up until Halloween. Follow his adventures here.

Submitted by: (via Noah's Halloween Countdown)

21 Oct 18:15

What Drunk Looks Like, in a Single Image

What Drunk Looks Like, in a Single Image

Submitted by: (via WGeist1)

21 Oct 21:00

Didn't Think That One Through, Did You?

Didn't Think That One Through, Did You?

Submitted by: (via fakhype)

21 Oct 21:30

Going to the Airport? Don't Forget Your Hazmat Suit!

21 Oct 22:00

You Don't Need to Save Your Girlfriend

You Don't Need to Save Your Girlfriend

Submitted by: (via MASTERL3SS)

22 Oct 00:27

Better forward those emails before it’s too late! #9gag



Better forward those emails before it’s too late! #9gag

22 Oct 05:14

When cashier ignores your hand and puts change on the counter....



When cashier ignores your hand and puts change on the counter. #9gag

21 Oct 23:30

Taxidermy Cracker-Jack Raccoon

by drew
Albener Pessoa

Taxidermistas!!!

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What house doesn’t need an almost-$500 taxidermied raccoon, immortalized in the act of eating Cracker Jacks? (The Cracker Jacks are included.)

21 Oct 10:15

Mentirinhas #717

by Fábio Coala

mentirinhas_706

Acho que mais o ódio mortal, mesmo.

O post Mentirinhas #717 apareceu primeiro em Mentirinhas.

22 Oct 08:37

Mentirinhas #718

by Fábio Coala

mentirinhas_707

Dedos médios, dedos médios, onde estão? Aqui estão…

O post Mentirinhas #718 apareceu primeiro em Mentirinhas.

22 Oct 00:00

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22 Oct 01:06

gatsbyadventures: Who you gonna call? Corgbusters!

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gatsbyadventures:

Who you gonna call?

Corgbusters!

21 Oct 02:25

2014 Mac Mini Teardown Highlights Increased Difficulty For User Upgradability

by Husain Sumra
iFixIt has conducted its teardown of the brand new Mac mini, finding that the new device is more difficult to open than previous models. They've also discovered that the RAM is soldered onto the machine, which was first discovered late last week.

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The team found that gaining entry into the new desktop is more difficult than previous models. Instead of a twistable bottom cover, the new Mac mini requires a plastic opening tool to pop off the cover. Underneath that is a new solid door that blocks easy access to the RAM and fan. The door uses what iFixIt calls "the smallest Torx Security screw" they've ever seen, requiring their tool design team to prototype a new screwdriver to open the desktop.

Inside, the Mac mini now sports a new AirPort card that connects straight to a PCIe slot rather than via a cable. Unlike past Mac minis, the new version only contains one SATA port. Previously, Mac mini users could upgrade their desktops with an extra hard drive. However, iFixIt notes that there is an extra socket that could potentially be used for a SSD blade via a PCIe cable. Oddly, the new Mac mini's power supply is identical to both the 2012 and 2011 models.

Finally, iFixIt gave the new Mac mini a repairability score of 6 out of 10, which is a worse score than the 2012 Mac mini's 8 out of 10. Although disassembly is straight forward, the team noted that the presence of Torx security screws and soldered on RAM made it more difficult to repair than previous models.






14 Oct 16:00

This is Was Found in The Ocean

This is Was Found in The Ocean

It GIFs me the heebie jeebies.

Submitted by: Unknown

Tagged: critters , gifs , mindwarp , monster , wtf
21 Oct 00:00

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21 Oct 08:00

The mindset of a dog vs a cat 😕 #9gag



The mindset of a dog vs a cat 😕 #9gag