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Simultaneous viewpoints

Reader Mike answers my picture riddle in the comments section below,

Both have simultaneous viewpoints. In the first, the reflection is a real part of the scene, and in the second, we see all three directions at once. The birdlike figure in the center seems to be looking at us. Perhaps you're suggesting that all viewpoints are equally valid?

He's on the right track...

Timothy Sandefur writes, Read more »

Technical Difficulties

Sorry for the absence of posting recently- our web hosts moved Catallarchy from one server to the next, which was supposed to be invisible and painless, but has apparently shorted out our email addresses and caused a spate of new posts to disappear into the memory hole.

Hopefully, we can get the problem solved and back to our regularly scheduled blogging.

Refusenik Airlines

The airlines are refusing to share data with the federal government. In response, the TSA may issue a security directive to force the airlines to share this data.

Transportation Security Administration Chief Administrator James Loy said Friday if no airlines voluntarily provide data for a 180-day testing period of the Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System (CAPPS II) scheduled for later this year, he will issue a security directive mandating the airlines provide the information.

Another step for XCOR

XCOR has met another milestone in its quest for developing the technologies for the horizontal takeoff and landing spaceship Xerus. The usual turbopump solution, such as the ones used in the Saturn V and Shuttle Main Engine, is inefficient for smaller engines. XCOR needs a pump that is light weight and efficient to get Xerus off the ground and into space. Read more »

Justice turned upside-down

In my younger wilder days, I partook in numerous post-victory on the field celebrations as the hokies climbed into college football's upper echelon. I knew that in such a mob scene, the potential for injury to my person was not small. Especially around the goalposts. Simply by running onto the field from the safety of the stands, I was putting myself in danger, and it was my responsibility to take care of myself. If something had happened to me, it would have been my fault. Read more »

Escher as impartial spectator

What do these two M.C. Escher works have in common?


What can they teach us about how to approach politics, ethics, and religion?

Stock options compensation and opportunity cost II

As Micha pointed out below, although the creation of new stock may be theoretically unlimited, shareholders have the power to put a limit on dilution, and thus practically, scarcity is a real property of stock. After thinking more about the issue over the weekend, here are my current thoughts on the opportunity cost argument for expensing stock compensation. Read more »

Edison Schools and the free market

Kevin Drum writes about recent news with Edison Schools, a corporation that partners with failing school districts in hopes of raising achievement. Read more »

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