For the remainder of the week, I will be packing up and heading back to Chicago.  Summer is over.  Blogging will be light until I get back.  If you are new to the blog and want to catch up on what’s here, here is a rough guide.  The meat tofu and potatoes of the blog appear under the tags Economics, Game Theory, and Incentives.  Sandeep and I also write a lot on the subject of Food and Wine.

But, my favorite content is collected in the tags Banana Seeds and Vapor Mill.

Banana Seeds:  seeds are meant to suggest ideas (did you know that “seminal” has the root “sem” which is latin-or-something for seeds.)  But bananas don’t really have seeds, or at least the seeds they have are kinda pointless since that is not how bananas propogate.  So Banana Seeds suggests pointless ideas. (It also has a lewd connotation.)

Vapor Mill:  Academics are supposed to be “paper mills:” cranking out articles.  The posts with this tag are ideas that conceivably could lead to real papers, but either because we are too lazy or not expert enough in the field, will instead probably just remain “vapor.”  (There is another lewd connotation here too.)