The rational agent problem

My cousin Paul, who is definitely one of those really smart people you only meet once in a while, sent me a post from the Bloomberg website discussing the rational agent model in economics: Why Economists Have Trouble With Bubbles. It's a short read and explains some of the reasons…

Searching for the perfect platform

"They were looking for the perfect Pepsi, and they should have been looking for the perfect Pepsis". Macolm Gladwell describing a major insight by Herbert Moskowitz. Finding an alternative to WordPress for my website was hard work, and I wouldn't call it fun. The story goes like this. I teach…

The Zen of Python

Over the last two weeks, I’ve been working on redesigning the website so that it’s easier to navigate and more pleasing to the eye. As usual, my first step was to investigate the topic, so off I went to Google, looking for sites that could teach me about…

Changing the site's appearance

If you have been accessing the website over the last few days, you may have noticed that it looks different one hour, and then looks different again a few minutes later, then changed again. That’s because I have been trying to find a theme that is easy to navigate…

I crashed the site

I’ve been exploring alternatives to WordPress which means that I have installed a number of different Content Management Systems (CMS) onto my hosted server. So far, I have tried to install GetSimple, Drupal,  TextPattern, Concrete5, ProcessWire, and Pico. None of these were successful. The problems ranged from failed installations…

Golden Week

It’s Golden Week and I’ve spent the last two days working: grading assignments, preparing for classes, working on the website, and getting ready for my PanSIG 2015 presentation on Confirmation Bias in Teacher Narratives . Still lots to do to get ready, but so far it’s been challenging…

What's going on

For those of you returning to college, welcome back from spring break. For those of you who just finished high school, welcome to university life. There is a lot to do on the first day of class and I thought it would be helpful to tell you a little about…