Book Review: Manhattan in Maps

Book Review: Manhattan in Maps

This beautiful book, Manhattan in Maps: 1527 – 1995  by Robert Augustyn and Paul Cohen, is sadly out of print, a sorry fate for such a beautiful book. Used copies are available at ridiculously cheap prices. I bought mine on Amazon for about $10, probably a mere... read more
Whither Interest Rates

Whither Interest Rates

Will interest rates go up? The Fed will almost certainly raise short-term rates–if not in September then likely in December–if only because they’ve talked themselves into a corner. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that broader interest rates... read more
They Built Queens Upside Down & Backwards

They Built Queens Upside Down & Backwards

New York, meaning Manhattan, was laid out by the genius Commissioners of 1811. They designed a city that didn’t exist yet. In those days New York was a village at the southern tip of the island. But the result was that everybody knew where the streets would go... read more
Predictions for Future STEM Employment

Predictions for Future STEM Employment

This article was originally written in July, 2013. I think it is still mostly accurate. What follows are predictions for future employment in STEM fields–science, technology, engineering, and math–over the next ten or fifteen years. They are based on my... read more
The Smallest Town You’ll Ever Get Lost In

The Smallest Town You’ll Ever Get Lost In

Navigating around a town of about 25,000 should be pretty easy. Often I can do it without a map–after all, how hard can it be to find 1435 N. Fourth St.? But they broke the mold when they made Kingston, NY, population 23,893. Located along the Hudson River in... read more
City of Broad Shoulders

City of Broad Shoulders

  Chicago, that city of broad shoulders, is as Cartesian a city as can be imagined (excepting, perhaps, Salt Lake City). With eight blocks to a mile, and 60 house numbers to a block, any address can be reduced to a set of x-y coordinates. Indeed, there are... read more
Food Network & The New Normal

Food Network & The New Normal

Over the past couple of years I’ve taken to watching three shows on The Food Network: Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (3D), Restaurant Impossible, and especially, Chopped. These are not about food. Television is a poor medium for taste and smell, and in LED... read more

A Man’s Job

Given that industrial and manual labor will increasingly be automated, most remaining jobs for humans will be found in the service sector: nurses, waitresses, teachers, etc. These jobs are emotional work and will mostly go to women. Men, so the theory goes, will be left behind in this New Normal, and will be disproportionately unemployed.

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Excerpt: What Is a Job?

Here is the first chapter of Your Future Job by Daniel Jelski and Thomas George. Order a copy here! So what do you want to be when you grow up? President? An astronaut? A movie star? When Dan’s son was three or four years old, he had his heart set on being a garbage... read more