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May. 10th, 2004

02:53 am - 'Matrix' co-creator ready to be whole new woman

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This is odd.

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From:pentomino
Date:May 10th, 2004 07:54 am (UTC)
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You know who else became a woman? The guy who wrote M.U.L.E, the famous Atari game.
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From:auriam
Date:May 10th, 2004 10:55 am (UTC)
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Not to mention (well, *yes* to mention, I don't know why I use that phrase..) Wendy Carlos, the composer and performer of most of the score to A Clockwork Orange.. she used to be Walter Carlos..
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From:pentomino
Date:May 11th, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC)
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Also, the guy who wrote GORF. That person showed up at CGExpo '01 in a dress.
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From:extremejessy
Date:May 10th, 2004 12:17 pm (UTC)
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Be careful, I hear the desire to have that operation just drops out of teh sky. YOU may be next.
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From:crasch
Date:May 11th, 2004 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Yay! More dates!
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From:perich
Date:May 10th, 2004 03:12 pm (UTC)
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In school, I visited my Macroeconomics Theory professor during his office hours, explaining some thesis ideas that I was batting around (I ended up taking another professor for a thesis advisor, but that's another story). We ended up talking about rational expectations theory, and the professor described an interesting idea that had been explained to him once before.

Visualize a traditional "supply / demand" graph - two diagonal lines that intersect in the middle. That intersection is the hypothetical point at which the most producers and the most consumers will agree on price. Standard micro theory teaches that the free market will eventually reach that price.

But, as my professor explained to me, markets rarely reached that market-clearing price, according to empirical research. Instead, there would be one "cycle" of, say, over-production (just above and to the right of the intersection). Producers will realize this and lower their prices, creating over-demand in the next cycle (just above and to the left of the intersection). Producers will then cut back on supply but, at the old prices, will end up with shortages (below and to the left of the intersection). And so on, until we see a sort of spiralling spiderweb around the market-clearing price. Farmers often fall victim to this.

This theory, my professor told me, had been explained to him by Professor Deirdre McCloskey, although she was Donald at the time.
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From:crasch
Date:May 11th, 2004 04:02 am (UTC)
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Thanks! A good friend of mine took classes from Deirdre McCloskey. Her books are on my "to read" list.
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From:tiff_seattle
Date:May 10th, 2004 04:36 pm (UTC)
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I don't think it's that odd... But then I did the same thing....
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From:crasch
Date:May 11th, 2004 08:43 pm (UTC)
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Heh, yes, "oddity" is all a matter of context.
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From:vileinfestation
Date:May 10th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC)
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Then she'd have to be called Linda Wachowska, to be fully female and Polish.
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From:crasch
Date:May 11th, 2004 04:03 am (UTC)
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Huh. Do female Poles really have feminized surnames? Interesting.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 11th, 2004 05:16 am (UTC)

Small World

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I too took Econ from Donald (now Deidre) McCloskey, back at University of Chicago, before he/she went to Univ Iowa. McCloskey wrote the greatest price theory book ever and was one of the funniest and most insightful professors I ever had.
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