I’m Back!

Posted in Admin, Book at 1:31 pm by justakim

Nothing like a 12 mile all-day hike to put you in the mood to sit down and not move for the rest of the weekend! We did Mount Defiance, finishing our trip in the dark due to missing a trail. 12 miles, 10 hours. And then I log in and see a lot of 50-year-olds bragging about doing it in 3 hours! We even ran into one coming down as we were heading up. Crazy!

Despite being relatively pitiful, I feel good.

I had a lot of stray thoughts while the site was down.

We were busily ignoring the Olympics when it suddenly dawned upon us… August 8th, 2008. That’s a very very lucky number. No wonder they tried so hard to claim this one.

Wall-e was an excellent environmentally-themed movie. Even those most distanced from the environment appreciate it and understand responsibility. I got to see the silly inspiration for Wall-e in Short Circuit too.

Kent State is using electric cars on campus. Using electric vehicles in short range places like that is a great idea.

A friend sent me a link to EcoGeek which looks interesting!

I read a few things.

Encounters with the Archdruid: John McPhee is an amazing journalist that takes David Brower out into the environment with three of his adversaries, bringing the environmental debate of the times into a very personal setting.

Stumbling on Happiness: What we think we want isn’t necessarily going to make us happy so we should look to see how it made others feel as our best estimate as to how it will affect us. The book is sprinkled with Adam Smith quotes.

Freakanomics: There’s a surprisingly fun number of ideas in there, basically based on going out and checking the data to see for yourself how people act.


Please Take My Research Survey

Posted in Admin, Behavior at 2:04 pm by justakim

I am a graduate student conducting a survey for a research project. The questions in this survey will be used to explore how people evaluate events happening now differently than events happening in the future. This research will help policy analysts make better choices about environmental policy options. If you are at least 18 years old and interested in participating, click on the link below. The survey should take about 10 minutes.

The survey is located here


A preliminary introduction to a preliminary introduction

Posted in Admin at 1:26 pm by admin

This is going to be a blog about the interplay between environmental and economic issues. I would like to convey the importance of economics to meet environmental goals, and the economic sense of environmental issues.

This is also a learning experience. I hope to use the things I am learning in my program.

A few friends have been keeping tabs on my snail-like progress. Thanks for all the support even though I haven’t even done much yet.