Why do I need to know which Activision Blizzard executives worked in the Trump administration?

Activision Blizzard's executives have been criticized for a series of progressively tone deaf responses to the lawsuit brought by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the resulting labour action. The company has done nothing to earn any sympathy, and the most charitable reading of the executive response would be 'failed to rise … Continue reading Why do I need to know which Activision Blizzard executives worked in the Trump administration?

Is the Man in the Arena stupid? (after reading two essays)

A senior manager at work recommended The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity by Carlo Cipolla (economic historian at Berkley). Anyone familiar with a certain type of office already knows the punchline: the higher the position, the more likely the book is misconstrued as an instruction manual. Cipolla's essay is amusing and there is some benefit … Continue reading Is the Man in the Arena stupid? (after reading two essays)

Did you hear about that dumb Kotaku article?

Did you hear about that dumb Kotaku article that made a bunch of people mad? How about this instead: Did you know that one of the founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory was an occultist who ecstatically recited Crowley's "Hymn to Pan" during rocket tests and befriended L. Ron Hubbard? Interesting huh? No really, the … Continue reading Did you hear about that dumb Kotaku article?

Happy “y no international mens day?” Day

I've posted variations of this on Twitter or in private messages before, but given that today is International Women's Day, I thought I would enshrine the comments in a blog post. The original analysis was lighthearted, and I'm probably not the best one to speak substantively on International Women's Day, but I've also tried to … Continue reading Happy “y no international mens day?” Day

Store Wars: Imperfect views of imperfect markets

Economics has something of an edge when it comes to respectability among the social sciences, but it is often squandered by talking heads acting like everyone else is an idiot on TV. The benefit of taking an introductory economics class is not prestige or a set of talking points but rather a set of tools … Continue reading Store Wars: Imperfect views of imperfect markets

Thoughts on a game engine from someone who doesn’t know about game engines

Epic released a demo for the latest iteration of their game engine, Unreal Engine 5 (UE5). The demo looks magnificent and has a bit where the roof opens up and lights a room with 500 detailed statues. Once I looked at Twitter I was informed that the demo, apparently, wasn't all that good. The objections … Continue reading Thoughts on a game engine from someone who doesn’t know about game engines