By DebtOrAlive on Majoring in Economics and Making Money

I'm not convinced majoring in Econ increases selfishness so much as Econ majors (except those academia-bound) tend to be practical and focused on achieving at the very least a securely upper middle class lifestyle. [Looks around apt, looks outside at neighborhood, checks account balances] If it was supposed to make me more selfish, it didn't exactly work, cause I'm not raking it in over here. But(!) as a one-time Econ major who loved his econ classes (well except econometrics and intro to econ, obvs) but ultimately decided on something more STEM-y, I strongly wish that Economics were students' "default" major instead of English or Sociology or Communications. Not trying to slag off any of those fields, but Econ gives you a great framework for analysis of institutions and people, and it's such a flexible major. Super quanty numbers freak who only wants to think theoretically, Econ is for you! Budding dealmaker looking to claw your way to the top of the Street? Econ! Artsy liberal deeply interested in feminist theory and the intersectionality of gender, race, and the sexualization of the body? I have no doubt that you could write a rigorous econ undergrad thesis on that. The major can be as mathy or as fuzzy as you want it to (except for the aforementioned econometrics, you do not pass go, sry). And even if you did a fuzzier Econ degree, you still get the benefit of the doubt when you hit the market.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 6:26 pm 3

By jfruh on How We Think About Class

Here's a random suggestion that I'm not sure is true or not but I'll put it out there for discussion: the decision to serve you guys alcohol and not the well-to-do white people may not have been a "reward" for you being Latin@, Hispanophone, and/or working-class. Might it have been more nervousness that the people who aren't "us" would be more likely to rat out the restaurant for serving booze without a liquor license? Even if that wasn't an explicit or realistic fear, there might've just been an extra willingness to trust someone within their community -- for however you want to define community, ethnic, linguistic, socio-economic, whatever -- over a fairly minor and harmless violation; this is trust you wouldn't necessarily have with outsiders, particularly if the outsiders fit the profile of "the man", the dominant group who enforces these laws in the first place.

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 2:29 pm 9

By Sloane on After 12 Years of Sponsoring a Haitian Child, What Kind of Difference Do You Make?

@stuffisthings Why couldn't there be at least a 7% return on the investment in the Haitian child. Gah. (I jest, of course)

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 2:52 pm 1

By mirah on Odd Job of the Day: Professional Closed Captioner

@stuffisthings Wow, lots of questions. 1. No, we are creating closed captions using voice recognition software. We get audio from the TV studio a few seconds early and speak along to what we are hearing, making edits for length and clarity as needed. So when you see someone correcting live captions onscreen, they are likely correcting a spot where they misspoke or the software did not hear them correctly. 2. Yes, we do use macros. Some are standardized and some are personal, but we probably don't use them as much as you might think. 3. If a show is live and running captions, then it is being captioned live. I couldn't really give you a percentage or anything like that because I don't know how much television programming is, in fact, live TV. 4. Yes, we do get materials beforehand depending on the programming. We would rarely get a transcript of a speech beforehand, but people usually speak slowly enough in those sort of public, televised events that they are fairly easy to caption almost verbatim. 4. Because the cable channel is too fucking cheap to pay for offline captioning (like what the guy in the article does), which requires way more time to do correctly. So instead they just pay for a couple hours of live captioning, which probably comes out crazy if it's some 3 AM Sharknado rip-off.

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm 1

By Meaghano on Odd Job of the Day: Professional Closed Captioner

@stuffisthings ha, YES. It's so…human?

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 5:24 pm 1

By Mike Dang on Please Someone Buy This $200 E-Book

@stuffisthings Yes

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 5:38 pm 1

By ATF on So: Doughscuits

@stuffisthings I like this. We could spin the Pizzadonut off even more to the calzonut. We could also combine donuts and scones for sconuts. Donuts and cookies for the Donookie. Focaccia and donuts for the focaccinut. Let's quit our day job and start a Dokery (donut based bakery)

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 1:45 pm 1

By EvanDeSimone on Literature as Economic Indicator

That we would use more "words of misery" when trying to depict a time of privation and general unease seems a given to me. Also "Words of Misery" would have been a great name for my teenage LiveJournal.

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 10:30 am 2

By Caitlin with a C on Our Names, Our Jobs

@ATF ...YET.

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 2:02 pm 3

By Allison on Economists, Reporters Discuss the Most Important Economic Stories of 2013

@stuffisthings at least they're using the defaults from a modern version of excel. We've got colors on spreadsheets that haven't been a default color selection since 1998 but the sheets have just been resaved with new years on the end since then (or earlier).

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 11:27 am 1