After a not-so-short hiatus during which I visited friends and family in Bulgaria, went through a couple of seasonal colds, and got a new workstation up and running (MacBook Pro with W7), I am finally back to the blog. As a warm-up, a bunch of interesting links you might have missed during January:

The art of procrastination (surprisingly effective)
Why students don’t learn
Modeling the spread of rumours (in the digital age)
Visualizing the connections between the artists who developed abstract art

Coursera starts a free course on Social Network Analysis (with R
Calls for more science-based policy making coming from the UK
What happens when you take you econometric results too seriously 
What’s like to spend 40 years in the Siberian taiga (if you understand Russian, watch the amazing videos about the story)
Coral by Fleix Salazar [via Colossal]


It’s been a while since the last post but I am slowly getting back on track after the triple shock from the arrival of a new family member, a new house and a new office (which all happened within a week during the summer). For a starter, a selection of interesting links from the last two months:

Animals have morals. Brought to you by one of my academic heroes.

Abuses of public budgeting for election purposes. 1) Find a black hole item in the budget. 2) Put all budget cuts there. 3) Brag that you have solved the budget deficit problem.

Statistics bring emotions. Probably faked, but still nice to see.

When do academic do their work?  At night, at during weekends, too.

Watercolor your scatterplots. Yammy. Here as well.

Fractals in nature (as seen from Google Earth). By Paul Bourke


How much money do university professors around the world get The Netherlands is doing OK which should make me happy
Sperm do calculus And so should you
Common-pool resources management in Hawai Would love to go for a field study
A discussion of political science efforts to predict US presidential elections Could be better

Beautiful maps at maps.stamen.com


Migration and unemployment File under ‘correlation is not causation’. And ‘endogeneity’. And ‘instrumental variables that do not make sense’.

Equitable decision making has intrinsic value Apparently,there is a region in the brain [anterior insula] ‘linked to the experience of subjective disutility’. Ah, the prospects for utility maximization!

Fukuyama on European identities Surfing on the obvious

A post on the philosophy of explanation at Understanding Society