Economics: Wonder how the local governments are going to handle the reduction in tax income? Some places have it figured out… If you haven’t gotten the ticket yet, it seems you will.
Big Picture: I am reading a very interesting book, The Numbers Game: The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, in Politics, and in Life, by Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot. The idea is that we need to have some sense of numbers before we can make rational decisions. The book is broken up into chapters like Count, Size and Average. In each, the authors try to show how a little thinking can help us understand what we read and how people can use numbers to confuse. On a related point, the Freakonomics blog today talks about why it may be better for us to move to an SUV rather than a Prius. How could this be? Well, it has to do with our understanding (or lack thereof) of the most common statistic related to fuel economy, miles per gallon.
Fun: There is this group called Improv Everywhere. They stage fun, surprising scenes. For the past 8 years, they have staged the No Pants Subway Ride, where their teams (in 22 cities this year, with over 1200 participants in New York alone) get on the subway wearing only their undies. No harm, no fuss, just bringing fun to the world. Their latest escapade was to provide a wedding reception to a couple who had just been married by a judge in New York City. What a great gift. The world needs more Improv.