On Eating the Children

Recently, US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a prominent vocal supporter of The Green New Deal, had a town hall interrupted by a climate change denier. This sparked another wave of social media tongue-in-cheek climate change denialism with the hashtag “#EatTheChildren.” The argument is that the offered proposals tackling climate change are so radical that eating our kids isn’t that far of a stretch. While the science is no longer deniable, why can’t we move past disagreeing to actually doing something? Economists can lend us some insight: we are amidst a coordination …

BC’s Vacancy & Speculation Tax: Marauding Surplus for Revenue

In the summer of 2016, British Columbia’s Liberal government led by Christie Clark was facing enormous pressure from the general public to provide solutions to the real estate crisis that had been steadily deteriorating rental vacancy rates and creating general unaffordability for young middle class Vancouverites aiming to enter the real estate market. Initially resisting calls to implement forms of policy solutions, commissioning studies found that foreign investment had drastic effects on our housing market.  Quickly doing an about-face on the issue, the Liberals announced a Housing Affordability Package that …

Cournot Oligopoly with N Firms

I recently took ECON 325 with Basyl Golovedstkyy (SFU) for my summer semester. It’s a fairly comprehensive course focusing on Industrial Organization modelling how firms can behave when they have market power but aren’t completely in a monopolistic setting. One of the problems I had an issue on personally on the final exam was this model of a Cournot oligopoly with a variable amount (n) of firms. Being so frustrated with myself, I decided to go over it again slowly now that my semester is over because I know that …

David Sidoo & the U.S. College Admissions Bribery Scandal

This story really gets under my skin. I have a hard time listening to it or keeping up with its developments because it’s so infuriating. Growing up poor, the most important goal I constructed for myself in my late twenties was to get my education. To be able to prove to myself, the socioeconomic hurdles I face, even to those who doubted me and attested I wouldn’t be able to—that even I can get a higher-level education. That relying on my determination, the tools at my disposal and the incredibly …

How To Study Effectively

Came across this excellent tutorial about how to read academic textbooks more effectively. I’m going to be giving this a shot because I personally suffer from having to read and read (and read) something over again until it clicks. Here are the steps in case you don’t have the time to watch the entire video: Flip through each page of the chapter you need to study. Read the end-of-the-chapter quiz Read the bold print (titles, subtitles, headings, definitions) Read the 1st & last sentence of each paragraph on each page …

Russ Lacate’s Weather Guarantee (News1130)

I have cobbled together a simple tracker to use for Russ Lacate‘s Weather Guarantee contest from News1130 and figure maybe some people on the internet could make use of it as well. Setting up an old Ubuntu laptop running 24/7, I have crontab running an mPlayer command to record during the exact times when Russ announces if he’s missed his prediction for the previous weekday. The link will hopefully make it easier for you because you no longer need to be awake at 7:11 AM to hear from the announcement yourself. Simply bookmark …

ECON 302 (Simon Fraser University—SFU)

I have just completed one of the most challenging Economics courses I’ve ever taken in my undergraduate academic career. Shih-En Lu is an brilliant Harvard-educated professor who has a great and straightforward style that really appealed to me. My PhD-student tutor this semester told me in passing that he was a Harvard-educated game theorist which I found to be impressive. Judging from the introductory lecture as well as from what I’ve heard from those in the economics community at SFU, Prof. Lu has a reputation for being brilliant but that …

A New Interest: Technical Drawings

I recently had to create a technical drawing during an application process. Having no experience in drafting or any type of work in this vein, this is what I came up with. I’m rather proud of it! It made me think I would love to create some more technical drawings in the future. Nothing fancy. Adobe Illustrator is what I used to put this together. If you have experience in technical drawings, how would you improve on this? I’d love to hear from you!

Visionary

I finally took the time to figure out some more of After Effects this weekend (thanks Lynda). I’m really glad, because it gave me the keys I needed to finally completing the final vision of my Elon Musk low poly vector design I put together in Illustrator last month. I’m pretty happy with the final product, which you can see below. Let me know what you think in the comment section!   Tools used: Adobe Illustrator CC 2017, Adobe After Effects 2017 Here’s a link to my Instagram copy. Follow …