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Thursday, March 31, 2005

OT: Economics, The Par-tay Science

I don't normally mention my other blog, Peak Oil Optimist, here -- in fact, this may be the first time -- mainly because there's at least in theory no reason to do so. Though at times, I have wondered what the effects oil depletion would have upon baseball: one obvious thing would be scheduling changes as travel becomes more difficult and costly. As long-haul transport reverts to rail, that would tend to mean five- and six-day homestands, like they used to have in the 1940's. Also, it would have a staggering effect on salaries, and expansion might become contraction in short order. West coast teams like the Dodgers may wish to reconsider their dependence on parking revenue; teams like the Cubs may wish to reconsider their construction of a parking garage.

Well -- that aside aside, having the other blog has opened my reading up quite a bit. As a result, I had to admit I was utterly pleased to read that the economists, despite their "dismal" reputation, aren't all grim. Mahalanobis, which I discovered thanks to Lynne Kiesling at Knowledge Problem, has a delightful story on the business of data collection on the prices and kinds of services rendered by London prostitutes, by a UK website called PunterNet. Apparently this represents the first data of its kind anywhere, and economists are all a-twitter over its implications. I suppose it's just a matter of getting invited to the right parties...

Dude! I had no idea! Look forward to reading it. But what's the alternative logo for the Chargers, if you're right?

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