Increasing Marginal Utility

A blog so good it violates the law of diminishing marginal utility.

Browsing Catharsis – 01.08.13

THERE IS NO GREAT STAGNATION

“Level design is a huge part of game development. World building is something entirely different. A user by the name of lentebriesje has decided to use Minecraft in an attempt to recreate the entire planet. Our planet. While it won’t have anything created by man, each continent will feature environments unique to that region, including foliage and climate.”

-ScrewAttack, “Planet Earth is being built to a 1:1500 scale in Minecraft.” Here is a picture:

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#TROLLINGHIPSTERSINACADEMICJOURNALS

“Recently, many jurisdictions have implemented bans or imposed taxes upon plastic grocery bags on environmental grounds. San Francisco County was the first major US jurisdiction to enact such a regulation, implementing a ban in 2007. There is evidence, however, that reusable grocery bags, a common substitute for plastic bags, contain potentially harmful bacteria. We examine emergency room admissions related to these bacteria in the wake of the San Francisco ban. We find that ER visits spiked when the ban went into effect. Relative to other counties, ER admissions increase by at least one fourth, and deaths exhibit a similar increase.”

-Jonathan Click and Joshua D. Wright, “Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness.” Via Tyler Cowen.

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CAN REPUBLICANS GO BACK TO RUNNING TO THE LEFT OF DEMOCRATS ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY?

“To many on the conservative and libertarian side, it is no longer a question of whether or not we need copyright reform—the operative question is, what does that reform look like?”

-Derek Khanna, “The Way Forward on Copyright Reform.” This exchange on Cato Unbound will be incredibly useful once it is complete.

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