Saturday, April 18, 2015

New York 2015

At the end of June I took a trip with Yeongmi and Joan to New York City for the Eastern Economics Association Meetings.  The meetings went well.  I gave a paper and one of my students from BYU presented another. Both on economic inequality, BTW.

But here is the travel report!

Taiwan 2014, Part 3

On June 25th through the 27th, we left Taipei and headed down the east coast of the island to Taroko Gorge.  This was a spectacular trip with some very stunning scenery.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Taiwan 2014, Part 2

The remainder of the report on Taiwan.  For the first half, see this post.

Friday - Sunday, June 20 - 22

 June 20th - 22nd was the Asia Meetings of the Econometric Society.  Since we were staying at an apartment in Ximending and the conference was at Academia Sincia, this involved a ride on the subway and then a cab ride to campus.  The conference was very good and I enjoyed the sessions.  I presented my paper on the last day, of course.

While I was busy advancing the frontiers of knowledge, Yeongmi and Joan were busy seeing the sights.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Rambling About Inequality

In case you really want to see me ramble, here is a podcast from BYU's David M. Kennedy Center from February 11th.  I am discussing Thomas Piketty's book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Actually, I use this more as a jumping off point to talk about a couple of projects I've been working on which you can download below.

A Discussion of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Photos from Ancestral Puebloan Ruins

Here are my favorite photos from Mesa Verde National Park and Aztec Ruins National Monument from last week.

Mesa Verde National Park

Politicians are the Worst Kind of Hypocrits

I don't normally get overtly political, but this kind of hypocrisy (which happens routinely across the political spectrum, by the way) just demands a response.

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK/DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - "Hillary Clinton, under pressure from the left wing of her Democratic Party to aggressively campaign against income inequality, voiced concern about the hefty paychecks of some corporate executives in an email to supporters.

Striking a populist note, Clinton, who announced on Sunday she was running for president in 2016, said American families were still facing financial hardship at a time 'when the average CEO makes about 300 times what the average worker makes.' "

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

I Like Uber... A Lot!

I've been reading a lot about Uber over the past long while, but living in Orem, Utah, have been unable to really try it out.

This past week on a 4-day business trip to Washington, DC I've used it a couple if times myself and numerous times with a group.  I really like it and here are a few reasons why:

Venetian Landscape Paintings

I spent a few hours yesterday (April 4, 2015) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.  Most of that time was spent looking at early Italian painting and paintings by the Dutch masters in the west wing of the main floor.
The Fortress of Königstein

I fell in love with several landscape/architecture paintings by Venetian masters.  Mostly from this gallery

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tetonic Symmetry

Lonely hill
A bird of prey swoops
Eerie darkening skies loom
Dry grasses ripple in the pale sun
A herd of deer gathers at the meadow's edge
The reds, oranges and yellows of Fall are long fled
Stands of bare white aspen mingle with blue spruce and Douglas fir
Restless waves build on the midnight water of the lake
Far away granite peaks point to the heavens
A cold stream grey and wet rushes by
Small creatures huddle for warmth
Autumn is dying
Chill winds blow

Mary's Dog - A Poem

Mary got herself a dog, the cutest little pup
It played and tugged at her heartstrings and then the dog grew up

Mary left her dog at home when she went off to work
The dog chewed up her brand new shoes just like a total jerk

Mary took her dog with her when she went for a walk
I spied a cat, it broke the leash and chased it 'round the block

Mary traveled out of town and left her dog with Dad
And when the doggy misbehaved the old man got quite mad

Mary went to bed one night, her dog outside the door
At dawn the dog was in the bed and she was on the floor

Mary gave her dog a treat to teach it to behave
The treat was gone in no time flat into its mouthy cave

Mary let her dog outside when it began to bark
When she found spots burned in her lawn, she took it to the park

Mary's dog had "accidents" outside the hallway door
Mary got the carpet changed after she fixed the floor

Mary's dog got old and frail and finally met its end
Without her dog the world seems less, her heart may never mend

Friday, March 27, 2015

Assorted Sparse Poems

Yesterday is gone
No matter what we may wish
Tomorrow will come

Call it Fusion (퓨전)?

말없는 소리
폭탄후 혼란 사망
정없는 마음

A voice without words
After the bomb, turmoil, death
A heart without feeling

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Haiku & Poem

Childhood Memories of a Duststorm

A strengthening breeze
A great wind comes from the south
I am lost in dust

Poem 3

A cool wind blow across my face
And leads me gently down
Across the meadows of the hills
And wandering to the town
I have gone
I have come
I am changed
Yet still numb.

March 24, 2015 10:22 pm

Friday, March 20, 2015

Two Poems

Insomnia breeds poetry?  Last night it did.

Poem 1

Malignant and imperial cruel spirit
Crouched like an assassin in the night
Cold and calculating scientist
Turning on the harsh remorseless light

Hiding in the vastness of the labyrinth
Boldly marching forth to face cruel fate
Stabbing up from hell at heartless destiny
Lingering in shame inside the gate

Monday, March 9, 2015

December in India, Part 8

After our whirlwind tour of Jaipur, we headed back to Delhi to the airport for our trip home.  We got to see some different country than the trip down to Agra.  There were more hills and it was noticeably drier.  We saw a lot of camels for the first little while coming out of Jaipur.  We also stopped and watched troop of monkeys being fed.  The traffic was heavier than the day before with all the long-distance lorries on the road coming up to Delhi.  The road to Agra was a toll expressway with no freight traffic and the road from Agra to Jaipur was not nearly as busy.  We stopped several times at intersections where the traffic backed up.  And once or twice we got delayed by construction on overpasses.  It was a long trip, but still interesting.  We stopped at great roadside restaurant and had chicken pakora and meat samosas.  The latter were very good and I wish I had tasted them earlier in the trip.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

December in India, Part 7

We spent Christmas Day in Jaipur touring some very beautiful and interesting sites.  We visited Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort and Jal Mahal in the morning.  In the early afternoon we went to Jantar Mantar and the Jaipur City Palace in middle of the city.  Then we drove for several hours back to Delhi where we caught our flight home to the U.S.

Leaving the Hotel

December in India, Part 6

We left Agra on the morning of December 24th and spent most of the day driving to Jaipur.  The road was very foggy in the morning and we ended up stopped for about 45 minutes in a traffic jam.  As they day went on the fog burned off and we entered drier country.

On the Road from Agra

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Dream #2, A Short Story

This is a very short story I wrote about a dream a I had a few years ago.

It is late in the day.  Afternoon is slowly fading to dusk as the sun lowers towards the mountains in the west.  It was a great day for football.  The home team emerged victorious.

Now we are all slowly wending our ways home.  The parking lot is jammed with vehicles idling and slowing inching forward in their lines.  Moving very slowly because of the constant perpendicular flow of humanity walking from the stadium to their cars.  Groups of young men, young women, couples and families with boisterous children all slowly filter between the bumpers of the slowly inching vehicles, on their way to their own cars and trucks.  It occurs to me, sitting high up above this milling crowd in my mighty pickup, that we are acting collectively like some human water cycle.  We are a steady flow of human rainclouds dropping precipitation into waiting cars, which then drain slowly into small tributaries, and larger rivers of the parking lot river basin toward the parking lot exit.